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Old 06-09-2012, 03:20 AM   #21
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Why did he say not to shoot them? People shoot mosins and arisakas all the time.
Im interested to know why too? My Arisakas and Mosin are two of my favorites (Well besides the '03! )
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I also shoot my Mosin. I would get a second opinion. If they are safe, I would really enjoy shooting something beautiful like that.

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There are "last ditch" guns, some say, quality may be an issue on. Not sure of that myself. If the gun was made in 1945 I would be nervous. I would tend to doubt anybody would sporterize a poor gun to the extent yours so nicely was, and have at it once you have slugged the chamber.

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The Type 99 is one of the strongest military bolt rifles ever made[4], but many late-war ("last ditch") rifles used lower quality parts, and a complete lack of finish, as well as shortcuts taken to ease production. The "last ditch" rifles are usually distinguished by their crudeness; poorly finished stock, wood buttplate, very obvious tooling marks in the metal, rudimentary sights and an unfinished bolt knob and handle. Such late war rifles may be unsafe to fire.

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I haven't heard of Mosin rifles having problems, just the Japanese rifles toward the end of the war as HockaLouis mentioned. The Japanese were getting frantic and getting weapons into the soldiers hands was more important than quality of the product. One of the things my gunsmith friend mentioned is that steel quality and proper hardening were the main issues with the later rifles. The rifle I gave him was of poor quality, crude finish, the machine marks were obvious. The only reason he wanted the rifle was for the firing pin to replace one that another friend had lost on his rifle.

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If the gun was made in 1945 I would be nervous.
Most my guns are Milsurp, I have a 1908 Carcano, 1925, 1946, & 1955 Mosins,

a 1943 Garand, 1948 and 1956 SKSs, and they all function flawlessly.

I'm not going to claim a gun will absolutely never blow up in my face, but

if you get your gun from a FFL who uses a gunsmith on the premises, or

you have your gun checked by a competent gunsmith before firing,

this should not be a problem.

Wear safety glasses at all times when firing firearms. Join the GOA.

(and watch out for the grape cool-aid... )
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