Ok, so some of you know that I bought my first Mosin Nagant about a week ago and plan on doing some fun stuff with it. I picked it up on Monday. Keep in mind, I have only seen pictures of Mosins, never held one. The interesting thing to me was that the Mosin always looked like a long skinny stick to me, but when I picked it up it transformed from a stick to a log. I have small to medium hands and my hand felt very small trying to reach the trigger with my right hand. That grip is fat! Taking the gun from carry position to firing, however, resulted in another transition. The thing really points and balances surprisingly well. It locks right into place and just feels right on the shoulder. Seems like I could hold it on target forever. It is packed with cosmoline, and looks to have never been fired. Made in 1942, and all the pieces match. The receiver is extremely rough on the outside, you can tell they were in a hurry when this thing was made. The bore is bright and shiny, the rifling is definately all still there, can't imagine it being any more aggressive. The bayonette, cleaning tools, and strap are all like new. I have quite a few ideas for this thing, but have to say I see why people like these things. Notice that the front sight is pushed to the left quite a ways, but that is probably because it was sighted in with the bayonette attached, not the way I will be shooting it. First thoughts are stripping the cosmoline, refinishing the wood, floating the barrel, maybe installing a Timney trigger. See where it goes from there. Can't believe I waited this long to spend a hundred bucks on a fun simple gun.