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Mosin Nagant: How to Remove Rear Sight

Updated on September 16, 2012
Mosin Nagant
Mosin Nagant | Source

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.

Tools Needed

  • Hammer
  • Punch Set

Removing Sight Leaf

  1. Choose a punch that is slightly smaller than the sight pin located on the upper front of the rear sight base.
  2. Drift out the rear sight leaf pin free by tapping the punch into the pin with a hammer or mallet.
  3. Pull the sight leaf and leaf spring out of the sight base.

Rear Sight Base

The two pins are visible on the sight base, near the barrel.
The two pins are visible on the sight base, near the barrel. | Source

Remove Rear Sight Base

  1. Tap out the front sight pin on the rear base using a punch slightly smaller than the pin.
  2. Drift out the other rear sight base pin using the same punch.
  3. Tap the sight base forward toward the muzzle and off the dovetail.


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    • seh1101 profile image

      Sean Hemmer 6 years ago from Wisconsin, USA

      Agreed. I love the nostalgia and simplicity of Soviet design. There was a reason why Nagants were in production for nearly 75 years. I tinker with mine more than I shoot it...installing a scope, taking it off within a few days and then I end up messing with something else. Vicious cycle.

      I recently was out shooting for the first time in quite a while. My shoulder was pretty sore after the day was done. The steel butt plate wrecked some havoc on me.

    • David 470 profile image

      David 470 6 years ago from Pennsylvania, United States

      I have a mosin nagant, they are a great World War 2 weapon to own - a piece of history.

      It's been so long since I have shot mine, like months. I always thought about putting a scope on mine.