An important part of setting up your rifle is ensuring you use the right pieces of equipment and choosing the best quality scope mounts for the Mosin Nagant should be a big part of the process.
The Mosin-Nagant rifle is a five-shot bolt action Russian military rifle that was developed from 1882 to 1891. It is one of the highest mass-produced military bolt-action rifles in history.
There have been a number of different variations from the original rifle with the most common being the M1891/30 which you will most commonly see referred to as the 91/30. Another common variation is the M1891/59 Carbine, commonly known as the 91/59 which is a shortened version of the 91/30.
The Russian variants of the Mosin-Nagant rifle are as follows: M91, Dragoon, Cossack, M07, M91/30, M38, M44, M91/59, Obrez, OTs-48/OTs-48K.
The limited sight adjustment leaves some hunters with the desire to add a scope, leading two companies to make adjustable sights for the Russian version of this rifle, Mojo and Smith-Sights. Several companies also make scope mounts for pistol scopes that can be mounted to the rear sight of the Model 91/30 without drilling or tapping.
They are well suited for use hunting any game in North America as long as the right ammunition is used.
In order to get the best results from your Mosin Nagant you will need to be able to properly mount a good quality scope. This is where a good reliable scope mount comes in and we have put together a selection of some of the most commonly recommended scope mounts for the Mosin Nagant. You can read through the comparison list compiled below or, if you need further information, scroll down further to find a more detailed description of each mount.
Comparison List of Mosin Nagant Scope Mounts
Make / Model
Description of Mosin Nagant Scope Mounts
Now that we have been able to browse through the scope mounts considered to be most suited for the various Mosin Nagant models we will take a look at a more detailed overview of each.
Each of these brief scope mount reviews aims to provide you with extra information about the mount that is not otherwise immediately apparent in the summary list such as special unique features. It should also help you in working out which would prove to offer you the greatest value in terms of its usefulness.
Brass Stacker Universal Fit Scope Mount
- Fits: M9130, M38, M44 and T53
- All steel construction
- 5/16” x 8” MIL-STD 1911 Picatinny Rail
- Length - 8”
- Compatible with Picatinny or Weaver scope rings
This scope mount is an all-steel 5/16” x 8” MIL-STD 1911 Picatinny Rail. The reason why it is one of the more highly regarded mounts for the Mosin Nagant is the fact that there is no need to drill and tap your rifle.
The mount employs a system that makes use of the rifle’s rear sight block and recoil lug attachment point.
Once the Brass Stacker is properly attached it provides an extremely solid mounting platform.
The scope mount utilizes the recoil lug and rear sight ladder pivot hole. It fits the M9130, M38, M44 and T53 models.
Here are some important specifications according to the Brass Stacker website:
“The mount will accommodate a front to back (horizontal) distance of 4.38" (111.1 mm) to 6.16" (156.4 mm) from the center of the recoil lug to the center of the rear sight block ladder pivot. It also allows for an up and down (vertical) distance of 2.05” (52.0 mm) to 2.53” (64.3 mm) from the same. The rear sight riser block is designed to fit over rear sight blocks that measure a maximum of .77” (19.5 mm) wide. The total weight including hardware is 9.5 oz. However, the net weight increase is only 8.7 oz. due to the replacement of the original recoil lug bar and nut.”
Find out more about the company and more products by visiting the Brass Stacker website.
EGW HD Mosin Nagant 91/30 Picatinny Scope Mount
- Fits: M9130, M9159 Scout
- Mount top - Solid 7075 T6 Aircraft Grade Aluminum
- Mount bottom - 4140 Steel
- Torque Specs - 20 in/lbs
- Length - 5.094”
- Finish - Hardcoat matte black
- Compatible with Picatinny or Weaver scope rings
This mount allows removal of the rear leaf sight and the base installed without the need to unsolder anything. It uses the rear sight housing so it requires no major modifications to the rifle.
The mount is made from solid 7075 T6 aircraft grade aluminum and they are Type III hardcoat anodized to make them more durable. The steel base is blued.
The Picatinny cross slots run the length of the rail which gives you a lot of flexibility when it comes to mounting accessories. The cross slots are gauged to Mil-STD 1913 specs. You will find them compatible with Picatinny or Weaver scope rings.
Installation instructions according to EGW:
- Remove rear leaf sight from the housing
- Keep the original pin as you will need this to install our base
- Insert the tabbed side of our steel base in to the rear of the rear sight
- Check for fitment on the front of the steel base
- The corners and front may need to be filed down to achieve the optimal fit
- Once the base sits completely in the rear housing insert the retaining pin from the original sight
- Adjust the set screw to take up any play in the rail
- Screw the top aluminum mount to the steel base
- This mount can be put on in either direction
- EGW recommends 20 inch lbs of torque and a drip of blue loctite.
The mount has an MSRP of $89.99. You can get more information about this scope mount and other products available at the EGW website.
Brass Stacker MN9130SSM
- Fits: M9130, M9159 Scout
- Fits front to back pin center distance of 1.39” to 1.82”
- Vertical Movement range: .039”
- Fits over rear sight blocks measuring between .750” and .787”
- Weight: 3.1 oz
This scope mount allows mounting of Scout Scope or other long eye relief optics. It is suited to the M91/30 and M91/59 without the need to drill and tap the receiver or to make any permanent modifications to the firearm.
According to the company it fits over rear sight block in order to allow for continued use of the original fixed/iron sights up to 100 meters.
The mount is rigid steel and has been given a Black Oxide finish.
The mount is supplied along with all of the hardware, hex wrench, drill, punch and installation instructions.
A complete explanation of the product’s specifications as well as fitment notes complete with explanatory notes are on the Brass Stacker website.
Here is a guide demonstrating how to install the Brass Stacker MN9130SSM scope mount.
Rock Solid Industries MI-24C 91/30 Mosin Nagant Scope Mount (Round)
- Length of mount: 18"
- Weight: 3 lbs
This is a rail system that has been modelled on the US Armies M24E1 sniper rifles Picatinny rail system. It has proven to be a reliable mount that will remain unmoved even when bumped.
It mounts with the same hole pattern that is used on the standard RSI mounts. There are also 2 attachment points on the sides for accessory rails.
The mount is available for use on either a round or hex receiver. It measures 18 inches in length and weighs 3 lbs.
This long mount will give you room for plenty of options and help you to get proper eye relief.
For a comprehensive explanation and demonstration of how to install the MI-24C Mosin scope mount take a look at the following video.
Aim Sports M44/Mosin Nagant 91/30 Scope Mount
- Black Anodized 6061 Aluminum
- Lightweight, low profile Mil-Spec rail
- Length of mount: 6.5"
- 5.9" of mounting surface
- Weight: 2.6 oz
This mount is a Picatinny rail that is made to fit on the rear sight of the M44/Mosin Nagant 91/30. It is made from black anodized aircraft grade aluminum and it will accept all standard Weaver or Picatinny 1913 accessories.
The mount is relatively easy to install with no drilling, tapping or gunsmithing necessary. This particular mount will allow mounting of long eye relief scopes to the rifle.
One of the very nice things that many customers appreciate is the price which puts it well and truly into the great value for money category.
How to install the Aim Sports M44/Mosin Nagant 91/30 Scope Mount
DELTAC Mosin Nagant Scout Scope Mount M9130
- Dimensions: 7.0” x 1.8” x 1.5”
- Weight: 4.8 ounces
- Extended top rail with 6 slots
- Fits Mosin Nagant M9130, M38, M44 and T53
- Milled from a solid piece of 6061 Aluminum
- No drilling required
This is a scope mount designed to fit the Mosin Nagant M9130, M38, M44 and T53 models. It provides strength and rigidity and is made from a solid piece of 6061 Aluminum.
The mount has an extended top rail with extended slots so that it enables adjustments for use with long eye relief scopes. It is relatively easy to install with no drilling or other permanent modifications to the rifle required.
For more information about this scope mount you can also visit the Deltac website.
UTG Mosin-Nagant Tri-Rail Scope Mount
- Extended top rail with 16 slots
- Side slots with 12 slots
- Fits Mosin Nagant 38, M44, M28, 53, M27, M28 Models 91, 91/30, 91/38, 91/59
- Machined from a aircraft grade aluminum
- No drilling required
The UTG Tri-Rail scope mount is a no-drill scope mount that provides a rock solid hold.
Machined from aircraft grade aluminum the scope mount is particularly strong. It features a double locking system with zero gaps. The fit is tight for a secure mount with great zero retention capabilities.
It uses two steel adapters that fit on the rear sight of carbine Mosin Nagant rifles.
The two side rails are removable if you’d prefer but they consist of 12 slots that provide room for other accessories. The top rail is 17 slots long allowing you to adjust properly for eye relief.
This rail will fit most models of the Mosin-Nagant including: 38, M44, M28, 53, M27, M28 Models 91, 91/30, 91/38, 91/59.
If used on the Finnish M39 and early 91 models the installation requires modification to the rifle.
Find out more about the company and products available by visiting the Leapers website.
The Bolt Throw of the Mosin Nagant
When you see the bolt action of the Mosin-Nagant it becomes quickly apparent that no intention for a scope to be used with it.
The bolt is a straight bolt and it sticks straight out in battery. The bolt throws at 90 degrees when in operation. This takes it straight into the space where you mount a traditional scope.
To get around it you could modify the bolt handle into a bent bolt handle. Or you could position the scope in another way.
Although some people are adept and confident enough to drill and tap their rifle the safer approach is to take it to a gunsmith.
There are many manufacturers who have produced good quality scope mounts for the Mosin Nagant rifle. It is difficult to nominate one considered the best. Rather, it is fair to say that each of the mounts examined on this page have qualities that will provide you with a solid performance after many rounds.
As long as you have chosen a scope mount that is specifically designed for the model that you own and you can pick it up for an affordable price, you should find yourself satisfied with your selection.
The next important task will be finding a scope that will provide you with the optical requirements necessary for whatever type of hunting conditions you will be using them in.