We looked like we were going to war when we left the house.
Plan "A" was the rifle range to break in the "new to us" Mosin Nagants.
In the event that the rifle range was over-run by deer hunters sighting in for the upcoming deer season, plan B was to head to our indoor pistol range. So we both had rifles, multiple pistols and heavily ladened range bags.
Plan A worked out. Yay! both the Mosins go Bang! The iron sights are off quite a bit. The bolts got a little sticky from time to time, but not bad. I had shortened the springs on both of them. I did a little polishing on the bolt cam surfaces on one of them. The polished bolt did in fact work a bit better.
So I'll be polishing the unpolished bolt, and polishing the other some more.
The recoil pads, while not exactly cushy were worth the 15 bucks. The curved shape provided to the butt by the pads did help to mitigate the mule kick.
On each side of us at the range was a Dad with an 8 to 12 year old daughter. One with a .22LR, the other with a .223. Heart warming. :-)
Happiness is a warm Mosin.
Note the stylish pink earmuffs.
What you can't see is the devilish grin on her face.