Mosin Nagant rifles have been popular on the military surplus market for a number of decades for many reasons: they are affordable, dependable, reliable, somewhat accurate and affordable. Their ammunition is always in supply and is very inexpensive when compared to calibers that offer similar performance, but if there was ever a drawback to this rifle, it is most often the cheap wood used to stock these rifles in most cases. In other instances, years of abuse or improper storage may have made the butt stock look like it would be better used for firewood. Pro Mag has an answer to this problem with their Archangel stock for the Mosin Nagant series.
Archangel Mosin Nagant Stock
Pro Mag’s Archangel OPFOR Precise Rifle Stock may very well be the best aftermarket stock option for the Mosin Nagant family of rifles, particularly for the long distance target shooter. Mosin-Nagants cut their teeth as a war time rifle, meaning that they had to stand up to abuse rained on them by the elements, opposing forces and even the men who used them in battle. This means that a quality aftermarket fiberglass stock should have those same characteristics and Pro-Mag went above and beyond with the Archangel design.
The Archangel OPFOR Precise Rifle Stock stock takes its lines from another classic military stock: the M40A3 Sniper Rifle fielded by the United States Marine Corps. The USMC version is made by McMillan and costs several times the price of the Archangel. Likewise the McMillan is only made for traditional American bolt action rifles based on the 98 Mauser pattern such as Remington, Winchester and Savage.
Pro Mag designed the Archangel OPFOR Precise Rifle Stock to be bomb proof and offers the stock in three popular and tactical colors such as tan, olive drab and black. Each of these colors represents a decent base if the shooter wishes to camouflage the rifle via spray paint or some other method down the line.
Slings may be quickly and easily be mounted by means of an integral Quick Detach system (also known as a QD system) for either traditional fore and aft mounting or conveniently running it up the side to make for ease of carry in the field. The shooter has the option of mounting a stud for a traditional sling swivel to the center of the lower half of the forearm in order to mount a bipod for steadier shooting.
Speaking of steadier shooting, the Archangel’s butt stock provides an easily adjustable cheek rest in order to achieve a perfect cheek weld, especially when shooting with a scope. The rear of the stock is fully adjustable to increase or decrease the rifle’s length. These elements are most often found in higher end custom made target style stocks, but the ones on the Archangel work just as well if not better despite the price difference.
The forend of the Archangel OPFOR Precise Rifle Stock allows a natural free float for the barrel, meaning that no part of the barrel ever comes in contact with any part of the stock. This is important for a variety of reasons, the primary being that full powered military rifle cartridges like the 7.62 X 54R fired from the Mosin-Nagant imparts a great deal of heat to the metal of the barrel. Heated metal expands and in the case of a rifle barrel it can be as quick as 3 shots fired in succession. Likewise the pressure from the cartridge causes the barrel to react in a way similar to a tuning fork, causing it to vibrate.
This is known as the barrel harmonic effect and is the reason why so many target rifles use a heavy barrel contour, in an attempt to minimize the harmonics. The factory Mosin barrel is very thin in comparison, the factory military stocks are not free floated and the harmonics result in degrading the accuracy of the shots over time. As the barrel vibrates it hits the stock and stops at a different point each time. The free floated barrel allows for the harmonics to remain natural.
Pro Mag includes a five-round magazine with the Archangel OPFOR Precise Rifle Stock and makes a ten-round version of the magazine as an option. These detachable magazines increase the flexibility of the Mosin-Nagant platform and make the reloading process quicker and easier than using stripper clips, especially if you wish to add a scope to the rifle. The company may have had a bad reputation for magazine reliability in the past, but the author has had great success with these magazines for the Mosin Nagant as well as offerings the company has made for the HK 93 family of rifles.
The stock is by no means lightweight and weighs an even 6.3 pounds. This substantially increases the traditional weight of the typical Mosin Nagant. However, this excess weight increases stability and improves the overall accuracy of the rifle. This may be the stock’s biggest drawback in a sense as most people do not want to carry a heavy rifle for a long distance.
The Pro Mag Archangel OPFOR Precise Rifle Stock will fit all variants of the Mosin Nagant rifle including the M91/30, M-44, M91/59 and the Finnish M39. The company states it will accommodate both hexagonal and round receivers.
The price of this stock is more than reasonable for the quality of the build and the features that are included. Granted the price point may be much more than the original price of the rifle on which it is being installed, but it is still well below the threshold of other target stocks of this nature.
If you have been looking to improve your Mosin Nagant rifle in the accuracy department, overall appearance or want to use a properly mounted rifle scope, you need look no further than the Pro Mag Archangel OPFOR Precise Rifle Stock. It will definitely make a statement at the firing line of your local shooting range and more importantly at your target.