The Mosin Nagant: A Gun Review

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Published on: February 19, 2015

I have been lusting after the Joshua MK 5 “Homeland, Home, and Liberty Protector,” as I put it, which will be given away to some lucky (blessed) entrant who has a healthy male or female interest in projecting power.  Unfortunately, as a contributor to this site I am probably ineligible.  I will have to save up my change and buy one from Tim Brown.  It will have a lot of good company.

This is a good time to remind you that the Second Amendment is not about hunting, but about our right to keep and bear the kind of weapons which are capable of liberating us from a tyrannical government.  The extent to which lefties are able to trick some people into believing that the only thing we need our personal armories for is hunting and target shooting is a monument to American ignorance and pansification.

And just to prove that I have not been pansified, I am offering you this review of my favorite cheap gun for the truly American masses — an ironically foreign masterpiece called the Mosin Nagant.   Those of you who follow me somewhat regularly may be relieved to see me take a momentary break from trudging through the wimpland of academic philosophy.  Do not pigeonhole me.  You have not seen me skin a bear after drilling him through both shoulders with a Barnes triple-shock solid copper death blow, announced through the barrel of a Marlin 45/70, and then finishing him off at close range.  (My apologies to those of you who do not remember that we have to kill meat to eat meat, and bear meat is delicious.)  The first shot is to keep him from running.  The second is for getting him ready to eat.

Even without a true hunting round one could do at least roughly the same thing to a bear with a Mosin Nagant carbine or full sized rifle punching a 7.62 X 54 cartridge.  In fact, you could do it right through a tree because that is just the sort of thing the 7.62 will plow through.  In World War II, Nazis and other victims of the Mosin’s power learned that trees were no longer cover.

If you search up a picture of the Mosin Nagant on the internet you may start remembering that this rifle was made a lot more famous than it used to be by the movie, Enemy at the Gates, a true story about a WWII Russian sniper who stuck a simple scope on the full-sized version and demonstrated how accurate a high production rifle can become in the right hands.  (Or maybe bullets just like finding their way to Nazis.)  Both my Mosin Nagants, out of the box, having been sighted in during the middle of the last century, were right on from a hundred yards with iron sites.  I’m talkin’ first shot here.  I fell in love.  The gun is not beautiful, but it is low maintenance, powerful, accurate, and a really cheap date. 

You see the big attraction for wannabe preppers like me, as well as real preppers, is the inexpensive ammo.  As I have already mentioned, this is a really powerful cartridge, with a large, stable, heavy bullet, and you can buy giant sardine cans of this stuff off the shelf at the big box pro-testosterone retailers dirt cheap.  We are talking 440 rounds for under $100 the last time I parted with my firearm dedicated lucre.  Remember, this was quite a while ago so you should not expect the same pricing now.   That much ammo keeps you going for a long time even if you are setting it off for fun and lasts just about forever if you put it on the prepper shelf in its unopened can.  There are more expensive versions of Russian and east European 7.62 ammunition which do not contain salts which preserve the powder.  (Again, do  your own research here; I am a dilettante.)  I have heard the salts are bad for your barrel.  The Mosin internet community will tell you that just plain hot water or Windex is all you need to baby the Mosin’s barrel.  It has worked for me. 

Of course when I bought my rifles, a Chinese type T53, and the Russian type M91, I brought along one of those little lights for illuminating the interior of the barrels.  You put the light into the chamber after cycling the bolt back.  I was looking for barrels which had no obvious rust or pitting.  I was amazed, at both Fleet Farm and Gander Mountain, where I acquired my Chinese and Russian instantiations of the Mosin respectively, at how few of these old rifles had obviously bad barrels.  Thousands of rounds must have been propelled through most of them.  Having seen no rust or pits on the inside of the barrels, I took home my unrefurbished Chinese Mosin for $129 from Fleet Farm and my very nicely refurbished full size Russian Mosin for $170 (on sale) from Gander Mountain.  Mind you, this was during the panic of a few years back when guns and ammo were flying off the shelves and into the hands of people who understood what a gun grabbing blob of quivering insecurity Obama is.  Many of us were just trying to maximize the gun paranoia of pretentious foreign libtards like Piers Morgan.  Our goal was to make their eyes so wide that their lids would wrap backward around their heads, crushing the empty space directly behind their sockets.   

The unrefurbished versions of the Mosin will make it clear to you in no time that they have been stored in barrels filled with “cosmoline.”  Cosmoline is the chief ingredient out of which Brill Cream was made just after the big war.  The Russians, in particular, just assumed it was for storing millions of used rifles so they could be resurrected for those gun-mongering Americans during the terms of crypto-Marxist presidents.  You have to get the cosmo out of your Mosin to keep retro blondes from running their fingers over it.  (Most of you are probably not old enough to remember those TV commercials.)    To do this you must sweat it out with heat.  Steam will help.  I just wrapped my extra cheap Chinese Mosin in a black plastic garbage bag and set out in the summer sun.  I took it out of the bag whenever I wandered by to wipe off the cosmo that had bled out.  After the wood stopped sweating like a live performance of Grease, I sanded it down and applied a hard wood wax.  To clean the barrel and action I had to soak the parts in mineral spirits.  The work is worth it.  The Mosin is just a dirty little seven-hundred dollar rifle which the Russians and Chinese were too money hungry to clean up themselves for a much higher margin.

Word has it that Obama has banned my beloved Mosin, but you will have to research that.  I know from my research for this article that Mosins are still in stock, or at least listed, at a few large retailers.  There are millions of them ready to immigrate (legally) from the other side of the world as soon as real men and women take over our government again. 

I slightly prefer the Russian types because I do not have to wonder about the notches on the stocks.  They no doubt refer to Nazis who were, after all, big time gun control advocates.

If you can find one or more Mosins, I highly recommend you stock up (no pun intended) on this extremely cost effective weapon.  In the past you could buy ten at a time, with a supply of ammo, for about $1,000 as a very cost effective way to arm a militia.  If you want to see a liberal pee in his pants, video yourself making that deal and bring it to work. 

By the way, there are lots of inexpensive third party toys for this very popular gun.

But buy Tim’s Joshua MK5 first.  The thing about the Mosin, is that you can afford it just about any time they become available by simply denying yourself a few pizzas, which only make it harder to tuck this baby into a lean shoulder.  And that you will have to do.  Every once in a while, a real gun aficionado likes one that pushes back.

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