I had been reading up on the mosin nagant 91/30s and went looking for something from just before World War II, say about 1939. I was looking forward to digging around and picking one out at the big gun show in our area. What I did not expect to do was look around and find three m1891s. I am more of a long rifle guy, and they stole the show for me. As I looked them over, the one that demanded my attention was from 1900. She was in good shape for being 112 years old. I looked her over for a bit before the salesman came over. I found out fast that I may have read up a bit on the rifles, and knew a small bit, but I was way out of my league trying to make my first milsurp buy. I had no idea what a forced match was, or what any of the stamps meant or would add (or subtract) to the value. In the end, I knew that I would have to take her home and make her mine. It has been two days since I got her home, but I still have not stripper her down very far. I have pulled out the cleaning rod and taken the bolt out and taken the bolt apart some of the way. That has been enough to see that I will have finish cleaning the cosmoline off and out. I got her with the idea of shooting her, but have a few questions still. As she is over 100 years old, but spent much time in long term storage, should I worry about running just any ammo in her, or should I look for something loaded a little light? I know that I should run a set of go no-go gauges in before I send round down range, and lots of cleaning before anything else, but is that it? I know I need to break it down to every little piece to clean, but that seems so wrong with something that has so much history. I will try to get some pics up soon. As it turns out, my wife can’t find the charger for her good camera, and I am having a hard time getting some good pics with my 9 year old camera.