TTAG Father’s Day Gift Idea: Two Mosin Nagants and Some Elbow Grease

The best Father’s Day gift idea comes packed in cosmonline. Grab a big gift basket, two Mosin Nagants, a tin of ammo, and a whole lot of spare time.  You and your father can spend a few hours bonding over the tremendously tedious process of cleaning all the cosmonline from your new-to-you rifles. Then, after hours of shoulder-to-shoulder scrubbing, washing, and waiting, you can take them out to the range together, filled with a sense of accomplishment and bliss when you hear that first crack usher forth from your freshly cleaned Russki rifle. And you can both reminisce over how all of your hard work finally paid off. Note: If you were born before the 80’s, replace “reminisce” with “bitch about how kids nowadays are no damned good and don’t understand hard work.” Either way you and your father will be closer than ever!


  1. avatar Matt in FL says:

    I tried to talk my dad (and several friends) out of three grand a couple weeks back when there was that post about Classic Firearms having full crates in stock and for sale. I had no luck.

    1. avatar Retro says:

      Yeah, I should have picked up a case a year or so ago when they were $1300. Guess I’ll just hang on to the 7 SA MN’s that I have…

  2. avatar jwm says:

    My last cosmo’d 91/30 turned into a gathering when it was time to degunk it. In the garage with me were my son, son in law and stepson. Various women and grandkids came and went during the process. 129 dollars is a cheap price to pay for a .30-06 class rifle. But the family gathering that old rifle turned into was without price.

  3. avatar SeanC says:

    “a tin of ammo” For those that might not already know, that’s 440 rounds in a spam can. 7.62x54R was still widely available throughout the recent ammo shortage.

    1. avatar Ralph says:

      I’d love a real AR chambered in 7.62X54R. Not a Dragunov, SVT or PSL, but a realio-trulio AR.

      Sweet dreams are made of this. Meanwhile, I have my 91/30s, M44s and looking for a nice M38.

      1. avatar Don says:

        Hay Ralph,

        Buds has M38s right now… neighbor and I got the M44s and they were both in very good condition.

        1. avatar Ralph says:


      2. avatar jwm says:

        Ralph, the m38’s saw hard service. The 91/59 was made from rebuilt 91/30’s and it’s doubtfull they were issued at all.

        1. avatar Ralph says:

          There are some 91/59s available now, but I haven’t bought any precisely because they weren’t issued. My interest in WW2 rifles is primarily historical in nature — plus they’re just so much fun to shoot!

        2. avatar jwm says:

          Good point Ralph. i was thinking on which would be the better shooter and have more life in it.

  4. avatar Daniel Raidt says:

    I am on my 7th Mosiy, This one has a beautiful laminated stock and honestly I cannot see how it ever was issued to any one or for any purpose. This one is the most heavily cosmolined one yet. It is a standard round receiver. I have not cleaned or shot it yet but know this stock will be mated and bedded in with a 1928 Hex Tula receiver that has done a 3 inch spread at 100 yards right from the box. As Forest Gump immortalized the saying Mosiy’s are like a crate of chocolates you never know what you will get. Truly addictive.

  5. avatar jw says:

    Spell-Check Alert! Cosmoline, not COSMONLINE.

  6. avatar disthunder says:

    Cosmonline is the crap you have to spray out of the internet when you’re looking for a simple answer to most gun questions.

  7. avatar Jacknine says:

    Being old enough to be issued a rifle with a wooden stock covered in cosmoline on the first day of boot camp, we boiled water in some old pots and threw all the metal parts in. Cosmoline dissolved and the parts dried in seconds on their own. That wooden stock was a bitch though. I understand wrapping the stock in paper towels, then black plastic and leaving them in the sun works wonders.

    1. avatar Daniel Raidt says:

      Exactly what I do !

      1. avatar jwm says:

        I put a little simple green in the boiling water. And make sure I chuck a segment of cleaning rod into a power drill and slow speed work a shotgun brush in the chamber. No sticky bolt for me.

        1. avatar Sixpack70 says:

          I need to try that. One of mine has a sticky bolt.

        2. avatar Matt in FL says:

          Make sure you just clean out the chamber, don’t get into the throat when you do it. You just need to get the areas that the bolt face would contact.

        3. avatar jwm says:

          Sixpack 70, that should clear up the problem with sticky bolt. It has on every case I’ve seen. I don’t have a set schedule for each rifle but every so often I will work the chamber over with the shotgun brush during cleaning.

          I shoot surplus steel cased ammo and that stuff has lacquer on it that can leave a residue in a chamber after prolonged shooting.

        4. avatar Tom in Oregon says:

          Good call. Those H&H chamber brushes work great for that.

  8. avatar WarsawPactHeat says:

    A good friend and I both picked out a pair of 91/30s bathed in cosmoline a while back. He paid me a spam can to clean his. He said it was the best $80 he spent and I was super happy to have the ammunition. 440 rounds goes a long way–especially when one’s shoulder starts to bark after 80 rounds in an afternoon.

  9. avatar Tom in Oregon says:

    Dang it you guys. All of you.
    I have a really important hunt starting next week. Can’t sleep, wishing the 20+ hours in the air was behind me. Totally concentrating on skimping and saving for a trophy class Kudu bull. This hunt has been 14 months in planning since the friends of he NRA banquet.
    And you bring up a Mosin again. With inexpensive, plentiful ammo.
    Now my logical side is saying, ” hey, another rifle will last you a lifetime, a hunt is just two weeks”.
    My emotional side is almost ready to cuss you guys out for distracting me.
    It’s OK, I’m under control, I have a grand daughter in the house. I don’t cuss anymore.
    Dang it!!!!

    1. avatar jwm says:

      I wish I had your problem. The hunt of a lifetime coming up in Africa. I ain’t green caused I just Hulked out. Have 2 less drinks on the flight and buy the mosin.

      1. avatar Tom in Oregon says:

        Way ahead of ya. Just stashed 200 bucks back in the safe so it’ll be here when I get back.

  10. avatar Hryan says:

    After playing with about 500 of them over the last few years, I just purchased my first Mosin a few hours ago. Sadly looking forward to cleaning the Devil’s Snot out of it the next day or so; feels like a gun-owner right of passage.

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