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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!
A milled receiver is a receiver that is cut out of one solid block of steel and milled out to get the shape and design of the receiver.
A stamped receiver is one that is made from a sheet of steel thats pressed in a machine to the shape of the receiver.
Now most AK’s are stamped, the reason is that its quicker and easier to produce, but keep in mind that this is also the way the Russians make their AK rifles because thats how it was designed.
Milled is technically stronger as it has no give or flex so for accuracy its a bit better (but only a very slight bit, probably so slight you’l never notice it)
But keep something in mind ……. watch a slow-mo vid of an AK firing sometime, what you’ll see is the barrel and receiver “Flexing” everytime it shoots. This flexing is a side effect of how the AK is designed.
Because of this flex a stamped receiver can have a longer lifespan as far as round count than a milled receiver especially for an active shooter, because under the stress of firing a milled receiver it is more likely to crack then a stamped receiver, whereas a stamped receiver will not because it flexes with the gun.
Some people will still try to say that a milled receiver is better but remember, the only reason there are any AK’s with milled receivers is because in the 40’s when the AK was designed (to have a stamped receiver) the technology of welding the bolt rails to the stamped receiver had not been perfected yet and they had failures.
So they moved to a milled receiver to where the bolt rails are just cut into the receiver which solved this problem. But as soon as the technology exsisted that they could reliably weld the rails, they moved back to the stamped receiver in 1959 and it was called the AKM (which is what most of the rifles on the market today are).
So to sum up, a stamped receiver is the way to go, it’s what the AK was designed to use.