I have to come clean: I was exclusively a “new gun” girl until looking at photos of some of the more historical guns out there. But the one that caught my eye was the Mosin-Nagant 91/30. It just seemed to call to me. It wasn’t like I intended to fall in love with this old, kinda-beat-up rifle. But I did. My dad and I messed around with it, removing and replacing the bayonet.
I fell in love with its look and that smell…Cosmoline. I couldn’t bring myself to wipe it all off. Now my Mosin is almost like a decorative piece in my home. It now rests in a corner in my bedroom so that I can see it every day.
That may seem odd, but this gun truly made me realize how older guns can change a person’s mentality. Once I got over how beautifully ugly the old Russian rifle is, I thought I should probably shoot it. I’d heard plenty of horror stories about women shooting Mosins. But I honestly don’t put a lot of stock in others’ opinions of things like recoil because it’s so subjective.
I can take recoil better than a woman weighing 100 lbs. more than me. It’s all in how you hold your gun.
So when I say this gun “kicks like a mule,” I mean it. It is intense. Yet it’s still a gun I look forward to shooting and while I haven’t put 1000 rounds through mine yet, I definitely can say that it will go with me to the range every time I do.
After firing the rifle, I needed to learn to disassemble and reassemble that bolt. Not because I thought it needed work, but to properly clean it and just to say I did it. After watching several Youtube videos, the breakdown is pretty easy. The hard part was getting it all back together. At least at first.
Now I laugh at myself still thinking about my struggles and the frustration of attempting to reassemble that thing, but once I did, my satisfaction (and infatuation) was complete. I had officially fallen in love with my Mosin-Nagant.
Rest assured that my Mosin will never have an Archangel stock on it. It will remain in its beautiful, original condition, the way Sergei Mosin, Leon Nagant and God intended.
I’ve actually been changed by this gun, having developed a new-found respect for historical firearms. No matter how hard they may kick.