Mosin Nagant Golf Ball Launcher

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Over Thanksgiving Break I went down to Arizona and got to see some of the new and interesting things that Jeremiah Cohn of Kalashnicohn LLC is coming out with these days (this is the maker of some interesting pistol caliber AKs we blogged about earlier). There will be a full interview with him up here soon, but for the time being I got some hands on with his latest product, a Mosin Nagant Golf Ball Launcher. At first I didn’t really get the allure to it, never having fired a golf ball launcher of any kind previously. But once we got out to the range, it was just pure fun and enjoyment, watching one or multiple balls sailing through the air. They tended to head in what ever trajectory they felt like going in, accuracy being measured in cardinal directions. But depending on what angle you tilted the muzzle, those balls were going a pretty far distance, certainly in excess of 400-500 meters. Jeremiah said he has seen them go much further than that, but the hill in front of us didn’t go beyond about 600 or so. I found that when aimed at something about 200 meters away, you can really see the ball zip this way and that, as opposed to just up in the air, where you lose track of the thing after about halfway through the flight. It can shoot up to three balls at a time, which is quite fun because you just watch this scatter blast of golf balls going everywhere downrange! In addition, this current version doesn’t have a locking mechanism on it, but the productions ones will have a simple latch down that secures it to the muzzle. The best part about it, is that it doesn’t alter the rifle in any way.

This is from Jeremiah-

A company we are working with, proposed this idea of a Mosin Nagant golf ball launcher. Literally about two or three days after that, we had already designed, prototyped, and tested a launcher for it. The company calls me back after that and mentions some ideas about designing, to which I tell them that we already have a working product. We blew them away with having the thing done within a week. It is only a month old idea or so. We’re hoping to make several hundred of them.

We designed it after the World War Two rifle grenade launcher that was actually used on the rifle. We wanted to go after three main groups of people, the history guys that really appreciate authentic looking gear and don’t want to mess with the rifle as it is, then the guys that just want to have fun with it, and then the guys that are a mix up both. Appreciate the history but also want to just have fun. It takes 7.62x54R blanks, should retail for around forty dollars, and will come with around ten blanks. The final version will have ports in it where you can close the ports and adjust the distance that you want the golf balls to travel. We also designed it so even if you shot through it with a live round, it will not overpressure the golf ball and have it blow up the launcher. I put a live round through it for testing and all it does is blow the golf ball to bits and out the end, but it didn’t harm the launcher at all, and more importantly cause an explosion that could become an injury to the shooter.

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Miles V

Former Infantry Marine, and currently studying at Indiana University. I’ve written for Small Arms Review and Small Arms Defense Journal, and have had a teenie tiny photo that appeared in GQ. Specifically, I’m very interested in small arms history, development, and Military/LE usage within the Middle East, and Central Asia.

If you want to reach out, let me know about an error I’ve made, something I can add to the post, or just talk guns and how much Grunts love naps, hit me up at miles@tfb.tv


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  • thedonn007

    This would be the only way I would go golfing.

    • Dan

      I’ll give you 100 dollars and a free steal dinner if you play a round of golf with me?

  • jeff k

    hope this doesn’t go the way of the can cannon

    • Anonymoose

      This doesn’t detract from the barrel length.

      • Zachary marrs

        Please, we’re talking about the ATF

      • jeff k

        The ATF. And states as well as the fed govt use their own laws to justify violating constitutional guarantees.

        the sbr and surpressor laws are a joke and the worst is the weapons permits. _

        In my opinion, gun parts that were designed for fun and not lethality or tactical purposes should not be held to the same governing as those that are designed to, or aid in firing a lethal projectille.

        Laws on top of laws on top of laws…

        • Anonymoose

          Gun parts that were designed to increase lethality should not be regulated, for that matter.

    • Mister Thomas

      First thing I though of when I saw this.

    • Kivaari

      Isn’t the can cannon being redesigned with a “non-bore” and enough length to ignore the ATF? It seems that a simple device clamping to the flash hider wouldn’t get the ATF fellows nickers in a bunch. Our make cheap plastic grenades that fit over the existing grenade launcher-flash hider. It is a NATO standard for that reason.

  • Major Tom

    With Nagants in hand we shall shoot for…birdie.

  • Anomanom

    Perfect for when you’re under attack by middle aged white guys. Fire golf balls and escape while they are distracted looking for their golf clubs. [/sarcasm]

  • Hudson

    So Nagants for the short holes, Springfields for the long holes, Mausers for the sandtraps?

    • Anomanom

      Mauser and Mosin is reversed. With Mosin, shockwave of muzzle blast will be removing all sand from pit.

  • mosinman

    is of interesting товарищ but Mosin’s bayonet is only muzzle device one needs )))

    • iksnilol

      I sorta want to attach a bayonet to a golf ball and shoot it out of this device.

      Two for one 😉

      • Anonymoose

        Brass Stacker makes a handle you can attach to a nugget bayonet. If you could shove that into the launcher you could launch bayonets at the enemy. (:

        • iksnilol

          That’d be sooo cheeki breeki 😀

      • Grindstone50k

        Catch a Mosin-launched golf ball on the end of a Mosin-mounted bayonet…

        • Dan

          I see youtube fame in 3…2..1….

  • usmcdoc14 .

    Imitation is a nice form of flattery LOL I believe I posted this design online almost a year ago. Glad someone ran with it.

    • thedonn007

      What’s up Doc

  • TJbrena

    I can’t stop giggling like a schoolgirl at the thought of World War 1 being a militarized game of golf.

  • TheNotoriousIUD

    Good thing Tigers wife didnt have one of these.

  • Martin Grønsdal

    Destructive device?

    • iksnilol

      Nah, doesn’t fire cartridge.

  • USMC03Vet

    Golf just became interesting.

  • gunsandrockets

    paint golf balls half black and yellow for better tracking.

  • gunsandrockets

    need this device for 12 gauge shotgun too!

  • Simcha M.

    Finally, a good reason to buy 7.62X54R blanks and all those used golf balls at the thrift store!!

  • Kivaari

    Clever and fun.

  • Kivaari

    Going back 45 years, I had a Mighty Midget grenade launcher that attached to either the M1 carbine of a Smith and Wesson .38/.357 revolver (like the M13, 19, 65 and 66). I pulled the pin and put them striker down in the launcher. They didn’t use a built in spoon and igniter, but a “Jap”-style fuse. It would throw the grenade 50 yards or so. There wasn’t much black powder in the blank. Perhaps 5 to 10 grains at the most. I should have kept it, even though the grenades are no longer available.

  • Mike

    Maybe I missed it… Will it be available for M44s?

  • Tom Currie

    These used to be available (in both golf ball and soda can sizes) for other common milsurp guns many years ago — then they suddenly disappeared and recently we started seeing ridiculously overpriced AR Uppers to do the same thing,

  • iksnilol

    I remember stink/”smoke” bombs that are about the size of a golf ball. Could work :O

  • Rock or Something

    My new golf club.

  • Jamie Clemons

    looks like fun

  • guest

    Notice how the illustration from ol lange syne shows two very smart things: the grenade has a hollow innter tube, making launches with regular ammo (with bullets, not blanks, or actually either) possibe and completely excluding possibility of “wrong” operation with “wrong” launching cartridges, and what is even more surprising is that the grenade has a timing mechanism (!!!) that can be set for distance, meaning airburst!

  • Secundius

    A Perfect “Stun Gun”, that for sure. Even with Body Armor, “That’s Going To Hurt”…