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Mosin Nagant Safety?

Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by devildog32713, Jan 14, 2010.

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  1. devildog32713

    devildog32713 Member

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    I had heard that a Mosin-Nagant has a safety, that supposedly very hard to deal with, but my Uncle swears the rifle has no safety whatsoever, I am coming to the firearm experts at thehighroad.com to answer this tough questions,please answer this question.. Mosin owners only please!
     
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    Basically, when cocked, you pull the rear of the bolt further back, and twist it to the left so it catches. It's designed as a safety, but, it's a PITA to use IMO.
     
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    Sorry, your uncle is wrong. The Mosin has a very positive, but awkward safety on the striker. (edit- I see everybody is answering!)
     
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    indeed, pull the cocking piece further back, and rotate. Very hard to do and quite slippery. I don't see how it would work effectively in combat, but then again, I don't think it was ever the intention to use it:)
     
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    You pull knob. You twist knob to left. You release knob. Is easy! Is Mosin!

    Seriously, I love the Mosin safety. It's held up for me in very rough conditions and I trust it far more than other safeties. That's why I like the Mosins as trail rifles. It's only difficult to engage if you try to use your fingers instead of your larger muscles.
     
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    The Mousin Nagant is so safe that they even allow them in California.
     
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    I like the Mosin safety as well. It's crude, a bit ungainly, but effective. Just another unique feature of the rifle.
     
  9. Carl N. Brown

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    Hold the gun in the left hand, pull the cocking knob back with the right hand, rotate the rifle clockwise with the left hand to put the safety on.

    Trying to rotate the cocking knob with the right hand is too much work, which is why a lot of folks (like me when I first had a Mosin) give up on using the safety.
     
  10. devildog32713

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    Thanks all!! Thanks a lot!
     
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    You can also(perhaps unsafely) de-cock the rifle by firmly holding the back of the bolt, slowly squeezing the trigger and easing the bolt forward (Similarly to de-cocking a revolver). When you are ready to fire, simply pull the back of the bolt reward until it catches and you are ready to rock.

    Re-cocking it is quick and easy. I doubt this method is really that "safe" though, a drop or heavy bump could cause it to fire... just speculating...:confused:
     
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    You'll find the primary safety, on any firearm, just forward of the distal interphalangeal joint of (usually) the index finger. ;)
     
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    Thanks for manual!
     
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    From the linked manual:

    'Mosin-Nagant rifles are characterized by their massive, almost ungainly action...' strike the almost and I could agree with that statement

    'A cartridge interrupter in the magazine design helped make the Mosin-Nagant the most positive-feeding of any design which uses rimmed ammunition.'Wow, how crappy were the other rimmed cartridge military rifles?

    BSW
     
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    Safety isn't that hard to engage on either of my 3 Mosins. Harder than other safeties that are single finger deals though.

    Something to remember with the MN safety - on releasing the safety the gun is cocked and ready to go. Great for a military rifle.
     
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    You can always weld a hunk of scrap iron onto the "safety" knob, say about the size of a hammer handle. It should make the use a lot easier.....and it certainly would not deter from the overall great asthetics or workmanship of the Mosin. That way you could just grap it with your right hand (provided you are right eye dominate) while the thing is shouldered and turn it back clockwise to fire...if you are imaginate enough maybe even drill a hole in the welded on handle(made of scrap metal of course) and use the hole as a "peep" sight.

    Just a thought :D
     
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    It has a safety, it is the knurled knob at back of bolt. To engage, grasp forestock with one hand and get a good grip on the knurled knob, while pushing rifle forward, pull straight back on knob and turn it to the left.

    Do the push pull all in one quick motion and the safety is very easy to manipulate.
     
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    In sovjet Russia, safety operates you!:D
     
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    From Red Army infantry squad leader: Safety? Hello! Is gun!

    The same considerations were followed with the M91/30 and the M44 for zeroing. They were zeroed with the bayonets fixed.

    ECS
     
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    safety?? is no safety, if for building finger muscles!!!!


    but seriously i like it and i dont normally use safeties
     
  23. Carl N. Brown

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    [Safety Nazi On]
    Every gun should be treated with the respect due a loaded gun.
    Never let the muzzle point at anything you would mind having a hole through.
    Finger off the trigger until the sights are on an intended target.
    Positively identify target and whatever will be the path of the bullet before firing.
    You are the safety.
    All those mechanical gizmos are clever but being mechanical they will break or fail.
    [Safety Nazi Off]
     
  24. devildog32713

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    I 100% agree with what you are saying Carl, but Mother wants my rifle to have a safety...my safety is between my ears yes, but Mother still wants a mechanical safety on my guns. (She is WAY misinformed about guns...)
     
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    My old pre-war Marlin Model 80 has the same safety - pull the striker back & rotate 30-45 degrees. Wonder if John Mahlon Marlin copied that?
     
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