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 marvels”

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:

      “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?”

      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. :)

    • 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! :D

      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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