I bought my first ever military rifle last night. A few friends bought Mosin Nagant rifles recently, so I figured I might as well get one so we can buy a bunch of surplus ammo and go to the range. So, knowing next to nothing about them I went through the ‘pick out of two’ process at Mills Fleet Farm and this is the one I chose. It’s a 1942 Izhevsk model which is probably one of the most common. It came with the classic kit which includes two ammo bags, an oil can, some tools… And it was completely slathered in cosmoline. So, I spent the whole night tearing it down and removing the cosmoline from all the parts. I also removed the shellac from the stock, sanded it, and oiled it to make it look a bit nicer. The end result is a numbers matching rifle that looks like it’s going to work out just fine. The bayonet even fits perfectly.