This is my killing curse. There are many like it, but this one is mine.

“Fantasy abandoned by reason produces impossible monsters: united with her, she is the mother of the arts and the origin of their marvelsโ€

This visual offense against good design actually shoots fairly well and the safety improves considerably on the original. The non-obvious upgrade to a Timney trigger actually makes this a much better weapon than its appearance suggests.

Erin Palette talks about her rifle.

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19 Responses to This is my killing curse. There are many like it, but this one is mine.

  1. Tim Allen says:

    I’m trying to figure out that bayonet. Does it have a bore that the bullet travels down? Do you have a photo of the end of the bayonet?

    • "lee n. field" says:

      “Iโ€™m trying to figure out that bayonet. Does it have a bore that the bullet travels down? Do you have a photo of the end of the bayonet?”

      The first pic fools the eye. Side mount bayonet. See the last pic.

      • Kristophr says:

        Standard Mosin-Nagant bayonet.

        It is supposed to not ever be removed once it is put on. Russian troops were not issued scabbards or frogs for theirs.

  2. Glenn Bellamy says:

    Nice ACCU-SHOT monopod. But really ugly.

  3. Lupis42 says:

    @Tim Allen,

    The bayonet is off to one side of the bore-line about 1/2″
    It’s towards the camera in both shots, which is why you don’t see the muzzle.

  4. Totenglocke says:

    Do you know how difficult it is to install one of those Timney triggers?

    • Erin Palette says:

      Yes. I’m composing a blog post about it, but the short answer is “Don’t attempt it without a Dremel tool. And while you’re at it, might as well bed the action because you will probably remove too much material the first time.”

  5. Jennifer says:

    That is just… Wow.
    Ah hell, why not

    • Erin Palette says:

      Indeed, why not?

      Modifications are as follows:

      * ATI fiberglass stock with Monte Carlo grip
      * Limbsaver recoil pad
      * UTG all-steel scope mount
      * 2-7×32 long eye relief scope
      * Winchester bipod (bought at Wal-Mart)
      * Accu-Shot monopod
      * Pull-ring safety/cocking knob (single machines piece, not brazed or welded)
      * Timney trigger (review of which will come later)
      * Bedded action
      * Floated barrel
      * Limbsaver barrel de-resonator
      * Buttstock shell holder and pouch
      * “Avada Kedavra” written in silver nail polish

  6. maddmedic says:

    Where did you find scope mount?
    Mine old eyes would love to have an optic on the M44…Kid can get his own for his 91/30..
    Yes…that is nice…
    Can stabby them from a distance if ammo runs short!!

  7. Y. says:

    Why bother with a Timney trigger?

    Filing and polishing according the stock trigger according to Finnish lore one can provide pretty good results, as in a nice, even 3 lb trigger pull..

    • Kristophr says:

      Amatuer trigger jobs have a habit of become accidental discharges.

      Most home gunsmiths don’t have the means to harden the notch after they finish dremeling it. So it wears down. And eventually ADs.

      Getting a purpose built timney trigger is just a better idea.

      Oh, and S&K at scopemounts.com makes a good low profile scout scope mount that isn’t as fragile and floppy as that B-Square style crap.

  8. ShallNOTBeInfringed says:

    Looks like that bayonet doubles as a flat head screwdriver….awfully cool.

  9. Tex_n_cal says:

    So when all’s said & done, what sort of groups will it shoot at 100 yards?

    I’m also curious about the bayonet, which is a short-range weapon, and the scope, which would normally be for longer range. Any thoughts given to a prism scope or red dot sight?

    Mosins don’t do much for me, but it seems like a fairly practical project, and well done. ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Erin Palette says:

      The main reason I have the bayonet is because the extra length actually affects barrel harmonics. No joke; the extra mass reduces barrel whip such that it actually makes a difference in the point of impact whether or not the bayonet is attached.

      Plus, it looks so damn cool! ๐Ÿ˜€

      The scope is adjustable between 2x and 7x power, so while it isn’t as useful as a red dot, I imagine it could work reasonably well as such at lowest magnification.

      Thank you very much for the kind words!

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