Mosin Nagant: How to Remove Rear Sight
The Mosin Nagant is a bolt-action, magazine-fed rifle that was produced by the defunct Russian Empire and Soviet Union. Many sport shooters, hunters and enthusiasts remove the rear sight leaf or the entire rear sight and base to make some space for a scope and scope mount to be installed. Removing the sight leaf and rear sight base is not a permanent modification by any means, and it can be reattached easily. Unload the rifle and perform a safety check before working on the rifle.
- Punch Set
Removing Sight Leaf
- Choose a punch that is slightly smaller than the sight pin located on the upper front of the rear sight base.
- Drift out the rear sight leaf pin free by tapping the punch into the pin with a hammer or mallet.
- Pull the sight leaf and leaf spring out of the sight base.
Rear Sight Base
Remove Rear Sight Base
- Tap out the front sight pin on the rear base using a punch slightly smaller than the pin.
- Drift out the other rear sight base pin using the same punch.
- Tap the sight base forward toward the muzzle and off the dovetail.
Mosin Nagant Tutorials
- Mosin Nagant: Install a Bent Bolt
Mosin Nagants are issued with a straight bolt, which makes installing a scope and mount difficult. A bent bolt allows several types of mounts and scopes to be used.
- 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: 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.