From Russia with Love! Bringing back the Mosin Nagant.
The Mosin-Nagant M91/30 rifle, love it, hate it, indifferent towards it, chances are, you own one or know someone who owns several. Mosin-Nagants are becoming a popular rifle to snatch up in this era of fluctuating gun prices. Why not? It’s cheap, reliable, rugged, and the ammo is easy to obtain by the truckload. However, there are those among us who want to stretch that Mosin out just a little further, and get the best bang for our ruble. This is where Brass Stacker’s anchor point comes into play.
Following most of LtCol Copper’s specifications of the Scout Rifle, Brass Stacker has introduced the Anchor Point scope mount that fits directly to the rear sight of the M91/30 with no wild drilling, sawing, blow-torching, or repetitive chanting of a spell. In fact, the design is a solid steel construction that did not budge after placing it on top of the rifle. Twisting, turning, and pulling didn’t seem to budge the mount in the least. Add the safety cocking knob on the rifle, the all leather butt-stock accessory—that can hold an additional 5 rounds—and at least two stripper clips, and you have yourself a Russian Scout Rifle. I’m sure the great Jeff Cooper will forgive the weight, but the set-up delivers a hard hitting 7.62 x 54R which is perfect for bringing down large game in North America. Further, it offers an addition to anyone’s arsenal for recreation or for those slightly inclined to prepare for the end, a great all-purpose weapon.
Brass Stacker is an American family owned company and run from the great state of North Carolina, with roots dating back to the Revolutionary War. With such a proud family heritage, their employees have rich origins as well, some being able to trace their families back to Ellis Island from places like England and Europe, to become productive members of American society. In true American fashion, the company, owners and employees adapted with the times in the late 80’s exclusively doing tool and die work.
Eventually, they had the fore-sight to move beyond this and evolved the company to CNC machining. Growing up in small town America gave them a healthy respect and understanding of firearms and with the manufacturing industry in a constant flux, they were determined to promise their customer that all products would be American made with a 100% lifetime warranty. Brass Stacker’s first high-end product was magazine loader that changed the company name forever to “Brass Stacker”. After several products with pistols and handguns, the company decided to move towards long guns and purchased a large number of Mosin-Nagant rifles. With a healthy respect for Jeff Cooper’s concept of the Scout Rifle, they developed a cheaper, but reliable version using the M91/30. With prices for Scout rifles between $700 and $2,500 dollars, it is a great alternative if you own a Mosin and are looking to upgrade the rifle. The interesting part about the mount is that, with the exception of the cross bolt, there is very little work done to the rifle. It also preserves the overall look and feel of the rifle and can fit all optics.
Guidelines for the Scout Rifle
So let’s explore Mr. Copper’s guidelines for the Scout Rifle:
Unloaded weight between 6.6 and no more than 7.7 pounds.
Unfortunately the M91/30 weighs in at 8.8 pounds unloaded. My advice: grow stronger.
Overall length of 1 meter (39.4 inches) or less.
Oops, the M91/30 comes in at a lengthy 48.5 inches.
A forward-mounted telescopic sight. Preserving the shooter’s peripheral vision, keeping the ejection port open to allow the use of stripper clips to reload the rifle, and eliminates any chance of the scope striking one’s brow during recoil.
Well Colonel, Brass Stacker has more than accomplished that feature with the Anchor Point fitting securely to the rear sight. The forward position of the mount does not inhibit the use of stripper clips. As far as optics, I obeyed the golden rules by using a 4 power long eye relief scope generously provided by the gentlemen at Sportsman Elite, El Paso Texas, and an Aimpoint CompM4 red dot. It was flawless and drove the rounds home every time.
Ghost ring auxiliary iron sights: a rear sight consisting of a receiver-mounted large-aperture thin ring, and typically a square post front sight. This allows the rifle to be accurately aimed at short to medium ranges even if the scope becomes damaged.
The mount sits slightly elevated on the rear sight of the rifle and allows easy access to the original iron sights per LtCol Cooper’s requirements.
A standard chambering of .308 Winchester/7.62x51mm NATO or 7mm-08 Remington
Originally, this was specified as the rounds were plentiful during the time that Mr. Jeff Cooper outlined these particular rounds. With the 7.62 X 54R being such a prevalent and plentiful round in the US at this time, I’m sure the late Colonel would gladly add the Russian bullet to his list.
I know we can go back and forth on this subject, but the Scout Rifle Mosin can (and does) meet accuracy requirements within the 200 meter range with no problems. Lest we forget the Great Russian sniper Vassili Zaitsev whose exploits include taking many shots further than 200 meters with a 4 power scope.
Overall, Brass Stacker took an old rifle Russian rifle, applied Jeff Copper’s scout rifle concept and created a great inexpensive option for those of us who do not want to break the bank.
For you skeptics, this may not be enough. So please allow me to break it down:
- All steel construction adds durability and stability to the system, especially shooting the powerful 7.62 x 54R
- Easy to assemble and add to the rifle
- Whatever optic or glass you wish to add, zero is maintained
- It’s American made (hum, sing, or loudly speak any patriotic song that inspires you)
- The bolts remained tight, especially after shooting the rifle (No Loctite needed)
- The rail is easily removed from the rifle if you want to go “old school Russian”
- No special modification to the bolt or the bolt handle is needed
- Comfortable and reasonably priced it will turn your M91/30 into a tack driver, depending on what optic you use
In all, go to the Brass Stacker website and take a look at what they have to offer. From my collector, gun enthusiast, and hunter perspective, I promise you will not be disappointed.