In this installment of InRangeTV, Ian and Karl put the Mosin Nagant 1891/30 to the test. The rifle, as stated in the video, has developed quite a following due to its affordability and availability of surplus ammo (that is getting harder to find these days).
So how will the Mosin fare? Will it demonstrate that bolt actions are less susceptible to mud and debris than self-loaders, or will the wheelbarrow-born goop defeat the humble Nagant? Check the video to find out.
Also, here Karl makes the right choice when selecting a battle implement.
The garbage rod performed about as well as you would expect a bolt action to after dumping a gallon of Arizona mud on it. Honestly I expect most of its peers to have about the same performance, with the exception of one or two rifles that were designed with mud and sand resistance in mind from the get go (like the Arisaka rifles with the dust covers or Siamese Mausers). I would also expect the Lee-Enfield to perform a bit better due to it locking at the rear, and the receiver being sealed a bit better when the bolt is closed. Some say that the Mauser’s biggest advantage, it’s large and robust receiver ring that allows strong frontal locking lugs, is also its biggest detractor: dirt and debris can enter it with relative ease.
I very much look forward to when Ian and Karl do this with other WWI bolt guns.