Good afternoon friends, I'm a new-found gun owner (G19) as of last April. I don't have a lot of experience handling guns and it's safe to say that I still have a LOT to learn. I've been considering purchasing a rifle for a while, and figured I would start myself off with a .22 plinker of some sort, just to learn some rifle fundamentals. However, recently someone told me that Mosin's are relatively cheap rifles, and will probably be more worthwhile in the long run as opposed to say, a Ruger 10/22. In a nutshell, I am asking a forum of Mosin owners if buying one as "My First Rifle" is recommended. My concerns include: 1. I've read a lot of places saying stuff about checking the finish before accepting transfer. This includes checking the crown and bore. To my untrained eye, will I miss something in the crown/bore and buy a sub-optimal gun? Or is checking the crown/bore a trivial task and easy to see problems? 2. I've also read a lot about this 7.62x54R ammo. I'm not going to ask about shortages (because internet shopping is amazing) but rather about the corrosive aspect. I've seen it said that the ammo being corrosive isn't a problem if you keep the gun clean, and if there's one thing that I will boast about, it's that I will keep my gun(s) clean. However, that doesn't mean that the Joe I bought it from did. Is inspection of the gun for corrosion a hassle? 3. I bought my Glock because I felt that it would be the easiest to learn on, both mechanically and shooting-ly. If possible, I would like to make a rifle purchase that will accomplish the same. I don't want my first rifle to require me an excess of time to properly handle, including cleaning and maintenance. With those three points, is a Mosin a valuable experience as a first rifle? Or should I pick something else up? Thanks in advance, and sorry for long-windedness.