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January 5, 2013 / Gregory Williams

Mosin Nagant Configuration Options

Since the Mosin-Nagant rifle is so inexpensive, and because it shoots a powerful round in the 7.62×54 rimmed cartridge, it is an attractive basis for purposeful conversion from the surplus military configuration.

In the US, parts are available for conversion to many configurations for purposes from hunting to tactical operations (as if any legitimate tactical operations would ever be undertaken on US soil with a Mosin-Nagant). There are even examples of pistol and bullpup (why!?) conversions, it seems that despite any impracticality it is possible and desirable to do almost anything to a $100 rifle.

Even for the less serious hobbyist or perhaps more reasonable hobbyist, one who is willing to change a stock and add a scope, but not to go as far as cutting down a barrel or welding a bolt handle, there is an array of easy conversion options available for almost every “normal” conversion.

The Scout Rifle

Scout rifles are supposed to be handy, all purpose weapons capable of killing pretty much anything at 200 yards, while being light enough to carry over long distances and having features both suited to fighting and hunting. It is widely held that the cartridge of choice for a Scout rifle should be no “smaller” than .308 Winchester and easy to find. The Mosin’s cartridge comes in somewhere between .308 and .30-06, and is widely available throughout the world.

To turn a Mosin into a suitable Scout rifle – what purists would consider a “Pseudo Scout”, its weight must be reduced, fast iron sights must be present on the gun, and optionally a scope can be mounted forward of the receiver to retain the rifle’s ability to be loaded with stripper clips. By default Mosin-Nagants meet the other two main requirements of a true Scout rifle by being bolt action and capable of firing one round at a time. Other true Scout features, such as a sling that can be used as a shooting aid are “optional” add-ons. Overall, however, converting a workable Mosin to the requisite weight and length requirements of a true scout is nearly impossible.

The Hunting Rifle

Mosin-Nagant rifles share many features with hight quality bolt action hunting rifles. They shoot a powerful cartridge, their integral five round magazine and bolt action meet many hunting regulations as do their long barrels for penetrating shots for larger game.

A common hunting conversion of a Mosin-Nagant would include a receiver mounted scope, a bent bolt handle for faster reloading, and a Monte-Carlo stock, either wood or synthetic.

More advanced examples include after market triggers, modified or additional safeties, pillar bedded stocks, free floating barrels, and muzzle devices to manage recoil or flash.

All said and done, even with advanced modifications building a Mosin Hunter can save a hunter a few hundred dollars over comparably featured rifles, but they must also accept the weight of the rifle.

The Tactical Sniper

The same reasons a Mosin-Nagant makes a good hunting rifle are the same reasons it can make a good “tactical” rifle. I use quotes because the word tactical can only be used in this regard in the US civilian sense. The truth is, most American gun owners will never need to, nor be capable of hitting targets in excess of 300 yards so the tactical features that can be built into the Mosin, including all advanced features of a hunting conversion plus expensive high resolution optics, silencers or suppressors, bi-pods, and high tech camo finishes, etc… are almost laughable on the Mosin when cost is considered. A civilian shooter can purchase a commercial “tactical” rifle and save time and money.

This type of conversion is almost purely for the serious hobbyist whose gun will likely see no more action than the range. However, that does not mean the resulting weapon would be unusable in combat, just extremely unlikely to ever see combat or other real tactical usage in the United States. In those parts of the world where the Mosin is being used in combat, it’s original configuration is just fine.

The Zombie Hunter and Zombie Scout

Zombies are still everywhere! On targets, on products, and on cable. Maybe they are just imaginary movie monsters but that doesn’t mean that a perfect Zombie Hunter’s rifle is beyond our reach. Capable of taking game to feed survivors, sniping biker gangs intent on stealing the Venison jerky, or killing Zombies at 100, 200, even up to 800 yards, these versions of the Mosin-Nagant have various modifications of the Scout, Hunting or Tactical Mosin’s, but retain the original stock, barrel length and bayonet! No need to rely on bullets when being overrun. Use this Mosin’s bayonet for piercing skulls or the steel butt plate for cracking them open at 1-2 yard defensive ranges.


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  1. rmactsc / Feb 9 2013 8:14 pm

    I’ve found the scout sniper scope setup works well as does replacing the original heavy wooden stock with a synthetic monte carlo stock. Barrel mounted bipod also helps improve accuracy.

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