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March 9, 2014 / Gregory Williams

A Quick Mosin Project

Here in the US Mosin-Nagant rifles are still readily available at a low cost. Where I wouldn’t dream of refinishing many other surplus arms, Mosins are great for the hobby. Bottom line, whatever you do to your Mosin it will still be worth the same low price, about $100-$200 US, unless you really screw it up!

This M44 carbine was produced in 1944 at the Izhevsk arsenal.

Mosin-Nagant M44 as purchased

Above it is shown with the accessories it shipped with, and below disassembled in preparation for cleaning and stock refinishing.

Mosin-Nagant M44 detail stripped

Below the gun is detail stripped and the stock ready for its new finish. Americans are extremely biased towards Walnut finish, and I’m no different.

Mosin-Nagant M44 cleaned and stripped

Mosin-Nagant M44 ready for assembly

Above the stock has been refinished and the blueing touched up where needed.

Mosin-Nagant M44 ready

This rifle is now ready for its range test!

Even if you aren’t going to refinish or modify your Mosin, detail stripping and cleaning is a must before firing for the first time. Some potentially bad defects like pitting or rust in the chamber or rifling can’t even be seen until the cosmoline they were stored in is removed.

Other defects, like too much head space can be dangerous. Check the Internet for more information before firing.



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  1. Citizen Scenic J / Sep 6 2015 10:35 pm

    oi nice doin’s! so the Citrustrippers took it down to that blanched looking midstage all by themselves or was there a lot of elbow greece involved? was it a urethane coat when it shipped? Did you Spar coat it at the end? Ever use Linsey’s Oil and white quartz powder for the final last polish rub? Yeah? REALLY? Didn’t think so. That only works with a birch finish and no-one wants a birch carbine. ALSO “greece” yeah i went right there

    • Gregory Williams / Sep 6 2015 11:23 pm

      No not urethane, lacquer or varnish of a war period variety. Not too much elbow grease. The unfinished wood in the picture is the result of following the directions on the Citrustrip to apply and wait, and then scrubbing the wood with a soft scrub brush to work the dissolved lacquer out of the recesses. Then rinse off the Citrustrip, and scrub again with a basic unscented soap to clean the wood of residue. After the wood air dries, lightly sand with a sanding block to strike down any wood fiber. Then dust thoroughly, wipe with a wet cloth, and when dry apply the new finish. Citrustrip is supposed to be safe for kids and pets but ventilation is still required, as are gloves, and safety glasses.

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