As the thread title suggests, I recently purchased a Mosin-Nagant for a pretty decent price. It came w/two dual ammo pouches, sling, tool pouch w/tools, gun oil and bayonet. And, of course, the required dripping of cosmoline packing grease from just about every inch. Mine is stamped 1942, apparently produced in Georgia (the country, not the state) from what I can tell.
For those who don't know, this is a Russian/Soviet Union produced weapon, originally designed in the very late 18th Century, production began in1891 and the design was produced in it's mostly basic form up until the 1960's. More information available from this link at Wikipedia.com.
I bought mine because I didn't currently have any sort of rifle. While it's obviously not a modern-day masterpiece of Grade-A Bang-Bang, I've heard great things about them for quite a few years now. Plus, it was a great price and appears to be either brand-new or at least kept in excellent shape. All the serial numbers that are visible are the same, so it also appears to be an all original piece.
Anyone have any tips, hints and/or tricks they might care to share about theirs? Thoughts on a scope? I was thinking of trying to find an original WWII Era Soviet Sniper Scope, but am more than willing to entertain any suggestions on that and other aspects of the rifle.