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CAI rifles?

Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by k9870, Jan 1, 2009.

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  1. k9870

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    my friends went gun shopping and they looked up some prices for me. mosins were about 150-185, which is weird cause the running joke is its a 70 dollar rifle. they saw some rifles mixed with the mosins labeled "CAI" as brand that looks like a mosin, same caliber and bolt but different stock but cheaper, at like 100 dollars. what are these?
     
  2. Hoppy590

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    CAI is Century Arms International

    they are the importer. they have to label the rifles with serials and other info as per BATFE regs.

    the rifles you probibly saw are "sporter" conversions. basically they take a mosin, chop the stock ( some times on whose original stock was un-salvageable they stick it in a cheap stock) and sell it. this could have been done by century arms or a previous owner.

    many generaly consider it a "bubba" job. thats when you take a piece whos value is in the novelty of a historic rifle, and the virtue of a cheap plinker (at this time) and turning it into a sub par "hunting rifle" in the ill thought out idea that it will some how be a better rifle.
     
  3. k9870

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    im basically interested in the historical part, so the cai is out of the question now so is the mosin though, seriously 150-185 for a mosin:eek::eek::eek:
     
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    Brick and mortar gun stores I’ve been to are pricing 91/30s at around $200. They can be had online for about $70, with shipping you’ll still be under $100.
     
  5. k9870

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    i like seeing guns before i buy them, why are they so expensive at stores?
     
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    To explain things. Century imports the majority of the military surplus arms we buy.

    The odds of your selection having some non-Century imported Mosins was slim to none.

    The angry beavers love their cash, so any Mosins they import with bad stocks, they just stick in a US made 'hunting stock' and sell it anyway.
     
  7. saigafreake

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    No way i would spend over 80 bucks on a mosin. Except for a sniper at a decent price.
     
  8. Hoppy590

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    not all of CAI rifles are "sporter" style. most arent.

    theres really only a hand full of importers, and Century is by far the largest right now.
     
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    Around here, Gander Mountain sells Mosins for $150 and the Fleet Farm has them for $165. I satisfied my latest itch with a Steyr but one of these days I'm going to see if they match prices.
     
  10. k9870

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    so maione isnt the only place wit expensive mosins, good to know. never seen a gander mountain in NE
     
  11. The Deer Hunter

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    It could be an M44. It is the shorter version of the Model 1891/30 Mosin Nagant. One of the other key clues that it is a M44 (aside from the shorter length) is the folding spike style bayonet on the right side.
     
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