Posts Tagged ‘Mosin Nagant’

AR-15 AK47 leaning against a barnwood fence

Throwback Thursday: Wanna Fight? The Top 5 Combat Rifles of All-Time

What’s the quickest way to start a fight? Be conservative or liberal, black or white, American, a man, or the easiest way—just be me. Another way to start a fight is declare you have ‘the’ list of the best combat rifles from the last century. So come one, come all! I am challenging all takers to come up with a better list! It’s King of the Hill time, and I am looking for anyone who thinks they have what it takes to knock me off my royal throne.

2 black Kel-Tec Sub-2000 guns, one on top of the other, barrels pointing to the right on a white background

Trunk Guns

There is much debate over what makes the best trunk gun so to understand where the concept of a trunk gun came from, let’s go back a few years. Traditionally, farmers and ranchers had a ranch rifle hanging in the back of the pickup truck. The role of the rifle was to enable the easy elimination of varmints or to put down injured horses or livestock. Nowadays, many farmers and ranchers still keep a durable rifle hung in the window or stashed behind the seat for the same reason.

Hungarian 7.62x54 Mosin Nagant rifle with original boxed cartridges.

Shooting the Russian 7.62×54

Over the years we have seen a steady progression in rifle performance, and the modernization of rifle powder. Black powder rusted the metal almost as soon as it was fired. Modern rifle powder, such as Varget, is very clean. Corrosive primed ammunition isn’t something to be avoided, and the powder burn is often clean. You simply have to follow a few steps to fire and use this affordable ammunition.

Right side of the Mosin Nagant with a wood slat fence in the background

The Mosin Nagant — A Must Own Rifle

My first center fire rifle was a Mosin Nagant. I think quite a few of you may be able to say the same. The rifle cost $65, and it was a poor example of the type having suffered the indignity of having the original military stock cut short and an odd-looking pistol grip nailed to the stock. However, in 1970 money, the Nagant cost more than a nice example costs today.

Archangel Mosin Nagant Stock

SHOT 2013: Archangel Mosin Nagant Stock

I’ve seen a fair amount of sporterized Mosin Nagant rifles pass through the shooting range. In some cases, the rifles were amazing works of craftsmanship in which professionals applied their finely honed skills. Proper bedding, fit and polishing played a part in a visual symphony that was just as pleasing to shoot as it was to admire. However, those fine weapons seemed to be the exception. The vast majority of sporterized Mosins look like someone handed a belt sander to an angry hyperactive monkey with a drinking problem. This made the results somewhat lackluster. To be honest, I keep a Soviet-era Mosin Nagant 91/30 in my gun safe and I never do anything with it. Despite their relatively low price tag, I consider it a part of history and adding anything else to that rifle would take away from its character. However, I have a second Mosin that a friend threw in as part of a trade. The stock was cracked and the rings showed a fair amount of rust. The pitting wasn’t too terrible though and the bore seemed functional. It is the perfect candidate for a little aftermarket customization.

Archangel Mosin Nagant Stock

Archangel Mosin Nagant Stock

For 2013, ProMag may have come up with the right stock for my upcoming project. This stock is the first mass produced aftermarket Mosin stock that actually looks like I wouldn’t be embarrassed to carry it around. It also stands an excellent chance of improving your rifle’s performance. The company says the Archangel stock will work with either your Chinese or Russian Mosins and it is almost always a drop-in fit. The main difference between this and other aftermarket stocks is that ProMag figured out how to implement a detachable box magazine without permanently altering the original rifle. Aside from some serious custom jobs, no one has ever figured out how to do that. They also left in the ability to drop a stripper clip into the magazine from above the chamber. For those who like options, there is now more ways than one to load your gun. The Archangel comes with a 5-round detachable magazine, and 10-round magazines are also available. Just ahead of the tang, you may notice the stock is pre-inletted for a Timney trigger so no grinding is necessary. ProMag includes a spacer for this inlet in case you plan on sticking with the original. If you’ve had enough experience with how terrible Mosin triggers can be, you’ll know why this is important.

Curiously, ProMag left you an option on the barrel. The design allows for a free-floating barrel. However, the guys at ProMag realized that not every Mosin Nagant fires particularly well with a free-floating design. To address this, an optional barrel tensioner rests at the bottom of the foregrip, which you can adjust to your fussy Mosin barrel. Just behind the free-float barrel channel sits your steel pillar beds. They fit snug and you don’t have to worry about the chamber moving once tightened down. As with most Archangel products, ProMag includes an adjustable length-of-pull and cheek riser. Additionally, they threw in a storage compartment inside the grip. When you hold the stock, it is obvious it offers far more comfort for the shooter than the original. Given the proper tuning of the barrel tensioner, along with the right ammo, I would expect much tighter groups out of my banged up trade-in Mosin Nagant.

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Top 10 Budget Buys (Dec 1, 2012)

CTD staff writers have reviewed hundreds of pistols, revolvers, rifles, and shotguns over the years. But stories with specific money-saving advice has interested the CTD community — particularly important during the holidays. Click below to read our top-10 most-popular money-saving stories from the archives.

Mosin Nagant M1891/30

Four Guns Every Shooter Should Own

I know gun owners who have unique pieces. I regularly see rare and beautiful firearms lining gun cabinet walls that would feel more at home at a museum than in a buddy’s gun safe. However, with as much time as I’ve spent collecting firearms, I’ve noticed some common denominators the majority of gun collectors have on hand. While they may not be rare gems, they certainly fill their role as useful tools quite well. A new shooter would do well to purchase one of each.

Classic M1A Carbine with wood forend and metal folding stock

Firearm of the Week, the US Caliber .30 M1 /M1A1/M1A3/ M2/M2A2/M3 Carbine

You all know the big man on campus the M1 Garand, well this week we are going to play with the little kid on the block. The younger brother who gets left out of all the fun. However, be careful little brother can fight too. As we know, looks can be deceiving-as is the case of this little giant. Easy to shoot, carry and reload our next rifle is a bulldog, not a lot of bark, but a lot of bite.

Arisaka Type 99

Starting Your World War II Rifle Collection

Many of us have respectable firearms collections. Some of us collect everything we can get our hands on. Others collect specific guns from different eras, countries, or conflicts. A fellow gun collector had mentioned to me that he wanted to start collecting firearms from World War II. He already stocked his gun safe with an impressive array of useable tools. AR-15s, AKs, shotguns, Remington 700s, half a dozen .22s and a dozen or so handguns from most popular calibers and actions. He said he wanted some historical wall hangers to make his man cave have that certain look that only decommissioned military hardware could command. I enthusiastically agreed and told him I would keep an eye out for some good deals. He was curious about which guns he should pick up first. I laid out a simple road map to get him started. Since he was new to collecting historical models, I kept it simple and told him he should search for the hard-to-find stuff later. It doesn’t take a lot of time or money to get started in collecting World War II battle rifles, and many shooters already own the rifle in the first section.

AK - SKS Scabbard

SKS-AK Scabbard

The Military SKS-AK Scabbard is an item I recently took a chance on purchasing. If you are expecting a top of the line, grade A, leather-bound scabbard this is not for you. For the price though, I thought it would at least be a great pouch for my tactical Mossberg 500 shotgun that is leaning behind my bedroom door, to keep the dust off and provide easy access if needed.


Cartridge of the Week, the 7.62x54R

The 7.62x54R (rimmed) cartridge is one of the oldest of the modern cartridges, which uses smokeless powder. The designers never had black powder in mind. It was the beginning a new age in firearms. The new smokeless powder needed enhanced cartridges, due to the increased pressures of the new powders. In 1891, Russia adopted this cartridge for its military services. It is still in use today, 121 years later, and continues to gain popularity.

Trigger Box Polish

What if Your Mosin Nagant was More Accurate?

Tweaking your Mosin Nagant rifle for tighter groups is not necessarily the easiest weekend project. However, if you are the motivated type, you can finally take that step past the casual shooter and into the realm of the customized shooting enthusiast. Since I am almost obsessive about getting good groups at the range, my friends wondered why in the world I would buy a beat up old Mosin. I told them I wanted the challenge of taking an Eastern Block bolt gun and outshooting them and their fancy ARs at the range. It might surprise you that with a little ingenuity, it is possible to turn that old Soviet rifle into a finely tuned precision target-blasting machine—sort of.