Mosin Nagant M91/30 PU Sniper Rifle

Our friends at the Off Target Youtube Channel discuss the Mosin Nagant M91/30 PU Sniper Rifle variant. This is a rifle I would love to own, both for fun at the range and also for the history, but I cannot justify the price. I think they are selling for about $800+ today. Even a Chinese reproduction scope kit to convert a regular Mosin into the sniper-variant costs almost $300!

Steve Johnson

Founder and Dictator-In-Chief of TFB. A passionate gun owner, a shooting enthusiast and totally tacti-uncool. Favorite first date location: any gun range. Steve can be contacted here.


  • ScoreDude

    Get that man some lead for his sled.

  • GarandThumb

    SAMCO has ex snipers for $270. They are already tapped and have the bent bolt. A reproduction mount/rings will set you back $115.. or do what I did, repo mount with split rings and use a modern scope. Great med/long range plinker with surplus ammo.

  • Darkpr0

    I have the privilege to have lived in Canada, where we have Mosin 91/30s, PUs, and SVT-40s straight out of the crate like they were made in 1942. I myself have a PU, and it is without a doubt the crudest, crappiest, ugliest, heaviest, best rifle I own. I’ve heard tales that whenever a part was made particularly well at the factory they would put it aside and assemble snipers from only those “particularly good” components. I have no source for it, but I can confirm that the PU I have is far smoother and slicker than the average 91/30 you can buy off of a rack. Amazing shooter rifle.

    The scope is really nice, too. Quick detach, effective (for the 40s), and the BDC is really handy. The off-bore is kind of a turn off if you have real problems with chin weld, but personally I like being able to use the irons as well for closer range needs. It won’t hold the legendary half-minute that some people talk about, but it will hold 1.5 to 2 with nice ammo, down to 1 on a good day with ammo it likes. Hilariously cool conversation piece at the range. if the bullet doesn’t take care of your problem, the buttstock will.

    • Richard

      You lucky bastards, why do you guys have so much cheaper surplus market???

      • Darkpr0

        Our savvy importers went and grabbed crates and crates and crates of Russian surplus arms when the getting was good… In fact the supply lines are still open despite some misery from the Ukrainian conflict. I’m not sure if they just outsmarted American importers, or if there is some legislation preventing its movement to US like there is with the Danish and Korean Garands.

  • Chris

    You just missed out on fantastic authentic snipers from AIM Surplus for under $600. They had them in stock for about a year.

  • Old Fart

    Beautiful rifle, and very appropriate for 9 May. @Everybody: know history, and don’t forget!

  • Uniform223

    makes me want to watch “Enemy at the Gates”.

    • Don Ward

      Truly one of Hollywood’s great romantic comedies.

  • Sankt Muzhik

    And you guys said they’d never run out or appreciate in price. Well, I told you so all so many times over so many years. The days of the cheap Mosin are gone.

  • tony

    one bullet, one German

    –Enemies From The Gates

  • Ian McCollum

    The price of a Mosin PU sniper is actually one of the best things about it. Virtually any other WWII sniper will have a price tag starting at something like $3k. Mosin snipers are actually readily available and dirt cheap, relative speaking.

  • Dawne

    I am lucky to have a PU with all matching numbers…yeah, don’t ask me how the gun gods decided that, but let me tell you I wouldn’t trade her for the world. Nope, uh uh. As Darkpr0 says, it’s one of the roughest, simplest, heaviest rifles in the gun safe – but fun to shoot? Accurate (ok, I spend $$$ on Sellier & Bellot ammo, but she likes it…) and the looks and comments from the ‘range galleries’ just add to the grin factor. If push comes to shove I love the Finnish M-N’s best, but the PU was my first…and I’ll probably keep it forever.

    And guys? Tell your gals what they’re missing; I’m 5 ft 1 in’, weigh 130. It’s just a *little* kick…..:-) 🙂 🙂