Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Wanted: Stories of Soviet Weapons Confiscation and Disposition

The old Soviet Union did not generally destroy the weapons that it confiscated from people.   The Soviets understood value, and did not wantonly destroy valuable property for no reason.   They confiscated much property and sold it for state purposes, used it in defense of the state, or redistributed it to "reliable" Party members and officials.

I am looking for sources to validate how the Soviets distributed the weapons that they confiscated.   I know that even old obsolete revolvers made for the Czar were refurbished in state armories.   I own one.

Any sources for stories about Soviet officials using confiscated guns, or selling them surplus to obtain money to build their enterprises, or sending them off to support revolutionaries in other countries, would be appreciated.

I would love to hear from people who have family oral history from the Soviet Union to tell.

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