Monday, November 4, 2019

History of the Mosin Nagant Rifle

 a photo illustrating the history of the mosin nagant rifle

On the American market, the 1891 Mosin Nagant has gone from bargain beater to a prized mil surplus possession in the space of a few, perplexingly short years. In some ways, the astronomical prices of Garands, Mausers, and Enfields generated an increased demand for WWII era pieces by younger collectors and the Mosin fell at a great price point.

Another explanation is perhaps the supplies of the most mass-produced bolt action service rifle in history are finally drying up. No matter the explanation, the M1891 Mosin Nagant has proven to be remarkably resilient. Coming from a country that prized itself on keeping things simple, yet dependable for over a century, it’s safe to say they succeeded.

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  1. I have two of the 1944 examples and I am considering winnowing the supply.
    Like, by two.

    1. Me too. I bought it about 10 years ago, an unissued milsurp, like new for $155. Then a few years later I foolishly sold it to a friend for the same price. Earlier this year I asked him if I could buy it back (legitimate since, unlike the government, I once owned it). He said, "I would, but I loaned it out to someone to go hunting and he said he lost it!" I couldn't believe that. They're selling for over $400 now. My friend's "friend" probably lied and kept it or sold it!! --Ron W

    2. Thanks and here is the one I had but put in an auction for the PATCON as money was scarce for door prizes. :(

    3. "I would, but I loaned it out to someone to go hunting and he said he lost it!"

      Whatever, he should have been reimbursed.

    4. True! He should've told him, "well, you owe me $450!" --Ron W

    5. Yes whatever the going price was at the time.