This is the nicest Mosin rifle I have ever seen. Duo Z writes ….

I built this rifle for my fathers birthday. It started out as an OK condition Mosin Nagant M44. First the bolt lugs were lapped and the muzzle was re-crowned for added accuracy. The original bolt handle was cut off and a GPC universal bolt handle was welded on for better ergos. The old stock was replaced with a Boyds classic walnut stock. The rear sight is a Williams peep sight. The aperture was removed and just the mount is used because of the forward position on the rifle. I custom machined the front sight to press fit on where the old sight and bayonet lug was. The receiver, barrel, and front sight were finished with Graphite Black Cerakote. This all adds up to a compact rifle with quick target acquisition, great for hunting in the thick forests of Wisconsin. Needless to say the old man is pretty happy with it.

Duo, your father is lucky to have you as a son!

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  • Now, that’s one of the rare few times I can say I approve of a Mosin being customized.

    • Lance

      word up

  • RocketScientist

    Bloody gorgeous

  • Trenton

    Bubba in a Tux is still Bubba

    • ARL

      A cruder man might say a polished turd is still a turd.

      • schizuki

        A knowledgable man would say that a Mosin is pretty damn far from a “turd.”

        • That man would be wrong.

          • schizuki

            If Simo Hayha and Vasily Zaitsev are wrong, I don’t want to be right.

          • schizuki

            If Simo Hayha and Vasily Zaitsev are wrong, I don’t want to be right.

  • When I was in gunsmithing school, the concern was raised of finding a replacement for the Mauser 98 as a custom rifle project. One or two of the students suggested using the plentiful and cheap Mosin Nagant, but this idea was laughed off.

    Given that I’ve always considered the higher quality Mosins (e.g., Westinghouse, Remington, Sako) to be gorgeous guns, I thought this was a bit narrow-minded.

  • Jonathan

    Shame it’s probably incapable of hitting the broad side of a barn. M44’s were meant to be fired with the bayonet extended. Closing it, or worse yet, chopping it off, throws off the barrel harmonics.

    • I haven’t found that to be true with my M44 rifles. Having the bayonet extended/folded moves the point of impact, but doesn’t affect grouping at all. I would imagine removing it completely would also affect point of impact, but that can be accounted for via the sights.

      With surplus ammo my non-modified 44’s can make groups less than 4″. With the right ammo and minor accuracy enhancements, I can see under 2″. For a hunting gun, I’m happy with that.

    • BryanS

      They were sighted for that. All of my nagants hold good groups with good ammo with or without. Its just with the bayonet, they land closer to where the sight post is.

    • sauerquint

      “M44’s were meant to be fired with the bayonet extended” – I am so tired of this sort of statement. Please inform us as what sort of barrel harmonics you are referring to, and what one does to tune it? They are put together just like any other Mosin. If someone removed theirs and it’s now inaccurate the last thing at fault is ‘harmonics’.

    • gunslinger

      get an m38 then

  • James Kachman

    But…it’s….a Mosin….Sporterizing…evil….must….hate….can’t…..stop….love


    Well done to the gunsmith. Very well done.

    • Cal S.

      I guess I’ll never understand the “Don’t modernize cheap ‘historic’ guns!” crowd. There’s literally nothing historic about these, unless you managed to find Vasili’s personal Mosin, or a rare example from the Winter War with hybrid US and Russian parts.

      • Alex Kevarsky

        I think in the case of Mosins it’s not that modifications destroy some historical value. It’s that for the total price tag, a new, quality rifle is a much better investment.

      • gunslinger

        still it’s history. slaping a synth montecarlo stock, some tapco scope, hacking the bolt. just making it look bubba’d. spend a few bucks more, and get a good gun.

        • Cal S.

          Agreed. I was looking at one for the cheap ammo, but I didn’t want to
          have to clean it every time I shot it or risk a non-functioning firearm
          after not too long.

      • Jim

        I think part of it is regret. Before the Mosin was THE cheap milsurp gun, 1903 Springfields, Lee-Enfield No 3 Mk 1s, and K98k Mausers were (to varying degrees.) Because of this, most of them were sporterized, leaving only a small quantity of them left in their original military configuration. And since they aren’t making them anymore (and they wouldn’t be actual war guns with any semblance of historical significance even if they were still making them,) the number can only go down.

        • Cal S.

          I see your point. Hopefully, all museums have their fill already, eh?

  • USMC03Vet

    Now that is a Mosin you take out to a fancy restaurant. What a high class gal.

  • mosinman

    i’ve got to say, that’s beautiful

  • Blake

    Great job, better than the original.

  • Blastattack

    That is a gorgeous rifle. Best “Bubba” Mosin Nagant ever!

  • Geoffry K

    I have a 1942 Izhevsk with matching numbers. I kept it almost original. I cleaned and lightly sanded the stock, then sealed it with MinWax Spar Urethane. I recently removed the rear sight and mounted a NcStar 2-7X32mm Scout Scope. Picture:
    With handload 7.62X54R PPU brass and Hornady .308″ 168gr. BTHP, I have been able to get under 3″ 3-shot groups at 100 yards. Not shown in the picture is a medium Limbsaver I put on it today.
    It is a hoot to shoot with a little shoulder padding!

    • William Wallace

      I have a M44 that I cleaned up and refinished. Kept all the parts stock, but the stock came with a dark varnish which I stripped. I used a Birchwood Casey kit and sanded down the stock smooth and wet sanded to fill in the dings as best I could. Then I did the medium stain and linseed oil to redo it in a more medium shade to show off the grain. It’s original but looks way better.

  • schizuki

    I can’t imagine how proud that man must be to hunt with such a beautiful rifle crafted by his own son.

  • DiverEngrSL17K

    Outstanding job, Duo Z — and a great way to bond with your Dad. Clean, simple, elegant and absolutely beautiful. Congratulations!

  • Squid

    Umm…Wonder if he is willing to take orders? Would love to have one of these.

  • dan citizen

    Very nice.

  • Yojimbo556

    fancy as fu….

  • schizuki

    Best POTD yet.

  • JJTX

    Very nice work

  • Brent Young

    How do you fix the safety? Feed Pops steroids?

  • Anon. E Maus

    There’s over 40 000 000 of these rifles, do people really lose sleep when someone hacksaws one of these?
    That said, this is a very nice job and a very fine rifle that I would love.

    • In the book released by Lapin, the numbers add up closer to 70 million when all licensed, and copied 7.62x54R versions are also accounted for.

  • petru sova

    Sportsitizing a military rifle is pure stupidity when looking at it from an economic, historic and collectible viewpoint. When such a gun is butchered the value goes down to almost nothing and the amount of money paid to sportsitize it is money down the drain which will never be recouped in a future sale. All future rise in price due to its collectability will be lost when the gun is butchered. Although people will say the gun is worth very little today they do not know that Nato declared several years ago all surplus military arms were to be destroyed and not sold to the public. With the ban on importation from Russia and China this means the 100 dollar Mosin will soon in the future rise dramatically in value and collectability. So butchering any military rile is pure economic stupidity.

  • Bob

    Over the last two years, or so, I’ve brought 4 Mosin’s. a 1929 hex, a 1928 hex, a 1943 rounded receiver, and a 1944 M-44 carbine.
    I like the rifles and they are reasonably accurate for the purpose they were designed for. The 7.62x54R round is more than capable of taking out any North American game and as an added bonus will punch through an engine block. Ammunition is plentiful and they are just plain fun to shoot.
    Guess I don’t quite comprehend the elitist snub directed at this rifle. Quite frankly any firearm that functions properly and is reasonably accurate will be better than no rifle at all and the Mosin has proven itself in countless wars. If times get hard and all the 5.56, .308, or (insert your favorite round here) are gone all I have to do is get out my spam can opener.

    • rifflizard

      They are EXTREMELY accurate with some good ammo! At least the 3 that I own are.

      • rifflizard

        Very nice. What a great Birthday present to a Father from his son.
        WELL DONE!!! Kudos my friend.

  • Kenneth Allen Donaldson

    Pretty nice! Get that bottom meta coated.

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  • jm54

    very, very nice. i would put my mosin 91/30 up against any rifle. mosin detractors must have limited experience with the rifles and carbines. 3 rounds inside a dime at 100 yrds. with scope of course, 3X12X56, the stock is a archangel. the jury inside my head is still out on the stock. with bipod, it tends to be heavy. i can only dream of it looking like the one you built. great job.

  • jm54

    just remember russian sniper Simo Hayha had over 500 confirmed kills with a 91/30 without a scope. he said use of a scope exposes too much

  • sometrend

    I really like the Mosins. I have far more rifles and handguns than I will ever need…so says my wife…but for economy and fun it`s pretty tough to beat a mosin. 1 of the Mosins I have is a 1929 hex reciever gun and with Lapua bullets and 4895 fuel that gun will easily put 5 into 1 1/4 inc at 100yds..With the original battle sights! For a 129$ rifle that`s pretty damn good!