Because Short Barrel Rifle Suppressed Mosin Nagant… That’s Why!


Iraq Verteran 8888’s “Fugly, Mark II” has been slowly coming into being. The previous “Fugly, Mark I” underwent a serious round of modifications and has evolved into an arguably nearly modern weapon systems. Eric and crew know their way around the platform, having previously played with the KGB version of the rifle. 

The rifle is now configured as the following:

  • Base 9130 Mosin Nagant, “Norwegian Green” Duracoated.
  • Barrel cut-down to 10″
  • AAC Dual Port Muzzle Brake, 51/T Adapter
  • MVB Ark AR-15 shorty stock.
  • Vortex Sparc with Rail Adapter
  • AK Grip
  • Suppressor w/ Heat Cover

Despite the utterly absurdity of the creation (the Sparc stands out as tan on the Hulk-like green weapon), using home-brew subsonic loads, the weapon pings out to 100 yards without issue, making some 22 rimfire weapons hand their heads in shame.

Outside the sheer entertainment value of the completed weapon (of which I have had the privilege of seeing Fugly, Mark 1 in the flesh, it shows what can be done to inexpensive weapon systems with a bit of “en-gen-eering”.

How would you do your own home-brew Mosin? Keep it close to stock or put the “Fugly” to shame?

Or, use it as a Golf Ball Launcher?



Nathan S.

One of TFB’s resident Jarheads, Nathan now works within the firearms industry in weapon design, operations, and sales. A consecutive Marine rifle and pistol expert, he enjoys local 3-gun, NFA, gunsmithing, MSR’s, & high-speed gear. Nathan has traveled to over 30 countries working with US DoD & foreign MoDs.

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  • A.WChuck

    Not even a common-as-dirt wartime Mosin deserves that. Think of the Mosins! Won’t someone think of the Mosins!? Every Mosin counts.

    • Stanley Rabbid


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        • Kivaari

          Wasn’t that supposed to be, “Only accurate rifles, matter”.

    • Greg Kelemen

      Won’t someone pleeeeeaaaase think of the Mosins…!

  • Major Tom

    Nyeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeet! Rifle is fiiiiiiiine!

  • iksnilol

    So… Tactical… Jeff Cooper nodding approvingly…AARGH!

  • Don Ward

    It looks stupid.

    • Geoff

      I actually like it. More compact, quieter and easier to mount optics onto than stock Mosins.
      Perhaps they could have left a bit more barrel on there to take advantage of ballistics, but overall pretty neat.

  • TheNotoriousIUD

    Well…….thats certainly………..something.

  • JumpIf NotZero

    About as useful as a Mosin is going to get imo.

    Ugly, and an abomination. But this actually has practical merit for being a small disposable quiet shorty. Where in the long gun form I’d pick up a Mosin only after hell froze over.

    • DW

      You meant Russia in winter

      • Kivaari

        There are several books entitled, “A Frozen Hell”. The one’s I found shows WW2 and the Winter War from different perspectives. You want cold, these books have it.

      • Phillip Cooper

        He DID say “hell froze over”…

        • DW

          Precisely. 😀

  • Kivaari

    Leaving the stock with its original shape would make it better looking. The trend of adding AR telescoping stocks on everything is just plain ugly. Like a Mossberg lever action .30-30, it is just wrong.

  • Bigbigpoopi

    At least Obrezes had a SUKA BLYAT pedigree. That just looks washed up.

    • iksnilol

      Comrade, you disappoint.

      Obrez has much longer and honorful pedigree. It is the ancestral cheeki breeki with all the v damke you can trace to its roots.

      • Green Hell


  • Bob

    I… No, do not want. Too tacticool. I’m not a purist and have vague desires to do some modding to my Mosin, but this is too much for me…

  • Division Charlemange

    If you’re going to destroy a battle rifle, it might as well be a Mosin, and you might as well go all the way.

    A accurized Carcano bedded in an aluminium chassis would be alright too, I guess.

    • Phillip Cooper

      Make sure you get a pic holding it in front of your back yard fence after you’re done…

  • thedonn007

    I can think of many other better platforms to spend a $200 SBR tax stamp on.

    • El Duderino

      You mean every other platform, right?

      OK, maybe not a .50BMG, but…

      • thedonn007

        Yea, pretty much. Although a .50 bmg SBR could make you quite popular at the local indoor gun range.

  • Hensley Beuron Garlington

    He doesn’t name them “Fugly” for nothing.

  • Steelitall

    I’ll admit, I laughed a bit, and i certainly wouldn’t turn down a chance to play with it
    that said, i hate the pistol grip/stock combo. I’d rather see it with something more like it’s orginal stock

  • Cymond

    His stated reason for using a Mosin-Nagant instead of a more modern right us for stripper clips. Really? The only advantage I see if stripper clips over removable mags is that they’re cheap. OK, yes, a bit lighter and less bulky, too, by that only matters if you’re going to carry the gun and ammo over a significant distance.

    And really? An MVB ARC stock? Why put a 400 stock on a Mosin-Nagant? It would make more sense to use a $40 VZ-58 folding stock.

  • fmike15

    Must be nice to have all that money to throw away and a youtube channel to scream it to the world.

  • scaatylobo

    The point y’all are missing is = he lives in a free state that allows him to excersize his freedom and play with what HE likes.
    I like his toy,and see a use for it as a fun time = PERIOD.

    • Jeremy Nettles

      Argh, I should’ve reloaded the page before posting. I’ll settle for giving you an upvote.

  • Jeremy Nettles

    Let me first say that I’m not a fan of iraqveteran8888 – it’s not that I dislike him or his work, it’s just not terribly relevant to me most of the time.

    But seriously, come on! Aside from a few sarcastic remarks, these comments all boil down to one of three sentiments:

    1) You wasted money and that offends me.
    2) You’re a butcher.
    3) Mosins suck!

    Is this the best we can do? I’ve come to expect better from TFB readers, so this is just depressing.

    None of us would appreciate being told by others how we’re allowed to spend our own money. If he can afford to do this (and let’s be honest, for IV8888 this is a business expense), more power to him, and anyone who says otherwise is either a fascist or simply envious. He’s not telling you to spend your money this way, so get off his back and just try to appreciate what he’s done.

    None of us would appreciate being told how we’re allowed to alter our own property, either (witness: the begrudgingly accepted BATFE regs and overreach). If he wants to do this with his own gun, however ridiculous it may be, more power to him.

    If your only recourse is to childishly say some version of ‘Mosins suck,’ then you missed the point of the video entirely.

    Can we try to step things up a little? Please?

  • Slobberjaw

    That was kick ass 🙂

  • All the Raindrops

    I don’t understand the hate. Looks like a lot of fun.

  • CavScout

    Platform isn’t worth the money to do all that. Or anything really.