I had my first experience with a Mosin Nagant 91/30 today. My buddy bought one a few weeks ago. Up until today, the most powerful rifle I had shot was a 30-30. Needless to say, after reading about the Mosin's recoil and noise, I was just a little nervous getting ready to fire. He let me fire it first so I didn't see it and hear it to know what I was getting into. I fired the first shot, looked over at him and said, "I need a Mosin!" Without a doubt, that was one of the coolest guns I've fired. It was by far the loudest gun at the range today and got everyone's attention when we fired the first shot. I ended up firing about 50 rounds through it during the three hours we were there and my shoulder is letting me know it!