Mosin-Nagant rifle firing the 7.64x54mmR cartridge.

AK47 versus M16/AR15 versus Mosin-Nagant

Things You Know If You Own A ...

AK-47 AR15 / M16 Mosin-Nagant
It works even though you seldom clean it. It works as long as you buy the $9/ounce special non-detergent synthetic teflon infused oil. It was last cleaned before entering Berlin in 1945.
You can hit the broad side of a barn from inside. You can hit the broad side of a barn from 600 meters. You can hit the farm from the adjacent county.
Cheap magazines are readily available. Cheap magazines melt. What is magazine?
Your safety is a broad lever audible 300 meters away. You can silently flip off the safety with your finger on the trigger. What is safety?
AK-47 AR15 / M16 Mosin-Nagant
Your rifle came with a cheap nylon sling. Your rifle now has a 9-point stealth tactical suspension system. Your rifle came with two dog collars and a leash.
Your rifle's finish is varnish and paint. Your rifle's finish is teflon and polymers. Your rifle's finish is low-grade shellac, cosmoline, and Soviet toenail polish.
Your bayonet makes a pretty good wire cutter. Your bayonet makes a pretty good steak knife. Your bayonet is as long as your leg.
You can mount your bayonet and intimidate your foe. You can mount your bayonet and make your foe laugh. You can bayonet your foe on the other side of the river without leaving your hole.
Recoil is manageable. What is recoil? Recoil is often used to relocate a shoulder dislocated by the previous round.
Your sight adjustment goes to an uncalibrated "10", but you have never bothered changing it. Your sight adjustment is calibrated in fractions of minute of angle. Your sight adjustment goes to 1200 arshins, and you've actually tried it.
AK-47 AR15 / M16 Mosin-Nagant
Your rifle is used by two-bit nations' illiterate conscripts to fight elite forces worldwide. Your rifle is used by elite forces to fight two-bit nations' illiterate conscripts worldwide. Your rifle has fought against itself and it won every time.
You paid $350. You paid $900. You paid $59.95.
If your rifle breaks, you can repair it with a hammer. If your rifle breaks, you can take your rifle to a certified AR15/M16 gunsmith, if it is still under warranty. If your rifle breaks, it is cheapest and easiest to just buy a new one.
You buy cheap Yugoslav ammunition by the case. You carefully reload precision crafted rounds one at a time. You dig your ammunition out of a Ukrainian farm field and it works just fine.
You can change between 7.62 mm and 5.54 mm, most easily by buying a second rifle. You can change cartridge sizes by pushing a couple of pins and installing a new upper receiver. You know that no real man would suggest that there is anything other than 7.62x54R.
Favorite movie: Red Dawn Favorite movie: Black Hawk Down Favorite movie: Enemy at the Gates
You could accessorize your rifle with a new muzzle brake or a modified stock. However, Ivan Chesnokov will tell you that you should not. Your rifle's accessories are more expensive than your already expensive rifle. Your rifle's accessory is a small tin can with a funny lid. But it's buried under an apartment building somewhere in Budapest.
You would really like to have an autographed photo of Mikhail Kalashnikov. You would really like to have an autographed photo of Eugene Stoner. You're uncertain if there were cameras when Sergei Mosin was alive.
Late at night you sometimes have to fight the urge to hold your rifle over your head and shout "Wolverines!" Late at night you sometimes have to fight the urge to clear your house, slicing the pie a room at a time. Late at night you sometimes have to fight the urge to dig a fighting trench in the yard to sleep in.
Service life: 67 years. Service life: 51 years. Service life: 123 years, so far.
Za Rodinu, Za Stalina! (or For the Motherland, For Stalin)

Za Rodinu, Za Stalina!
For the Motherland, For Stalin!