It took me over a decade since leaving the SEAL Teams to take an interest in guns again. My falling out with guns was mostly because of “hot desert sun in your eyes” burnout. But lately, I’ve been getting the itch again. And what a better way to scratch it than to talk about the Mosin Nagant and what it teaches us about guns.

A 19th Century Beast in 20th Century Wars

The Mosin Nagant, also known as Mosin’s rifle, was developed in the late 19th century in Russia. It has been used by the armed forces of several nations including Russia.

The rifle holds the distinction of being one of the most mass-produced military bolt-action rifles in history with over 37 million units made since 1891.

The M1891, as is its official name, is a five-shot, bolt-action rifle. It is fed by an internal magazine and is more commonly chambered for a 7.62-54mmR cartridge.