Factory Mosin Nagant Rifle Stock
While some people absolutely hate it, there are others who swear by the Mosin Nagant Rifles. These rifles are collector’s items and have tons of practical uses. For firearm enthusiasts, this rifle is a surely a keeper, whether you keep if factory or decide to modify. If you are considering buying one though, it is worth looking at some of the pros and cons of keeping the with the original, or going for the aftermarket synthetic stock.
The wooden factory stock is what gives the rifle its solid, tough look. To begin with, it was the stock that made it such an overnight craze among gun enthusiasts. The stock is also where most of the markings and proofs – all of which make it a collector’s item, are located. The original wood stock, therefore, goes a long way in making the rifle as desirable as it is. Some people often complain about the weight of the factory stock, but this helps in preventing the recoil and making it easier to take a distance shot.
Though the wooden factory stock does give a lot of value to the rifle, it also makes it heavy and prone to damage. If you don’t care for your rifle, the stock will begin to rot. Another major challenge with the stock is that you will have to remove some of the wood to make clearance, if you want to install any additional accessories like a safety lever or a trigger unit.
Why you may want to consider an Aftermarket Synthetic Stock
There are a couple of drawbacks to the original stock. As these rifles were used for decades of battle, the stocks may not be very eye appealing and as they are original wood stocks, they are heavy. Initially made to be worn with heavy Russian war attire, some feel the length of the pull on the stock is too short as well. This gives many owners the thought of why they may want a Archangel Mosin Nagant aftermarket stock.
It seems to be that these rifles are powerful, accurate, inexpensive and very popular, with the main complaint the condition and functionality of the stock. When searching for an aftermarket stock there are several choices available. The most common advantages that can be seen with these purchases is a more comfortable grip, better length of pull on the stock, easier to carry and less kickback when the rifle is fired. Some stocks even free-float the barrel which maximizes the accuracy of the rifle even more.
Some collectors choose to leave the rifle as it, maintaining its history. However, if you do choose to upgrade your Mosin Nagant, there are several options available that can turn into an enjoyable project that can make the rifle more practical and personalized.
Best Aftermarket Tactical Mosin Stocks
1. Pro Mag AA9130 Archangel OPFOR Precise Rifle Stock
Pro Mag AA9130 Archangel Mosin Nagant Rifle Stock is constructed with an exclusive and hard carbon-fiber packed polymer, for the Mosin-Nagant M1891. It matches various M1891 rifles, round receivers and the hex set up on the 91/30, carbines, Finnish M-39 rifles the Soviet M-38 and carbines. Just about 6.61 inches in length, its mount is made from aircraft aluminium and anodized. This gives you an 8-inch picatinny or 7-inch weaver-mounting stand for your incorporated SCOPE or other weaver based scopes-sights-lasers-lights.
Features of the Archangel Stock:
Length of pull adjustable from 13.625 to 14.75″
Super Tough Polymer
Tolerates free floating of the barrel
Stock is inletted to accept Timney Triggers with no alteration
Integrates 3 integral steel pull-outs for ball lock QD sling swivels
5 Round removable box magazine
Cheek riser is thumbwheel click adjustable
Carbon Fiber Filled
2. ATI Monte Carlo Rifle Stock
ATI (Advanced Technology International) was one of the primary companies to provide a custom stock for the Mosin Nagant. The design and style are a standard non-adjustable Monte Carlo design identified by its actual well-formed pistol grab, sharp checkering as well as unique cheek rest.
It provides Glass filled nylon stock is unbreakable as well as suitable for easy “Drop-In” installing without unsheathing. Its main features are, a raised cheek rest, pistol grip, checkered forearm, high quality rubberized butt pad with lifetime warranty. This type is really suits in almost all 91/30 Rifles & M-38 and M-44 Carbines. Please note that, few small customizations can be needed.
These types of stocks are most typically exchanged with numerous packages to enable the shooter to more personalize the rifle. Scope mounts, substitution bolt handles and even picatinny rails are available depending on the requirements of the shooter.
3. Option to add Recoil Pad and Pistol grip to Factory Stock
Since the Mosin Nagant rifle has been around since 1891, and many people have tried to make adjustments and adaptations to it over the years. If you want the option to add an aftermarket recoil pad and pistol grip to a factory Mosin Nagant, the process is fairly simple.
You can purchase recoil pads on Amazon for a good price. Simply unscrew the screws that are on the butt plate and take it off, then use the same screws to attach it to the rifle. Most aftermarket pads will add around an inch to the butt of the Mosin Nagant, and will make a significant difference to the recoil.
Most pistol grips that can be found on with a large screw, so all you have to do is drill a pilot hole and screw the grip in. Adding a grip will improve your aim and provide extra control, while only adding around three ounces in weight.
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