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by RWS
Sun Jul 22, 2018 8:42 am
Forum: Spanish/S. American Pistols
Topic: Origins of Obrea pistols?
Replies: 24
Views: 335
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Re: Origins of Obrea pistols?

I usually ask people to hold their applause and just throw money instead. But thanks for the kind words. Lotsa good people on this forum. However, I think I did Steve a disservice by getting a bit off-topic. By now though it should be evident that he has an Orbea copy of a S&W M&P revolver made in E...
by RWS
Sat Jul 21, 2018 8:51 am
Forum: Military Pistols General Topics
Topic: Greek Army Colt Army Special
Replies: 12
Views: 333
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Re: Greek Army Colt Army Special

You could be right. I have also read that Colt was so overly confident of getting a U.S. government sale that it had a large quantity of Army Special revolvers pre-inspected and stamped so they could ship quickly (before the government could change their minds). After the gummint decided not to buy ...
by RWS
Sat Jul 21, 2018 8:31 am
Forum: Spanish/S. American Pistols
Topic: Origins of Obrea pistols?
Replies: 24
Views: 335
United States of America

Re: Origins of Obrea pistols?

Can't say that I have ever run across any .38 Largo ammo, but I know from experience using their .380 and .38 Special ammo (which use the same red-and-white boxes) that all that Santa Barbara ammo is Berdan primed. Since the .38 Largo case is dimensionally identical to .38 Special I either handload ...
by RWS
Fri Jul 20, 2018 11:03 am
Forum: General Ammunition
Topic: Ammo Display Help
Replies: 4
Views: 169
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Re: Ammo Display Help

FWIW, I'm thinking that any live ammo will have to be shipped to you via UPS or Fed-Ex. My postmaster told me that postal regulations prohibit the shipment of live ammo via USPS. He may be wrong but I doubt it.

-Bob
by RWS
Fri Jul 20, 2018 10:41 am
Forum: Spanish/S. American Pistols
Topic: Origins of Obrea pistols?
Replies: 24
Views: 335
United States of America

Re: Origins of Obrea pistols?

I've had a few of these over the years. Never had to pay more than $60 for one and not sure they are worth more than that. A bunch of Spanish firms manufactured copies of the S&W M&P in the 1920's but by the 1930's the herd had been thinned down to where most revolvers you see were made by Garate & ...
by RWS
Tue Jul 10, 2018 6:55 am
Forum: Reloading
Topic: Using a 308 Win Crimp die on 30-06
Replies: 5
Views: 214
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Re: Using a 308 Win Crimp die on 30-06

I agree with ammolab but your best results will be obtained if you trim all your cases as close to the exact same length as possible. Otherwise, longer cases may receive too much crimp that can easily cause the case shoulder to bulge where it meets the neck and you can end up with out-of-spec cartri...
by RWS
Tue Jul 10, 2018 6:41 am
Forum: M1 Carbine
Topic: First Carbine!
Replies: 8
Views: 316
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Re: First Carbine!

FWIW, that Conetta bayonet is a post-WW2 "second production" M4 model, identifiable by the plastic grips and slightly wider crosspiece. Conetta was a Stamford, Connecticut firm, one of 4 manufacturers of second production M4 bayos that also included Turner Manufacturing Co., Imperial Knife Co., and ...
by RWS
Sat Jul 07, 2018 7:07 am
Forum: Military Pistols General Topics
Topic: Greek Army Colt Army Special
Replies: 12
Views: 333
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Re: Greek Army Colt Army Special

I guess it should be noted that while I have no reason to question the referenced 25,000 figure, I think it is possible that there could have been a later order or orders shipped to the Greek military. I don't think that is likely since I can find no references that this occurred, but anything is po...
by RWS
Fri Jul 06, 2018 6:01 am
Forum: Military Pistols General Topics
Topic: Greek Army Colt Army Special
Replies: 12
Views: 333
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Re: Greek Army Colt Army Special

Any thoughts on the number of these Colts that was sold to Greece???? In April 1914 Arms and the Man , the forerunner to The American Rifleman, gives some very brief info in Volume 56, page 138. They say 25,000 Army Special revolvers were "recently" sold to the Greek Army and Navy so I would assume...
by RWS
Tue Jul 03, 2018 8:46 am
Forum: Military Pistols General Topics
Topic: Greek Army Colt Army Special
Replies: 12
Views: 333
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Re: Greek Army Colt Army Special

Good catch on your part. The Army Specials are old revolvers that can still be had for not much coin in either .38 Special or .32-20 calibers. I'm not sure why because several fellow collectors proclaim that any Colt revolver these days in good working order is worth $500 minimum. I have a refinishe...
by RWS
Sun Jun 24, 2018 9:31 am
Forum: Reloading
Topic: Swaging versus Reaming
Replies: 1
Views: 200
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Re: Swaging versus Reaming

My experience is the same as yours. Reaming yields much better results and fewer high primers for me. To be fair, if you use the same brand of brass cases all the time then swaging results can be very consistent but I have U.S. and foreign military cases so adjustments are needed each time I change ...
by RWS
Tue Jun 12, 2018 8:18 am
Forum: General Firearms Topics
Topic: Gun Broker and Completed Auctions
Replies: 7
Views: 407
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Re: Gun Broker and Completed Auctions

It's not nearly as big as GunBroker but I actually prefer (when buying) to do business with Gunauction.com, formerly Auction Arms. Their site allows you to put a firearm or part into the search window and hit the "SEARCH" key, which will bring up active auctions. Then scroll down on the left side of...
by RWS
Mon Jun 04, 2018 7:40 am
Forum: Military Semi-Automatic Rifles General Topics
Topic: Removing bullet sealer in case neck
Replies: 4
Views: 599
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Re: Removing bullet sealer in case neck

I also used gasoline with good results on some pulled USGI 175 grain .308 bullets with excellent results. It dissolved the sealant quickly, too.

-Bob
by RWS
Thu May 31, 2018 7:25 am
Forum: Reloading
Topic: Reloading 30-40 Krag
Replies: 9
Views: 570
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Re: Reloading 30-40 Krag

Just to springboard off Kurt's comments, if reforming FIRED .303 British brass to .30-40 use the least amount of resizing that will allow a round to chamber. In fact, just a tiny bit of rotational bolt drag is probably a good thing. It lets you know that the shoulder area of the case is touching the...
by RWS
Thu May 31, 2018 6:54 am
Forum: Reloading
Topic: My experience with TRAIL BOSS POWDER
Replies: 3
Views: 293
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Re: My experience with TRAIL BOSS POWDER

Good info, Kurt. Trail Boss is an incredibly good powder, in my experience. One clarification though... the bullets you pulled and reused were 147 or 150 grain FMJ boattails, correct? I have a friend that is using a lighter charge of Trail Boss with 180 grain bullets for sub-sonic shooting with a si...

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