8 The Museum Of Tula Arms

The Museum Of Tula Arms

Taking into consideration the great historical value of the Tula arms plant as the oldest arms plant of Russia, an arms museum was organized here in 1920. The museum holds many interesting facts about the history of the weapon production and unique samples of weapons.

The Kremlin.

In February 2012 they are going to celebrate the 300th anniversary of Tula Arms. The starting point was the date when the Arms Plant was built in Tula. The event occurred on February 15, 1712 following the Decree of Peter I. The enterprise was equipped with water machines, grinding wheels, hammers and all kinds of modern equipment of that time.

Usage of the most progressive technologies of the 18th century increased the quality of the produced weapons. As a result, the arms made in Tula were once considered as a standard by the Tsar.

The second half of the 18th century is known as a golden age of arms art. Nicely decoration of Tula arms made them very popular. Facet cuts were invented by the Tula inhabitants during this epoch.

The Tule arms plant reconstructed in the 19th century was one of the best enterprises in Europe. They started producing the Berdan rifles and different models of small arms and hunting weapons.

They used the technology of Damascus steel while producing barrels in participation of a talented constructor Mosin.

The Mosin-Nagant bolt-action, internal magazine-fed, military rifle invented under the government commission by Russian and Belgian inventors was used by the armed forces of the Russian Empire in 1891. It was also used by the Soviet Union and various other nations.


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8 Responses to “The Museum Of Tula Arms”

  1. Daniel says:

    A great museum in a Hero City of the Soviet Union. Tula was never captured by the Germans.

  2. Connor says:

    Can somebody fill me in on the type of rifles in the picture 14th from the bottom. I’ve never seen such a beast.

    • Deerdo says:

      Looks like experimental 5.45×39 rifles.

    • Arsenic says:

      They are TKB-011 2m and TKB-022PM experimental bullpup design guns.The TKB-022 was first rifle to use tunnel ejection port also.
      They were chambered with 7.62x39mm and 5.6x39mm ammo.
      There was also a TKB-059 , which fires from 3 barrels independently fed by a single magazine.
      Also chambered in 7.62×39 mm

      • Arsenic says:

        Above mentioned guns were contesters in a trial alongside the Kalashnikov AK design in 1946 trials for soviet army.
        I personally prefer the TKB-022 in design.It is a beatiful design fit for a true weapons enthousiast.

        Guess which one won?

  3. ert says:

    At 13 from below photo bulp-up weapon with oversized magazine looks funny. Wooden bulp-up looks really strange.

  4. John Holland says:

    I am an English arms collector and for many years wanted to visit the Tula Kremlin museum. Let me say it was well worth the journey and an absolute joy for any gun enthusiast, Russians are superb on museums and galleries and are to be commended for such quality in exhibits and way that they are displayed.

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