Gletcher Mosin-Nagant Model 1944 Part 1
The Russian sharpshooter is back
By Dennis Adler
History gives us many choices in military firearms because almost every gun, at one time or another has been used by an army somewhere in the world since the 15th century. Almost every handgun and rifle has some military lineage, whether it is a flintlock, caplock, rimfire, centerfire, or CO2 model.
The Mosin-Nagant was not just a rifle but a series of rifles produced in Russia from 1891 through 1948. Many original Mosin-Nagant models are still in use today around the world. With millions having been manufactured they are readily available and affordable for military arms collectors. The Gletcher Mosin-Nagant CO2 rifle is based on the WWII era Model 1944, a variation of the M38 version with a folding bayonet.
For CO2 powered air rifles one of the oldest patterns used today is the Mosin-Nagant bolt-action rifle, which dates back to the original 1891 design by Russian Army Captain Sergei Ivaonvich Mosin, and Belgian armsmakers Emile and Leon Nagant. The hyphenated sharing of names, however, wasn’t exactly intended, in fact, back in late 19th century Russia it was never known as a Mosin-Nagant, but rather the Model 1891 or the “3-Lineyaya Vintovka obr 1891g” (3-line rifle, model of 1891). In point of fact, the bolt action rifle was almost entirely designed by Sergei Mosin. The Nagant part, however, is quite significant; Emile and Leon designed the magazine follower, the bolt, an interrupter (a specially designed part within the receiver, which helps prevent double feeding) and the charger or stripper clip that was used in the final production models. Originally these key pieces were part of the Nagant rifle design presented to the Russian military at the same time as Sergei Mosin’s in 1890.