GUN Longest in service usage weapon?

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  1. TL1000RSquid

    TL1000RSquid ΜΟΛΩΝ ΛΑΒΕ

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    Anyone know? I think its the Mosin in limited use up until the 80's. Actual service usage not some insurgent with an antique rifle.

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  2. Goat

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    apparently Lee Enfields are still issued to Canadian Rangers and in India :eek3:
     
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    I would probably vote for the Lee-Enfield too.
     
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    Moisin-Nagant still in use in Somalia (unofficial, but still an army)
     
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    Id guess Enfields.

    I know Australia and maybe England still issues L42s as a sniper platform.
     
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    Buzz Killington nunc fortunatus sum

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    The Mosin-Nagant rifle came out in 1891 and was used against the Japs in 1898, the Germans in WWI, and the Germans in WWII. The Russkies kept it in use with internal security forces up through the '70s I believe. The Finns kept making barrels for them until the early '60s.

    That's 80 odd years.

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    Its use in Afghanistan continued on well into the 1990s and the early 21st century by Northern Alliance forces.
    Even after the collapse of the Soviet Union, Mosin-Nagants are still commonly found on modern battlefields around the world. They are being used by insurgent forces in the Iraq War and the current war in Afghanistan. Seperatists have also used the rifles alongside more modern Russian firearms in the ongoing war in Chechnya.
     
  7. TL1000RSquid

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    Officially in books the Soviets used them up untill the 70's but as the photo shows they were used in the 80's as DMR's by soviets I don't know if they were issued or they aquired them through other means though. so closer to hundred years. Haven't seen any in any of Chechnya pics I doubt they've used them there they have a much larger assortment of DMR weapons now then they did in the 80's.
     
  8. Supernaut

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    Lee-Enfield has been in service in various configurations from 1895 to present.
     

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