Friday, May 3, 2013

Friday Gun Pr0n #317

Today's gun pic comes to us courtesy of friend, blogmeet attendee, and all-around mensch Brad_in_MA:

Brad got ahold of a Mosin-Nagant model 44! I'll let him tell you all about her:
I just looked at the pics on my laptop . . . . they don't do justice to the rifle.  Not. One. Bit.  The wood is deep red & richly colored.  Finish is excellent -- I suspect this rifle barely saw any service. And the bore.  The BORE.  The Bore & Crown* are bright & shiny, and the rifling looks great.  There's a little bit of flop-n-slop in the trigger so I might get myself a trigger slack spring from c&r surplus springs.  When I get a chance to dance with my new little friend, I'll send a range report.  I doubt I'll be shooting at anything beyond 50 yards as that's about all my crappy eyes can muster, but if I'm feeling adventurous, I *might* try the steel gong on the 200 yard line. 
The rifle came with an interesting little oddity -- the instruction booklet.  I need to find someone who can read Russian and translate it for me.  From what I can figure, the gun is spec'd at a weight of 3.9kg and is set to a 300 meter zero. 
Details to follow . . . . I'm sure the gun will be a big hit at Bloggershoot this coming summer.  In fact, I've already decided to set aside my 91/30 for a while and get acquainted with the M44.  I figure to need two or three range trips and about 200 rounds to start settling in.  
Anyone out there read Russian? Yes, Oleg, I'm looking at yooouuu... :)
Ah, the model 44. Famous for two things: shooting better with the bayonet extended, and a 4' long fireball out the end of the barrel. Two things that just make life worth living... A gun that can not only hold your marshmallows for s'mores, but also melts them onto the graham cracker at the same time... 

Great pick-up, Brad, and thanks for sharing!

That is all.


libertyman said...

Hmmmmmm. May look into one of those myself.

Brad_in_MA said...


I purchased said rifle from an out of state retailer, then had it transferred via my local FFL. I could have saved the $35 transfer if I had a c&r. Email me for details:
bradr65 (at) gmail (dot) com

Dave H in NY . . . now you know the companion piece. Yeah it could have been a nagant revolver or a TT33 tokarev pistol.


Dave H said...

Brad: The first thing I thought of was the Nagant, but the M44 came to mind right after that. I didn't consider the Tokarev. Good choice!

Borepatch said...

The Missus is a russian linguist. You get me a PDF, I'll have her look at it.

Andie said...

Oh, now that's a beautiful piece... cannot wait to see her this summer!

Brad_in_MA said...

You're welcome to shoot it until your shoulder can take no more. I have plenty of Mosin fodder.