Remington Mohawk 10C and Other Nylon Rifles

Only recently have I had the time to try out a Remington Mohawk 10C rifle that I bought last November. It was purchased for the modest sum of 100 dollars from a charitable person. One of the well known Nylon rifles, it had been squirreled away in a basement for who knows how many years. Mechanically it looked to be in good condition but it did have some spots of rust on the receiver cover and scratches on the stock. The detachable magazine was broken as well. Fortunately, new 10 round magazines for the Nylon 77 and Mohawk 10C can still be obtained relatively easily.

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Remington Mohawk 10C
Cartridge 22 Long Rifle
Overall Length (inches) 38.5
Weight (lbs) 3.9
Barrel Length (inches) 19.6
Magazine Capacity 10 round detachable magazine
Action Type Blowback semi auto
Sights Ramp front sight, open rear sight adjustable for windage and elevation.

Windage adjustment requires a small slotted jewelers type screwdriver.

Magazine has a slot on the back that the magazine guide slides into.

To start I field stripped and cleaned the rifle using a manual I found online as was as some helpful videos on I took particular care to remove any oil or grease from the bore.

At the range, I loaded one round in the magazine and fired at a target 50 yards away. Seeing that I was hitting the paper I loaded two rounds only in the magazine to make sure that the rifle was not doubling, that is not firing more than one round with a pull of the trigger. I made a sight adjustment and loaded another 3 more rounds. After firing a few more magazines, I found that the rifle worked as expected with no feeding problems or doubling.

The Mohawk has a blade front sight and a decent rear sight adjustable for windage and elevation. The windage screw requires a small slotted jewelers type screwdriver to adjust.

Remington Mohawk 10C with magazine fully seated

The Mohawk 10C like the other semiauto nylon rifles do not have a bolt hold open. I found that a 15/16th inch length of popsicle stick inserted between the bolt handle and the front edge of the slot it rides in to be a pretty good expedient.

Remington Nylon Rifles

In the late 1950s Remington Arms was searching for a 22 rimfire semiauto rifle design that could be inexpensively produced with a minimum of machining or hand fitting. What they came up with was the Nylon 66 , a unique design in which the gun stock also acts as the receiver holding the bolt, trigger assembly and barrel together.

In most cartridge long guns; the receiver, barrel, bolt can be removed from the stock as one unit. Not so with the Nylon rifles. First introduced in 1959, the Nylon 66 was named after Duponts designation for the plastic used to make the rifle stock. Cast in two parts, each half of the stock was bonded together to form a strong rigid receiver for the other rifle parts, requring little if any fitting.

Remington Nylon 66
Cartridge 22 Long Rifle
Overall Length (inches) 38.5
Weight (lbs) 4.0
Barrel Length (inches) 19.6
Magazine Capacity 14 round tubular magazine
Action Type Blowback semi auto
Sights Ramp front sight, open rear sight adjustable for windage and elevation.

Nylon Rifle Variants

The original Nylon 66 design in 22 long rifle with its tubular magazine sold best of all with over a million units produced, but Remington used the technology for other rimfire rifle variants as well.

The bolt Action Nylon Rifles were produced from 1962 to 65. The Nylon 10 single shot, the Nylon 11 clip fed and the tube magazine Nylon 12 only had very modest production runs totaling about 50 thousand bolt rifles in total.

In 1962 the now much sought after lever action was introduced. This nylon variant unfortunately had only a two year production run from 1962 to 1964

The five round clip fed semiauto Nylon 77 did not seem to make much headway either with only a two year production run of less than 16,000 units.

In 1972 the Nylon 77 was revamped as the Remington Mohawk 10 C with a 10 round instead of 5 round clip. These rifles were made until 1978 with a total production that was 8 times greater than the original Nylon 77.

There was also the Remington Nylon 66 GS or the Gallery Special which was produced from 1959 to 1980. The rifle was chambered for 22 shorts and only came in Mohawk brown (Wahl 268)

The final run of Remingtons Nylon rifles was the 10 round clip fed Apache 77 with the green plastic stock. Almost 55 thousand of these rifles were made for Kmart in 1987 and sold exclusively in their stores (Marcot 88)

Marcot, Roy M. "The History of Remington Firearms " 2005 p.88
Shideler, Dan   "Standard Catalog of Remington Firearms" Gun Digest Books 2008 p.280
Simmons, Donald M.   "Those Plastic Remingtons"   The Gun Digest 45th Ed. 1991 p. 68-77
Wahl, Paul "Gun Traders Guide 13th Ed. "   1987 p. 268

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