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Old 02-15-2013, 8:21 AM
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Default Mosin Nagant 91/30 Drop Tests?

Hey guys. I just put one of my less cared about MNs through a pretty rough round of drop testing. I know I'm preaching to the choir, but holyhell these guns are tough. I wouldn't even pretend to inflict the same amount of 'beat'en' I just put down on this 91/30, on a modern polymer/aluminum long gun. But I digress.

My highly unscientific and incredibly not rigorous testing has left me with this: this particular 91/30 will "fire" if dropped from around 4 feet directly onto its butt plate. It wasn't every time (1 in 4 or so?) but it was often enough to convince me I do NOT want to drop this thing while its loaded and cocked.

Is that about what you'd expect? Or does the fact that it went off at all give you cause for concern? Or...? Just trying to get a gauge on how it is safe to carry 'out there'. As we all know the safety is pretty useless, and carrying decocked but on a chambered round is probably a real bad idea. Sounds like maybe carrying with the bolt closed on an empty chamber with four in the magazine is going to be the safest idea?

Thoughts? Thanks for your time.
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Old 02-15-2013, 9:13 AM
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Curious where are you going to carry a mosin nagant?

I would do 4 in the magazine, bolt down on an empty chamber. Unless my life is in danger no sense in risking a ND.
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Old 02-15-2013, 9:18 AM
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hold down the top round while closing the bolt, hold 5?
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Old 02-15-2013, 9:35 AM
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were you testing with safety on or just a closed bolt?
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Old 02-15-2013, 10:18 AM
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...As we all know the safety is pretty useless...
I do not agree with this at all. The safety on the Mosin works fine if you know how to work it properly. The difficulty is usually caused by people holding the rifle out in front of them with their left hand and trying to pull against the spring pressure.
If you place the buttplate against your right bicep and then use your index and middle fingers of your right hand to pull back on the cocking knob, it is much easier to operate since you are isolating the muscles of your forearm to do all the work.
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Old 02-15-2013, 10:26 AM
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I had an M44 with a faulty trigger sear that would go off when slightly bumped. I have since test the others by cocking the rifle (empty of course) and slamming the buttplate on the floor (carpeted) and have not gotten any of them to go off.
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Old 02-15-2013, 10:34 AM
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Holy crap get that gun fixed

ejected from my Mosin.
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Holy crap get that gun fixed

ejected from my Mosin.
I did
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Old 02-15-2013, 10:45 AM
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Well my curiosity was peaked and I grabbed my 91/30 and smacked it on the ground . Mine will fire when dropped to with no safety . Yikes
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I had one dry fire from just closing the bolt. Turned out the threads on the cocking piece were worn/corroded allowing the firing pin to slip. It's good idea to check these old guns over well if you plan to shoot them. The vast majority of Mosins went through the repair/rework arsenal after the war and perhaps there was not as much care given by the arsenal workers as there was by the factory when the rifle was originally built.
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