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Mosin Nagant: Install Recoil Pad

Updated on October 31, 2012
The famous Mosin Nagant rifle.
The famous Mosin Nagant rifle. | Source

The Mosin Nagant was originally designed to be a melee weapon, as well as a rifle. The stock is extended nearly to the muzzle to protect hands against a hot barrel. The buttplate is made of steel and can be used as a blunt weapon, but the steel buttplate is uncomfortable against the shoulder after several shots, A rubber recoil pad can be swapped with the steel buttplate to make shooting more comfortable. Installing a rubber recoil pad is fast and easy.

The top screw securing the original steel buttplate to the stock.
The top screw securing the original steel buttplate to the stock. | Source

Installing Rubber Recoil Pad

  1. Use a flathead screwdriver to remove the screws and steel buttplate from the stock.
  2. Retrofit the rubber recoil pad to make sure it is a snug fit. Some pads can slightly bend so it can fit various stocks.
  3. Screw down the rubber recoil pad, using the same screws that attached the steel butt plate to the stock.
  4. Sight in the rifle, because the recoil pad adds about an inch or so onto the stock. Some shooters may need to get acclimated to the extra length, while the extra may make it the perfect size for other shooters.
  5. Shoot the rifle over time to break in the recoil pad, which can make the pad more comfortable and soft against the shoulder.

Installed recoil pad
Installed recoil pad | Source

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