So, more on this.

When you buy a Mosin that’s been in some Russian storage unit for the last 40 years, it’s going to be positively SOAKED in Cosmo. I’m not talking about a little bit of it here and there. It’s in the wood, it’s inside EVERY moving part. The barrel of my Tula was clogged for a good 16 inches with this tenacious shit. You have to literally take the rifle apart to every single piece, scrub it, and deal with a seeming flow of neverending cosmoline. And when I say tenacious, I do mean that word. The stuff is slippery grease that was built to last. I scraped a bunch of the gunk off and used it to grease the chain on our backyard gate.

STILL finding flecks of it here and there in the kitchen, and this was almost a year ago. At least it kinda smells interesting.

All of that said, it does a phenomenal job of keeping the gun rust-free. That’s part of the fun of getting a Mosin – you have a historical rifle, that was probably used in a war at some point, and it’s likely in alright condition. It will still put a few rounds into a 6 inch pattern at 100 yards with iron sights. With practice, of course, and part of that practice is getting used to the hellish recoil. Mosins fire a huge, fuckoff bullet that shows no mercy to either target or shooter.

How merciless? This motherfucker right here scored THE highest official kill count in a war, using a Mosin as a sniper. Read that article. You’re welcome.

My Mosin has adjustable iron sights that go to 1 kilometer. I have yet to test it at that range, but at 100 yards, it does pretty damn fine.

Here’s a guy trying it long-range. As in about one kilometer.