Archangel is taking pre-orders for their OPFOR Mosin Nagant rifle stock. This stock adds a whole suite of tactical and modern features to your military surplus rifle, not the least of which is a detachable magazine.
Announced at SHOT Show this year, the stock was an instant hit with people lining up to put one of these on their Russian rifles, bringing them into the 21st century. These stocks are designed to work with all Mosins, variants, licensed copies and clones. While it’s possible that some rifles may need some fitting, so far, Archangel has not found a Mosin that doesn’t work with the OPFOR.
Made from a fiberglass and carbon fiber nylon composite guaranteed to be as tough as the Mosin you put in it, the stock adds an adjustable cheek riser, an adjustable length of pull and a rubber buttpad to take some of the edge off 7.62x54mmR recoil.
While the Mosin Nagant is not renown for its accuracy, the Archangel OPFOR stock is designed to eliminate the accuracy-thwarting side effects of the standard wooden furniture and uses steel bedding to free-float the rifle’s barrel. In the case of rifles that actually shoot better with a barrel under tension, Archangel’s stock includes an optional fastener that locks the barrel into the handguard portion of the stock.
The OPFOR stock’s ergonomics are modeled on what we’re used to seeing on tactical bolt guns, with a flat-bottomed handguard to take advantage of improvised shooting supports and a goosenecked pistol grip with a very vertical cant for shooting while prone.
Of course the most appealing part about this stock system is the inclusion of a detachable magazine. This required a bit of engineering to move some of the cartridge retaining system to the magazine, a function of the original stock.
But as you can see, the magazines work great, even with mixed ammo. Archangel will ship the stocks with one 5-round magazines and sell additional 5- and 10-rounders separately.
One final, nice touch is the stock is designed to accept an aftermarket Timney match trigger, no cutting or fitting required. If you don’t plan on installing one, the stock includes a plug to prevent things from finding their way into the action.
Priced at $200, we suspect more than a few people will buy these and modernize a Mosin over picking up a new rifle, if just for the novelty. Magazines run $20 for the flush-fit 5-rounders and $25 for the extended 10-rounders.
Sure, there will be plenty of people who feel otherwise, as Mosins are part of history; a lot of it. Having served through three Russian governments and still in service to this day, Mosin Nagants are easily one of, if not, the most successful bolt-action rifles of all time.
That does mean there’s plenty to go around, and hey, it’s not like you have to throw away the original furniture. We have to give Archangel credit for breathing new life into this proven firearm. If you want to pre-order one for yourself, head over to the Archangel website.