Keystone Sporting Arms is kicking off a new series of mini replicas of World War I and II service rifles starting with a Mosin-Nagant 91/30 chambered for .22 Long Rifle. These rifles are scaled-down versions of their centerfire counterparts built for kids and kids at heart.
The “Mini-Mosin” is a single-shot rifle based on the proven Crickett action with a straight bolt handle. It has a youth-sized walnut stock and 20-inch barrel. “This ‘Mini-Mosin’ is the perfect size for your little ‘Comrade,'” says Keystone.
Keystone is launching with a 500-unit special edition run for pre-orderers. These guns will come with a custom matching serialized wooden crate, certificate of authenticity and a few to-be-determined added extras.
True to the original 91/30, these minis will even get scaled-down copies of Russian proof marks and manufacturing stamps. They even have scaled-down sights to work with .22 Long Rifle.
The Polish military developed their own hybrid Mosin-style single-shot rifles chambered for .22 Long Rifle but they were full-size guns made for training soldiers. The Mini-Mosin is kid-sized to get new shooters started on something a lot easier on the shoulder than the real deal.
These Polish rifles are pretty scarce in the U.S., too, which makes the Mini-Mosin that much more appealing. The first special edition rifles are available for pre-order now for $499.
Sure, that’s more than a lot of centerfire Mosin-Nagant rifles but these are new production guns so buyers don’t have to worry about decades of wear and tear and other concerns when it comes to buying military surplus rifles.
Keystone backs their guns with a limited lifetime warranty for anyone who registers their rifles within 10 days of purchase and the process is easy to do online. Keystone will be shipping the first batch of pre-orders in a little over a month.
It will be interesting to see what’s next from Keystone Sporting Arms. There are many interesting World War I and II rifles that they can re-invent in .22 for plinking with, and no shortage of people who would love to have a mini rifle collection that really represents.