You KNOW you're too into Mosin Nagants when......

Discussion in 'Curio & Relic Zone' started by Clydedog, Oct 18, 2007.

  1. Clydedog

    Clydedog Member

    .....You scour the internet for the best deals on 7.62X54 ammo....

    .....You know who Vassili Zaitsev is, and he's your hero.....

    .....You name your gun "Natasha" , "Big Bertha", "Ivan", "Comrad", or some off color name in Russian....

    .....You own the "Enemy at the Gates" DVD and you've seen it over a dozen times, many of them in slow motion during select scenes......

    .....You prefer to go to the range on dark, overcast days, just for the "fireball"....

    .....You are in one of two camps, The one that values matching numbers, flawless wood and total originality of a classic weapon with a rich history, or you feel that a hacksaw, duct tape, a body grinder, a $20.00 Black and Decker hand held drill and JB Weld are all parts of precision gunsmithing. (Heck they made a zillion of them and I bought it at Big 5 for under a hundred bucks). The cool thing is that no matter which of these camps you're in, you get along with and understand the other one is coming from. Who knows, you're probably a member of BOTH camps at the same time....

    .....You are reading this thread......

    Funny thing is I resemble everyone of those remarks! :oops: :D

  3. Clydedog

    Clydedog Member

    ....I'm guilty of all of the above. Our is "Big Bertha" and she rocks.....
  4. Clydedog

    Clydedog Member

    0 for me.... what are the other signs that you are too into Mosin Nagants? C'mon folks, bring it on...... :D :D
  5. Even though I'm very new to Mosin Nagant ownership, I fall into all of those categories!

    Well, almost. I haven't fired mine yet, so can't speak to going to the range (but I know exactly WHY you would want too do that :D ) and I haven't given mine a name yet, also because I haven't had a chance to shoot it yet, so I don't have a real feel for it yet. But that WILL come :)
  6. Does anybody else hear the National Anthem of the Soviet Union when they think about their rifle? Maybe that's another one for this list ;)
  7. Ditto that. I plan to be very clearly on the traditional side as well as the hacksaw and duct tape side by owning at least two MN's. I was thinking of naming mine either Vladimir or Edyta. When I shoot her the first time I should know what to go with. :lol:
  8. unclerob

    unclerob Member

    ... You want to get a puppy just so you can name it "Cosmoline".
  9. neothespian

    neothespian Member

    I'll be honest: It's unlike any other gun I've owned or fired. I always thought that bolt-action arms were antiquated and only good for hobby/sport.

    Then my girl turned me onto the M44.

    It's powerful. I don't mean a "kill a buck from 2000 yards" powerful, but "This WILL punch past any car or house door. And yes, it's SUPPOSED to do that" powerful. It even feels like what it was made for with the steel buttplate that wraps around the entire rear of the stock and the hand grooves that run the entire length of the rifle for good scrapping when the magazine is empty.

    The bolt, receiver...hell...ALL the hardware is built like a Royal Enfield motorcycle from the 50's: Made to slap around hard and made to take a beating. It's not ergonomic, but all the bits are in the right place.

    It's a blaster. Pure and Simple. Something tells me that perhaps THIS might of been an idea for the Star Wars Imperal blasters and not the M-16 as the creators stated.

    It's made a convert out of me, and I would almost take this thing over most other selections knowing that my rate of fire would be slow, but damn that shot's going to DO something when it hits.
  10. Just in case there's still someone out there who hasn't seen this, I just had to drag it out:

    AK: It works though you have never cleaned it. Ever.
    AR: You have $9 per ounce special non-detergent synthetic Teflon infused oil for cleaning.
    MN: It was last cleaned in Berlin in 1945.

    AK: You are able to hit the broad side of a barn from inside.
    AR: You are able to hit the broad side of a barn from 600 meters.
    MN: You can hit the farm from two counties over.

    AK: Cheap mags are fun to buy.
    AR: Cheap mags melt.
    MN: What's a mag?

    AK: Your safety can be heard from 300 meters away.
    AR: You can silently flip off the safety with your finger on the trigger.
    MN: What's a safety?

    AK: Your rifle comes with a cheap nylon sling.
    AR: Your rifle has a 9 point stealth tactical suspension system.
    MN: Your rifle has dog collars.

    AK: Your bayonet makes a good wire cutter.
    AR: Your bayonet is actually a pretty good steak knife.
    MN: Your bayonet is longer than your leg.

    AK: You can put a .30" hole through 12" of oak, if you can hit it.
    AR: You can put one hole in a paper target at 100 meters with 30 rounds.
    MN: You can knock down everyone else's target with the shock wave of your bullet going downrange.

    AK: When out of ammo your rifle will nominally pass as a club.
    AR: When out of ammo, your rifle makes a great wiffle bat.
    MN: When out of ammo, your rifle makes a supreme war club, pike, boat oar, tent pole, or firewood.

    AK: Recoil is manageable, even fun.
    AR: What's recoil?
    MN: Recoil is often used to relocate shoulders thrown out by the previous shot.

    AK: Your sight adjustment goes to "10", and you've never bothered moving it.
    AR: Your sight adjustment is incremented in fractions of minute of angle.
    MN: Your sight adjustment goes to 12 miles and you've actually tried it.

    AK: Your rifle can be used by any two bit nation's most illiterate conscripts to fight elite forces worldwide.
    AR: Your rifle is used by elite forces worldwide to fight two bit nations' most illiterate conscripts.
    MN: Your rifle has fought against itself and won every time.

    AK: Your rifle won some revolutions.
    AR: Your rifle won the Cold War.
    MN: Your rifle won a pole vault event.

    AK: You paid $350.
    AR: You paid $900.
    MN: You paid $59.95.

    AK: You buy cheap ammo by the case.
    AR: You lovingly reload precision crafted rounds one by one.
    MN: You dig your ammo out of a farmer's field in Ukraine and it works just fine.

    AK: You can intimidate your foe with the bayonet mounted.
    AR: Your foes laugh when you mount your bayonet.
    MN: You can bayonet your foe on the other side of the river without leaving the comfort of your hole.

    AK: Service life, 50 years.
    AR: Service life, 40 years.
    MN: Service life, 100 years, and counting.

    AK: It's easier to buy a new rifle when you want to change cartridge sizes.
    AR: You can change cartridge sizes with the push of a couple of pins and a new upper.
    MN: You believe no real man would dare risk the ridicule of his friends by suggesting there is anything but 7.62x54r.

    AK: You can repair your rifle with a big hammer and a swift kick.
    AR: You can repair your rifle by taking it to a certified gunsmith, it's under warranty!
    MN: If your rifle breaks, you buy a new one.

    AK: You consider it a badge of honor when you get your handguards to burst into flames.
    AR: You consider it a badge of honor when you shoot a sub-MOA 5 shot
    MN: You consider it a badge of honor when you cycle 5 rounds without the aid of a 2x4.

    AK: After a long day the range you relax by watching "Red Dawn".
    AR: After a long day at the range you relax by watching "Blackhawk Down".
    MN: After a long day at the range you relax by visiting the chiropractor.

    AK: After cleaning your rifle you have a strong urge for a stiff shot of Vodka.
    AR: After cleaning your rifle you have a strong urge for hotdogs and apple pie.
    MN: After cleaning your rifle you have a strong urge for shishkabob.

    AK: You can accessorize you rifle with a new muzzle brake or a nice stock set.
    AR: Your rifle's accessories are eight times more valuable than your rifle.
    MN: Your rifle's accessory is a small tin can with a funny lid, but it's buried under an apartment building somewhere in Budapest.

    AK: Your rifle's finish is varnish and paint.
    AR: Your rifle's finish is Teflon and high tech polymers.
    MN: Your rifle's finish is low grade shellac, cosmoline and Olga's toe nails.

    AK: Your wife tolerates your autographed framed picture of Mikhail Kalashnikov.
    AR: Your wife tolerates your autographed framed picture of Eugene Stoner.
    MN: You're not sure there WERE cameras to photograph Sergei Mosin.

    AK: Late at night you sometimes have to fight the urge to hold your rifle over your head and shout "Wolverines!"
    AR: Late at night you sometimes have to fight the urge to clear your house, slicing the pie from room to room.
    MN: Late at night, you sometimes have to fight the urge to dig a fighting trench in the yard to sleep in.
  11. I actually haven't seen that stonebridge, but I love it :D
  12. I have never seen that before, 'bridge, that's awesome!!! LMAO!!
  13. That is great! I love it!
  14. Y'all gonna cost me some money you keep this Mosin love going.

    Not that it looks like my trade is going to make it anyway, the seller needs cash and I'm not quite there this week......

    Course with the first rain in ages down here (NC) going on hard right now I'd love to take my 91/30 out and shoot till it steams :) Not like a bit of water is going to hurt it....
  15. That's the best gun comparison I've ever read! :lol:
  16. Years back I read a book called Panzer Grenadiers. It was a historical book about life as a German soldier on the Eastern Front (Russia)

    I remember a scene in the book of a German soldier getting up to retreat as he watched the machine gun crew in front of him still firing as Russian soldiers with what had to be Mosins simply over power the MG in human waves.

    That scene pops up in my mind every time I get a MN out of the vault.
  17. elguapo

    elguapo Guest

  18. Many thanks for finding that, I am very fasinated in it. I would love to find that movie and watch it. I have tried finding the book with no luck.

    I met a German survivor of the russian front when I was stationed in Germany and we shared a few drinks while he told me some of his stories.

    Out of however many million men Hitler sent into russia, there were not too many that made it back.