I'm not buying like I used to but I think the last one to fit that bill was a Jap Arisaka 99. It was pretty clean except it looked like a grenade went off behind and to the right. I knew even then that front line soldiers often added "character" to battlefield pick-ups and then peddled them to rear area personnel so they could develop their own stories. This was very prevalent in the Pacific. Come to think of it, I sold it awful fast at a show. I tried to tell the guy all this but he didn't seem to want to hear it.
Picked up a MAS 36 chambered in .308. During the conversion,they cut the metal piece that holds the forend of the stock to the action,;front of the stock rattled around loose,gun keyholed bullets at 100 yds. Was able to replace the cut piece,hoping it helps. Also picked up some Rem. reduced recoil .308's, to better match the orig. bullet weight of the french ammo. Nice handy carbine,if I can get it to shoot!
In a classic case of a small purchase gone wild I bought three rifles and several bayonets last year in one purchase. I was actually only looking for a bayonet for my Garand. The ad I answered was offering a collection but I figured I'd sell off the ones I didn't need. Now, here is where it goes haywire. Y'all have seen the pics of my Krag sporter. I've always wanted an unaltered version to compliment it and in talking with the gentleman about the bayonets I found out that he had several surplus arms he was willing to part with including a Krag. It was, as they say, downhill from there. Long story short in picture form:
Rifles L to R: '03 Springfield, 98 Krag and 1884 Trapdoor Springfield.
Bayonets top to bottom: M-1873, M-1896, M-1903, M-1, M-6 and M-7.
A No4 Mk1 Brit. But it was sporterized in, I'm assuming, the 60's, the heyday of military sporters. Also picked up an M1 carbine, albeit a contempory Auto Ordinance IAI in trade. Looking forward to giving them a go at the range soon.
Last November I bought two 1903A3s from my friend that owns a gun shop in NC were I go deer hunting every year. One was a Remington 2 groove barrel and the other is a Smith Corona 4 groove barrel. They were really dirty on the outside with some surface rust in spots with cosmo on the inside. The Smith Corona looks like it has not been shot and the Remington only little. Problem is that I have not been able to take them to the range to shoot them yet. When I can get the time to go it is either way too hot or raining. The story behind these rifles goes like this. A older black man brought them into my buddies shop after finding them in a closet after the death of his father. He said that he was 7 years old when his father who was a truck driver in the Red Ball Express came home from WWII. His father brought these two rifles home with him and must have put them in the back of the closet and never touched them again. He said it all came back to him when they were cleaning out the house to sale after his father died and he found them. This fellow was well known by my buddy so he was telling the truth.
I just picked up another 98 Krag full military. I got the gun at a steal at a garage sale, $70.00 out the door. It has a bad barrel, lots of pitting, and the front sight is missing. I bought it for the wood and metal. The wood is excellent, some small dents and scratches, but it has not been sanded and does not appear to have been re-finished. All the metal is there and in very good shape, minor surface wear. I plan to use the wood and metal to bring another gun back to its original glory as a fully military weapon, then I will take the left over pieces and make a wall hanger.
You did good Ray. You were lucky if that sporter Arisaka was worth $100 even with dies. That Yugo is worth double that at least, probably more. Check to see if the trigger guard and base plate are BOTH stamped or if only one is and the other milled. Both stamped is actually an M48b even though it's marked M48a on the receiver. M48b is what mine is. I believe ALL M48b versions were manufactured for export. Also your buttstock plate should be steel instead of the pad but I can understand why someone would want some cushion.
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