POTD: Kick-Ass 1942 Mosin Nagant "Obrez" Pistol Conversion

Steve Johnson
by Steve Johnson

Cory purchased a chopped barrel Mosin and turned it into a beautiful Obrez-style Mosin Nagant. “Obrez” in English literally means sawn-off or cut-off. These sawn-off Mosins were apparently a popular side-arm in Russia at least as early as the Russian Civil War. Cory writes …

1942 Mosin Nagant “Obrez”. Picked this up recently in a trade. Previous owner chopped the barrel to 16.5″, created a custom PVC barrel shroud, added a scout scope rail (temp red-dot currently installed – doubt it will like the recoil!). I decided to sand and paint the chopped butt stock to match. It’s installed with a large double threaded bolt. I can take it from carbine to pistol in about 10 seconds. Next phase is threading the barrel for some type of muzzle brake.

The stock can be re-attached …

I want one of my own!

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  • Milesdigby Milesdigby on Jul 07, 2015

    All I can say is that thing is just silly. But for some reason that ugly wonderful bastard of a gun makes me proud to be a American.

  • Eric X Ericx Eric X Ericx on Jul 07, 2015

    I've seen a REAL Obrez (well, a chopped up Nagant like they're supposed to be)... it had a 6" barrel and would not only blow a hole through anything within 30 meters but at 10 meters it would set fire to it!
    The cartridge is a little excessive with a short barrel... if you've ever shot a full-sized Nagant then a carbine variant, you understand this... but the concept is good.
    I could see this in an intermediate cartridge like the 7.62x39 (AK food).
    Also, the red dot was a little over-sized for this type of beast... I would recommend a mini (Aimpoint, Vortex, etc) or a micro (Trijicon, Burris, etc).