Many firearms are popular and have been seen often in world history. Some are iconic like the AK47 or M1 Garand. Some are legends in foolishness like the Chauchat. Some, like the 1911, are remembered for their simple effectiveness. The Mosin-Nagant falls into this latter category.
Produced in figures of no less than 48 million by at least a dozen countries from 1891 through 1973 (and still made by Molot and Zastava as commercial hunting rifles today) the Mosin-Nagant rifle was robust, accurate, and reliable. The Mosin was the bread and butter of the Russian and later Soviet Armies until 1947, fighting in the Boxer Rebellion, Russo-Japanese War, Russo-Polish War, Finnish Winter War, Russian Revolution and Civil War, as well as both World Wars. It then started a second life around the world in the hands of Warsaw Bloc proxies from Spain, North Korea, and Vietnam to Nicaragua and Grenada. It is still found in almost every third world country’s arsenals to this day. For a design that is 126-years old and predates the Ford Model T by a generation, that’s not too shabby.
With so many out there, for sure some are very collectible such as some Finn variants, early Tsarist models in their original condition, and others. Then, there are millions of non-collectible, well-used examples that have been steadily turned into Archangel-stocked target rifles, obrez cutoffs, camp guns, “truck guns” and others.
Here are a couple of “wasteland” models that I’ve come across lately.
As noted by the maker, “It was a Russian that was nearly destroyed but still shot straight. Stock was from a Chinese T53 and bailing wire, nails and a sling made from a blanket strip.”
Then there is this creative Mosin SBR fire-breathing dragon blaster made by Polniy Pesetc overseas.
Overall, interesting concept, and as long as it isn’t a collectible/rare M.91, I say go for it.