Has anyone purchased the Brno #1 rifle that Century is selling? They list the condition as "good". "Good" condition to me means dings, worn finish and rust. If you have seen these I am interested in hearing your comments.
I have one from CAI, and one from another distributor too. It's hit and miss. The condition varies, and for the most part the nicer lots are mostly gone. I've seen half a dozen or so and the following generally applies. The wood is the most variable. Some are walnut, some are beech. I got one that is excellent, others I've seen vary from very good to fair (dirty, stained, nicked, etc.) Most have a chip at the bottom rear of the stock by the buttplate. The metal has usually been vg to excellent. Terrific old world bluing on the early ones, good bluing on the later ones. Some come with the old single stage mauser style trigger, later ones with a two stage. You can buy the two stage replacements but I have managed to adjust and work the single stage triggers to eliminate all the creep and lighten them to as light as you want. I keep mine around 2# for the field, but others report having gotten down to 7.5 oz. with minimal work. Most come without the front sight hood but they're available.
You an also buy new original stocks and most any parts from a guy in So Cal that used to live in Brno and still knows alot of folks and sources there.
I don't often carry any other 22 now. I keep trying to convince myself that my finnfire is a better rifle, but not that I can measure, especially now that I have the trigger figured out. For 250 - 300 you just can't go wrong. PM me and I can give you some more details.
The lighter colored one dates from 1948 and is about the nicest stock I've seen from the distributors like CAI. The darker colored one is from about 1944 and has the tgf marking in the receiver that indicates it was made during the german occupation of Czechoslavakia, probably in 1944 or 45. The targets are from that one too.
Thanks for the quick response and detailed analysis. I am interested in the Brno, but am hesitant to buy from Century sight unseen. I think I'll call and see if I can get someone to give me a full description of what they have left.
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