“There is no real ending. It’s just the place where you stop the story.”

― Frank Herbert

Saturday, December 6, 2014

Mitchell's Mausers says no more rifle imports from Russia.


Mitchell's Mausers deals in high end surplus guns, things like hard to find sniper rifles or excellent condition stock surplus rifles.  They are now running an add saying that imports of Russian surplus rifles were banned in the latest round of sanctions against Russia.  If that's true, and there's no reason to suppose it isn't, then that's the end of the last source of relatively cheap rifles.  In discussing the Mosin Nagant rifles with a friend via email, it transpired that he was paying twice what I paid for mine in the past.  Scarcity creates a rise in prices.  If you have been thinking of buying a Mosin Nagant rifle, now would probably be the time.  The same holds true of surplus "eastern block" ammo by the can and case, though I haven't seen anything specifically addressing banning that.








Sportsmans Guide and AIM surplus are good places to shop for the long term storage ammo.


Sportsman's Guide


AIM Surplus




20 comments:

  1. Not a Mosin fan here, but I may grab an M38 or M44, just because.

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    1. Well, they are a bit long and cumbersome, but they are solid, reliable low maintenance weapons and the 7.62 X 54R is a very powerful round. The M38 and M44 are excellent though they have a fearsome kick. They were once common but now are harder to find and pricey. Some years back l bought refurbished, excellent condition rifles with sling, bayonet, oiler, ammo pouches and other accoutrements for about sixty dollars a rifle from Aztec Arms. They also sold complete crates of rifles with all ancillary equipment at a deep discount.

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  2. The local Cabelas here in Scarborough, ME has the regular 91/30s at 170$ "on Sale" down from 200$ normal. Still too pricey for my taste.

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    1. Try Southern Ohio guns. If you don't have a C&R though, you'll have to go through a dealer and that hikes the cost significantly.

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  3. And for the real deep pockets and a taste for the exotic:
    http://gunlab.net/vg1-5-preorder-now-available/

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  4. Gun control - one excuse at a time.

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    1. The government does use the thinnest of excuses to keep weapons out of the hands of citizens. I have no doubt that piggybacking this onto the sanctions is one of their slimy Hitlerite machinations.

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  5. Thanks for the heads up. Might be time to round out the ammo stocks.

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    1. A friend recently told me he got a good deal on ammo from Sportsman' s Guide. But you know that with a good deal all the product is usually gone by the time you hear of it.

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  6. Hey Harry,

    (captaincrunch)

    We got a surplus of idiots in this country and I think we should ban the export of idiots to Washington D.C.

    Idiots are harmless unless they vote, drive cars, or operate complex machinery (with more than one switch)

    If anyone gets us in a war the Russkies, it will be with idiots.

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    1. I'm a lot more afraid our country will be destroyed by Obama and his followers than I am of the Russians. Right now the country seems to be falling apart and you know as well as I do who is to blame for that.

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  7. My tastes in firearms have never leaned towards the Mosin or the Mauser but I can see how this is going to suck for many people.

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  8. Max, do you favor more modern guns? I am interested in your preferences, I know people are scattered all over the board on that. The younger set seems fixated on the mouse gun.

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  9. 1917s and 1903s are more expensive, but I can't see them being banned.
    Those WW1 rifles are stout as can be.
    One thing that brings a smile to my face is that they share ammo with the Garand.

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    1. Charlie, the Springfield and the "American Enfield" are so costly now that few can afford them The great thing about the Mosin Nagants was their affordability.

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    2. Yeah, that's true, but there are deals out there.
      I got both of them from guys at my range. Next to working at a gunshop, the best deals are from the guys at your range.

      My 1903 was $400, and my 1917 (sporterized sometime in the 60s, and a beautiful job too) cost me 10 boxes of 30-30 cartridges.
      I REALLY liked that last deal.
      Both were bought last year.

      I really like those old rifles - if you run out of ammunition, you can just smash some bones with them.
      My Grandaddy Joe carried a 1903 in France in WW1.


      Of course, there's always one of these :

      http://www.amazon.com/Cold-Steel-Saber-Sword-Black/dp/B004MMW6CC/ref=sr_1_5?s=sporting-goods&ie=UTF8&qid=1418144731&sr=1-5&keywords=1917

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    3. I have two Springfields, both of which I bought in the 1990's and I paid way more than that for them, so you did indeed get a good deal. I worked weekends in a general store, at the gun counter, and got a lot of my guns that way but nobody ever brought in a Springfield or a Model 1917, though I got a lot of other nice guns and I think you are right, that's a good way to acquire them. The only gun I ever got from the gun club when when an old German fallschirmjager who was in the club died. He had no relatives in the states and the club auctioned off his firearms, per his will and sent the money to relatives in Germany.

      I'll take a look at that link.

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  10. If anyone has that kind of gun, they better load up on ammo. I hate when they stop selling certain things. Call me a creature of habit. I think it's just human nature to get annoyed.

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    1. Prior planning prevents poor performance. I think that the Obama regime will figure out some spurious way to stop the Importation of surplus ammo which will cause whatever is already in the country to become prohibitively expense. I agree wholeheartedly that the shabby tricks that Obama resorts to in order to force his will on the American people are both annoying and infuriating.

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