Back in 2011 I started working on Mosins with the intent to learn the craft and then move on to other types of rifles. I don't have any formal gunsmithing education or really even a mechanical background. What I do have is motivation and time. In this May, 4 years later, I finally finished my first project. I have started and finished multiple projects during that time and learned a lot, including how to weld, but this one was first out of the gate, and even belatedly it feels significant to say that it is complete.
This one started out as a regular Izzy 91/30 that was one of three that I got at a gun show in trade for a matching numbers SKS that was neither accurate nor reliable. If any of you now own that SKS, I apologize. I did warn the vendor. Anyway, the intent behind this build was to make a scout rifle a la Jeff Cooper. It isn't magazine fed, and doesn't have iron sights, but otherwise it is pretty close to his intent.
This one had an interesting looking stock on it that, apart from some flakes in the finish, was in pretty good shape. So I decided to try to hang on to it. Attached is the only photographic evidence that my work table was ever clean. It is the one with the sling on it.
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