As you can see the main difference is the wood near the handguard as well as the front sight post. The front sight is great on this rifle, even better than a more modern AK. It has 2 screws on each side of the sight. If you want to move the windage to one direction, all you need to do is unscrew it a bit on one end and then screw the other end tighter. They seem to hold pretty well as well so no apparent need for loctite.
The whole wood stock has actually been redone. The upper handguard is totally different as it is made up of a top wood portion with 2 metal bands that are screwed in. The main bulk of the stock is of much better quality and the grip area has an early 'pistol grip' mold as opposed to the straight stock of a Mosin.
What the Finns did was keep the receiver, magazine well, buttplate, and trigger assembly. Everything else they replaced such as: all the wood, front and rear sight, barrel, and bands. Finnish barrels are known to be very accurate and I can certainly attest to this fact. The rifle has lug for a knife-looking bayonet but supposedly it is hard to find a real bayo for this rifle. There are reproductions though so watch out.
So yeah I bought this rifle on a whim. If I would've thought more about all the reasons I personally sold off all my other Mosin-Nagants, I would've convinced myself to not purchase this, but the price was good and pictures were great.
- The Finns made the trigger a 2-stage one like a modern Glock. This definitely makes shooting accurately much easier; it has a very clean break.
- The rifle is definitely more accurate than my old M38 and 91/30.
- The front-sight is very easy to adjust.
- The overall sight picture is better than a Mosin.
- It looks great!
- The rifle is still heavy as fuck. Just around 10lbs and yeah it just sucks if you want to shoot accurately but are either standing or are on a knee. If you are shooting at a range with a benchrest then yeah this would be a great target rifle.
- The Finns were unable to do anything to improve the action of the bolt. You still have to slap it hard like any other Mosin; remains lightyears away from the smoothness of a Mauser.
In a one-liner fashion, if you're even remotely looking at getting a Mosin-Nagant for a reason different from just putting rounds down range, you should really just look into a Finn M39. Paying $240-$350 as opposed to a $90 Nagant is totally worth the price difference in my opinion. There are just so many small issues with the M91/30 that end up being very annoying and you'll probably end up selling it anyway. There is always a chance for a historical find as well. My Finn was made on a hex receiver and it was marked with a R for Remington. Very rare even in the M91/30 world.