Thursday, September 24, 2009

Russian Mosin-Nagant 91

Every once in a while, Big 5 Sports gets a load of surplus rifles in. Several years ago, we bought an Enfield that ended up being so nice a shooter, we shipped it off to have it refinished. It's weird when it happens, because you feel like your buying a pair of Adidas, or something.
In any case, we tend to shop the grocery store flyers on Tuesday and decide what Sunday dinner is going to be. In leafing through, Big 5 had an ad and were advertising Mosin-Nagant M91 Russian rifles for $99.99. I know a lot of people are fans of this gun, but I've never had any interest because being chambered in 8 mm is just too big of a pain in the ass.

We shot down Wednesday morning and scored this guy.

Much of the appeal was that it is chambered in 7.62x54R. The old man's Dragunov is chambered in the same round and the surplus remains cheap

He used to be true blue on WWII American rifles but then he bought them all, with exception of an HBAR.

Instead of Nazi shit, he decided to move on to Ivan's shit. All well and good.

To me, the sight is extremely unusual. You pop it up and set the range and then slap it back down and, theoretically, should be on.

On initial inspection, it just looked like the old 19th century graduated peep sight.

The bore was rust-free and the rifling looked intact, so I guess we'll see how she shoots.

According to what I've read, base on the rollmark, the rifle was produced in 1937 at the Tula Arsenal in Russia. Apparently, this plant was shut down for the latter half of WWII because of the German invasion. I'm not sure that this rifle is worth shit, but it seems to be a rarity.
Next up, I might be buying another Glock. But they all look the same so I probably won't post on what the old man calls "another stapler."

Kinda looks like a simplified Krag sight - but I think a lot of old-school sights had that curve in the base.
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