The Mosin Nagant has gained quite a bit of a faithful following over the years. Many a gun owner has observed the simplistic beauty of this well made and abundant rifle. Many of these Mosin lovers are what you would call purists, they love the rifle to be kept in its original condition and configuration even when that condition may not be the best. Many of these purists despise the process of what has been called “sporterizing” mosin rifles. They’d rather see a Mosin restored to its original beauty than bastardized into something completely unrecognizable.
But just what is wrong with sporterizing a Mosin Nagant rifle to make fit in with more modern rifles, or even just to have a fun project to work on?
I’ve always looked at it this way ……. A Mosin is about a $100 dollar rifle that can be picked up just about everywhere from sporting goods stores to gunshops and gunshows to online retailers. SO why not go ahead an have a little fun with one? They’re easily replaced and make a great platform for a variety of projects from hunting rifle to target gun and from scout rifle to a tactical bolt action.
Now having said all that I have to admit I do understand where the purists are coming from and I have to admit to being a bit of a closet purist myself due to spending entirely too much time restoring and old 1940 Tula last year and spending most of my time with it simply oiling and staring at it’s current beauty.
So who has it right? The purists or the sporterizers? Well honestly I think there is more than enough room for both and my recommendation is to buy two Mosin Nagants and have one of each!