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.
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.
The gunmakers from Tula produced CBT-38/40 rifles, Nagan revolvers and Tokarev pistols during World War II.