My $44 '44' M44 trunk gun


November 18, 2009, 10:37 PM
Posted this success story in a few other forums.

Its almost like fate was with me today.

Im at Gander Mountain to pick up some ammo, and I wander over to the used guns section, as per normal.

Lo and behold, I see a 1944 dated Mosin Nagant M44 carbine. An Izzie. Wooden aftermarket sporter stock. Im estatic, because I really want a Mosin. I look at the price = $39.99 WOW.

Im thinking, this has got to be a junk gun. So I start checking the gun over.

Rifling: very strong. Barrel as dirty as all get out. Some very, very light pitting (or so my eyes tell me. May just be the buildup of crud, though).

Stock: dinged up, but not the standard stock, so no summer shoots with oozing cosmo outta the stock

Bolt and action: a little sloppy, but not bad for 40 bones.

The Creme de la Creme: All matching serial numbers on the bolt, magazine baseplate and barrel = WOOHOO.

I decided even if it was a substandard shooter OR a unshootable paperweight, it still was worth $40.

Total price after background check fee and tax = $43.99

The game plan is to spend a few hours cleaning her up, find some surplus ammo, shoot a hundred rounds through her and than regulate her to trunk gun status. As long as it can find center-of-badguy at 50-75 yards im good. Im under no illusions as to this (or me) being a tack-driver.

How good y'all think I did? :D:D

[Im working on getting a picture or two up. Ive got to find my camera, though

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November 18, 2009, 10:46 PM
Wheres the pics man where are the pics

November 18, 2009, 10:51 PM
haha, nice find.

November 18, 2009, 10:59 PM
$40? I didn't think they sold anything for $40 at Gander Mountain. Nice find.

Dr. Tad Hussein Winslow
November 18, 2009, 11:40 PM
Now you need to chamber it for .44!

November 18, 2009, 11:42 PM
4o bucks at gander huh? lol ive seen standard m44s there for 18o bucks

November 19, 2009, 12:33 AM
Sorry dude. We're withholding judgment until you post those pics.

November 19, 2009, 01:04 AM
Now you need to chamber it for .44!..with a 24" long barrel...making the OAL...44". :D

November 19, 2009, 01:50 AM
Those are great truck guns. You can pop out the bolt when you leave and the rifle is useless to a thief. The bolt doubles as a nice defensive weapon. Just put it in your fist with the knob sticking out between your fingers.

November 20, 2009, 11:02 AM

November 20, 2009, 11:08 AM
4o bucks at gander huh? lol ive seen standard m44s there for 18o bucks
My thoughts exactly! My local Gander Mountain stores don't exactly have the friendliest prices.

November 22, 2009, 01:17 AM
Shoot dude
I got a M44 in pristine condition from a guy I bought several guns from. Laminate stock, bore shiny as all get out. Tight action. very clean hardly ever been fired, not a scratch Bayonet still attached and cleaning rod. No sling though. It had that "New Gun Smell" to it, and an Ishvesk (spelling?) I didn't know the price structure so I plunked out 150 bucks for it. It was worth it. I love that little gun. And, Yes!, all the numbers matched.

I will have to take pictures but I'm lazy. Might be in a new thread I'll call "best M44 (or Mosin) pics"

November 22, 2009, 02:13 AM
Good for you. Hope you enjoy your new toy.

November 22, 2009, 02:17 AM
" at 50-75 yards I'm good..." Bet it'll do minute of deer with good ammo. Two or 3" at 100. Shoot it off a bench before you decide where it's going to live. Getting a rifle into action, out of a trunk, isn't exactly quick. There's no such thing as a zombie.
Hard to beat $44 for a battle rifle, of any make, though.

November 22, 2009, 11:19 PM
The Nagant makes an excellent "platform."

November 23, 2009, 12:12 AM
each one of those pictures made me cry a little. the first one made me throw up in my mouth a little.

November 23, 2009, 12:45 AM
Dude, the SBR Moisin is SWEET, I bet she put out one big fireball!! :)

November 23, 2009, 02:05 AM
They do make one helluva fireball - I shot one in mid day sunlight and could still see a big'ol fireball... A friend has one that I had a great time using, the trigger is not the typical MN pull, it was like it had a trigger job from the factory.

Ignition Override
November 23, 2009, 03:24 AM
Very nice photos from you guys.
Not only the large flash but the loud boom is rewarding, however....

Recently, a TN "Wildlife and Fisheries" Officer (with sidearm holstered) suddenly appeared in the trees at the river where I plink.

He had mistaken the sound of my Lee-Enfield "Jungle Carbine" :) for a black powder rifle. Once he saw the little rifle, he went back to his truck.
During deer season, some of you guys with MNs etc near rural roads will also attract some extra attention.

November 23, 2009, 03:51 AM
I got into Mosins in the early 90's and picked up a few 40$ m-27, 28/30's and palin ol' 91's. No M-44's then.
I later started buying Centurys "U fix-ems' and missing parts" Mosins of varied type, but it was mostly a missing screw or sling swivle or sight part or just the rust that should have been there, but was missing, from a wired bundle of 6 for 100$ Often, the most damage was to the stocks from wire and tossing about in shipping...... steam iron often helped there...
Man I miss those days, but I have turned a 40$ M-27 or 20$ 91 (matching metal, flat rear sight base) into 400$

Great buy, a Rifle is always a good investment.

November 23, 2009, 05:53 AM
Shoot! I think that I could MAKE a camera within 5 days of purchasing (and boasting about it) a new gun. :)

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