So I just love this rifle:
Keystone in Pennsylvania is best known for their Crickett (“My first rifle”) series of single-shot 3-pound bolt-action .22LR trainers and they are taking that proven action, giving it a 20-inch barrel, and putting it in a thin walnut stock with a short length of pull to produce these Mini Mosins.
Still a single shot with no bayonet lug, company reps say they hope the mini milsurp will make kids more interested in old surplus rifles. They plan a whole series of these guns to include shrunken Mausers, Arisakas, MAS36s, and Springfield M1903A3s.
More in my column at Guns.com
Keystone Arms in Pennsylvania has long made a line of single-shot scaled down Crickett and Chipmunk series .22LRs of the “my first rifle” type.
Taking a page from that book, they now intend to make a series of pint-sized classic reproductions of famous military rifles, starting with the Mosin 91/30.
It’s not too far off of an idea. In Poland, Radom made the Wz-48 training rifle at the Lucznik plant between 1948 and 1960. Designed to emulate the M38/44 Mosin-Nagant, it was a single-shot .22 used to train Polish youth for military service. A bunch of Wz-48s flooded into the country a few years ago after Warsaw surplused them, but they soon got snapped up in the $200-$275 range and their prices have gone up since then.
More on the Mini Mosin in my column at Guns.com