Zaitsev's kill records, as with all Russian sniper numbers, are hard to belive because the Russians lied about EVERYTHING.Vasily Grigoryevich Zaytsev (Soviet Sniper during WWII)
He was a real person.
He even wrote a book (mostly unreadable).
eBay has new copies.
NOTES OF A RUSSIAN SNIPER By Vassili Zaitsev - Hardcover **BRAND NEW**. Condition is Brand New. Shipped with USPS Media Mail.www.ebay.com
Cheap probably isn't the right word for them anymore. They have tripled in price, and a lot of other surplus guns are going up too. Really, if you don't have a genuine interest in their history, there is no point in getting one anymore. You can get a T/C Compass or other budget rifle for around the same price, and those will out shoot a surplus gun easily. My Compass is sub MOA. Unless you are extraordinarily lucky, a Mauser, Mosin, or whatever isn't going to do that. I collect and shoot them because they're interesting. I damn sure don't shoot them because they're high quality tack drivers.Some guy's just love old war relic firearms. You couldn't give me a truck load of them,especially a Mosin.
I do get it though,Most guy's are real cheap when it comes to buying and shooting firearms. I'll stick with shooting high quality,well built modern rifles with nice optics mounted on top of them.
Mausers are nice, but when the best sniper with one went against the best Mosin sniper, the Mosin won.
For the price they are unbeatable.
The best German sniper was Matthäus Hetzenauer who had 345 confirmed kills. He died in 2004 at the age of 79.Maybe 3 years ago, but mosins are going for Enfield and mauser prices
Also, your sniper claim is ridiculous