I am trying to pick up a M 1891/30 for myself as a Christmas gift.
I have the option of buying one unseen through Century Arms at dealer cost (~$65 after shipping), or picking one up at a local gunshop for about $140. Obviously at the gun shop I can handle and inspect the rifle, while the other option doesn't allow me that opportunity.
I am also leaning towards getting a 1891/30 outfitted with a PU sniper scope. I have 3 rifles at the moment, and none have sniper scopes... so I think it would be cool to have. I can get a sniper version at the gunshop for around $500... BUT I am not too sure how much it'll cost through Century Arms (I'm assuming much less...) OR, I could buy a "normal" 1891/30 and mount a scope kit that can be purchased on EBay for about $300.
Can anyone offer me advice? On my purchasing options but also on other aspects of buying a Mosin-Nagant rifle. Should I look for specific years or manufacturers? Are there certain aspects of the rifles that I should inspect that are easily overlooked by Mosin-Nagant rookies? Are there certain things I should avoid?
THANK YOU SO MUCH IN ADVANCE FOR YOUR TIME AND CONSIDERATION!