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.

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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  1. I should be the poster boy for Archangel! I installed mine in my 91/30 Mosin and it not only looks great but the “floating” thingy works super and I am hitting at 300 mts one after the other and ALL at 100 mts on iron sights only (I have something that raises the scope on the rear sights and allows the sight to remain intact and visible to shoot at short distances). I love it! Now I need to find a way to improve the appearance of the barrel since, as you all know, is not finished. Any suggestions as to what kind of paint to use? My email is here.

  2. I just bought one from a “gunsmith” that was already nodded, and being someone who knows very little about guns…i learned quick. If you buy one of these stocks, be prepared to do some trimming of the magazine, because most likely it won’t feed at all without it.

  3. Honestly, every time I hear or read about someone “cherishing” their Mosin I laugh to myself. Not because the Mosin is a piece of junk or anything, but because its 90 bucks! Dude, modify the $hit out of your Mosin, leave permanent marks, drill into it, tap it, saw it, weld it, sand it, hell even chrome it! But let’s not pretend that just because the gun is old and dirty that it’s special. If you eff it up… you can always go get another one for $90, clean it and lock it in your gun safe for all of time to respect its history and “heritage.”
    But let’s not kid ourselves… it’s a good, cheap gun of which there are MILLIONS more out there to purchase at an equally cheap price. If I could attach a picture of mine for your viewing pleasure I would, just so you know how much time, love and effort I’ve poured into this thing (customized – hand made – wood stock; 5″ cut and crowned barrel; bent bolt handle; aluminum pillars w/bedding; camouflage paint job; rock-solid mount and Springfield scope) all in my own garage… and if I ever feel remorse about IMPROVING IT, I’ll just go buy another one.

    1. Got mine two years ago for $75.00 still had cosmoline wrapping, bayonet, tool kit w/cleaning equipment. Started immediately w/dis-assembly polishing moving parts, checking clearances, timney drop in, custom home built scope mount, bent bolt still looking for decent stock… There still thousands if not hundreds of thousands still new in boxes out there…

  4. I have a M91 mosin from 1924 and have been upgrading it slowly. I do not wish to permanently modify it so this archangel stock would be perfect. I did scope and brake it but can be removed without a mark on it. My next step is to get a bent bold so i can put my original up.

  5. Ok, my question is: where do I buy one?!?!? Because I looked at Archangel’s website and they don’t even have the product listed.
    I’m itching to get one of these bad boys, and I can’t find a link to actually purchase one! WTF?

  6. I learned about this stock while reading “AK-47 and other Soviet Era Weapons” magazine and want one now! I plan to use my Nagant as a sniper rifle, and, while I love the wood stock, it is too heavy to carry around. Very few rifles perform as well as the Nagant, and, those that do, cost a hell of a lot more money than $75 – $130! Soviet Russia gave us some of the world’s most reliable and affordable rifles and pistols. These guns are amazing!

  7. just purchased an m44 dated 1945 from a local pawn shop for 95.00, (5th one i’ve owned.) The stock was cut {sporterized.. 🙁 } passed the first band. This new stock would be perfect for my new gun.

  8. Msrp:199$ + tax and shipping
    Street value:$180
    Release date: mid-march 2013.
    I’m so excited I just got my Mosin last night!! Can’t wait to upload my build onto my channel.

  9. I’m hitting 500ml water bottles (~2″wide) with my stock 91/30 at 100 yards. I can’t wait to get my hands on this stock upgrade, save on the fancy optics and get more 440 round tins.

  10. When. Where. How much. All of these questions would be fantastic to know!!!! I am looking at a lot of different ideas for my Mosin Nagant…I’ve seen the CBRPS bullpup stock, but I’m sketchy about it, and I just dislike the ATI Monte Carlo stocks…This one will be my purhcase, if it’s actually as good as it looks!

  11. @Curtis ~~ You might want to look at the “Tommy Trigger” upgrade… it provides a improved safety as well as an improved trigger… and according to the SHOT Show video this stock has the cutout already done for the upgrade. Cheers!

  12. My first firearms purchase was a Mosin Nagant M44. I love that gun. I have thought of Mosins as an excellent “common man’s rifle” or even a candidate as a survivalist rifle, you know, that rugged gun that works in any conditions and has sufficient power to take big game or two legged varmints, and having a bayonet on it is actually pretty nifty. But my two gripes about Mosins were, in order; 1) the Safety is not real convenient, but I can live with it, and 2) the 5-round magazine limited the rifle’s use as a tactical defensive weapon, considering the advances in firearms designs since 1893 and the high capacity magazines available for sidearms and long guns.
    So when I saw the Archangel stock/magazine product I was truly excited. This product gives the Mosin a whole new improvement in ergonomics, makes the rifle look modern and fun to shoot, but most importantly, resolves the 5-round limitation.
    As our bureaucrats talk about gun bans on semi-autos, this new product also drastically improves the attractiveness of a powerful bolt-action with a medium capacity magazine. And it does so at a price that is 1/2 to 1/4 the price of similar designed rifles such as Mossberg’s MVP (which fires the ‘underpowered’ .223 and costs about $500) or Ruger’s Gunsite Scout (firing 308 and costing about $800).
    Ammunition costs for 7.62x54r is still quite low compared to 308, another advantage. One could easily stock up on 1000 rounds for about $200. 1000 rounds of 308 will cost you about $400 for steel cased ammo, and much more for brass cased cartridges.
    The only thing that hasn’t been fixed is the safety, but hey, I can deal with that clunky safety in exchange for all the other cool factors of the Mosin.

  13. Question, who is selling the new ArchAngel Mosin Nagant 91/30 Stock? It’s awesome and was shown at the 2013 show with a MAGAZINE!!!!! MFG is said to be below $199 and I want one but who when and where? And how about me, now where do I sign………

  14. I am a United States Marine and Bought my first Mosin Nagant and I really like it.I paid $75.00 at a Pawnshop in town.The rifle is beutiful and it shots great, mine has a Russian Hammer and Cycle emblem from the old Soviet Union and the year 1942.I do not use scopes just rear sight, front sight align and presto.Semper Fi!

  15. Query: Wonder why they don’t have anything about the new stock on the company website? Also, looking at the picture – where’n heck is the channel for that Mosin bolt handle supposed to go?

  16. I have many mosin’s and love them all as you simply can not get more bang for you’re buck nothing comes close. I have found that some of the best looking ones as far as bore and chamber condition seem to mean nothing. I have one that looks like it was in a river bank for many years and it shoots the best. Its the hardest one to cycle but it shoots the tightest group. My best one or best looking one hex receiver shiny bore and everything shoots without any regards to even getting on the paper at 100yrds. I have bought some sniper grade ammo and plan on testing and logging all my rifles all 12 of them when i get home from Afghanistan. This new stock changes all that and i plan on investing time and money and many hours at the range with 1 or 2 of them

  17. Rob, I have always found the Mosin Nagant a work of rustic art, it’s incredible size and weight and that distintive look. I bought one at a Big Five sporting goods store, it was $99.00. The sales person said he had two and said I could pick the better. The first one he opened was covered in cosmoline, but yet the stocks shined through, no cracks or chips in the stock, the metal was smooth and clean as it could be covered in cosmoline, I said, “This will do”. I took it home and began to clean it; it took forever! It was made in 1939 and has the arrow in the triangle so it was made in Izack, Russia? I’m sure the spelling is wrong. Before I took it to the range I brought it my gun smith to give it the once over. He put it on his bench fooled with it a while and turned and walked toward me with the bolt in his hand. I thought, ‘Great, I bought a $99. rifle and it’s going to cost me $300. to shoot it’! He looked at me and said, This rifle has never been fired”. I said, “That can’t be, it’s 73 years old and was made during WWII. I read that any Mosin made before 1946 was considered being used in war”. My gun smith said, “This one wasn’t!” I had the great pleasure and honor to be the first to fire that piece of history. Mine too has a place of honor in my gun safe. I bought the spam can of 440 rounds, I shoot about 20 each time I go to the range. It’s going to take me a while to shoot that up. And I would never think of changing the stock on that beautiful piece of art.

    Now, they say lightening doesn’t strike twice…………..I bought a Mosin Nagant Revolver on line, made in 1935 in Tula, Russia. It too was covered in cosmolene, and it had never been fired! I had it shipped to the same gun smith. He could not believe it! I’m look for a Russian WWII Tank, and hoping my luck holds out!

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