Saturday, December 28, 2013
Continued testing of the Mosin 91/30 Sniper
We've continued low temperature testing of the Soviet Mosin-Nagant 91/30 sniper, 1944 vintage. The rifle and scope are an impressive combination of engineering and simplicity. Hits on small gongs at 200 and 300 yards are routine for a decent marksman and longer range testing is in the plan. In cold (0 to 30F) the 300 yard testing distance was used to simulate most winter visibility conditions. The rifle and surplus ball ammunition (not the match grade 7N ammunition) are performing better than expected, giving 1 to 2 inch, 3 shot groups at 100 yards. The rifle remains remarkably cool during extended firing at these temperatures, this seems to aid in keeping groups tight and also in consistent groups fired in series. The biggest surprise if the robust 3 power scope and the clarity of the optics. I was expecting some difficulty with the clunky reticle but it has proven surprisingly easy to use. This is an excellent rifle scope combination. While not my first choice as a DMR, its easy to see how the 91/30 sniper has remained in use during almost every conflict of the late 20th and early 21st century. The importers still have a few of these left, get one while you can.