Advertisment The shotgun is a brutally powerful weapon. With a proper load of buckshot, it’s capable of delivering up to 2800 foot-pounds of kinetic energy and delivers a payload of lead to a threat. When it comes to one-shot stops the 12 gauge shotgun is king. These weapons are outstanding for home defense due to their brutal power and multiple projectiles per trigger pull design. In a purely home defense situation the shotgun is perfect. Its close-range firepower translates well inside the home, and in the dark, it’s an easy and accurate weapon to use. A home defense shotgun is a simple weapon and they tend to be extremely common. They are also affordable, and in most states with extreme gun restrictions, a shotgun is still legal in an unneutered configuration. Shotguns are a very versatile weapon and the same gun you use for home defense can be used for hunting, or even sporting clays in some configurations. Contents What Makes A Good Home Defense Shotgun? Best Pump Actions Mossberg 500/590 Series Remington 870 Tactical Benelli Nova Best Semi-Autos Benelli M4 Tactical Beretta 1301 A Hybrid Option Benelli M3 For Smaller Shooters Mossberg SA-20 Value Choices Mossberg Maverick 88 Stevens 320 Tactical Mossberg 930 Tactical Parting Shots What Makes A Good "Home Defense Shotgun" ? With so many different types of shotguns out there it’s important we talk about what makes a good home defense shotgun. Typically, what you want is a shotgun that is either a pump-action or semi-automatic. Preferably the weapon will hold at least 4 rounds, but more can be better. Modern tactical shotguns will usually hold around 7 rounds. The gun should be short and maneuverable. By law, in the United States, a shotgun’s barrel must be at least 18 inches. 18 to 20 inches will keep the weapon short and lightweight. You’ll also want some form of sight, be it a simple bead or a fancy ghost ring set-up. Beyond those requirements, everything else is extra. Running a weapon light is highly desirable, and a red dot optic is another common upgrade. However, a shotgun can remain simple, but still, be extremely potent. "Best Pump Actions" Pump-action shotguns are manually operated weapons that require the user to manually pump the gun to extract, eject, cock, and load a round into the chamber. These are the most common type of shotgun in the United States and are also some of the most reliable. Their simple nature makes them affordable as well. Mossberg 500/590 Series Mossberg has long been known as the preeminent pump-action shotgun manufacturer. The 500 series is their flagship shotgun. The 500 series is used for a variety of tasks that covers everything from home defense to hunting. The 590 series is their military model with a thick-walled barrel and a tubular magazine that is easy to add extensions too. Different 590 models may also incorporate a metal trigger group, a bayonet lug, pistol grip, and collapsible stock. The 500 series is more affordable and lighter weight, and the massive aftermarket allows shooters to customize their weapon extensively. The 500 series uses an ambidextrous tang mounted safety that is well placed and easy to activate. The gun’s skeletal shell lifter also makes it easier to clear malfunctions than most shotguns . The Mossberg 590A1 is the only shotgun that has passed the U.S. Army’s Mil-Spec 3443E test, which involves 3,000 rounds of full-powered 12 gauge ammo. Also, this is a gun that is very easy to repair and most repairs can be done at home. However, it’s a tough gun and likely won’t need any. The Mossberg 500 series also comes in 20 gauge and 410 for smaller shooters. Remington 870 Tactical There are numerous Remington 870 models that could be used in the Tactical Home Defense Role. This includes the actual 870 Tactical Model, as well as numerous 18.5-inch express models. Remington is also very well known for their shotguns and the 870 has served police and military forces throughout the United States. The Remington 870 features a rugged and durable steel receiver, a tight and smooth action as well. The Remington 870 series comes in tons of different configurations, including Hardwood, Police, Tactical, Marine models and many more. Due to the gun’s popularity, there is an extensive aftermarket for allows for an amazing degree of customization. The 870 series is also produced in smaller calibers like 20 gauge and 410. There are 20 gauge models designed for home defense roles with shorter barrels but there doesn’t appear to be similar 410 models currently being produced. The Remington 870 models have long been proven to be reliable, easy handling weapons that are well suited for home defense and tactical use. With over 10 million produced it’s safe to assume the gun works. Benelli Nova Benelli is mostly known for their semi-auto shotguns, but the Nova is their pump-action shotgun. This 12 gauge shotgun comes in numerous configurations, but the tactical model is what we are looking for. This model comes outfitted with either open rifle sights or ghost ring sights, as well as an 18.5-inch barrel. The Nova sports a pump design that’s pushed to the rear of the action, making it easier to reach for smaller shooters. Additionally, the gun is equipped with a unique push-button shell stop that allows you to eject the round in the chamber without ejecting rounds from the magazine. This allows for quick and easy transitions to different types of ammo. The pump action is remarkably smooth and makes running the gun quickly possible. The Benelli Nova is insanely reliable and rugged in design. The gun is made to last and as a tactical shotgun, it delivers as promised. It doesn’t offer the same aftermarket as the Remington or Mossberg, but its popularity is growing. The Nova is also more a hair more expensive than domestic models, but in many ways, it is the Cadillac of pump-action shotguns. Best Semi-Autos Semi-auto shotguns are shotguns that extract, eject, cock, and load the next round automatically. They fire one round per pull of the trigger. Reliable semi-autos are more costly than pump actions and are also less common. However, they are softer recoiling and allow you to engage with follow up rounds much quicker. Benelli M4 Tactical The Benelli M4 currently serves as the military’s only semi-auto shotgun and is known as the M1014. The M4 is a gas-operated shotgun that uses Benelli’s patented ARGO system. ARGO stands for auto regulating the gas-operated system. The benefits of this system are its simplicity and rugged design. This allows it to run hot, cold, and dirty. The Benelli M4 is a rugged design and military testing showed it can function for 25,000 rounds without parts replacement. The American model will come with only a 5 round tube due to import restrictions but can be swapped for an 8 round tube as long as 922R compliance is met. The M4 Tactical comes with Ghost rings sights, as well as a rail for optic’s use. The gun soaks up recoil due to its semi-automatic action making it much more comfortable to shoot than a pump action. The gun is remarkably reliable and will eat up all standard powered ammo. The gun’s semi-auto action makes it possible to handle the weapon with one arm, as well as quickly engage a single target or multiple targets with multiple rounds. The M4 is a proven weapon and one to watch if you want the very best in combat shotguns. Beretta 1301 The strength of a shotgun is its brutal power and its speed on target. A heavy gun is hardly a fast gun, and the 1301’s strength is how crazy lightweight it is. The Beretta 1301 weighs a mere 6.4 pounds. Better yet the gun is capable of sending lead downrange extremely fast. It’s one of the fastest cycling shotguns out there. Even though it’s lightweight, recoil isn’t a major issue. The gun’s semi-auto action absorbs lots of recoil and allows you to stay on target with ease. The 1301 has an 18.5-inch barrel and is extremely short and easy to maneuver. It comes with a short optic’s rail that is well suited for a small and compact red dot sight. The BLINK gas system is popular in numerous beretta shotguns and it’s an ultra-reliable design for the combat shotgun. This gas system allows a skilled shooter to drop 4 rounds in under a second. The 1301 is an awesome overall design and does what a shotgun should do, gets rounds on target quickly and accurately. "The Beretta 1301" is limited when it comes to accessorizing, but it’s growing in popularity and a small and dedicated aftermarket is popping up. A Hybrid Option What about a shotgun that can swap between both semi-auto and pump action? This design is rare, so I’m featuring the only one still in production. Benelli M3 The Benelli M3 is one of the very few shotguns that utilize both a pump and a semi-automatic option. With the twist of a ring, the Benelli M3 can be swapped from semi-auto to pump action. While other guns have done the same, notably the SPAS 12, the M3 has been more successful. The M3’s hybrid design allows a shotgun shooter to run any load they choose. They can use full-powered loads in a semi-automatic action to get tons of lead on target with reduced recoil, or swap to pump action to run less-lethal loads or low recoil loads. The design allows the gun to eat anything. As a Benelli you know it’s a premium shotgun. The semi-auto action is Benelli’s famed inertia recoil system. This is a reliable system that Benelli has used in most of their semi-auto shotguns. The Benelli M3 was never as popular as the M2 or M4 variants but is a unique and interesting weapon. If you want a shotgun you can shoot anything through the M3 will get the job done. "For Smaller Shooters" A big drawback to shotguns is the high recoil. Most semi-auto guns are excellent at reducing recoil, but even then some are still too much. They can be too heavy, too long, and unwieldy. For those shooters, I tracked down a lightweight, low recoiling shotgun that anyone can handle. Mossberg SA-20 The Mossberg SA-20 is a superb shotgun for a smaller shooter. Not only is this a 20 Gauge shotgun, but it’s also a semi-automatic shotgun designed for home defense. This combination makes it easily one of the easiest handling guns out there. The gun has hardly any recoil and is a lightweight 5.75 pounds. It sports a 20-inch barrel and is outfitted with a Ghost Ring rear sight, a high viz front sight, and an optic’s rail. It’s perfect for indoor use and is maneuverable in close quarters as a shotgun should be. The SA-20 also sports a forward rail for attaching a light or laser too. The gun comes with a tactical style pistol grip and stock combo and all black furniture. Its overall length is only 39 inches and it’s quite comfortable. As a bonus, it comes sling ready. The biggest downside is the fact the gun only holds 4+1 rounds. However, it’s an affordable 20 gauge option that’s also reliable and easy to handle for shooters of all sizes. Value Choices We all can’t afford a Benelli M4 for home defense, and that’s understandable. Mossberg makes two excellent value brand shotguns I’d give a hardy recommendation to. Mossberg Maverick 88 The Mossberg Maverick 88 has a lot in common with the Mossberg 500 and is more or less the budget variant. The Maverick comes in several different models, and this includes a Security model with a 7 round tube that is perfect for home defense. You cannot extend the Maverick 88’s capacity, but the 7 round models are competitive with most defensive shotguns. The Maverick 88 lacks the Mossberg tang safety and uses a push-button design. Most furniture is compatible with Mossberg 500 shotguns, and this allows you to easily swap parts out. The Maverick 88 shotguns are routinely found for around 200 bucks or slightly higher depending on furniture. The Maverick 88 design is solid and simple and for home defense shotguns that’s all you need. These are lightweight shotguns and available in 12 and 20 gauge only. The Maverick models cannot interchange trigger systems with the Mossberg 500 and are not drilled and tapped for an optic’s rail. They are also only available in a blued finish. They are very basic in design but are effective and easy handling shotguns when money’s tight. Stevens 320 Tactical The Steven 320 Tactical is likely one of the most affordable shotguns on the market for home defense. You can typically find them for well below 200 dollars. The Stevens 320 Tactical is designed with a combination pistol grip and stock that makes balancing and pointing the weapon easy. The gun does keep things simple with a pump-action, a bead style front sight, and a 5 round tube. This keeps things lightweight and easy moving. The pump itself is long and easy to reach regardless of how long your arms are. This is great for shooters with shorter arms or shoulder issues. The 18.5-inch barrel is as short as I comfortably get with these guns and ensures there is plenty of maneuverability. Additionally, the gun is set up for a sling out of the box. For a budget based shotgun it does boast dual slide bars, which ensures clean and reliable operation. At this price, the Stevens 320 is hard to beat. There isn’t much of an aftermarket for these guns, but if you need a shotgun and are tight on money it’s a reliable choice. Mossberg 930 Tactical Another Mossberg on the list, but it is one of the more affordable Semi-auto shotguns. There are lots of different 930 models, and the 930 Tactical is the most bare-bones, but also the cheapest. For under 400 bucks you can have a very capable semi-auto shotgun. I can attest the 930 models are reliable. I own the 930 SPX model, a slightly more expensive variant with fancier sights. However, the operating systems are identical. This gun sports a solitary bead sight contains 8 rounds total and is available for around 400 bucks. The receiver comes drilled and tapped if you want to toss a red dot on. The gun is stout and robust. It’s a reliable gas-operated gun that will spit lead downrange very quickly. It’s easy to handle and is made by Mossberg. That means you’ll have a reliable and capable weapon at a great price overall. Parting Shots On a per shot basis, the shotgun delivers more lead per trigger pull than any other weapon. The shotgun is a simple weapon that rules in close quarters. Like all weapons , the weapon is only one part of the system. You’ll also need to train, make the right ammo selection, and as always have a plan when trouble comes knocking.
BulletSafe launched into the market in August 2013. Located in Troy, MI, a suburb of Detroit, MI, Tom Nardone, the company president has made sure the company has done a good job at sourcing quality materials and components in the manufacturing and assembly of his vests. Balancing quality with affordability the BulletSafe bulletproof vest – level IIIA is what you get. I wore the vest for over 50 hours, and tested it with bullets from various firearms. Let’s find out how it held up in this hands-on review of the BulletSafe Bulletproof vest! #1 BOB Bag #1 Body Armor The BulletSafe Bulletproof Vest Our Favorite Armor Can stop high-quality ammunition designed for deep penetration Comfortable to wear for long periods of time Buy Now (Only $299)! Quick Navigation BulletSafe Bulletproof Vest Review First Impressions Wearability A little fun and testing Pros and Cons of BulletSafe Bulletproof Vest Pros: Cons: Key Takeaways About the Author BulletSafe "Bulletproof Vest Review" Specifications: Manufacturer: BulletSafe Model Tested: BulletProof Vest IIIA Size Tested: Small Materials: Ballistic panels: Ultra High Molecular Weight Polyethylene (UHMWPE) Carrier: 600 Denier Polyester Sizes Available: XS- 4XL Height/Weight Range: Addition Information: Vests are manufactured in Shanghai with final inspection and assembly done in the US MSRP: $299.00 XS-2XL, $378.00 4XL Only available in black Has been tested up to .50 Desert Eagle First Impressions When I first removed the vest from the packaging, it felt slightly heavier than other IIIA vests I have used in the past. Based on my height and weight and referencing BulletSafe’s size chart, I received a small size vest. This vest weighed in at just over 5 pounds. With other similar IIIA vest weighing in at 3.5-4.5 pounds. However, those vests have a price tag starting at double the price point of the BulletSafe vest. Wearability The carrier impressed me with its overall quality, especially the details along the seams. With the vest being on the slightly heavier side, the additional width they offer with their shoulder straps helped in distributing the weight. While wearing the vest, I couldn’t tell the difference in weight. Nice wide shoulder straps distribute the weight well The carrier also has external pockets to add rifle plates should the need arise. I wore the Bulletsafe vest for a little over 50 hours during each workweek. While wearing the vest, I would compare it to other level IIIA vests in an external carrier. The reason being is vests specifically designed to be worn under your uniform shirt do not have the benefit and durability of a "600 Denier Polyester" shell. A little fun and testing Who doesn’t want to shoot a ballistic vest? I, for one, would love the opportunity to put the capabilities to the test. Below shows an image of how the ballistic panels performed with several calibers and rounds. BulletSafe shrugged off all the premium defense loads we used Finally had some favorable weather here in Alaska. It was a beautiful Sunday morning for some testing and range therapy. List of Calibers Used in Testing Federal 9mm 115 grain FMJ Hornady 9mm 124 grain XTP Fiocchi .357 Sig 124 grin FMJ Hornady .357 Sig Critical Duty 135 grain Buffalo Bore 10mm 220 grain hard cast I took all shots at seven meters, with three different calibers I had readily available. Top left is Federal 9mm 115 grain FMJ, the ones just to the right as you look at the picture are Hornady 9mm 124 grain XTP, is Fiocchi .357 Sig 124 grin FMJ, say what you want on Fiocchi ammunition, but when it comes to range ammunition in .357 Sig, I buy what’s in stock whenever I can find it, to the right is Hornady .357 "Sig Critical Duty" 135 grain, last but not least toward the bottom center is "Buffalo Bore 10mm" 220 grain hard cast lead rounds, one of my favorite calibers to shoot. The following pictures will show you the penetration int the actual vest. On the front side, you can see solid penetration into the vest material. However, you can see there was absolutely no rounds, or any compromise in the material protecting you. A slight disclaimer, the damage you see inside the red circle, missed the ballistic material allowing it to penetrate the vest completely. The vest held up exceptionally well for being shoot 18 times total. Having seen shoot vest before but not having had the opportunity to put the equipment to the test personally, I’ve always had a slight hesitation in believing it works. I can say now I’ve seen it stop not only several rounds, but it can stop high-quality ammunition designed for deep penetration. Pros and Cons of BulletSafe Bulletproof Vest Pros: Very affordable Wide range in sizes for all officer Withstands a wide range of rounds up to .50 AE Final assembly in America Generous return policy Wide straps distributes weight Cons: A little heavy Some snagging issues on duty shirt Sizing varies, remedy would be to try on it person If possible Key Takeaways You will be hard-pressed to find a ballistic vest with a IIIA rating for under $300. The attention to detail in BulletSafe’s production, assembly, and inspection rivals higher priced products. With vest fit and sizing in mind, use the size chart available on their website. I find the vest to be slightly on the larger size compared to other vests with standard U.S. sizing. I found my height and weight right in the middle of the small vest’s range. I would size down if ordering another one, due to the overall length and width at the chest and shoulders. The vest wore well under a loose-fitting uniform shirt. It is by far more comfortable when worn as an external vest. BulletSafe has a generous return and exchange policy, considering this is a wearable product. There are a couple of things I would have changed while designing the vest. On the waist adjustable straps, I would switch the hook and loop. Being that the hook is on the vest portion of tends to snag on a uniform shirt when wearing the vest concealed. I would also increase the size of the hook and loop on the carrier along the belly portion to allow for farther adjustment. BulletSafe as designed and made a quality product to reach individuals who have to procure vests on their own or for smaller companies who cannot afford to order their employees custom fitted vest with a price tag starting at $1000. #1 BOB Bag #1 Body Armor The BulletSafe Bulletproof Vest "Our Favorite Armor" Can stop high-quality ammunition designed for deep penetration Comfortable to wear for long periods of time Buy Now (Only $299)! About the Author Mathew Umstead is a U.S. Marine Corps Veteran with 4 years active service as Military Police where he spent most of his time on a Special Reaction Team becoming proficient in special tactics and response. After his time with the Marine Corps, in 2007 he transitioned into law enforcement where he spent 8 years as a federal police officer. He now spends his days in Alaska as a lead firearms instructor teaching federal police officers, contractors, and military personnel on basic marksmanship and weapons tactics for various firearms ranging from 9mm pistol up to the .50 caliber machine gun. When not at work, he enjoys hunting, fishing, camping, and hiking with his family. Other interesting articles: Leatherback Gear TACTICAL ONE Bulletproof Backpack Review Survival Gear Review: MSR Dromedary Bladder Review SIG SAUER MPX-C 9mm Review: Survival Gun Review for 2020 "Survival Gear Review" : Valkyrie War Cord Survival Frag
If you’re in the market for the best 6.5 Creedmoor muzzle brake, you’re probably not alone. It’s never a good thing when you find yourself “drowning” through all the poor quality Creedmoor muzzle brakes. Luckily, we were able to find the top five muzzle brakes currently on the market. We hope that by reading this article, you will be able to find one that stands out as something you’d want to purchase. At a Glance: Our Top Picks for 6.5 Creedmoor Muzzle Brakes OUR TOP PICK: Vg6 Precision - Gamma 65 Muzzle Brake Precision Armament - M11 Severe-duty Muzzle Brake Vais - Muzzle Brake 6.5 Mm Lancer Systems - Viper Brake 6.5 Caliber Aero Precision - Lambda Prs65 Precision Muzzle Brake 6.5 Comparison of the Best 6.5 " "Creedmoor Muzzle Brake" s" IMAGE PRODUCT Our Top Pick Vg6 Precision - Gamma 65 Muzzle Brake Best overall on the market today. Comes with bead blasted stainless steel or black nitride finish. Crafted from heat-treated stainless steel for excellent durability. View Latest Price → Read Customer Reviews Precision Armament - M11 Severe-duty Muzzle Brake Wrench flats on top and bottom for easy install and removal. Comes in a DLC matte black finish or stainless steel in-the-white finish. Machine CNC’d from high strength stainless steel that is resistant to heat and corrosion. "View Latest Price" → "Read Customer Reviews" Vais - Muzzle Brake 6.5 Mm Best for the money. Comes in steel with Parkerized finish or a stainless steel matte finish. Multiple venturi expansion chambers that redirect gases for effective recoil control. View Latest Price → Read Customer Reviews Lancer Systems - Viper Brake 6.5 Caliber Includes crush washers. Comes in a black nitride or stainless steel finish. Jet nozzles for downward force to ensure that it counteracts recoil. View Latest Price → Read Customer Reviews Aero Precision - Lambda Prs65 "Precision Muzzle Brake" 6.5 Weighs 0.29 pounds. Fits ⅝-24 TPI threaded muzzles. Comes with an all-black or bead blasted stainless steel finish. View Latest Price → Read Customer Reviews Pros and Cons of Adding a Muzzle Brake Adding a muzzle brake to your Creedmoor rifle does come with its own set of advantages, but not without its share of disadvantages as well. Here are some of the pros and cons you may deal with when adding a muzzle brake to your own Creedmoor rifle: Reduction in Recoil With the installation of a muzzle brake, you’ll notice a reduction of recoil. In most case, the reduction rate will be right around 50 percent. These are important for guns that are being used by individuals that are short in stature. Allows You to Shoot a Larger Caliber If you’re hunting for big game, sometimes it requires shooting a gun that is a larger caliber. Because it is a larger caliber, you’ll also experience a more powerful recoil. As mentioned above, a muzzle brake can reduce the recoil. It will even make the rifle much easier to use. MK218 MOD 1-M Rifle 6.5 Creedmoor ( Source ) It Can Be Noisy One of the major drawbacks for a muzzle brake will be the noise. When the propellant is vented, it will increase the volume of the bullet leaving the gun. If you’re shooting with a muzzle brake equipped, then it would be wise of you to wear the proper protection for your hearing. In fact, you should wear protective gear for your ears while shooting a gun anyway. It Can Kick Up Dust This can happen at the end of the barrel. A muzzle brake can kick up dust at the end of each shot. When air is expelled through the holes in the muzzle brake, the elements nearby will be blown around with such great force. There will be holes on a muzzle brake and will be positioned dependant on whether or not they are non-indicated or indicated muzzle brakes. How to Spot a Quality Muzzle Brake The question you have to ask yourself is how can you distinguish a good, high-quality muzzle brake from a cheap, low-quality one? There are several major factors that will influence your decision in finding the best one for you. The following are a few factors that may help you make a decision in finding the best quality muzzle brake for you: Material Most muzzle brakes will be made from materials like steel, to ensure that your muzzle brake will be durable enough to take a beating with each use. At the same time, you'll need to find a good muzzle brake that is resistant to heat and is stressed for maximum durability. Your muzzle brake will sustain a lot of wear, depending on how often you use your Creedmoor rifle. It Fits Most Rifles There are some muzzle brakes that will fit most Creedmoor rifles, and there will be some that won’t. A good quality muzzle brake will fit well with most rifles, especially with little to no installation required. Design Notice that the holes placed on a muzzle brake are used as outputs for the gas that is expelled from your rifle. This design is beneficial in preventing gas from blowing back towards your face. If you need to find a good quality muzzle brake, find one that will allow the gas to redirect from the top or side of the brake itself so it won’t blow back. Quick Take - Best 6.5 Creedmoor Muzzle Brakes These are our recommendations for the best 6.5 Creedmoor muzzle brakes: Vg6 Precision - Gamma 65 Muzzle Brake Precision Armament - M11 Severe-duty Muzzle Brake Vais - Muzzle Brake 6.5 Mm Review of the Best 6.5 Creedmoor Muzzle Brakes The following are five of the best Creedmoor muzzle brakes available on the market. We’ve hand-picked these for rifle owners in particular that are looking for a decent muzzle brake. You’ll learn why each one is the best based on their unique features. It is important for you to look through each one carefully as it may be a potential choice for you. If you see one that sticks out as one of your favorites, be sure to dig up a bit more information on that model in particular. Without further ado, let’s get started: Best Overall: VG6 Precision - Gamma 65 Muzzle Brake CHECK LATEST PRICE Pros No rearward kick. Very noticeable reduction in recoil. For being the best on the market, it’s quite affordable. Cons May not fit with all Creedmoor rifles. Some have complained about issues regarding the crush washer. First up, we have the VG6 Precision Gamma 65 Muzzle Brake. This model just so happens to be a hybrid of a muzzle brake and a compensator. If you happen to see this as part of a product’s description, that’s always a good thing. This means that it has been designed with precision techniques that will eliminate recoil and lessen movements dramatically. The VG6 is machined with optimal performance in mind. This features both breaking and compensating to inspire confidence and allows for faster follow-up shots. The VG6 is crafted from 17-4ph heat treated stainless steel with your choice of a black nitride or bead blasted stainless steel finish. This also includes a crush washer. If you're looking for a lightweight muzzle brake, you'll be quite happy with the VG6. This means that you won't have added weight that will make the rifle heavy. If you’re looking for an excellent muzzle brake for your Creedmoor rifle, then you should consider the VG6 as one of your possible options. Bottom Line The VG6 has proven itself to be the best on the market for good reason. It has proven to reduce recoil, despite the fact that Creedmoor rifles have a reputation of having a reduced amount of recoil to begin with. If that’s what you’re looking for, it won’t hurt for you to consider the VG6 further. Runner-up: Precision Armament - M11 Severe-duty Muzzle Brake CHECK LATEST PRICE Pros Very easy to install. Extremely durable. Zero recoil reported with the Creedmoor. Cons Some have complained that their model came without crush washers. Some have complained about not seeing a reduction in recoil with their rifle. Next up, we have the Precision Armament M11 Severe Duty Muzzle Brake. This is superior recoil management with a minimal dust signature. This muzzle brake is designed for tactical application, has a massive symmetrical blast baffle, and is combined with two compensated front baffles. The PA has the ability to redirect gas to the sides and upwards. This ensures that you’re getting reduced recoil with every shot. At the same time, this also reduces muzzle rise and ground disturbance. This muzzle brake is designed with high tolerance class-3 threads that are machined in the same operation as the bore aperture, ensuring perfect concentricity. The PA is precision CNC machined from high strength HTSR 400-series stainless steel bar for superior heat and corrosion resistance. The PA is available in an ultra-resistant DLC (or diamond-like carbon) matte black finish or a stainless steel in-the-white finish. This product also has wrench flats on the top and bottom for easy installation and removal. Bottom Line If you're looking for a muzzle brake that is easy to install, you won't go wrong with the PA model. This is a well-designed brake that many users have been happy with in terms of the reduction of recoil. With the material it's made from, you know that this will be the kind of brake that will take countless beatings. So, don't be surprised if this one in particular will last you longer than expected. In fact, this could be the last muzzle brake you buy for your Creedmoor rifle for quite some time. Best For The Money: Vais - Muzzle Brake 6.5 mm CHECK LATEST PRICE Pros Very durable. Considerable recoil reduction. Does a great job redirecting gas and preventing blowback. Cons None If you’re looking for a good muzzle brake for your Creedmoor, but seem to be running into models that are a bit pricey, you’ll be happy to know that the Vais muzzle brake is the best one on the market for those on a budget. So, how does it stack up for the budget conscious gun owner? The Vais has an incredible maze of gas dispersing holes that limit the muzzle rise with no increase in the muzzle blast itself. The multiple venturi expansion chambers disperse and redirect gases for effective recoil control while limiting blasting effects. The unique design features attenuating holes that are both horizontal and perpendicular to the centerline of the bore to disperse gas and sound equally to all sides. It is available in steel with a Parkerized finish or stainless steel with a matte finish. Bottom Line For a budget muzzle brake, all we can say is… not bad at all. The material it is constructed from is strong enough for this to be a tough customer that lasts you a great while, which is better than spending money on a cheap model that will eventually get damaged after just a few hundred rounds. You don’t deserve that and neither does your wallet. So, if you’re looking for an excellent muzzle brake without having to break the bank, get the Vais muzzle brake for your Creedmoor rifle. Best ⅝-24 Muzzle Brake: Lancer Systems - Viper Brake 6.5 Caliber CHECK LATEST PRICE Pros Reduces a great deal of recoil. Fits great with most Creedmoor rifles. Looks very good and is aesthetically pleasing. Cons Might be a bit pricey for budget-conscious rifle owners. Next, we have the Viper Brake for the Creedmoor rifle from Lancer Systems. Everyone knows that the Creedmoor is without a doubt one of the best rifles for long range shooting. This is due to their enhanced ballistic capability and their reduced recoil. If you want a muzzle brake that will further reduce that recoil, you’ll want to consider something like the Lancer Systems Viper Brake. This is built using a blast chamber and four jets designed to direct muzzle blast in a direction that reduces the recoil impulse and muzzle rise of the rifle. The jets are located at the top of the brake and give it the downward force it needs to counteract recoil. This is available in black-nitride and stainless steel finishes. There are crush washers that are included in this brake for easy installation. The Viper Brake also ships with 12 separate jet nozzles with different sized openings for users to fine-tune the amount of gas used to depress the muzzle. Bottom Line Less recoil means more control. We know that for a fact. With that in mind, if you want zero recoil in your Creedmoor rifle, you’d be hard pressed to find something as good as the Viper Brake from Lancer Systems. This is the best muzzle brake to have if your Creedmoor has a ⅝ x 24 TPI threaded muzzle. Best For 308: Aero Precision - Lambda Prs65 Precision Muzzle Brake 6.5 CHECK LATEST PRICE Pros Easy installation. Will stay on and never fall out. Very durable as it is crafted from heat treated stainless steel. Cons None For our final muzzle brake review, we come across the best one on the market for a .308. This is designed for the Creedmoor owner that is getting sick and tired of dealing with a muzzle brake that won't stay in place. If you're looking for a muzzle brake that won't hassle you, consider the Aero Precision Lambda as one of your best choices. Because of the innovative design of this device, you won't have to worry about your muzzle brake falling out ever again. This is built with a two-piece, four-chamber design the "Aero Precision Lambda" requires no tools for installation. So, this will be easy to install. Never again will you have to rely on a jam-nut to help keep your muzzle brake in place. If you're looking for something that will essentially eliminate recoil, this is exactly the kind of muzzle brake you'll need. Bottom Line Yes, we all have at one point dealt with the struggle of keeping a muzzle brake in place on our gun. With the Lambda, that is a thing of the past. If you're looking for a muzzle brake that is guaranteed to stay in place while you're shooting off hundreds of rounds, get the Lambda. Not only will you get a strong muzzle brake, but you also won't have to deal with a great deal of recoil either. So, it's a win-win. Factors to Consider Before Buying a Muzzle Brake There are some factors that buyers have considered in the past while buying their own muzzle brake. They are also the same ones you should consider while buying one yourself. The following are some of the top factors to consider prior to finding the best muzzle brake: Installation Process It's important to find a muzzle brake that is easy to install and will not require the use of tools. Some of them may require little gunsmithing skills to install it onto your rifle. Some muzzle brakes that are available on the market will include crush washers that will help you install the brake with ease. Recoil Reduction Obviously, the objective for each muzzle brake is to reduce the recoil of your rifle. Couple it with a rifle that already has a considerable amount of recoil reduction and you’ll expect the gun itself to have no recoil whatsoever. Design One of the other functions of a muzzle brake is to redirect the gas of the gun. When you fire a rifle, gas is generated as the powder of the cartridge undergoes a chemical reaction. When the gas exits the gun, it creates recoil. A muzzle brake does its job properly when it redirects gas in a way where it greatly increases recoil. Conclusion Finding the best 6.5 Creedmoor muzzle brake is easy if you know exactly what to look for. You’ll want to improve your rifle in the best way possible so you can take pride in shooting it each time you get a chance. Even better, you’ll enjoy little to no recoil at all when you have one equipped to your own rifle.
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The Mosin Nagant M91 was the first Russian repeating bolt-action rifle. Adopted in 1891, it represents the most popular military surplus rifle on the market today after more than century. For instance, this century old, M1891/30 Mosin was not designed with optics in mind, but some contemporary and knowledgeable users like to transform a $100 rifle into a long-range precision instrument. Due to its low price and cheap military 7.62x54R surplus ammunition , the Mosin Nagant is most often bought to be turned into an efficient and accurate recreational target shooting and hunting arm. Many companies import never-used surplus MN rifles and their accessories. Other American firearms manufacturers produce modern hardware to help you upgrade and “sporterize” your classic battle rifle. At a Glance: Our Top Picks for Mosin Nagant Accessories and Parts: List of the Upgrades OUR TOP PICK: Advanced Technology Mosin Nagant Stock Monte Carlo Timney Mosin Nagant Trigger BEST BUDGET OPTION: Mossy Oak Buttstock Cartridge Holder Comparison of the Best "Mosin Nagant Accessories" IMAGE PRODUCT Our Top Pick Advanced "Technology Mosin Nagant" "Stock Monte Carlo" Drop-in design. Made from high-quality Zytel. Includes sling swivels, buttplate, etc. View Latest Price → Read Customer Reviews Timney "Mosin Nagant Trigger" Drop-in design. Made for all Mosin Nagant rifles. Trigger pull weight is up to 4 pounds. "View Latest Price" → "Read Customer Reviews" Best Budget Option Mossy Oak "Buttstock Cartridge Holder" Fits up to 9 cartridges. Made from durable, high-quality material. Designed to fit most rifles, including Mosin Nagant. View Latest Price → Read Customer Reviews Brownells Tactical Plus Rifle Sling Excellent for tactical purposes. Straps made from durable Biothane. Attaches to most Mosin Nagant rifles. View Latest Price → Read Customer Reviews AIM Sports Mosin Nagant 1-Inch Extended Recoil Buttpad Made from non-slip rubber. Measured at one inch thick. Reduces recoil considerably. View Latest Price → Read Customer Reviews Mosin Nagant Cleaning Kit Storage bag included. Includes a sling and five-pack clip. Includes brushes and cleaning accessories. View Latest Price → Read Customer Reviews How to Choose New Accessories for Your Mosin Nagant Finding new accessories for your Mosin Nagant will take some time and a little bit of detective work. You can choose one accessory or several depending on some of the benefits that you want to get out of your rifle. It’s important to know some of these characteristics and features that make an accessory great so you can distinguish a good accessory from a bad one. Here are some of the things that you should look for: Price The price tag may matter to those who are on a budget. You might be one of those people (which is fine). So we strive to find the best affordable accessories that will fit all budgets. As a rule, you should consider purchasing an accessory or upgrade that is the best quality that you can afford. It’s a lot better than throwing away money on something cheap and disappointing. Advanced Technology Mosin Nagant Stock Monte Carlo is made of high-quality polymer. What Do You Want Out of "Your Mosin Nagant" ? Are you looking to boost accuracy? Reduce recoil? Need something to keep a scope steady? Your specific needs and preferences will play a role in how you answer this question. For example, if you need to boost accuracy then a scope is the obvious choice. If you don’t have a scope mount for your rifle, you’d be wise to get both a scope mount and a nice scope to go with it. Choose High-Quality The best accessories and upgrades for a Mosin Nagant are always made from the best quality materials. We place high importance on things that are made from materials that will allow an accessory or upgrade to last. For example, steel and polymer are two of the best materials for gun manufacturers to use. The reason, of course, is simple: they’re durable and impervious to lots of impact and abuse. The more durable and high quality the materials, the better the chance that they’ll last longer than any other accessory put out by a competitor. Quick Take - Best Mosin Nagant Accessories and Upgrades These are our recommendations for the best Mosin Nagant accessories and upgrades: Advanced Technology Mosin Nagant Stock Monte Carlo Timney Mosin Nagant Trigger Mossy Oak Buttstock Cartridge Holder Review of the Best Accessories and Upgrades for Your Mosin Nagant The following is a list of the ten best accessories and upgrades for your Mosin Nagant. If you haven’t got a list of what you want out of your Mosin Nagant yet, consult the very section that briefly discusses that in the “How To Choose” section. Once you’re able to get a good idea of what you want your rifle to do, you can go through this list. These are the best accessories that we believe are considered the best for each category. Now, let’s take a look at the first accessory or upgrade on your list that might be a must-have for your Mosin Nagant: Best Stock: Advanced Technology Mosin Nagant Stock Monte Carlo CHECK LATEST PRICE Pros It can accept a lot of slings It can take on a lot of shock from recoil Easy to install on most Mosin Nagant rifles Can resist a good amount of recoil thanks to the pad Super durable construction Cons Some fitting may be required Some aftermarket triggers may not fit Some sanding may be needed to get rid of some sharp edges What Recent Buyers Report Most of the new buyers were satisfied with this stock. They were able to easily install this on their Mosin Nagant rifles without any issue. One user said that he was able to install it in about ten minutes. While testing it out at the range, he mentioned that he noticed a lot of felt recoil reduction. Why it Stands Out to Us This stock is made from not just any synthetic material. It’s made from a Fiberglass-reinforced Zytel, and it’s proven to be quite indestructible. It can take on any abuse and impact that you can think of. Aside from the toughness, it’s surprisingly lightweight. So it throws out the “if it’s tough, then it must be heavy” kind of schtick. The first step in transforming a military weapon from the early 20th century into the modern sporting rifle is a stock replacement. The arms market is flooded with many stock choices for the Mosin Nagant . It could be a used original wooden stock that have been carefully chosen, but you might also go with a classic hunting stock, a more-specialized sniper look and feel, or even bullpup configurations. Notorious for its short length of pull, Mosin Nagant stocks are somewhat small for most American shooters. A longer butt that fits the shooters arm better is often a key point in deciding on a stock. The best solution by our criteria based on the relation of price-usability is the ATI Monte Carlo stock. It’s completely weather-proof and scratch proof. It will stand up to years and years of abuse and still look as good as new. The ATI Stock has a 13.5” length of pull. It’s made from DuPont extreme-temperature, glass-strengthened polymer and comes with a rubber non-slip butt pad and a proper sling swivel mount. This stock features the characteristic Monte Carlo-style raised cheek rest for faster target alignment with scopes. The ATI Monte Carlo Stock Kit is literally a drop-in installation that gives your Mosin Nagant a new look, better balance, better grip and lighter weight. Who Will Use This Most This will be used by a lot of Mosin Nagant users. More specifically, most of the users will be hunters. Since they’ll be potentially exposed to elements on some days, they’ll need a stock that can take on bad weather conditions. Sure enough, since this stock is quite tough it can do just that. Bottom Line The Advanced Technology Mosin Nagant Stock Monte Carlo is second to none when it comes to durability. Not surprisingly, it takes a strong stock to take on the heavy-hitting power of a Mosin Nagant. If you want a stock that is tough like nails and can give you a lifetime of dedicated service, this is it. Best Trigger: Timney Mosin Nagant Trigger CHECK LATEST PRICE Pros Easy to install No takeup or creep Fits almost any Mosin Nagant rifles Trigger pull weight is not too heavy or light It can be adjusted to your liking Cons Some overly sharp corners have been reported Some users were not satisfied with the workmanship of this trigger What "Recent Buyers Report" As expected, this trigger was well received by many users. They were able to pull the trigger with no takeup or creep to report. One user said that the pull was smooth like butter every time. The installation was a breeze and took only a few minutes and the right kind of tools. Why it Stands Out to Us This trigger is hands down one of the best you can get for an upgrade. "The Mosin Nagant" trigger that you’ve got right now is a standard factory trigger that is heavy in the pull and might give you a hard time as it is. This trigger gets rid of some of the common issues and cuts the pull weight almost in half. Plus, it’s a trigger that won’t be difficult to install. Nobody expects that a 100-year-old soldier's rifle will have a quality trigger, so a trigger group replacement has a high priority on the upgrade list. It’s old and doesn’t have modern craftsmanship. Pull weight can vary widely. Although there are trigger brands on the market, we give an advantage to Timney match-grade drop-in trigger group. This part is housed in an anodized 6061-T6 aluminum alloy cage. Timney for Mosin Nagant is well- known for its spectacularly crisp and adjustable trigger pull weight, ranging from 1.5 to 4lbs. As the best trigger you can have for the Mosin, the Featherweight Deluxe Timney also features a trigger-blocking side safety. Who Will "Use This Most" Since it can fit all Mosin Nagant rifles, anyone who has one will use this trigger. Especially those who have yet to find a trigger that will replace their unreliable and disappointing stock factory triggers. If you want something solid in construction and not complicated to install, you might just be looking at your next best accessory or upgrade for your Mosin Nagant. Bottom Line The Timney Mosin Nagant Trigger is one of the must-have accessories that you might need for your Mosin Nagant trigger to work more efficiently than ever before. If you want to switch out your old worn out trigger with a newer, smoother model then you’ll want to choose this trigger. Best Buttstock Cartridge Holder: Mossy Oak Buttstock Cartridge Holder CHECK LATEST PRICE Pros Holds ammo rounds firmly in place Affordable for most budget shoppers It allows for easy access to your ammo Tight, secure fit for Mosin Nagant rifles Super durable, it doesn’t easily wear or tear Cons May slip off from time to time May not work well if the rifle is equipped with a sling Should have something like a velcro option as an alternative What Recent Buyers Report A lot of buyers found this cartridge holder to be a nice solid fit for their Mosin Nagant rifles. One user said that he had no trouble with the extra ammo being stored away in the compartments. They’ve stayed in place and did not move around too much. The holder itself secures itself around the stock quite nicely. Why it Stands Out to Us Once again, we find an accessory that will serve you well if you happen to spend the day out in the woods looking for your next big game target. This time, it holds up to nine rounds of your favorite rifle rounds. As expected, we found this to be reliable due to its ability to stay secure. If you are looking for a plain and practical way to securely store the ammo at your fingertips ready to load, a buttstock cartridge holder is a great solution. Usually designed to just slide on, it keeps things handy and secure, without being difficult to remove. The stock pack we already talked about includes this. But if you don’t need a cheek riser or a better cheek weld, the simple buttstock cartridge holder from Mossy Oak will satisfy you. This 9-round holder is made from an elastic band so it should stretch to fit any stock size and shape and hold the 7.62x54R ammo securely. With the ammo being so cheap, you’ll always appreciate an extra ammo holder like this. What’s even nicer is that rounds preloaded into a stripper clip fit well in the shell loops, allowing you to pull 5 loaded rounds out at once. Who Will Use This Most This will not only be good to use for hunters, but it might serve a purpose for target shooters or even competition shooters that will need extra rounds on hand. Especially when time is a factor and you need to stay ahead of the competition while caught up in the thick of it all. The Bottom Line The Mossy Oak Buttstock Cartridge Holder might be your cup of coffee if you need extra rounds on hand while hunting or target shooting. With the rounds right within a fingertips reach, you’ll have plenty of firepower at your disposal wherever you go. Best Sling: "Brownells Tactical Plus" Rifle Sling CHECK LATEST PRICE Pros Comfortable to wear Super sturdy and durable Improves hands-off stability Easy to snap on to most Mosin Nagant rifles Excellent for hunting and tactical applications Cons It may be a challenge to install at first It might be a little too wide for some users May not be ideal for competition purposes What Recent Buyers Report This sling does a good job giving users a lot of hands-free use. Especially when they need to carry the rifle on their shoulders while using their hands for other tasks (like using binoculars). They were happy with how strong the material is and how it never snaps off the sling swivels like some other slings. Why it Stands Out to Us The Biothane is by far one of the best materials out there when it comes to slings. Most slings are often made from other durable materials like polymer or nylon. It’s proven to be stronger and very tough to wear and tear, even throughout long-term use. Other than that, it fits most shooters perfectly with the right kind of adjustments. The simplest rifle sling is often the best. After all, it has the simple function of helping you carry the gun. The Tactical Plus modern rifle sling was created for service rifles such as Mosin Nagant. It was designed in the tradition of U.S. Military sling Model since 1907. It's still one of the greatest slings ever invented for carrying and shooting. Tactical Plus offers new service rifle slings in a high-grade, space-age synthetic material called Biothane. Unlike leather, it is an almost indestructible material that is comfortable in any shooting position and wraps around the arm correctly. The hardware is parkerized steel with a brass rivets, and it lines up with the sling mounts on the Mosin Nagant, giving a very authentic feel to your rifle. This comfortable carrying strap measures 54 inches and comes in black, brown, or O.D. green. It’s service-rifle legal in CMP and NRA matches. Who Will Use This Most This will likely be used by hunters and target shooters alike. It’s designed for carrying around your rifle all day and is built for comfort. Compared to most slings, you’d be better off wearing this sling for hours on end. If durability and comfort are two things you look for in a sling, this might do you some good. Bottom Line The Brownells Tactical Plus Rifle Sling is exactly what you’re looking for if you want something that will provide a viable option for carrying your rifle all day long. Sometimes, you need to free up your hands while you’re out and about, and carrying your Mosin Nagant rifle can be tiresome at times. Best Recoil Pad: AIM "Sports Mosin Nagant" 1-Inch "Extended Recoil Buttpad" CHECK LATEST PRICE Pros Affordable for most budgets Easy to install on most rifles Reduces felt recoil by about 40% Thick enough to absorb a good deal of shock Super durable construction, it can take on impact and abuse Cons May have a foul smell at first Some have reported uneven texture The holes included for attachment have not been drilled through What Recent Buyers Report Most recent buyers were looking for a recoil pad that would do the work in reducing a lot of felt recoil. Sure enough, they were happy to report that this does what’s advertised. They were able to install this in a few minutes with the right kind of tools. Once installed, the reduction of felt recoil was instantaneous. Why it Stands Out to Us This is no ordinary piece of rubber. It’s a one-inch recoil pad that can absorb the shock that is produced from heavy-hitting recoil. With the reduction comes better stability for shooters, and better stability equals accurate shooting. An inch is good enough for those who want some serious recoil reduction. Many shooters are convinced that the Mosin Nagant kicks like a mule and that a rubber replacement of the original steel butt plate is mandatory. Also, if you’re using the original stock, adding the buttpad can help lengthen it. This helps serve as a bit of protection for your shoulder. The non-slip rubber buttpad from AIM Sports decreases recoil by approximately 25-40%. The one-inch thick device is compatible with all Mosin Nagant rifles, meaning it installs quickly using existing buttplate holes and screws. Who Will Use This Most This will likely be an accessory that can be beneficial for hunters and target shooters alike. If the goal here is to reduce a great deal of recoil and increase accuracy at various ranges, then a good recoil pad could be what you’re looking for, and what better way to consider a pad like this? Bottom Line The AIM Sports Mosin Nagant recoil pad is the one-inch thick recoil pad you’ll need to keep recoil to a minimum and maintain control over your Mosin Nagant rifle. You’ll feel the difference once you’re able to install this puppy on your buttstock within a few minutes. Best Cleaning Kit: "Mosin Nagant Cleaning" Kit CHECK LATEST PRICE Pros Affordable for most budgets Stripper clips are solid and work well Easy to store away, also very portable Brushes do a good job cleaning your rifle Sling secures quite nicely on most Mosin Nagant rifles Cons The firing pin protrusion tool isn’t that great Some brushes may not fit some cleaning rods The leather part of the sling might be an unnecessary inclusion What Recent Buyers Report Most of the new users were satisfied with this kit. They found the cleaning brushes did a good job cleaning out the nooks and crannies and the barrel of their Mosin Nagant rifles. At the same time, they were quite happy with using these brushes with their favorite oils and solvents of choice. The included sling that came with the kit was also easy to install and was quite durable for hands-free carrying. Why it Stands Out to Us This is a basic cleaning kit with some of the basic tools that you need to keep your rifle clean. It comes in a compact and easy to store carrying case so you can put it just about anywhere without the kit taking up too much room. Since it’s portable, you can take it with you out in the field or at the range. Plus, it works well with most cleaning solvents and oils. Of course, you’ll want to take good care of your Mosin Nagant, upgraded or not. That means having a complete cleaning kit and field tools. This will help protect your investment in your gun. AIM Sports offers a great little cleaning kit that includes five stripper clips that are handy for loading an empty mag fairly quickly. This new cleaning set consists of a muzzle protector, cleaning rod handle, rod jag, and a brush with bronze and nylon bristles compatible with 7.62X54 chambers. Also, the kit comes with a multi-tool in the form of a flat screwdriver and a slotted tool for checking and adjusting the firing pin. Who Will Use This Most This will be a general-purpose cleaning kit. So, it will be used mostly by Mosin Nagant owners who want to take great care of their rifles with the intent of extending its life expectancy. Take care of your rifle properly and it will continue to provide you years of reliable service no matter what your application is. Bottom Line The Mosin Nagant Cleaning Kit has the basic tools you need to keep your rifle clean. If you’re looking for a simple to use and easy to carry kit, you might just want to consider giving this one a closer look. Best Scope Mount: Advanced Technology Mosin Nagant Scope Mounting System CHECK LATEST PRICE Pros Super durable construction Easy to install for most users Works with many rifle scopes Bits and taps work pretty well Accepts Weaver-style rings Cons It might be a little too long for some cases Soft screws are not the best What Recent Buyers Report As expected, a lot of recent buyers were quite happy with the scope mount. Once tacked on to their rifles, they were able to add on a scope of their choice. One user said that once he installed the scope, the mount didn’t give it any wiggle room at all. Even when firing off test rounds, the scope remained secure and the zero settings were intact. Why It Stands Out To Us Mosin Nagant rifles are known for being heavy hitters. So it would be wise to find a scope mount that would not only handle a compatible scope, but enough to hold it in place each time you fire off a shot. Even better, it’s durable enough to handle the shock that is brought on from recoil. Some other scope mounts may not do this and therefore the scope’s zero settings are completely thrown off. After a stock replacement, you will be shocked at the difference it makes for your favorite old rifle. However, the next step would be a real upgrade of Mosin Nagant. You can probably guess - a scope and scope mounting . To build our custom rifle with some individual note is always challenging, but converting a $90-$120 surplus gun into a scoped hunting rifle or a tricked-out 'Tacticool’ scout-sniper presents a fun project. There are varieties of simple mounts one can use depending upon the needs of the shooter. Generally, the main difference in scope mounts is whether to use a traditional mounting placement or the extended eye relief "Scout Scope" method of scope mounting. Long Eye Relief (LER) means the scope is placed 8 to 12 inches away from the eye. This seems to work better for younger folks with good eyes. Though it messes with the balance of a rifle, it is a good solution for the Mosin because it does not require a permanent alteration to the bolt or tapping the receiver. It helps preserve the rifle’s historical integrity. On the other hand, there are kits for a standard mounting position that require drilling and tapping for installation. This makes proper scope mounting costly since the gunsmith installation is recommended. Usually, this kind of Mosin Nagant kit includes replacing the straight bolt handle with a bent one or cutting and welding the old handle to a scope-friendly position. ATI offers one such mounting kit. Who Would Use This Most? This scope mount might be best used for most hunters and target shooters. It’s a scope mount that will be used by those who want a solid scope that will handle the Mosin Nagant’s hard-hitting recoil. This mount is what you need if you want something that will keep your scope in place for the long-term, and if you hate having to reset your zero settings all the time, then a scope mount like this is what you’ll need. Bottom Line The Advanced Technology Mosin Nagant "Scope Mounting System" will be something worth looking at if you want a mount that is solid and can accept most scopes. It will do an excellent job keeping hold of your scope and protecting the settings that matter most to your accuracy. Best Scope: Bushnell Banner Riflescope CHECK LATEST PRICE Pros Easy to zero in Clear image quality Super durable construction Easy to fit on most scope mounts Can handle bad weather better than any other rifle scope Cons Eye relief may not be the best Higher magnification power might get a little fuzzy Adjustment knobs might be a little stiff to use at first What Recent Buyers Report Most of the recent buyers were happy with this scope. They have called it a solidly built scope with great image quality with a reticle that is marked well and provides precise and accurate shooting. One user said that he was able to zero it in to about 100 yards in a matter of minutes. Why It Stands Out To Us This rifle is built like a tank, and it had multi-coated lenses that will not only prove itself to be resistant to scratches, but it also gets the job done gathering in light that will allow for operation while you’re in low-light settings. So at dawn or dusk, you’ll have no problem recognizing your target. This scope is dependable when you need it the most when the sun is either coming up or down or when the hunting day moves ahead. There is the whole spectrum of optics well-suited for each of the mount configurations. Keeping in mind the low cost of this rifle, we know you don’t want to spend too much on the upgrades. So we’ll keep our recommended optics to one of the best scopes in its price class. The Bushnell Banner DDB is a low-light telescopic sight with 3-9x magnification and 40mm objective lens. It also has a Circle-X reticle. The Banner scopes are among the best in their niche and have been part of the Bushnell line for decades. They are built on one-piece aluminum alloy 1″ tubes for durability and come in the matte black external finish. The Banner riflescopes feature Bushnell's Dusk & Dawn Brightness (DDB) lens coatings, giving a sharpness and clarity during those low light moments of the day when game activity is highest. The Banner scopes are available with good 3.3″ or extended 6″ of eye relief to clear the heavy recoil of rifles like Mosin Nagant. With this standard eye relief, a bent bolt and proper mount are mandatory on your MN. The Dusk and Dawn optics are also shockproof and waterproof. It’s nitrogen-filled to prevent internal fog build-up. These all make it an excellent and very affordable option for hunting with a Mosin Nagant. Although not a top-of-the-line scope, the Banner is ideal for brush hunting and closer shots. These optics mounted on a Mosin Nagant allows an average shooter to deliver consistent 1.25" 100-yard groups with surplus 7.62x54R ammo. Who Would Use This Most? This will stand out as one of the best hunting scopes for a Mosin Nagant. Plus, since it’s built tough it will be a scope that will take on the heavy-hitting power of a Mosin Nagant rifle. If you hate the idea of dealing with scopes that won’t hold zero after so many rounds, this might be the scope that you’ll want to consider. Bottom Line "The Bushnell Banner" lives up to Bushnell’s reputation as one of the most dependable scopes on the market today. If you’re looking for a hunting scope that will get the job done from any good distance, you’d be hard-pressed to find a scope like this for your Mosin Nagant rifle. Best Muzzle Brakes: Vais Muzzle Brake 30 Caliber CHECK LATEST PRICE Pros No accuracy issues Recoil is greatly reduced Fits most Mosin Nagant rifles Prevents gas blowback to the face Super sturdy and durable construction Cons Some blowback might occur May need to be installed by a professional gunsmith Some claim that one version of this brake does not have the standard thread pitch What Recent Buyers Report A lot of the new buyers were happy with the muzzle brake. After this was added on to their Mosin Nagant rifles, they noticed a reduction of recoil right away. Even most users said that recoil was reduced to almost half. They also added that it does a good job rerouting the gas without blowing it back into the shooter’s face. Why it Stands Out to Us This muzzle brake was made with high-quality materials, and it’s battle-tested to take on all the beatings and impact. At the same time, the gas ports are well-designed and well-placed so gas that comes out of the rifle’s muzzle is going in different directions rather than being blown back. All and all, it’s a muzzle break that will allow you to boost your accuracy chances rather than hinder them due to recoil. If you’ve followed this overview so far you know that with a little tuning and reasonable expenses, your standard, off-the-rack Mosin can be as precise as rifles a hundred years younger. Still, the accuracy is significantly compromised by the muzzle blast of the weapon. In some circles the gun’s even been nicknamed “The Flame-Thrower’’ for its power. There are plenty of aftermarket muzzle brakes in .30 caliber, but the stainless steel hardware from Vais stands out with its elegant low profile and multiple venturi expansion chambers that disperse and redirect gases for efficient recoil control. In that way, the Vais muzzle brakes offer shooters excellent recoil reduction with limited muzzle rise and with no increase in muzzle blast. With a felt recoil reduction of about 40%, the Vais muzzle brake unit makes firing the 7.62x 54R a delight to shoot despite the notorious recoil the 7.62 Mossine cartridge delivers. Besides adding a whole new look to the barrel, the Vais muzzle brake also helps improve accuracy from the decrease in muzzle jump. Since the precision placing of the brake is essential for accuracy, we recommend installation by an experienced gunsmith. Who Will Use This Most This will be fit for most Mosin Nagant users. So there is no application where this muzzle brake will excel, but it can be used for those who want reduced recoil and better accuracy, which is what every shooter wants. Also, it will come in handy is you’re getting tired of the propellent gas blowing right back in your face. Bottom Line The "Vais Muzzle Brake" is a much-needed accessory to have on your Mosin Nagant rifle. Especially when you want something that will take down a good amount of felt recoil. If you want stability and less gas blowing back in your face, this muzzle brake will be the solution. Best Stock Pack: Tactical Operations Rifle Stock Packs CHECK LATEST PRICE Pros Super durable stock pack Keeps rounds nice and secure Not as bulky as some stock packs Secures nice and snug on a rifle stock Excellent for deer hunters who need to carry tags Cons Multi-camo might fade after a while It can use a little bit more storage space Some inconsistency with shell loop tightness What "What Recent Buyers" Most recent buyers were satisfied with this accessory. They were able to carry additional rounds and use the storage space to their advantage. One user said that he carries his extra bullets, ID, and hunting license among a few things. Other than that, the holder was sturdy and doesn’t wear and tear easily. Why it Stands Out to Us If you ever needed something that would carry extra bullets and all the things you need for hunting, you can have it in one accessible accessory. Everything will be right at your fingertips. So, if you need something in a flash, you’ll grab it in seconds. The pouch itself is secure and it fits most buttstocks like a glove. Fastened on the outside of your rifle butt, a stock pack is designed to help cushion the impact of recoil. You don’t want to end up with a bruised or tender cheek from the stock banging into it. This might not be your first priority in an upgrade, but it’s definitely one of the easiest accessories to add on! Tactical Operations stock packs are made of durable Cordura nylon shell, offering a soft, synthetic suede cheek rest for increased shooting comfort. There are four straps to secure it to your rifle - three around the bottom and one around the butt end. This pouch is the perfect size for most factory-sized hunting stocks on bolt-action rifles, including the Mosin Nagant. The craftsmanship is excellent. This stock pouch also lines shooter's eye up perfectly with the scope through its solid cheek weld. The Tactical Operations stock pouch comes with eight reinforced elastic shell loops on the OUTSIDE of the pocket. The zippered pocket is great for convenient storage of little necessities like spare batteries, cleaning gear or other small tools. Who Will What Recent Buyers This will be an excellent accessory for hunters to have. Especially when they’re going to be deep in the woods all day trying to find their next trophy buck or whatever else they’re hunting. If you’re looking for something that will have just enough space for the essentials, this stock pack will probably be right up your alley. Bottom Line "The Tactical Operations" Rifle Stock Pack will have all your storage and carrying needs if you’re trekking out in the woods for an all-day hunt. You’ll have everything you need and then some within an arm’s reach. Never leave home without this accessory. Conclusion Transforming a Mosin Nagant into a modern-looking hunting or target rifle does not always demand space-age industry accessories. Many traditional pieces are still incredibly functional for operating your vintage gun. However, the results of using the new technology upgrades are quite helpful, providing a tremendous improvement in appearance and a much more comfortable rifle to shoot.