From the Vault: Mossberg 151 MB
Keith and Steve are taking a break today, so their fellow Brownells Gun Tech™ Caleb Savant has stepped in to show us his Mossberg Model 151M(b) rifle. In production only from 1948 through 1954, the 151M(b) is a semi-auto .22 rimfire target rifle from the higher end of the Mossberg lineup but still very affordable, both then and now. It's fed by a tubular magazine running through the buttstock, and like most tube-fed .22s, it'll shoot .22 Short, Long, and Long Rifle ammo. When Caleb rescued this gun from a sugar cane farmer's barn in Louisiana, it was a basket case. He has refinished the stock with a "better-than-factory" hand-rubbed oil finish but hasn't yet repaired some previous owner's ham-fisted attempt at threading the muzzle because the rifle is extremely accurate. Why risk messing that up? The two-piece Mannlicher stock and period Weaver single-power target scope on top make this 151M(b) stand out from run-of-the-mill rimfire rifles. Do you have a Model 151 or similar Mossberg rimfire? Got a "rescue rifle" story?
WARNING: Never attempt to disassemble or reassemble a firearm unless you are absolutely certain that it is empty and unloaded. Visually inspect the chamber, the magazine and firing mechanism to be absolutely certain that no ammunition remains in the firearm. Disassembly and reassembly should follow the manufacturer’s instructions.