I'll Show You Mine If You'll Show Me Yours (Part Deux)

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I got a "new" rifle. It's a Turkish Gew. 98 with almost no bluing, but it has a great bore, smooth action, and it only cost me one hundred dollars!




I also picked up a stock for my M1 Carbine for $50. It's an M2 pot belly stock but it looks a lot better than that sanded and shiny stock it had on it!

 
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Dang is this place dead? I normally wouldn't double post but considering my last post was in JULY I think it should be OK.

Well, I picked up one of the reasons Japanese Arisaka rifles got a bad name.

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It's a Japanese trainer! These were built on cast iron receivers and were meant only for wooden bullet blank cartridges. When GI's would pick these up they didn't know this, and would some times load them with full charge live ammunition! When you see a rifle blow up in a friends face it tends to leave a bad impression to say the least!
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Of course last ditch rifles didn't help the Arisaka's rep either, but these were certainly a major part of that.
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Thankfully the GI who got his hands on this one never tried firing it, not only for his own safety, but so I can post these pics for you today!

These training weapons are smooth bores so they are not really rifles, but they are an interesting part of military history none the less. There are no markings on this one except for a three digit serial number.
 

gautrek

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Just a quick question.
Now bear in mind I live in the UK so will never understand the love affair for guns by some. But once you have got the gun and fired it a few times don't you get bored with it?

I have often thought about buying a long bow and joining an archery club. But then I think once I have been and used it a few times would I not get bored. Is it not the same with guns?
 

Floyd

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But once you have got the gun and fired it a few times don't you get bored with it?
Not really. ('cause you can blow **** up with a gun....:p)

Seriously, though.

There is always the history behind the firearm and the pride of ownership. There is the 'hunt' for a specific firearm (a poor but benign example would be collecting stamps). There are shooting matches. There's reloading and fine tuning the loads for the perfect round for the firearm. There is the challenge of learning to shoot (getting better with practice) the individual firearm. Hanging out with people of like minded interests, etc. etc. Its not only about pulling the trigger and listening to it go BOOM!

Besides, if you get bored with it...sell it. Its not unlike any hobby. Some hobbies/sports interest some people and not others.
 
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Not really. ('cause you can blow **** up with a gun....:p)

Seriously, though.

There is always the history behind the firearm and the pride of ownership. There is the 'hunt' for a specific firearm (a poor but benign example would be collecting stamps). There are shooting matches. There's reloading and fine tuning the loads for the perfect round for the firearm. There is the challenge of learning to shoot (getting better with practice) the individual firearm. Hanging out with people of like minded interests, etc. etc. Its not only about pulling the trigger and listening to it go BOOM!

Besides, if you get bored with it...sell it. Its not unlike any hobby. Some hobbies/sports interest some people and not others.

I couldn't have said it better myself. It's a hobby like anything else. If you get bored with it. It just means this hobby isn't meant for you.

I personally enjoy the historical links these weapons provide. To use gautrek's home nation as an example. I have a 1918 No. I Mk III* BSA Lee Enfield that probably spent time in the trenches of WWI, a bayonet made in the final month of that war, and a Lend-Lease Savage No. 4 that served from 1943 on in WWII along with a bayonet for it.

Shooting is a fun part of this hobby, but there are so many different levels to it that I don't see ever getting bored!
 

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Again? I'm starting to think I'm the only posting collector left...

Here are two new to me rifles!

The first is a Yugo M48B I picked up today.
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She's all matching and has a great bore!

Here is the crest.
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Even though it is stamped "A" the stamped parts reveal it to be a "B". They never changed the stamp after they switched.

Here is the other...
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...a Smith-Corona 03-A3!
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She was made in Sept. of '43. So she just turned 70!
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Well, that's it...for now!
 

Floyd

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Long story (not so) short...

I wanted to buy (or thought I did) a Ruger .223 cal Ranch Rifle to keep in the truck with me to kill the coyotes and feral hogs that I encounter every day. This caliber and the weapons that shoot them are just now returning to store shelves since the run on guns that began with the presidential election. I found one at Wal-Mart (of all places) but the computer hung up during the registration process so I left the store. I stopped at a local gun shop (where my wife took her concealed carry class) to see if he had a Ranch Rifle.

The proprietor talked me out of the Ruger and directed my attention to the AR15. I never had any real interest in the AR15, but he made some really valid points about its ruggedness, portability and customizability. So I bought it. I've never been a fan of the AR15, but that was because I never shot one. This is such a fun gun to shoot. I'm definitely going to have to get some dies to reload or I'll go broke plinking at everything on the turnrow...

Its got a Plum Crazy lower and a 1x9 twist 5.56 Nato upper. With the 5.56 upper it'll handle .223 or the 5.56 Nato round. To keep the gun compact, out of the way and yet easy to access, I've cut off the tall front sight and added a cheap BSA Multi-Reticle sight (CoD or BF4 don't have nothin' on me now :p ). It fits the bill and it really is such a fun gun to shoot. I'm a convert...

Here are some pics of the gun and its happy home

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Flogger23m

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Nice rifle; I would not go for a poly lower though myself.

Though next time look up Palmetto State Armory if you are okay ordering online. They have deals with M4 style rifles and Aimpoint Pros and Magpul rear sights for $1000. The Aimpoint is $400 alone, making the rifle itself $600.

And the best part: The barrels are made by FNH, the supplier of the M16A2/4 for the US military. And now Colt lost the contract to FNH USA for the M4A1, so the PSA is close to the real deal. It is not 100% FNH built, but it does have all of the mil spec parts.

My local gun store had a Colt M4 with Magpul furniture for $1,300. Played with a Tavor, which felt light to me. Cool rifle! What was not cool was the $3,000 price tag.

Also played with a SCAR-16S. Also nice. Also $3,000.
 

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Thanks.
For me, the poly lower fit my needs. The rifles that get sent to "truck duty" take a beating and aren't cared for as they should. High humidity, dirt, rough handling, etc. Its the first rifle of this style for me, so I'm learning. It was at the shop, and I got to put hands on. Out the door the total cost was a shade under $850. I haven't shot anything but light (55grain) factory target rounds thus far. And even with just the cheap BSA 1x scope (and my failing eyesight), it groups fairly well. Certainly well enough to hit a hog or coyote (barring operator error, of course).

The M4 series kind of reminds me of a story a friend of mine tells about bow hunting and matches. The money is not in the sale of the actual bow. Its in all the gadgets one can hang on them. He used to say that if someone won a match with a shoe string attached to the bow, everyone would have a similar shoe string attached at the next match.....:D
 

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Hey all, it has been a while since I've posted in this thread. I recently acquired a couple of WWII-era rifles that might interest you. :IS2:

First up, my MAS-36 rifle:
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http://imgur.com/a/qK2Q1#0
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I have only fired it a few times, since the 7.5x54 French ammo is fairly hard to find (and expensive). The rifle was made sometime between the end of WWII and 1949. Like most of these post-war rifles, the bore is excellent and the stock is in great shape.

Second up, and my most recent acquisition, a Finnish M91 Mosin (pre-91/30). Sorry for the crappy quality photos -- I'll try to get better ones and replace these.
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http://imgur.com/a/wAfGL#14
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Size comparison with my Turkish M38 Mauser:
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I cleaned up the stock after I bought it and applied a few extra layers of boiled linseed oil. The Finns didn't use hard shellac on their rifles like the Russians, but instead used an oil-based finish. The sling is an original Finnish caribou hide sling. Some research on the markings indicates that the rifle was made (or at least the barrel/receiver was made) in the Tika arsenal sometime in 1941. It is a full-length M91 and does not have the shortened barrel or any other changes from the M91/30.
 
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Floyd

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Someone got a N.O. parking ticket? Man, they must've tried pretty hard to get that....lol.
What happened, didn't move the car for Mardi Gras? Or didn't pay the right person off? :p

That looks somewhat like Honey Island...?