By definition the Mosin Nagant is/was a bolt-action, internal five round magazine-fed, military rifle invented by Russian and Belgian inventors in 1891, and was used by the Russian Empire, the Soviet Union and many other nations. All formalities aside, the Mosin Nagant, specifically the M91/30, is a long rifle measuring in at around 48”overall length with the barrel being 29” and sports a steel but plate mounted to a wooden stock. The round is a 7.62x54R (“R” meaning rimmed cartridge) and depending on ammo can reach a velocity of approximately 2800+ feet per second (FPS). Sources say that the effective range with the iron sights is 550 yards. Owning an M91/30 produced in 1942 I can attest to that fact and I can’t help but think that the rifle saw some action in World War II similar to the action seen in the movie: “Enemy at the Gates”.
Back to the rifle and some of the thumbs up and thumbs down aspects. Thumbs down, one thing, the surplus ammo is dirty therefore the rifle gets dirty; quickly. One thing to remember is the barrel is not chrome-lined and should be cleaned right away to avoid pitting. That is the only item that gets a thumbs down from me. Thumbs up aspects are plentiful starting with the price of the rifle; under $120 in most cases. Next would be the price of ammo. The 7.62x54R is relatively inexpensive generally going for $12 for 20 rounds. The round has plenty of push and knock down power that I would not hesitate taking the Mosin out for a deer hunt. Another highlight of the design of the rifle is the five round internal magazine that can be fed either one bullet at a time or a more quicker method with five round stripped clips. With plenty of practice one can perform a “tactical” reload. Overall I give the Mosin Nagant 4 out of 5 stars as far as performance, cost, and ease of maintenance and recommend anyone on a firearms budget (or not) to buy one.