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First Mosin-Nagant I have ever seen fail like that. My guess would be bad metallurgy or some failure. These rifles are old and it takes but one bad score/scrape/crack oh-so-many-years ago to let rust develop and lead to a failure. In fact... I'd be curious about all these circa-1920s rifles.
I have also seen a multitude of metal fatigue failures. Without being able to inspect the pieces, it is difficult to pin-point where that fracture originated from...