View Full Version : How to pronounce Mosin Nagant?????

January 9, 2009, 04:28 PM
Does anyone know the proper way to pronoun Mosin Nagant? Is it like, "mow-seen na-gaunt" or "mow-sin nah-gint" or "Moss-in nag-ent"?

January 9, 2009, 04:37 PM
pretty sure it's mow-sin nah-gaunt

January 9, 2009, 04:52 PM
Yep, mow-sin nah-gahnt. Those French guys always say things funny. Even though the rifle is Russian, the it was invented by a Frenchman.

January 9, 2009, 06:48 PM
straight from the horses mouth

Q. How do you pronounce "Mosin Nagant"?
A. MO-seen Nah-GON


Shane Tuttle
January 9, 2009, 07:34 PM
Nemisis has it correct. I have a hard time keeping the 't' silent on Nagant when speaking. Old habits die hard...

I really used to abuse the name when I first was exposed to the rifle. I used to pronounce it MOE zun na GONT...:o

January 9, 2009, 07:44 PM
moe-zin na-gant:o

January 9, 2009, 08:03 PM
I worked for a French company for 23 years. It's spelled Saint-Gobain.. We called it "saynt go bayne" the French pronounce it " sahn gobahn".

January 9, 2009, 08:20 PM
You're all wrong. It's moist-nugget. Duh.

January 9, 2009, 08:40 PM
It's easier if you're really drunk.

.300 Weatherby Mag
January 9, 2009, 09:03 PM
It's easier to just call it "that damn commie gun."

January 9, 2009, 09:15 PM
The story of Moe Zinnagonnt:

"Hey, Charlie! Where's Moe?"

"...Moe's in Na Gahnt..."

"He's inna WHAT?!" :confused:

"...I said, Moe's in Na Gahnt!"

"Oh, po' Moe!" :eek:

January 9, 2009, 09:49 PM
Good one ! :D

January 10, 2009, 02:35 AM
ignore...mispost :)

Ignition Override
January 10, 2009, 02:45 AM
Mr. Nagant was a 'Walloon', from the French-speaking part of Belgium.

The pronunciation is ka-BOOOOOM!! :eek:

Saw a photo of a Wehrmacht soldier carrying a 'damn commie gun', on foot on the Russian front, escorted by a small Panzer (tank).
He had a semi-auto Tokarev in his hands. They might not have had the Sturmgewehr at that time.

January 10, 2009, 07:52 AM
It is pronounced "A D D I C T I V E"

Seriously, I just call mine "the NAGS"

January 10, 2009, 07:57 AM
Did you ever notice in the movie, Kelly's Heroes, that the sniper rifle used by the G.I. in the bell tower was a Mosin? Considering, the scene took place on the Western front, I have always wondered about that.

March 7, 2012, 12:02 AM
Go to this site, type in "Mosin Nagant" & you can hear how it is properly pronounced in either Russian and/or English - for free:

March 13, 2012, 01:16 AM
Sergei Ivanovich Mosin was Russian. Léon Nagant was Belgian.

MO-seen nah-GON (with the "GON" heavily nasal).

Of course, in the United States, you will most commonly hear it simply called "MO-zin", or "MO-zin na-GONT". Not exactly correct, but resonably close enough as an anglicized version of the original.


P. S. - That's a friend of mine shooting my 1944 carbine. They're KNOWN for that dramatic muzzle flash.

March 13, 2012, 02:08 AM
I just call the things by their model. I can't hardly screw up 91/30, M44, etc :D

March 13, 2012, 09:47 AM
Around my neck of the woods, they're called "Russian Mausers" :D

March 14, 2012, 11:01 AM
Having watched Kelly's Heros first run, the scoop was they filmed it in Yugoslavia because they could borrow working Sherman Tanks. I suspect the weapons were largely issue, too, so a M/S would be a no brainer.

Only gun nerds can spout make and model while watching movies anyway. :D

Or so my family says.

Strafer Gott
March 14, 2012, 11:17 AM
Mosin Nagant - nice and moist- heavily nasal