Mosin Nagant 7.62x54R Barter Rifle and Cabelas

Russian Infantry – World War I – Armed with Mosin Nagants

I’ve long thought that a single shot 12 gauge shotgun with a few boxes of shells would make a good SHTF barter piece, particularly for people that don’t have any sort of firearm WTSHTF. They’re cheap, simple and versatile. You can buy a used one for like 50 bucks.

Enter the Mosin Nagant 7.62x54R

I came home from work the other day and saw THIS on the Cabela’s flyer:

“A” in the picture – Mosin Nagants on sale for $99.99!

No, this is not a paid spot for Cabela’s (though it should be (making them millions right now)) . Wiki states:

The Mosin–Nagant is a bolt-action, internal magazine fed, military rifle used by the armed forces of the Russian Empire, the Soviet Union< and various other nations.

It gets its name from the Russian Artillery Colonel Sergei Ivanovich Mosin who designed the bolt and receiver, and the Belgian Emile Nagant, who designed the magazine system. Also known as the Three-Line Rifle, in reference to the 7.62 mm calibre, it was the first to use the 7.62x54mmR cartridge.

As a front-line rifle, the Mosin–Nagant served in various forms from 1891 until the 1960s in many Eastern European nations

Basic, reliable, stood the test of time – and cheap!

“B” in the picture (cut in half by my awesome photography) – 20 Russian 7.62x54R rounds for $9.99. How convenient!

But a bargain? I don’t know …. I guess so …. there are a lot of used guns on the market right now. Lots of people bought something during the buying spree.  The economy continues to suck, so now people are dumping stuff. Maybe that’s why the Mosin price is so low? $150.00 bucks and you have a bolt-action rifle and 100 rounds – sounds pretty cheap to me. Russian ladies even liked them (or so the picture implies):

Your local zombie hunters like them, too:

(pic stolen off this TSLRF page; scribbled on by me)

– Ranger Man

BTW: Hey Cabela’s – since this was not a paid ad, I get to tell you ….

Whats up with the freakin’ TEXTBOOK SIZE catalogs you send me!

Can you say OVERKILL!?

How many trees were killed and barrels of oil burned
to get these things delivered all over the place?

Mosin sale flyer? Okay. Ridiculous hardcover catalogs? Not okay. Dig?

And it’s not like I haven’t CALLED YOU ONCE ALREADY
to tell you to STOP sending me these!

19 comments… add one
  • OutLander777 August 19, 2010, 9:49 am

    This is a battle proven rifle. I would only keep one on hand for the cost. Not my first choice for a BOG.

  • Steelheart August 19, 2010, 10:29 am

    FYI, those prices are on the Doorbuster section & are for Aug. 21 starting at 8am (happen to have add in front of me).

    Overall, probably a good rifle for barter & arming people who you chose to let in if the world goes to hell.


  • Jason August 19, 2010, 11:54 am

    My 17 year old son received a Mosin as a Christmas gift from mom & dad this past year (mom was not really aware what it was so it was a double surprise).

    We went to a large, open range so he could experience a “man sized” weapon even though he is 6’4″. Well, in short order he had the iron sight tuned in and was hitting the target 150 yards away with a small grouping. I was a combination of surprised, happy & somewhat nervous.

    He fixed the bayonet and began firing more rounds & he and his buddy mumbled something about the harmonics being affected. Some of the others at the range gave me some odd looks & I pretended to not know these kids.

    Last week we went to the middle of nowhere, set up a target (man silhouette cutout from plywood) 1/2 mile away & much to my surprise he & the same buddy who also owns a Mosin hit it multiple times still using the iron sight. When I asked both how did he learn to use the damn thing, he said “YouTube & other online places”.

    He can already handle my XD 9 & shotguns with high proficiency. My 15 year old daughter knows which end is which on the same weapons so, I worry little about home defense if I am away from the house.

    Ranger, this coming Christmas he wants some enriched plutonium, what do you think – should I get it for him?

    • Freeheel September 11, 2018, 2:43 am

      “My son……..blah, blah, blah……hit a plywood target at 1/2 mile”.

      Umm…. half a mile is 2640 feet my friend with a bullet drop of more than 80 feet . And you are a liar.

  • Anonymous August 19, 2010, 12:26 pm

  • jason August 19, 2010, 12:57 pm

    Very funny, as if I was serious.

    But why pray tell did you – Mr. Dirka Dirka, remain anonymous, hmmmmm?

    • Prepared N.D. August 19, 2010, 1:32 pm

      If you’re interested in the plutonium Jason I can hook you up. I know a guy who knows a guy who knows a guy that used to be a russian scientist.

      It has a ~24,000yr half life – it’s the gift that keeps on giving.

  • Ranger Man August 19, 2010, 6:29 pm

    You guys sketch me out.

  • Suburban Survivalist August 19, 2010, 7:30 pm

    $20 less at AIM;

    My brothers and I all picked up a few. Surplus ammo in sealed tins is dirt cheap, just gotta clean ASAP.

  • No ME Preppy August 20, 2010, 7:42 pm

    Awesome weapon for the price. Not to mention that almost all of them were around when FDR was, and the fact that they still can drive tacks at 100 yards, it says alot. Another fact was that Russian snipers used a version of them, with deadly accuracy, also speaks to it’s effectiveness. It was about the only thing the Bolsheviks kept that was from czarist Russia. It IS on my short list of “guns to get” once I can cough up the cash for it. That and a couple hundred (or thousand) rounds.

  • Wendy August 22, 2010, 8:09 am

    We saw this same ad, and thought about getting one, but noted that “limited time only” price, and decided to hold off getting another rifle at this time. We’re really looking for something smaller, and, perhaps, more easily concealed ;).

    And re: the catalog. Holy cow! We got one of those, too, and I wanted to write a letter … Dear Cabelas: Thank you for the catalog. Next time, though, could you make the cover paper? Those hard cover books are hard to use in the outhouse.

  • Weer'd Beard August 23, 2010, 12:12 pm

    be very wary of them old Russian guns! They’re one of the cheapest ways to own an honest-to-god war-veteran and a piece of history, also dispite their crude nature they’re a hoot to shoot!

    Bought my first Mosin maybe 5 years ago, its turned into a half-dozen now, and there are still a few models I strongly desire. They multiply like rabbits!

  • The Urban Survivalist August 26, 2010, 10:31 am

    I have a few of them. They’re overpriced now. Just a couple of years ago you could pick them up for $50-$80 all day long and a can of ammo was under $100. The ammo has really gotten expensive although a 440 round can will probably last most people a lifetime. I’d recommend a shotgun over a mosin to just about anyone.

  • shadowxdm9 December 13, 2010, 1:17 pm

    you can get 440 rnd can from CTD for 94.. ordered 3 of them.. buddy and i bought some .. kinda impulse deal ya know, the wife got one cuz it was pretty to hang on the wal.. figured 100 who cares… god theyre a riot to high tech shit and accurate everytime

  • Comrade carol April 28, 2011, 3:09 pm

    Girls love to shoot the m38’s but while at the “Gates” I prefer my 91/30 with iron sights and s&B fmjbt 180gr. Racks up the nazis even on a bad day!

  • P-Dub May 6, 2011, 10:13 pm

    I recently purchased one of these things and was amazed to what I got. It was dirty and greasy when I got it so I cleaned it up and all, took it to the range and BAM! I love it and since I have purchased some goodies to it. I fully respect the Mosin Nagant.

  • linville85 June 25, 2011, 9:46 pm

    i myself freakin love mosin nagant rifles.. ever since the day i laid eyes on them never had shot one before, the first i shot was a buddys m44 and it was badass, so now about 6 years down the road,, im starting my own collection and first i got two, one 1921 tula with hex receiver, and a 1943 russian ,, today i went back and bought another one 1942 tula. and i will keep going back until i buy them all

  • revjen45 July 3, 2011, 12:18 am

    The carbines are just right as far as being accurate enough, handy size, and powerful enough for anything in CONUS (maybe not for Kodiak bears). Throw in cheap ammo and they can’t be beat for the money. Good choice if you will be going to the DPRK where most CQB semi autos are not welcome, and you realize that having a carbine in the trunk is a good idea on a long trip. The M-N worked to run the Krauts out of Stalingrad, and you cna’t get much more demanding conditions than that.

  • Morningbear April 5, 2016, 12:18 pm

    I was nine when my father purchased two Moisin-Nagant rifles in Bakersfield, CA. Sixty-one years ago. He took me and his staff deer hunting in Mineral King. He used the full length version and I used the sawed off sportswriter carbine that still had the price sticker of $17.50. After I finished active duty with the Air Force, I went home retrieved my Nagant (colloquially pronounced Naa-git) and it served me until when a collector offered 9x what was paid for it in the 1990’s.


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