The Mosin - Why?

Discussion in 'General Rifle Discussion' started by indy36, Sep 1, 2013.

  1. indy36

    indy36 New Member

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    Question for you. I'm younger than a lot of you, 41, and I'm curious. Why does everyone seem to want Mosin rifles? What's the big deal? Is it because of your love of the Russians and their history? Is it a quest to own all the bolt-action rifles from WW2 (Arisaka, Mauser, Springfield, and Mosin)? Is it fear and preparation, that bolt-action rifles will somehow be 'okay' after Obama takes all the other guns? Is it that they are cheap entertainment AND good killing machines? Fill me in.
     
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  2. MisterMcCool

    MisterMcCool Well-Known Member Supporter

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    There ya go. That 7.62x54 is a beast.
     

  3. genesaika

    genesaika New Member

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    All of the above? I think most pick them up because they are inexpensive.
     
  4. longunner

    longunner New Member

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    If you shoot one, you will understand. I own 3. A bonus for me is that it's truly a center fire plinker. You can't beat 440 rounds for 90 bucks.
     
  5. jebsca

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    They are a part of history. They have markings all over to tell you some of the history of each rifle. To me, it has been fun to colect them, and find out what each little make is for. Theyare also a lot of fun to shoot.
     
  6. phideaux

    phideaux Active Member Supporter

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    Why would you not want one? They are purdy, and as has been said, they're a beast to shoot ....and cheap.

    Fun to refininsh also.

    [​IMG]

    Jim
     
  7. sergei100

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    My bet is it wouldn't fail you when you need it most and they've been war tested. I've got both a 38 and 59 carbine and love them. Besides the ammo being cheap it and can punch through most things, the only draw back will be how long your shoulder can take it.
     
  8. Fred_G

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    I guess you either like them or you don't. I enjoy shooting an 83 year old commie rifle in a hay field in the USA. And yes, I eventually plan on owning most of the WWII rifles.

    Not too many reasons I can think of not to own a particular gun. :D
     
  9. c3shooter

    c3shooter Administrator Staff Member

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    M-N 91/30= $99
    1903 Springfield= $990

    Any questions?
     
  10. JonM

    JonM Moderator

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    cheap deer hog guns. great plinkers. they just plain work.
     
  11. Chainfire

    Chainfire Well-Known Member Supporter

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    All of the above reasons plus one other big one:

    As a child in the 50s we feared the Soviet menace. I remember Khrushchev pounding his shoe and screaming that the Soviets would bury us.... People were building fall-out shelters in anticipation of "The Bomb." Saturday morning cartoons had commercials telling what to do in the case of an attack. We had "duck and cover" drills at school.

    All of that said, I think it is damn cool that I have a room full of their history. I wonder how many Garands are in the homes of Russian collectors?

    My message to the grave of Khrushchev is "KISS MY ***) :)
     
  12. JonM

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    you have a good point. its kinda funny we are turning their national heritage into toys sporting items plinkers and artwork lol

    [​IMG]
     
  13. Garadex

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    Cheap mostly and they are fun, that's a good combination if you ask me. although I can't hit crap with it pretty sure it's a combination of my eyes, the sights and my rifle's lack of accuracy.
     
  14. indy36

    indy36 New Member

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    I'm younger, which may be a factor, but I like guns like the AR and AK, I have both. I'd also like a FAL, Uzi, AUG, and HK MP-5. Those are my generation's Mausers and Mosins.
     
  15. jpattersonnh

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    Recoil is not bad. My 13 year old can shoot a 91/30!!!
    What he said
    Him too!!

    Jon, That is just wrong on so many levels...
    My oldest son is 22. He has 2 Mosin Nagants, an FR8, and a 1933 Swede M46 in 9.3x57, and I'm not sure what else. Not semi auto's or full auto's as you listed. He is young, but can see the importance of being able to hit a target at 400 yards that is hiding behind an 18" oak and nuetralizing it.
     
  16. genesaika

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    I'm 23 and prefer bolt action rifles, the older ones are even better.
     
  17. longunner

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    I love me some bolt guns :) there's just something about working that bolt and hitting what you're aiming at. Much more satisfying than just throwing a mag in and dumping it. Not saying that's not fun too :p
     
  18. therewolf

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    I saw my first Mosin, a Polish M44, near mint shape,

    at a LGS, didn't think about it much. Looked at it again,

    a few days later, at a great price, with some ammo,

    I was thinking "Ennnh, I'll shoot a half dozen rounds

    thru it, clean it up, throw it in the safe."


    Took it to the range, 80+ rounds later, I was

    hooked. It simply has a fun factor which you

    have to experience to understand.

    The whole "Russian History" thing is

    secondary, after the really hard to

    describe "insane fun" thing.

    BTW, still one of my favorite rifles.
     
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  19. kbd512

    kbd512 Well-Known Member Lifetime Supporter

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    One word - ammo.

    Ammunition for the 7.62x54R chambered weapons is inexpensive and available.

    The rifles are also inexpensive.

    A 1903 that you can actually shoot is expensive, as is the ammunition.

    If you want a sniping rifle or a target rifle or a hunting rifle, there's a Remington 700 variant available for that. However, it's gonna set you back a lot further than a Mosin Nagant.

    I like the rifles and carbines for what they are, inexpensive, simple, durable weapons chambered for a powerful cartridge. They get the job done, plain and simple.
     
  20. JonM

    JonM Moderator

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    not as pricey as you might think if your willing to do a bit of DIY.

    anywhere from about 500-650$ depending on how much your willing to do yourself