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I fully admit that I’ve been sitting on some gear from Rock Solid Industries for damn near a year, which is way longer than intended. I’ve got most of it mounted, but my wartime production Mosin Nagant makes fitting semi-standardized parts a bit of an issue. While I’ve been fighting my rifle, TC Tumlinson of Country Steele has been developing some new gear for the old platform which is now available. First on the block is a left handed bolt that doesn’t require any destructive modifications to the rifle . . .


The bolt handle is slightly massive, but it works. The only detail is that instead of slapping the bolt up, you slap this one down and pull back to cycle the action. The guys say that the impetus for the design was that the owner of the shop is left handed, and working a right handed Mosin bolt is a pain in the ass.


Also a pain in the ass: stripper clips. I’ve had the pleasure of shredding my thumb trying to use these in a hurry before, and it isn’t pretty. RSI’s solution is a computer machined stripper clip with a polymer follower that takes loading a rifle from about 30 seconds of cursing to one two-second grunt. I’m not 100% sure on how many of these they will sell, but it’s definitely an improvement over the old design.

[UPDATE] RSI has posted a blog post with more information and answers many of the questions below.

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    • Me too. Continuous 502 Errors for last two hours, until just a few minutes ago. Working good on other sites, and Fakebook version of TTAG was up…so my guess is WordPress, again?

  1. Seeing that bolt (and imagining it in use) makes me think right handed bolts should be designed this way: never have to worry about smacking your optic with the back of your hand accidentally with that.

    The stripper clip thing has me much less convinced.

  2. Any idea as to what the going rate will be for one of those beautiful bolts? my mosin has been gathering dust due to my tendency to leave skin on the bolt when working it. And when will they be available. Inquiring minds want to know!

  3. Sow’s ear-silk purse. My mosin is a cheap, clunky antique that’s more fun than a bag of puppies. Why would I want to ruin that by making it more modern?

    And it looks like my comment is going to be credited to uncommon sense.

    This is JWM.

  4. I have a CBRPS bullpup stock on my Mosin. I was looking at how I could left-hand the bolt. I’d be interested in this… if it doesn’t triple the “value” of my gun again!

  5. Comrade, the secret of Mosin is do not buy crap for Mosin! Buy booolits! Rest is for borscht and wodka!

    But seriously, how do you open a spam can without bleeding out if you can’t even use the standard stripper clips without injury?

  6. I guess if you’re a southpaw, this bolt would be a welcome option. Does it come in any colors/styles that look like it might belong on a rifle, or is “Trashy Pimp” the only option?

    • I imagine the bling is to draw eyes to the booth. At the very least basic black will be an option and likely any color you might want may be available on request.

  7. Hello,

    I’m not seeing the stripper clip on RSI’s website..? It looks like a decent improvement that would serve some folks, depending on price.

    I’ll stick with the ejector improvements and load mine like Mausers 🙂

    Not sure I understand the need for the lefty bolt handle. I work mine by reaching over the top (I’m a lefty). I guess it might serve some folks well, though.




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