New From Keystone Sporting Arms: Mini Mosin .22 LR Rifle

Keystone Mini Mosin

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.



  1. avatar bobinmi says:

    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.

    1. avatar Dani in WA says:

      What an amazingly silly statement. Now I want one for my kid even more. LoL.
      Well, maybe except for the fake magwell.

      1. avatar How_Terrible says:

        To hell with the kids. I want one for myself.

      2. avatar Herb Allen says:

        Perfect for your son when he joins the Young Pioneers and learns the heroic story of Pavlik Morozov.


    2. avatar JAlan says:

      Getting one for my niece so I can make her look like a little Lyudmila Pavlichenko.

      1. avatar guest says:

        You want her to look like a propaganda model who never shot anyone?

        1. avatar JAlan says:

          Jealousy always breeds bad rumors. The woman was at Sevastopol and was wounded multiple times. I very much doubt she’s anything but the real deal. Were the numbers exaggerated? Most likely, but it is far from being “just propaganda” or having “never shot anyone.”

    3. avatar strych9 says:

      “I hate mosin’s with a deep passion.”

      Curious, why?

    4. avatar Caleb M. Savant says:

      Challenge accepted

    5. avatar Laszlo says:

      I’ve had 3 nagants, loved them all, had to downsize so i kept the Westinghouse built one. However, having one in 22lr just isn’t my cup of tea. Great for a youth rifle though

  2. avatar VerendusAudeo says:

    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.

    1. avatar PWinKY says:

      Wait that’s not a typo? Mind. Blown.

      1. avatar Geoff "I'm getting too old for this shit" PR says:

        Tell me about it. Just from reading it, I thought it had Yiddish roots.

        Nope, middle English…

        1. avatar Imayeti says:

          Auto-correct is my worst enema!

        2. avatar Jeremy S. says:

          Very high brow around these parts. Actually if you search TTAG for yclept you’ll see this isn’t even the first time it has grabbed these digital pages 😉

      2. avatar Larry Brady says:

        Yep, a real Old English word. Now if I had me a can of Old English 800 Malt Liquor …

    2. avatar David B says:

      The “the” between yclept and Mini should be removed.

    3. avatar Dyspeptic Gunsmith says:

      Read some First Circuit Court legal opinions and you’ll rapidly expand your vocabulary. They have a judge up there who has an abiding case of logolepsy that sends lawyers scrambling for their Webster’s.

      1. avatar Big Bill says:

        Their Webster’s what?

      2. avatar tsbhoa.p.jr says:

        i now have an almost wonderful image of barristers removing cobwebs.

  3. avatar Fit2Btyed says:

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

    1. avatar Jeff the Griz says:

      Darn. I was hoping it’d be a 5 round box.

      1. avatar Larry Brady says:

        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. avatar CalGunsMD says:

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

  5. avatar James Ivy says:

    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.

    1. avatar Southern Cross says:

      Darn. I would have been interested if it was a repeater that would take CZ magazines.

      1. avatar Jeff the Griz says:

        *any magazines. Including an internal 5 round box. I’m not interested in a single shot.

  6. avatar RGP says:

    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.

    1. avatar jwm says:

      Fucc yes. I will have one of each starting with the mosin. The only milsurp I have left is my 91/30. In rifles at any rate.

      1. avatar Jeremy S. says:

        Yeah, not gonna lie it would be really cool to have their whole set. As much as I don’t need a single dang one of them haha

        1. avatar jwm says:

          It ain’t the Bill of Needs. 🙂

    2. avatar Napresto says:

      An answer to a question no one asked… Except now that I’ve seen the answer, I find the question strangely intriguing…

  7. avatar uncommon_sense says:

    Is it just me, or is that a bit too miniature (for adults anyway)?

    1. avatar Gov. William J Le Petomane says:

      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.

      1. avatar strych9 says:

        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.

      2. avatar Jeremy S. says:

        That’s my hand, it’s normal haha. Dude’s size L gloves. I mean, this IS a youth sized rifle with Mini in the name.

        1. avatar Gov. William J Le Petomane says:

          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.

  8. avatar neiowa says:

    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.

  9. avatar BobS says:

    “feels nice and smooth”

    Oh well, so much for authenticity…

    1. avatar HuntingtonGuy says:


    2. avatar HuntingtonGuy says:

      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.

  10. avatar Specialist38 says:

    Regardless of it being a single shot, it is a cool little picnic gun.

    Kudos to Keystone.

  11. avatar Mark H says:

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

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

  12. avatar Nate in CA says:


  13. avatar Klaus Von Schmitto says:

    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.

  14. avatar enuf says:

    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.

    1. avatar Southern Cross says:

      I’d prefer the repro Mini-Mausers. At least they can use CZ magazines and are proper repeaters.

  15. avatar Dyspeptic Gunsmith says:

    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.

    1. avatar Wiregrass says:

      Yes! Definitely replicate the Springfield 1922 trainer.

  16. avatar Disgruntled Floridian says:

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

    1. avatar Southern Cross says:

      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.

  17. avatar Iron Cat Beast says:

    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.

  18. avatar doesky2 says:

    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.

  19. avatar Van says:

    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.

  20. avatar Craig in IA says:

    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.

  21. avatar frankw says:

    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.

  22. avatar Raoul Duke says:

    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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