$800 Mosins?

People must be hearing all this talk about weapons of war and military weapons not belonging in the hands of civilians and freaking right the hell out. I would have said this is paranoid, but anything is possible now. Who knows? Now the 10/22 I can understand, because if some of these proposals play out, the 10/22 is doomed. Does anyone even make a 7 round magazine for it?

21 thoughts on “$800 Mosins?”

    1. The Pro-Mag repros are functional. Not super, but they work, and I believe they are OK with the .308 Ishapores, as well.

    2. But doesn’t that mean they sold all five of their spares?

      It’s not like there was ever a big stock of those.

      (Try finding a spare AG-42 mag sometime…)

      1. Yeah, the Brits made, like, 10,000,000 SMLEs and 10,000,001 magazines.

        The lone spare SMLE magazine in the world gets sold from one cranky old gun show vendor to another, who slathers it in fresh cosmoline and what appears to be tobacco juice, buries it unde a bunch of rusty Turkish bayonets on the back corner of his table, and marks it up another $5.

  1. It’s been noted in many other places that all rifles with military utility including Mosins have been selling out. Sure, the 10/22 might get banned, and I’ve read that suppressed subsonic .22LR has a place in urban warfare (although I’d think you’d prefer a bolt action for that role), but it’s obviously in a different category.

    This is one of the things that’s suggesting to me this response to Yet Another Episode of Gun Grabbing Hysteria is different in kind to the previous ones. Along with the fact that after it was fairly clear Obama wasn’t going to go right into gun grabbing in his first term NICS adjusted year to year sales just kept going up and up and up.

  2. My dad always used to say “Askin’ ain’t gettin'”

    Are things actually selling at those prices?

  3. Gunbroker shows several 91/30 auctions hovering in the $150 range with bids. That’s about the same.

    Sniper variations are slightly higher.

    Prices on M38 and M44 variations have not changed much.

    Prices on Finnish models are the same.

    1. I only saw a couple Mosins available at my local show–all were in the 200-300 range, so I’m guessing that people are trying to take advantage of local scarcity to make more than they could on Gunbroker.

      What I find more interesting is that Widener’s sold out of 54R light ball (they still have match grade heavy ball) back in mid December. They usually keep several palates of that stuff in stock, so either people really sped up buying it, or the supply is running out.

      1. Around these suburban parts, not far from touristy New Hope, PA, there was a gun dealer who would have a table at a high-end “flea market” every weekend, where he would sell stuff that was literally throw-away junk for $125 – $250 dollars. I gather he sold enough to people who wanted a wall-hanger for over the fireplace, without knowing or caring what it was other than “a gun,” that it made being there worth his time.

        I suspect there is a slightly similar phenomenon behind $800 Moisons. People who never before knew they wanted a gun, but listened to the news, and happened to drive by the gun show. . .

  4. I just bought a Type 53 for $120 after tax at my local pawn shop and it’s in good condition. I’m hoping to get another, too.

  5. $800 mosins.. well this could be normal. If your familiar with variants and relative rarity of year/manufacturer or countries of origin this doesn’t sound totally looney. However if this is just your run of the mill arsenal refurb then pass the ganja… cause its good stuff.

    Seriously if anyone wants to pay $800 for a mosin I have more then a handful to part with… lol

    1. Last Mosin I bought was a 91/30 for $79, if I can sell it for $800 I see an empty spot in the gun case!

  6. Is it just me or have the gun shops been somewhat complacent in this effort? Almost as if anything that hits gun owners has nothing to do with them? I understand they can still keep “selling guns” to maintain their business whether or not the anti-gunners get their way (today at least), but none of the gun shops I frequent have talked about any legislative efforts they’ve been engaged in. None of them pushing NRA memberships, letter writing campaigns, etc. And then there are some of the unscrupulous dealers.

    1. Errr, I don’t know about the ones in your region, but the biggest one in my home town is way too insanely busy to do anything but service customers. I suspect this will die down a bit after they completely run out of inventory, but for now I think you’re asking for too much from a group of people engaged in a Maximum Effort.

      I’d counter your complaint with a suggest to go to one of them and ask “Can I set up a little Join the NRA “booth” over here? It’ll make your store look a little less empty ^_^.”

    2. Why not ask them to support it? Maybe they need to be asked, and are otherwise too busy to think.

      Suggestion: Make up form letters for people to sign. Take them to your local gun shops and ask them to ask customers to sign them, after which the gun shop could fax them to the appropriate legislators. It would be next to cost-free for the shop. Get volunteers to go to the shop to do that, and man the fax machine. Do all of the necessary homework for them, looking up numbers, etc.

      Maybe the shop could give a nominal valued coupon to anyone coming in who participated.

  7. Andy B:

    take notice that people involved in the legislative branches say that once a form letter is recognized as such, it is ignored and discarded. The big cheese will never know about it, so the effort will be wasted, and the sender will think he/she has done something. Since that might be the only attempt to communicate, that voice is lost.
    I’m told that since all are copied to computer, they have software that can be primed to automatically recognize the body of the letter, and then sort it as directed. (can you say round-filed?)

    NO FORM LETTERS! They are a total waste of time.

    1. And since when have we started taking what pols tell us at face value?

      They’d prefer we never contact them ever, at all, because it takes man-hours to respond. The trick is always to maximize their pain, while minimizing our own. Volume of communication is what maximizes their pain.

      Any letter with a return name and address demands a response, otherwise they have a snubbed constituent who may well not vote for them again. I have mixed my own form letters among those I prepared and got signed by members at club meetings, and have never had one that wasn’t responded to, that I can recall. More to my point, I remember the days thirty-odd years ago when I believed that bullshit about the necessity for writing long, thoughtful letters, when more than once I got a reply to something I hadn’t written about at all. I was the one who had suffered all the communications pain, while their offices had suffered none.

      They don’t care what we think about issues, beyond thumbs up or thumbs down. That is all that is recorded, not our grade in creative writing. The next time someone from a legislative branch hands you that bullshit again, tell him or her to go eff themselves, and never vote for their boss again, because they’re our enemy, and what they want is for us to shut up.

      Any communication in any form at all is better than none, but most people would rather have their teeth drilled through than communicate in writing. So, making it easy for most of them is vital.

  8. There is a 5-round magazine available for the 10/22.

    My question is, “Why did everyone wait so long to buy magazines and semi-auto firearms?” Its not like all of this is a surprise.

    1. I’m sure there’s a set of people who’ve become more concerned about the future over the last 4+ years, who haven’t bought (much) because of the Great Recession, who have decided “now or never”. They could do far worse than to simply buy a Mosin at a reasonable price, or even slightly unreasonable one.

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