Mosin Nagant: Install a Bent Bolt
The Mosin Nagant was originally designed and produced without the option of a scope. Mosin Nagants weren't issued with a scope until the early 1930s, when the M91/30 was fitted with a scope for snipers. Original scopes are considered expensive collector's pieces today, and aren't sensible to put on a Nagant that is shot regularly. An alternative to an original scope and mount is a bent bolt, which allows several types of scopes and mounts to be installed.
Installing a Bent Bolt
- Perform a safety check to empty all rounds from the magazine box and chamber.
- Move the bolt into the upward charging position, and pull it completely back.
- Pull and hold the trigger down. This allows the bolt to slide out of the receiver.
- Slide the bolt all the way back until it is free of the receiver.
- Replace the straight bolt with the bent bolt, by holding the trigger down and sliding the bent bolt in.
- Release the trigger, and the bent bolt is now installed and ready to use. Dry cycle the action a few times to make sure the bolt operates safely and correctly.
Bent Bolt Handle Kit
Mosin Nagant Tutorials
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Installing a rubber recoil pad on a Mosin Nagant will make shooting more comfortable. It is easy to swap the original steel plate with a rubber one.
- Mosin Nagant: Emphasize Sight Markings
Bring out the Mosin Nagant sight markings using only a white wax crayon. The markings will become easier to see, and aesthetically pleasing.
- Mosin Nagant: Lighten Trigger Pull
Tin foil can be used to lessen the trigger pull on the Mosin Nagant rifle. A lighter trigger pull can produce better accuracy for the shooter.
- Mosin Nagant: Removing Rear Sight
Mosin Nagant shooters often remove the rear sight leaf or entire rear sight to make some space for a scope and scope mount to be installed. Removing both are easily to do.
- Mosin Nagant: Curing Sticky Bolt
Curing a sticky bolt on a Mosin Nagant can be done with gun cleaner solvent and a piece of cloth. Sticky bolts occur from cosmoline build-up or gun powder residue.