My interest in guns started out as purely historical, but as I got accustomed to shooting I started to acquire slightly more pragmatic guns for when I eventually take my hunter safety class and get out into the field. My first rifle was the mighty M91-30 Mosin-Nagant. I picked a 1939 production rifle for two reasons: First I wanted a gun of better quality than the rifles made when the Russians were churning them out in desperation, and second because I had been reading about the 1939 Winter War between Russia and Finland. I have stripped the stock of its flaking lacquer and I will be giving it a good Danish Oil rub to bring out the grain and protect the wood for when I finally take it out on a hunt. I lucked out and got one with good crisp rifling, and I expect its stout 7.62x54R cartridge will give me a solid chance on my first hunt, provided I do my bit as well.