Mosin-Nagant bayonet
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Mosin-Nagant bayonet

By Collin Buckles

Buying a Mosin-Nagant is a very exciting experience. However, finding out that your bayonet does not fit your rifle can put a slight damper on the celebration. Here are some very simple steps to get your bayonet to fit perfectly in less than 10 seconds without any power tools.

Supplies needed:
1. Shop rag
2. Any sort of hammer
3. A sturdy metal corner (such as the base of a bench vice) . . .

Step 1: Holding the bayonet by the blade place the open end of the cylinder at the base of the bayonet around the edge of your sturdy metal corner as seen in the picture below.

Step 2: Place your shop rag over the base of the bayonet to prevent any scratching.
Step 3: Lightly but firmly hit the cylindrical base of the bayonet with the hammer. Center your strikes as much as possible to the corner so that the bayonet opens up evenly.


Step 4:
Every few strikes check how the bayonet fits in your rifle.

If you open up your bayonet too far and it fits loosely on the rifle, do not worry. The bayonets seem rather ductile and are very forgiving. Simply lay the base of the bayonet on a flat surface and hammer it closed until it fits correctly as shown in the picture below.


Finally, now that you have your bayonet properly fit onto your Mosin-Nagant, it will most likely shoot much more accurately when using iron sights. Just a warning though; you may also find yourself stabbing cardboard boxes in your backyard because a bayonet is not simply attached to a rifle and ignored. Enjoy!

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      • Here’s the method I used with my Mosin.

        Buy an M44 instead of a 91/30. Done

        I sure miss the days of $80 Mosins and 8¢ per round surplus ammo .

        I wouldn’t buy one these days. Glad mine was bought fifteen years ago.

        At least I got in on the cheap Mosin days, having missed out on the cheap Mauser, Enfield, K31, Garand, and M1 carbine days. The Mosin might be the most humble WW2 era rifle, but at least it is a WW2 era rifle.

        • Indeed. I remember back when even 98k’s and cases of 8mm with the Nazi eagle stamp were common.

          It’s quite amazing to me, that nearly the entire small arms arsenals of the Reich, Soviet Union, and British Empire are now in US civilian hands.

        • The other joy of the M44 is the fire ball. Indeed half the powder is burning outside the barrel with an M44. Good fun.

          Everyone should have a stash of Mosins and 7.62x54R Spam cans. When the end of the world comes, you can hand out a Mosin and a spam can of 440 rounds to your friends.

          10 years ago you could get one rifle and one spam can for less than $200.

          440 rounds lasts a long time with a Mosin. Unless you are a masochist.

        • $200 ten years ago is 400 Plus today. About right. Thats 7% interest. Put it in apple stock ten years ago and it would be even greater.

      • Confess spy bastard! Confess! Who sent you here?

        I said: well comrade Stalin!

        Then.. Bang! Bang! Bang! …. knocked out all my teeth.

        That’s the glorious land of socialism for you… there wasn’t a sickle, but there was a hammer.

      • I came here with high expectations of Moist Nugget, and left with cheer in my heart.

        Now, who has an Obrez?

  1. I stuck my bayonet into a wall stud in the garage. Added a plumbers candle to the socket and instant romantic atmosphere.

    • “Added a plumbers candle to the socket and instant romantic atmosphere.”

      Nookie on the hood of a car in the garage? 🙂

  2. My homemade bayonet dummy has more holes than Biden has half thoughts. I need to seriously find a real one or figure out a better build for one.

  3. Since I got one as a hand-me-down but don’t have a Mosin to put it on, I just bought one of those Brass Stacker handles and affixed it to that. Comes in pretty handy during camping season.

  4. Hammer even without Sickle works. Empty Mosin with stabbie thing attached makes good spear. Without Stabbie thing, makes good club or raft paddle.

    When hurricane Ike sent winds up thru Cincinnati, it took out my gazebo, the corners were sq steal stock. And the perfect Inside dia, to fit over the rear sight. Tapped and installed a rail. Now my Mosie has a red dot. Under can still use Iron sights.

    Got some Czech training rounds, low recoil kinda plastic and cork. 200+ left shoot without shoulder breakage. Also, take a newbie to the range with a Mosie, load a couple, they go ain’t so bad, then last few rounds heavy Ruskie ball.

    Got 5 spam cans 2200 rds. when SGAMMO had them in stock a few years ago for 90 dollars each. Also some late 40’s tin square can sealed with lead. 300 rounds and original stripper clips. Ain’t had one that failed to fire so far.

  5. You Americanskys are soft, like little bebbies. Russkys don’t need sturdy metal corner! We do this with our teeth.

    Which explains why Russkys have no teeth. But Russkys so strong, we don’t need teeth. We crack open bones with our gums.


  6. AR-15 owner: I spent $1,800 on a new upper receiver. AK owner: I hit rifle with shovel. Rifle shoot fine now. Mosin owner: *grunts in Russian to indicate that his Nazi clubber/boat oar/vaulting pole can also be used to shoot things*.

  7. I never realized that Mosin bayonets were supposed to come off?! Mines been attached since 1996 at least! Made it hell to fit it in my Metro…

      • Hand to God. I bought my first moist nugget at a Cow Palace gun show in the late 90’s. Even in CA they were still considered C&R and there was no waiting period on them or almost any mil-surp. Including the sks and rifles like that. I paid about 50 bucks for a 91/30.

        And then I took my new toy to my car to drive it home. Quite some distance from the Cow Palace. My car was a 4 door hatch back Metro. The only way the rifle would fit was to put the butt between the front seats and have the muzzle end across the back seat between the head rests and with the muzzle very close to the rear window.

        I had a beach towel in the car and I wrapped that around the end that was showing to the world. My jacket covered the action end and away I went.

  8. *Turns off and puts away acetylene torch while mumbling about never being allowed to have any fun*

    Honestly though my 91/30 bayonet fits perfectly. The M44 makes it a bit easier I guess but it’s more fun to use the 44’s bayonet as a sideways monopod. Gangster, tactical and retro. OG as fuck and makes the RSOs think you’re too crazy to bother talking to.

  9. Back at the end of the cheap mosin days my brother bought one right before a New Year’s Eve Central Valley California hog hunt with a friend of ours. My brother didn’t have another rifle at the time, so After a quick check of zero, he just decided to use that. Long story short we ambushed a sounder on the back 60, and he wounded one that dove into the thick willows and scrub that lined the nearby draw. We Eventually decided we had to go in after it, and while I had my .45 ACP, my brother decided to ‘fix Bayonets’ prior to diving into the thick brush. Our friend smartly decided to play ‘overwatch’ in case it came out. I zigged, my brother zagged as we started looking for this hog. About 8 minutes in, he called out over the brush, saying that he found it. I yelled back asking if it was dead… He said he thought it was. At least until he saw the ear twitch. Between the yelling and squealing I finally made it up to him all the while thinking about what first aid I would need to render, how far I would have to go to get cell reception for the ambulance, and most horrifying of all, what I would have to explain to our mother (We were both grown and off to college, but we are a bit of an old fashioned family and he is her favorite)… anyway, I finally got to him only to find him with his rifle butt flat on the ground, the bayonet shaking like a checkered flag in the air and him on his heels quivering as the adrenaline wore off. When asked what the heck happened, he could only say, ‘bro, I bayoneted it’. Apparently in his excitement he neglected to jack a fresh round into the chamber from when he first shot it. When he found it, and it proved to be not so dead, he went to shoot it again, but no bang. So when the hog charged him he just stuck it in the armored shoulder to keep it off him. Luckily it didn’t come back around. We found it about 25 yards away and a final .45 slug finished it off. Tough animals, even with one 7.62 pill already in the chest (later found it had hit just behind the lungs/heart). Made a GREAT BBQ for New Years though. Anyway, that’s my favorite mosin bayonet story.

  10. Embarrassingly, my problem is that I got the bayonet on my Mosin and I can’t take it off. And yes, I keep stabbing furniture and packing boxes with the tip.

  11. I’m going to have to figure out a way to mount a bayonet to my AR-15. That has no bayonet lug. I have some ideas.

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