May 12, 2008
Mosin-Nagant, the People's Arm
My English department colleague Professor S. has acquired a Mosin-Nagant rifle, one of jillions that came off the Tula assembly line in 1943 during the Great Patriotic War.
They are solid and accurate rifles, still inexpensive in the basic infantry model, and you can buy lots of Warsaw Pact-era cartridges cheaply too.
Prof. S. leaves the bayonet on. It dampens barrel harmonics, he says. And we know that Colonel Mosin, czarist class enemy that he undoubtedly was, intended it that way.
Ah yes, the Mosin-Nagant influences the shooter's language.
Before long, we were vowing death to Bahktinist deviationists and swearing that we would liberate literary study from criminal left-social constructionists.
(The rifle on the right, however, is a 1903 Springfield, made in 1918, another busy year.)