A thorough review of the only 2 to 1 point sling that always retains your weapon.
The Mosin Nagant 91/30 rifle is one of the most common and sought after budget rifles even still today. Russia's old warhorse is still circulating around the world, and if you don't already have one or two sitting in your safe, you are missing out on some of the most fun and affordable shooting there is to be had. Many DIYers choose the platform to build hunting, varminting, or tactical bolt guns because of its low cost and availability. Most Big Box Sporting Goods stores like Big 5 will carry the 91/30 is stock as well as Cabelas or Bass Pro Shop.
Many Mosin owners who do not claim to be purists may be tempted to accessorize the rifle. Some manufacturers have come up with kits to make it cheap and easy to do this. I myself in a moment of weakness gave into temptation and bought a "Deluxe Accessory Kit" from AIM Sports. After installing the scope mount, the scope and rings, and the recoil pad, I thought I had made a reasonably good investment for $75 after tax. Then I started looking at the fit and finish, and after a few more minutes was immediately flooded with regret. Upon racking the bolt and dry firing the rifle a few times, I witnessed the lens in the scope minutely tilt forward each time the firing pin dropped. Cheap Chinese made optics with poor internals, who knew? Luckily I had opened the packaging very discretely with a blade so I was able to repack everything and return it with no questions asked.
The conundrum with putting a scope on the Nagant is three fold. One, you have to use a "Scout" scope with a long eye relief in order to operate the stock bolt (Alternatively you can pay to have a bent bolt modification and use a traditional scope with conventional eye relief). Two, the mounts are often questionable unless made right, and that will be costly. Third and lastly, any scope that costs less than the rifle itself is probably rubbish.
This scope in particular is an AIM Sports 2-7 x 32mm with a 1" tube, that has an an eye relief of 8.5"-10.5" and 1/4 M.O.A.windage and elevation adjustments, a blue lens coating, a length of 10.5" and a weight of 9 oz. The clarity of the optic (before the lens issue) was moderately okay, the parallax was set within 60-100 yards and I felt like it would have been useful at shooting between 100-300 yards. The magnification ring was very gritty when rotating through the levels and had a very alarming click, almost like a bearing falling into a detent, at the 7x position. The ring also appeared to be sealed with a very sloppy O-Ring, which gave it alot of play forward and rearward. Even if the scope hadn't failed after dry firing, I have absolutely no confidence it would have held up to a single round of 7.62x54R. Pretending it would have held integrity, the scope and rings surely wouldn't have survived the first shot anyway.
The scope rings included are junk, with just two screws per ring they were too short to even bite the threading. I found myself screwing one side an eighth of a turn, then alternating back and forth so the top segment of the ring would tighten down evenly, but the opposite screw would still pop right out onto the floor. I had to use some extra screws from my drawer to replace all 4 of AIM's. After all that trouble and handling, the blued finish had looked like it had been in action for a few years. The thumb adjustment knobs were a soft metal and were no match for my screwdriver either apparently. Now, onto the scope base.
The picatinny scope base itself mounts into the rear sight block, requiring the removal of the rear sight and leaf spring. Easy enough, but it mounts using the single pin hole and thus becomes a "seesaw" or "teeter toter" that requires set three screws to be tightened down against the receiver. There was no instruction on how to use these set screws to obtain the optimum angle, and tightening one just caused the other end to dip down. When I tightened all three to a degree I felt left the mount level the the bore, I was still unsatisfied with the security and how easy it was to push a side down or up. The instructions called for the leaf spring to be removed, but I found that leaving it in at least gave some tension and improved the mounting. When the rings and scope is mounted, I found that the extra couple inches of rail in the front interfered with using the scope covers, so it would have to be cut off.
At least the rubber recoil pad had to be an improvement to the stock Rusky metal butt plate, right? Guess again, as it didn't line up with either screw hole, and a flush fit would have required sanding and reshaping the contour of the stock. Even then it didn't line up with the stock, but perhaps thats just a difficult task with all the different variations in these stocks that came from all over Europe.
The sling looked like a standard replica of the original russian slings, khaki colored even though the package specifically calls it green. I didn't even take the sling out of the package as I knew this kit was going to be returned promptly. If you have a 91/30 or M44 and wish to outfit it with optics and accessories, I would be reluctant to try this kit. I didn't get a quality equivalent to the amount I paid for, and I can't imagine it working for anybody else (unless that particular kit was an older generation). Bottom line, it's a disgrace to the Motherland.
Firearms Insider Reviews - 8 Key Points
Claim to Fame: This all-in-one kit includes everything you need and is the easiest no-drilling, no-tapping, no-gunsmith-needed option for the Mosin Nagant 91/30 and M44 rifles.
Target Market: Mosin Nagant 91/30 and M44 rifle owners.
FNBs (features & benefits of this product):
- 2-7x32 Scout Scope w/ blue multi-coated optics deliver bright, crystal clear views.
- Precise fine-crosshairs Plex reticle for dead-on targeting
- Waterproof, Shockproof, and Fogproof (no confidence in these statements based on test items)
- Scope Covers
- Scope Rings
- Picatinny Mount requires no permanent modification to gun.
- Recoil reducing rubber butt pad.
- Replica Russian Sling
What other aesthetic options or finishes are available?: Thin Blued Metal
What others are saying?:
- "The rubber but stock and strap are the only things in this kit worth a dime. the scope is almost impossible to sight in, and even if you get it there a few shots later its way off again. mount is really cheap so im not sure which is worse." Amazon Customer Review
- "The mount (not the other stuff) is cheap. The front attach screws are short, only about 2 threads holding. The other screws on the mount can not be made tight enough to hold the mount in place from recoil. Poor design, poorly executed. I sent it back. The rest of the kit maybe okay, I never got past the mount. This is not my first (or second, or third scope mount)." Amazon Customer Review
+ Collectively all the accessories in one bundle does save money.
- Everything aside from the sling I wouldn't trust to last the first or second range trip, let alone combat or hunting field use.
Score: 4.0 Bad
The GG&G Looped Rear Sling Attachment for shotguns is a heavy-duty, aluminum sling point that attaches between the receiver and the stock. Mine is for my Mossberg Maverick 88. The ring is the perfect size for the HK-style sling hooks. It works great as both a single and double-point sling mount. As a double-point, you will need a secondary attachment on the front of the gun. GG&G sells a set with both a rear and front attachment points. There are complaints that the mount is too thick and you may need a longer stock bolt to get enough thread into the receiver. Mine installed just fine, but others were unable to get it on at all. For anyone that needs a sling attachment for their shotgun, I would highly recommend it.
Firearms Insider Reviews - 8 Key Points
Claim to Fame: Adds a sturdy sling mount point for either a single or double point sling.
Target Market: Tactical shotgunners
FNBs (Features & Benefits of this product):
- Sturdy aluminum
- Low profile
- Easy installation
What others are saying?: “Fit perfect - Installed in less than 5 min - works great” – Amazon Review
+ Sturdy + Low profile + Works with HK hooks
- Some have needed a longer stock bolt
By Brad West
Magpul is best known for making high quality products at an affordable price. Their wide variety of collapsible stocks, magazines, and back up sights, typically made of polymer, are regarded as some of the best and most widely used in the industry. However, polymer isn't the thing in Magpul's bag of tricks. Introducing the Magpul AR15 Multi-Mission Sling System, or simply the MS3. There are many sling offerings on the market from a variety of manufacturers - from one-point to traditional two-point as well as quick-detach, but the Magpul MS3 design captures all three features into a single high-quality offering.
The MS3 feels hefty in the hand and sports 1.25 inch nylon webbing which Magpul boasts as anti-chaff. On each end are Magpul's patented Symmetrical Paraclip shackles to provide quick release when putting your rifle away or transitioning from single-point to two-point configurations. An additional and useful feature included in the paraclip shackles are cross-bolt lock bars which allow the user to lock the clips into place - preventing any accidental or unwanted detaches. The paraclip levers are made of steel and are case hardened to provide resistance to wear and corrosion and are housed by Magpul's own infamous blend of hardened polymer.
A convenience feature of the MS3 that I have found to be most welcome is the adjustment loop which allows for easy tightening and loosening of tension with a single hand while wearing your rifle in the traditional two-point configuration. However, Magpul isn't the only game in town when it comes to single handed tension adjustments. VTAC amongst others offer their own products with single handed tension adjustments.
What separates the MS3 from similar products on the market is its ability to function as either a one or two point sling. I've found this flexibility to be very convenient during training classes, as you can switch configurations in a matter of seconds with no additional hardware required. To convert to one-point configuration, you simply attach the paraclip on one end of the sling to the polymer hoop located roughly 3/4 of the way down the opposite end of the sling, leaving a single paraclip to attach to your existing quick detach point on your butt stock or behind your castle nut. Though I highly recommend purchasing some D-Ring style quick detach swivels to use with the sling, as the paraclip shackles are a bit too large and do not move as freely as needed when used with standard-size quick detach rings. The larger D-Rings will allow the paraclip shackles to move more freely - preventing unwanted tangling and is really my only complaint with the MS3.
I have owned the MS3 for a couple of months now and have used it in a couple of tactical AR training classes. Overall, the MS3 is no exception when it comes to the quality that I've come to expect from Magpul. It is extremely durable and I have not experienced any accidental detaches to date. Additionally, having worn this sling during a training class in 110 degree Texas summer heat, I can say that the nylon webbing does remain comfortable even when wearing a t-shirt and covered in sweat, dirt, and sunburn. That kind of flexibility and comfort puts this sling on the top of my list for must have items for any AR training class.
Firearms Insider Reviews - 8 Key Points
Claim to Fame: Versatility. Easily switch from one-point to two-point configuration with no additional hardware while sporting one-handed tension adjustments in two-point configuration.
Target Market: Tactical AR15 crowd. Anyone looking for a one or two-point sling for their modern sporting rifle.
FNBs (Features & Benefits of this product)
- One and Two-point sling configuration.
- 1.25 nylon webbing that is treated for comfort and durability.
- Magpul's patented Symmetrical Paraclip Shackle technology leaving extremely durable attachment points.
- One-handed tension adjustments when using two-point configuration.
What other aesthetic options or finishes are available? Available in Black and Coyote Tan
What others are saying? Lock and Load Review
I need it now! Availability: It is available at Brownells.
Our Rating + Extremely versatile. + Great build quality. + Comfortable, even in tough conditions. + Serves as two slings in one.
-Paraclip shackles can get hung up on normal size quick detach rings. -Quick detach rings not included.