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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