Originally Posted by c3shooter
The M/N, Mauser, and 1903 Springfield have roughly comparable recoil. My M38 HURTS!
Shooting one will also give you an appreciation for the THICK winter uniforms worn by Russian soldiers- recoil pads.
They did, of course, shoot them in the short, but hot, Russian Summers too. Shedding those couple of pounds of mass on that M-38 does make a difference.
What a lot of people may not realize is that when you go to the range, you will probably shoot a lot more rounds in a couple of hours than a soldier may fire in several days of busy action. Soldiering, even on the Eastern Front was far more waiting, walking and digging, than shooting. A good sniper may only fire five rounds on a really busy day, and probably average way less than one shot per day. In any case, during the war in the East, you would never notice the small discomfort of a bruised shoulder. An empty belly and forty below zero would take your mind of such minor ills.