The "Nagant Scout" Devastation in a Small Package


Do Not Try This at Home

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By Gordon Duff with Mike Chester

This is one of a series of projects done with the Mosin Nagant 91/30 or derivitave weapons, the Models 44 or the Chinese 53.  In the series, Archangel and ATI stocks are used.  Our first rifle was a full 28.5 inch sniper configuration, suitable for a “JFK movie” prop.  This one hits well at over 1000 meters, not bad for a 120 year old design and a pre-war bolt action rifle.
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Today’s build is a controversial 18 inch barrel, cutting off a full 10 inches, with a “home capable” professional crowning and threading which is entirely shown on video in the worst quality we could muster.
Specialized tooling used for the crowning came from Manson Reamers (  This company specializes in gunsmithing tools.  This is the Military Crowning Kit plus an additional cutter.
The first video is the interim ‘end result’ with the next three videos walking you through the process of taking down a barrel and ending up with a weapon that will pound nails at 400 meters afterwards.

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Now, how we made it:

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and finally…

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Gordon Duff posted articles on VT from 2008 to 2022. He is a Marine combat veteran of the Vietnam War. A disabled veteran, he worked on veterans and POW issues for decades. Gordon is an accredited diplomat and is generally accepted as one of the top global intelligence specialists. He manages the world's largest private intelligence organization and regularly consults with governments challenged by security issues. Duff has traveled extensively, is published around the world, and is a regular guest on TV and radio in more than "several" countries. He is also a trained chef, wine enthusiast, avid motorcyclist, and gunsmith specializing in historical weapons and restoration. Business experience and interests are in energy and defense technology.