Mosin-Nagant M91/30

Mosin-Nagant M91/30

Technical data

Manufacturer Izhevsk Arsemal, Russia, 1940 (*)
Caliber 7.62 x 54 R
Action Bolt
Barrel length28 5/8", 72.7 cm
Total length 48 3/8", 122.9 cm
Capacity 5 rounds internal magazine
Reloading 5 rounds stripper clips
Weight 8.5 pounds. 3.85 Kg
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(*) The rifle I have access to. Other manufacturers produced this rifle.

Bolt operation

The bolt on the Mosin-Nagant rotates 90°. In the open position, the bolt handle points straight up. Mounting a scope directly over the bore is not possible, unless the bolt handle is modified.

Mosin bolt handle


There is no "traditionnal" safety switch on this rifle. Rather pull back on the cocking piece and rotate it counter-clockwise 45 degrees (picture on the right).

Mosin safety positions

Sight picture

Mosin sight picture

Rear sight

Very similar to the Mauser, the rear sight is a ladder, with graduations from 100 to a very optimistic 2000 meters (!).

Mosin rear sight

Front sight

The front sight is a fixed post. It cannot be moved or ajusted. It is also quite fragile.

Mosin front sight