The first rifle I ever bought was this Mosin Nagant m38 carbine. Yes, that’s a rubber recoil pad. I am not too proud to spare my shoulder a constant battering from cruel Russian steel. Never mind that the safety is impractical and difficult to engage/disengage, or that the bolt is sticky stubborn, or that the trigger pull is a mile long, or that it will never shoot a hundred-yard group under 4 inches. Also, try not to think about the fact that its sole purpose was to destroy the enemies of communism. For quick shouldering and sight acquisition, it is a sweet little gun as long as your shot is 100 yards or less. Preferably much less. I made one of my most satisfying shots on game with this rifle on a running whitetail doe I jumped on the way to my stand. A 203-grain Barnaul soft point took her in the base of the neck and dropped her. This is a great, cheap rifle for sitting in a stand or blind in thick woods.