Pros & Cons:
Submitted by Slappy
- The rifles and ammunition are very inexpensive.
- Durable, reliable, and great combat accuracy. These rifles left many dead Germans on the Eastern Front in World War II.
- Built like a Soviet tractor.
- Fires the potent 7.62x54R (rimmed) ammunition which is still plentiful and relatively inexpensive. You can find ammunition that is factory sealed in big “spam cans”. This makes the Mosin Nagant a great weapon for long-term storage.
- Growing aftermarket support.
- Low cost gunsmith project.
- Capable of match accuracy with little to no modification and the right ammo (188, LN1).
- Adaptable for hunting/sporting applications.
- Modern, non-corrosive ammo is available.
- Uses 5-round stripper clips (pictured right) for loading. After firing 5 rounds you must quickly reload.
- Most military surplus 7.62x54R ammunition is corrosive. You must thoroughly clean your rifle promptly after shooting.
- Stout recoil and a metal butt plate can make this an uncomfortable rifle to shoot. Recoil pads are available.
- The safety, while effective, is stiff and awkward.
- The triggers can have quite a bit of creep and overtravel.
Disassembly & Maintenance:
Corrosive Surplus Ammunition:
Very little surplus 7.62×54 ammunition is not corrosive. Promptly clean your firearm thoroughly after shooting.
Sardine Can Decoding:
AK vs. AR vs. Mosin:
AK47: It works though you have never cleaned it — ever.
AR15: You have $9 per ounce special non-detergent synthetic Teflon infused oil for cleaning.
Mosin: It was last cleaned in Berlin in 1945.
AK47: You are able to hit the broad side of a barn from inside.
AR15: You are able to hit the broad side of a barn from 600 meters.
Mosin: You can hit the farm from two counties over.
AK47: Cheap magazines are fun to buy.
AR15: Cheap magazines melt.
Mosin: What’s a magazine?
AK47: Your safety can be heard from 300 meters away.
AR15: You can silently flip off the safety with your finger on the trigger.
Mosin: What’s a safety?
AK47: Your rifle comes with a cheap nylon sling.
AR15: Your rifle has a 9 point stealth tactical suspension system.
Mosin: Your rifle has dog collars.
AK47: Your bayonet makes a good wire cutter.
AR15: Your bayonet is actually a pretty good steak knife.
Mosin: Your bayonet is longer than your leg.
AK47: You can put a .30″ hole through 12″ of oak, if you can hit it.
AR15: You can put one hole in a paper target at 100 meters with 30 rounds.
Mosin: You can knock down everyone else’s target with the shock wave of your bullet going downrange.
AK47: When out of ammo your rifle will nominally pass as a club.
AR15: When out of ammo, your rifle makes a great wiffle bat.
Mosin: When out of ammo, your rifle makes a supreme war club, pike, boat oar, tent pole, or firewood.
AK47: Recoil is manageable, even fun.
AR15: What’s recoil?
Mosin: Recoil is often used to relocate shoulders thrown out by the previous shot.
AK47: Your sight adjustment goes to “10”, and you’ve never bothered moving it.
AR15: Your sight adjustment is incremented in fractions of minute of angle.
Mosin: Your sight adjustment goes to 12 miles and you’ve actually tried it.
AK47: Your rifle can be used by any two bit nation’s most illiterate conscripts to fight elite forces worldwide.
AR15: Your rifle is used by elite forces worldwide to fight two bit nations’ most illiterate conscripts.
Mosin: Your rifle has fought against itself and won every time.
AK47: Your rifle won some revolutions.
AR15: Your rifle won the Cold War.
Mosin: Your rifle won a pole vault event.
AK47: You paid $350.
AR15: You paid $900.
Mosin: You paid $59.95.
AK47: You buy cheap ammo by the case.
AR15: You lovingly reload precision crafted rounds one by one.
Mosin: You dig your ammo out of a farmer’s field in Ukraine and it works just fine.
AK47: You can intimidate your foe with the bayonet mounted.
AR15: Your foes laugh when you mount your bayonet.
Mosin: You can bayonet your foe on the other side of the river without leaving the comfort of your hole.
AK47: Service life, 50 years.
AR15: Service life, 40 years.
Mosin: Service life, 100 years, and counting.
AK47: It’s easier to buy a new rifle when you want to change cartridge sizes.
AR15: You can change cartridge sizes with the push of a couple of pins and a new upper.
Mosin: You believe no real man would dare risk the ridicule of his friends by suggesting there is anything but 7.62x54R.
AK47: You can repair your rifle with a big hammer and a swift kick.
AR15: You can repair your rifle by taking it to a certified gunsmith and it’s under warranty!
Mosin: If your rifle breaks, you buy a new one.
AK47: You consider it a badge of honor when you get your handguards to burst into flames.
AR15: You consider it a badge of honor when you shoot a sub-MOA 5 shot group.
Mosin: You consider it a badge of honor when you cycle 5 rounds without the aid of a 2×4.
AK47: After a long day the range you relax by watching “Red Dawn”.
AR15: After a long day at the range you relax by watching “Blackhawk Down”.
Mosin: After a long day at the range you relax by visiting the chiropractor.
AK47: After cleaning your rifle you have a strong urge for a stiff shot of Vodka.
AR15: After cleaning your rifle you have a strong urge for hotdogs and apple pie.
Mosin: After cleaning your rifle you have a strong urge for shishkabob.
AK47: You can accessorize you rifle with a new muzzle brake or a nice stock set.
AR15: Your rifle’s accessories are eight times more valuable than your rifle.
Mosin: Your rifle’s accessory is a small tin can with a funny lid, but it’s buried under an apartment building somewhere in Budapest.
AK47: Your rifle’s finish is varnish and paint.
AR15: Your rifle’s finish is Teflon and high tech polymers.
Mosin: Your rifle’s finish is low grade shellac, cosmoline and Olga’s toe nails.
AK47: Your wife tolerates your autographed framed picture of Mikhail Kalashnikov.
AR15: Your wife tolerates your autographed framed picture of Eugene Stoner.
Mosin: You’re not sure there WERE cameras to photograph Sergei Mosin.
AK47: Late at night you sometimes have to fight the urge to hold your rifle over your head and shout “Wolverines!”
AR15: Late at night you sometimes have to fight the urge to clear your house, slicing the pie from room to room.
Mosin: Late at night, you sometimes have to fight the urge to dig a fighting trench in the yard to sleep in.