So this is one time when I think some of the shooting community will skewer me and put my head on a pole.

To my knowledge, the rifle in Mick’s hands does not and can not exist. That said… my knowledge of Mosins is NOT expert, when it comes to the history and the stamps. For all I know, thousands of these exact rifles exist. Or I’m describing a diesel engine 56 Chevy convertible. Look, just suspend some disbelief, right?

I’m not going to go into heavy explanations often, but for those wondering wtf I’m talking about, here it is: The markings on a Mosin tell its story. Where it was manufactured, what it was used for. There is, AFAIK, no such thing as a “really rare” Mosin on the regular market. Most “rare” Mosins retail for about $200-$300 at gun shows. Cheap for a rifle, but we’re talking about a gun that normally retails for $100 here.

Mick’s rifle is a Tula 1944 M91/30, which means it was likely used by a Russian soldier to fight the Nazis. The triangle with a 1, however, indicates that after the war, it was issued to an armory in East Germany. This would make it a very Communist Bloc rifle. As I have mentioned, but not really shown yet, Mick is into Commie firearms. So that’s why he’s freaking the fuck out.

Again, if you’re a hardcore Mosin nut, and I’m totally wrong here, please, be merciful in your lambasting. I am working off a meager knowledge of Mosins. And if you reply with an informative response, hey, you’ll teach us all a thing or three about the history of these kickass rifles.

All I know is that my Mosin shoots straight and without fail, and I love it to death.

That there is a 1938 Tula 91/30, picked up at a Cabela’s sale almost a year ago. It’s very fun to shoot, easy to clean, and it’s awesome to own a rifle that might have been on the same side as my American grandfather in WWII.