Keystone Mini Mosin
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Keystone Sporting Arms is best known for their Crickett and Chipmunk single-shot .22 rifles, designed for youth shooters. They also offer some adult-sized models, ideal for beginners, and some neat precision versions seen below. And, now, they have released something really cool: a miniature 91/30 Mosin Nagant aptly yclept the Mini Mosin.

This is apparently the first in a whole series of “Mil-Surp” rifles. They’ll all be .22s, all miniaturized to scale for the smaller cartridge.

The Mini Mosin is available as a special edition complete with mil-surp wood crate and other goodies.

Or as the bare rifle for $100 less. It’s great looking and feels nice and smooth. We’ll try to do a full review soon.


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  1. I hate mosin’s with a deep passion. Anyone buying this for their child as a first rifle should be subject to child abuse charges.

  2. I can honestly say this is the first time I’ve seen someone use the word yclept in a sentence. It’s a word so obscure/archaic that the spell checker thinks it’s a typo.

  3. The web site indicates a single shot action rifle. Is the magazine well for show only? That would be a deal breaker for me.

      • With a a supply of five-round .22 caliber stripper clips! Gotta be authentic! Can the bold be removed and disassembled in the same way? What era slots for the sling? Does it come with a bayonet mount or an attached bayonet in the M44 version? 😀

  4. “The action is based on the proven, safe, single-shot Crickett design”
    So……it’s a Crickett in a Mosin-like stock……

  5. Aww it’s a single shot! that is a huge mistake on keystone’s part they thought outside the old inside box and just didn’t look far enough in.

  6. I need this like I need a new hole in the head which probably means I’m gonna buy the whole set…

    Hopefully they’ll also do a mini Enfield, mini 1903 Springfield, and mini Mauser 98.

    • That or that guy’s got some MASSIVE hands.

      Also, if the box costs $100 I’m guessing you can get a real Mosin for less. But if they made these Mini-14 sized and made a rotation of mini military bolt actions that are as close to accurate replicas as possible I’d probably find an excuse to buy one of the models. Not sure it’d be the Mosin though. I used to have a Lee-Enfield so I’d probably go for that.

      And as James pointed out above, being a single shot would be a deal killer as well.

      • If you find a functioning 91/30 or M44 for less than $175 these days you’ve done pretty well. Others are less common and more expensive. They’re often $250 if they’re in decent condition (by which I mean they don’t look like they gun run over by a T-38). Even online, $180 is kinda the floor.

        Dat inflation.

        • Yeah, well my glove size is XXL, so I’ll definitely pass. Guessing I couldn’t get my pinky finger in that trigger guard without risking an NG.

          I was thinking ‘mini’ as in Mini-14. This is more micro than mini.

  7. Saw that. Only reason I could think of is “why did you climb that mountain?”

    Perhaps Keystone should just go purchase some large/more capable equipment. Heck a few years ago Henry FINALLY started making something other that the 374th version of a .22 lever action. Perhaps Keystone could as well.

    • So they want $100 for the box? I read elsewhere the baby flamethrower is listing around $500. Sheesh, never thought I’d see the days of the $500 Mosin, and it’s not even a real Mosin. Guess that’s what the call progress….maybe it’ll appeal to snowflakes and mini anti’s.

  8. So do you have to manually cock this like the other Crickets?

    If so, that’s a deal-breaker. I despise those things.

  9. I don’t have a Mosin. Never wanted a Mosin. I have many military bolt guns from 1892 to 1948. I don’t want this either.
    However, not only is it a great looking firearm, the fact that they got the color of the crate right is impressive to me.

    I hope they sell a million of these.

  10. So I’m good with offering options for first guns for training youngsters. But there shouldn’t be any fake magazines. If it looks magazine fed it should truly be magazine fed. And if a mini version of a battle rifle, use an American example not a Russian one.

    Aside from that some of these new offerings look good to me. Precision rifle format for one, to go with the full size grown-up guns for adults. That’s a useful way to get a young person’s interest, giving them a gun sized for them that has the look and feel of their parent’s gun.

    I won’t be buying a Mini-Mosin but if I still had a young shooter of that size and age category for that small size precision rifle, it’d rate high on my Christmas or birthday gift giving list.

    However, at my age it’s more like deciding what carry gun to give a college aged young lady and what training class in pistol shooting to buy her a seat in.

  11. Well, OK. To each their own, I guess.

    I too would like to see someone replicate the .22LR Springfield 1922 M2’s (which were basically .22 cal 1903’s) that were quite accurate in their day. Let’s see, what else? The Harrington & Richardson .22LR Garand trainer – what was that called again? The M65 Reising, I think? Very heavy for a .22LR, but accurate as all get-out for a semi-auto in its day. Full-on Garand-style front and rear sights, 10 round magazine that went into the bottom of the action.

    The Yugoslavs had a .22LR training rifle version of the M-48 Mauser action.

    The better choice of Russian rifle to be duplicating here is the CM-2 target rifle, but I digress.

  12. Wish they made these with functioning magazines. What I’d give for a 22lr Lee Enfield or M1917…

    • There is the a repeating Lee-Enfield trainer (No7 or No9, can’t remember) but they are very expensive because they are rare and collectors moved into the rim fire trainers after sniper rifles got too expensive.

  13. They had me at “.22 Mosin” and they lost me at “single shot”.

    Oh well, at least the original 7.62×54 version can still be found for less than that.

  14. Well if the kid is big enough to pick up a real Mosin you can always go with 46gr trainer rounds for the 54R ammo. They come with authentic corrosive primers.

  15. And for only 100x times the price of a normal single shot .22 you too can waste your money on an overpriced gimmick! Seriously though, if this was the same price as the Regular Crickett, I might consider it, but there is no way in heck I would ever pay $400-$500 for a single shot .22lr.

  16. I played around with one at the exhibit hall. Really cool looking if you’re a Moisin fan (I’m not) but other than the novelty I can’t see the value. And yes, it is single shot.

  17. Winchester sold a .22 bolt action very much resembling the Mosin. Came with a 5 rd. and 2 10 rd. mags that fit into the Mosin looking mag well. Sorry I can’t remember the model name. It was actually made in Russia and sold under the Winchester label. Fitted with a scope it was an accurate little squirrel gun. Sold it to my step son. Wish I still had it.

  18. Considering how expensive and harder to find real milsurps are these days this will be the only viable future for them to be affordable like the real ones used to be…..


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