Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Modernizing and Accessorizing the Mosin Nagant

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It's probably the most popular military surplus rifle on the market today. Ammunition for it is cheap and plentiful, and how can you pass up a rifle you can buy for less than $100? Yes, I'm talking about the Mosin Nagant. These century old rifles can be found in abundance in gun stores, pawn shops, and gun shows across the country. Most for around $90 - $100. That's right, for just $200 you can buy a functioning rifle and a spam can of 440 rounds of ammunition. It's hard to find a better deal than that.

But, let's face it. This rifle is at least 55 years old, and many are pushing 100. It is not a modern sporting rifle by any stretch of the imagination, but it can be affordably upgraded to take modern optics and accessories.

Probably the most common question we get is from customers who want to mount a scope on their Mosin Nagant. By and large, most Mosin Nagants were only designed to be used with the factory iron sights. Some rare sniper versions were made and outfitted with optics, but these are fairly expensive and difficult to find. Your typical 91-30 Mosin was not designed with optics in mind, but it can be upgraded. Our most popular conversion is the Mosin Nagant scope mount from Advanced Technology. It includes a new bolt to convert your straight handled bolt to a more modern bent bolt. While this kit does require some skill in gunsmithing, an individual with a rudimentary knowledge of the art will be able to install the kit with minimal effort. This Mosin scope mount kit includes everything needed to mount the scope rail, including hardware drill bits and a tap.

After fitting your Mosin for a scope, you may find the century old wooden stock to be somewhat lacking. Older wooden stocks are often cracked, and modern glass-filled nylon replacements represent a significant reduction in weight and recoil. Advanced Technology manufactures a synthetic stock for the Mosin Nagant that is quite literally a drop in installation. You'll likely spend longer removing the barrel bands from your old wooden stock than you will fitting the barrel and action into this new sleek Monte Carlo style stock. It's a tight fit, so take your time and work carefully.

The new Monte Carlo stock features proper sling swivel mounts, so you'll no longer be relegated to using the traditional "dog collar" style sling mounts. The new synthetic stock is also perfectly suited for use in the field as it is incredibly durable and waterproof. This makes it ideal for hunting, where all types of weather conditions may be encountered. Of course if hunting is your goal, you may find the camouflage version of the stock more suitable for your rifle. This stock from Advanced Technology comes in Mossy Oak Break-Up camouflage and is also a "drop-in fit" stock that requires no gunsmithing.

Not all accessories for the Mosin Nagant are new technology. Some traditional items are still incredibly useful for operating your vintage rifle. Stripper clips in 7.62x54R make reloading your rifle quick and easy, and they are convenient ammunition storage devices as well. Most ammunition for the Mosin is older military surplus rounds. A broken shell extractor is a very useful tool which can quickly restore your rifle to service should an old cartridge suffer a case head separation which may otherwise render your rifle useless.

The Mosin Nagant is a classic rifle once used by nations throughout the world. The fact that it is still in use by some military units is a testament to the versatility and durability of this old warhorse. Still, time marches on and there are a number of ways you can upgrade and sporterize your classic war rifle, turning it into an effective and accurate hunting arm. Once properly oufitted, you'll find your old Mosin looks ready to go for yet another 100 years.

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