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Mosin-Nagant M91/30 7.62X54R Very Good Condition [RI660V]
by Daniel J
Date Added: Thursday 09 February, 2012
I have several of these. Why several? My five-star rating takes into account the price--one cannot find a better firearm for the price, and one can buy three or four of them for the price of any other historic battle rifle. That said, they are not perfect. The ammunition is rimmed, a feature that makes the cartiridges inherently harder to feed smoothly in a magazine. That's why modern semiautomatics and bolt-action guns use rimless cartridges. With the age of these rifles, it is to be expected that some of them will have trouble feeding rounds smoothly because of this "rim-lock" problem. This varies from rifle to rifle. Even if your rifle is affected, you can find hints on line for inserting ammo into the magazine properly to avoid the "rim lock," and other hints for a little maintenance that may make the problem far less prominent. Even if your magazine were totally removed you could still feed the rounds one at a time easily.
Two more caveats. These guns take more brute force in the opening and closing of the bolt than, say, a Mauser K98K or Springfield 1903--but they are still easily enough operated. The safety takes a huge amount of force to turn on or off, the only true flaw in the design of this gun in my opinion, though it is very effective at preventing accidental discharges when engaged.
While it lasts--and it will be gone in a few years--the full-metal-jacket surplus ammo for these cannot be beat in price. It costs 1/4 the amount of FMJ ammo for a .30-'06. Yes, the surplus ammo is corrosive, but that is not a problem so long as one cleans the bore at the end of the shooting session instead of a week later (the primers leave a salty residue that is easily removed, but salts promote rust if not removed). One can buy one of these rifles AND over 800 rounds of ammo for less than the price of any other genuine historic battle weapon. It's a piece of history--something to hold to make you appreciate what your father or grandfather did for the world. They were used against the Nazis in World War II, and also against the United States in Korea and Vietnam. They are a blast to shoot. Accuracy will vary from rifle to rifle, but mine all shoot at least as well as my 54-year old eyes will allow with iron sights. The sights, buy the way, are calibrated all the way out to 2000 meters. These are powerful guns--your shoulder will be sore and you will be grinning after every trip to the range.