Russian MU-12 .22 Olympic Rifle (Pic Heavy)


April 3, 2013, 11:26 PM
I had been looking for an MU-12 for awhile. Does anyone else have one? If so what are your impressions please.

Wow! This rifle is amazing! What a piece of workmanship! I got a all the goodies w/ it too. Tools, front and rear sight aperatures, slings, arm strap, glove, palm rest, etc. a fitted case too.

This rifle has been in the UK, but the bonus is this: a plate on the fitted box w/ the name & address of the gentleman from the UK that owned it! :cool:

Do any of our UK readers know this gentleman, Mr. Roy Goerge from Hull UK (see pic)?

I still have not figured out what the synthetic canister @ the bottom of the pistol grip is. It will not move.

I removed the rear sight to measure for a custom-made scope base.

What did I find under the sight, but 5 threaded holes! Woot! @ first I thought they would be some really far-out metric thread. (US gunmakers use the the most odd-ball threaded fastners). Imagine my supprise (and relief), the Russians used a plain, common M5-.80 thread! Very good that :t

I acquired the metric Allen screws from Lowes. Plain # 10 US flat & lock washers fit the M5-.80 Allen bolts just fine.

The only power tool I used was a drill press. All the other cutting was done w/ a hacksaw & files.

This project is so coming together! :cool:

With the exception of the M5-.80 Allen screws, I already had all the raw materials: aluminun angle, continous-slot Weaver rail, 6-48 screws, lock & flat washers etc, here already. A quick trip to Lowes got me two 2-packs of M5-.80 Allen screws for the princely investment of $1.58 :cool:

I also had a set of medium-height Burris Signature Zee rings and a spare Weaver 36X.

Hope to get to the range on Sunday! :D

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April 3, 2013, 11:40 PM
Not to criticize, but it sounds like you plan on taking a rifle designed for the sport of Free Rifle competition, and just shooting it off the bench. Have you considered putting iron sights back on, fitting the palm rest, and, as we used to say in the old days, 'Standing up on your hind legs and shooting like a man.'?

I participated for many years in American Single Shot Rifle Association matches in the Midwest, and the real competition was not the group and score matches from the bench, but the real action, and the honor, was in the offhand matches. Having a gun built for that kind of use and not using it just gives me kind of a pang.

As my wife just reminded me: "It's his toy, if he wants to put chocolate sauce on it, it's his toy, not yours, so leave him alone."


April 4, 2013, 07:34 AM
Most likely the cannister under the grip is to hold front sight apertures.

I'm glad your modifications are not permanent, and you can reinstall the excellent apertures.

April 4, 2013, 10:46 AM
Hopefully the scope knob won't interfere with ejection. Nice rifle but I woulda left it alone.
nice score!

April 4, 2013, 12:57 PM
Beautiful rifle, but I wouldn't scope it.

April 5, 2013, 12:16 AM
Alas! After 20 years of Army pushups, my shoulders won't allow holding up such a heavy rifle! My retirement check helps ease the pain!

Nooooooooooo! I would NEVER modify or deface such a work of gunmaking art! My scope base attatches to the threaded holes the factory put in the side of the receiver for the peep sight. An Allen wrench and a few minutes would have the peep sight back in place.

The canister @ the botton of the pistol grip is not a storage unit (that was my initial thought too). One fellow put forth the idea it may be to hold the rifle up when used w/ a bi-pod. From pictures I've seen, the canister is not original.

Here's the insert holder, 2-piece, made of wood. Holds front inserts and rear peep inserts

The Palm Rest is massive!

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