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Enemy at the Gates - Bolt on the Mosin Nagant
Close to the begining when you see Danilov(Joseph Fiennes) jump out of a burning car and escape from tank fire, he hides himself in a bunch of dead Russian soldiers, after fooling the Nazis that pass by and shoot at the bodies he finds a Mosin Nagant standard issue rifle, when he first picks it up the bolt it clearly straight up(like this |) and when he aims the Mosin the bolt is vertical (like this -).
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Joseph Marcotte on 10-28-2004
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MattTheBrave writes:
in order for the mosin nagant, or any bolt-action rifle for that matter, to shoot, the bolt has to be in place.(like this-). It would be logical to say that he put the bolt in the correct position before aiming the gun, which would explain its changing positions.
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MaxonST writes:
When cocked the Mosin Nagant bolt handle will move very easily from horizontal to about 5 degrees from vertical and stop, the gun will remain cocked, in fact if you pull the trigger the bolt handle will slap back down to the horizontal position. Additional pressure is needed to move the handle fully vertical and unlock the bolt. The handle has obviously moved to this near vertical position without unlocking the bolt as Danilov pulls it from under the dead soldiers. It just needs to be rotated back down to put the rifle in the proper "fire" configuration. Danilev's performing this action would have staightened out this scene! An additonal note: After Danilov's "misfire" he can't open the bolt. The bolt handle on the Mosin Nagant is quite short and takes some force to work it, especially if the action is dirty. Chalk this up to "nerves" and not being practiced with the rifle!
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Brandon Smith writes:
When the bolt on the Mosin Nagant rifle is open, which must be done to reload, it is vertically up. When it is locked and loaded, it is horizontal. It is safe to assume that Zeitsev closed the bolt before he tried to fire it.
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