Let’s start a fight. I ran across an amusing column in which this fellow Caleb has a go at identifying “the Five Most Over-Rated Guns of All Time.”
If Iâ€™d written this list 7 years ago, this entry would have gone to the SKS; but as prices have climbed, the SKS is no longer the darling of the TapCo catalog, itâ€™s simply another $250 C&R rifle. The Mosin-Nagant on the other hand? Well itâ€™s now number 5 on this list, because itâ€™s adored by an entire generation of internet fanboys who are too poor to buy a proper rifle, and canâ€™t appreciate a $100 C&R gun for what it is. â€œIf I put $400 worth of crap on my Mosin, itâ€™s just as good as a Ruger American Rifle!â€ No, you fedora wearing neckbeard, it isnâ€™t. Itâ€™s a $100 C&R rifle thatâ€™s fought itself in every major war since WW1 and lost every time. But thatâ€™s not good enough, because people need to justify their purchases, so instead of just enjoying it, these spazoids have to pretend that theyâ€™ve bought a WW2 sniper rifle while they watch Enemy at the Gates for the 3,299th time in their motherâ€™s basement.
I’m not sure what Caleb means by “lost every time.” The Russkies did win WWII, after all, even if it was despite, not because, of using the Mosin-Nagant. I do agree with him that Mosins are ugly, clunky, not terribly accurate rifles with characteristically bad trigger pulls, which bring to mind hordes of sub-human totalitarian slaves making human wave attacks into Nazi machine-gun fire during some of the ugliest moments of human history. In my own view, not even incredibly cheap (corrosive) ammo makes the idea of owning one seem rewarding.
Caleb is right about the Luger, too. The Luger is a cool-looking pistol, but one which is persnikety as all get-out about its ammo, and will jam or even stovepipe rounds at the drop of a hat. One could forgive that problem and just stock up on super-hot 9mm Parabellum cartridges, but insane dealer/collectors have successfully cornered the Pistole 08 market and these old (and usually beat up) pistols are now being offered at the kinds of prices which ought to get you a used car. Lugers are just not worth the money, by an order of magnitude.