Funny that you say that. The M/N was first designed and produced while the Tzars still ruled Russia, a couple decades before the commies.I have one, depending on how it shoots I might pick up a couple more. I like the character of the old commie guns, someday it would like to have an AK47 and an SKS to hang on the beam along side the MN. I have to get some ammo for it, I'm curious how mine shoots, it's got a pretty decent trigger pull on it. I see guys dropping big game with them on the YouTubes.
Is a Mosin worth the money?
Let me think about that- YES. Yes it is.
What can you get for 99 dollars? A used saturday night special missing one grip and without a magazine, one midrange accessory for an AR-15 that you will never use, or ammunition.
Or you can get the Mosin, which is an indestructible rifle that can be used in pole vault competitions, can hold up your tent, can be used as an oar, is handy for impromptu games of baseball, and also does a pretty good job at roasting hotdogs. Honestly I'm surprised Billy Mays never sold these things on tv.
They are great at bargain prices, but at $200.00, they still are what they've always been—indifferently made POS mil-surp bolt rifles, clearly obsolete in their heyday. Every other allied bolt gun of the era is a better rifle, as is the Swiss K-31 and Mauser actions from Germany, Sweden, Yugo, Turkey, and Spain.
If it weren't for the still cheaply available ammo, the Mosin would be the obsolete wall hanger that it should be.