That's basically what Oleg said when he first saw my heavy modified Mosin-Nagant, although he was quoting Goya at the time. (Click link for more sexy pics of my Mosin.)
As much as I adore that quote (because it sums me up so very well), I have to say that I am far more flattered by his own words here: "This visual offense against good design actually shoots fairly well". "Visual offense" actually tickles me, since I've never found the stock Mosin configuration to be anything more than "Is rifle. It works. What else you expect?"
I have sporterized this rifle so much that the only original parts are the bolt, receiver, barrel, and bayonet. I am certain that the purists will begin howling with outrage at how I've bastardized and bubba'd it, but my response to them is the same as always:
Fuck you, this is my rifle. I can paint it pink and put glitter on it if I want. Nothing I do to my rifle affects yours in any conceivable way whatsoever.
Some can argue whether or not I've improved it over the original. I can state without reservation that I've improved how it performs for me when I fire it. Whether it's improved for anyone else is irrelevant, because fuck you it's my gun. You're more than welcome to laugh at it, because even I will admit it's a Frankenstein's Monster of a rifle; just don't think you can argue with me about it.
Modifications are as follows:
- ATI fiberglass stock with Monte Carlo grip
- Limbsaver recoil pad
- UTG all-steel scope mount
- 2-7x32 long eye relief scope
- Winchester bipod (bought at Wal-Mart)
- Accu-Shot monopod
- Pull-ring safety/cocking knob (single machined piece, not brazed or welded)
- Timney trigger (review of which will come later)
- Bedded action
- Floated barrel
- Limbsaver barrel de-resonator
- Buttstock shell holder and pouch
- "Avada Kedavra" written in silver nail polish
This is my killing curse.
There are many like it, but this one is mine.