Saturday, October 3, 2015

The Mosin Nagant

The Mosin Nagant


You either love it or hate it.

Whatever your stance may be on the Mosin Nagant, either from a practical or even collectors stance, there is certainly no denying that the Nagant is an exceptional firearm that is wrapped in history. In this article, we will be taking a look at the reasons why the Mosin Nagant has become an exceptionally popular firearm.

This particular type of rifle has been produced by the millions which is what will often draws enthusiasts to it. And let’s not forget it’s incredibly affordable price tag. The Mosin Nagant was originally used in World War II, and is an exceptionally simple, robust, and in many shooter’s eyes, a fantastic emergency rifle which is available for under $200. The Mosin Nagant features an internal magazine of up to five rounds and includes stripper clips which are widely available to speed up loading time. Unfortunately, the bolt is a little odd. It is capable of extending up to a 90-degree angle to the right, and straight up once pulled back, thus not allowing for the typical scope-mounting options that you may be accustomed too.

The Mosin Nagant fires a 7.62x54R (rimmed) cartridge, which can be corrosive if it is military surplus. Nevertheless, there are non-corrosive options available, but in this article we will be focusing on the surplus, variation as it’s the cheapest out of the available options. Whatever type you choose, you will need to load them with a single rim of the cartridge placed in front of the other. If you fail to do this, you are guaranteed to encounter an unwanted jam in your rifle.

There is a significant level of salt which is produced as a result of igniting the primer which is capable of rusting and potentially ruining your rifle if it’s not cleaned correctly. Obviously, allowing the salt to sit, uncleaned, won’t instantly destroy your rifle, but forgetting to clean it is certainly not a good idea (this applies for most firearms too!).

The rifle itself comes with a decent kick and plenty of power output. With a solid-steel butt pad that can sometimes become uncomfortable, so it’s recommended to purchase an aftermarket butt pad (a slip-on-one can work nicely.)

Mosin Nagant Pros:


     
  • Affordable

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  • Widely and readily available.

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  • Features bolt action (thus meaning very few moving parts), which promotes reliability.

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  • Utilizes large-caliber ammunition, which are cheap.

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  • Stripper clips available to speed up loading times.

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  • Bayonet allows for greater intimidation factor.



Mosin Nagant Cons:


     
  • Requires cleaning to make it functional.

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  • Bores can become worn, meaning it's necessary to check their condition.

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  • Odd caliber ammunition (rimmed), which is mostly imported

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  • Large and heavy, can be rather cumbersome.

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  • Special attention required when loading.

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  • Immediate lack of ability to add accessories (such as a bipod, scope etc.)



To conclude, it’s quite clear that the Mosin Nagant isn’t the ideal rifle for everybody, but if you are currently on a tight budget, the Mosin Nagant can be an exceptional rifle. They can be picked up for under $200 respectively and a spam can containing up to 440 rounds of surplus ammunition and purchased for less than $90.

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