Thursday, October 2, 2014

Guns: The Obrez and its Cousins

Roundabout via Adam

Cut down "Obrez" rifles - Mosin and Mauser

’m not sure where it started, but the “obrez” has gained a decent bit of recognition among gun folks (particularly gun folks on the internet). The concept is a Mosin-Nagant rifle with the barrel cut down to 4-8 inches and the buttstock lopped off, to make a concealable weapon in leiu of a proper pistol.

Mosin rifles were fairly common and handguns much more difficult to obtain, so the obrez was a way for folks who needed a sneaky gun (be they criminals, partisans, or revolutionaries) to conceal under a coat. Recoil is pretty hefty, and accuracy non-existent, but they work well enough in close quarter.

There are a number of videos on YouTube of folks shooting obrez’s (I really don’t know how to pluralize that…), and this one is a good representation:'


  1. Damn! My hand and wrist hurt just looking at those sawed off beasts. Ouch!

  2. The kick on a Mosin is quite considerable. Fire a few rounds and you will still be feeling it the next day. I can't imagine what the recoil on one of these must feel like.