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WW I VFW Trophy Rifles

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WW I VFW Trophy Rifles

#1 Post by 72 usmc » Fri Dec 08, 2017 11:20 am

Libertytreecollectors just got 2 Trophy rifles and they have some excellent detailed photos worth printing out for reference (the total is 16 per rifle, lots of ink, but really nice views) but they do not have any close up views of the steel rods, cut firing pins or other modifications. Sorry as of 18 January 2018 these specimens have been sold and they did not post these excellent close up views of these rifles in there reference library so only the first photo overview remains in this post. I should have reposted all there photos :doh: see
Danzig 1915 GEW 98
https://www.libertytreecollectors.com/p ... dcategory=
Liberty photo from above
This has a steel rod hammered into the barrel and the firing pin tip is cut off. No import mark.
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and a second rifles seen here:
his has a steel rod hammered into the barrel,e firing pin tip is cut off and missing the extractor an collar.
Spandau 1900 unit marked "1.0.J.R. 2.55"
https://www.libertytreecollectors.com/p ... dcategory=
Liberty photo from above
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Man I would love to find one of these at a gun show for $200. Interesting no slings, but they have the cleaning rods. Posted for general reference. Copy the photos while you can.
Back in 2009 GUN COLLECTOR magazine had an excellent article entitled "Collecting First World War Trophy Rifles" by John Wall see pages 27-29 and then 35-36. Unfortunately this issue is out of print and no back issues are available. I am not sure I can post all 6 jpegs of the issue, but here is the first page and the rifles he encountered on p. 29.
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Re: WW I VFW Trophy Rifles

#2 Post by 72 usmc » Fri Dec 08, 2017 11:56 am

This is the O/P issue you might be lucky and find one on eBay. Volume 31 No. 6 December 2009. Man at Arms , GUN COLLECTOR
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here are pages 28 , 35 36

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Re: WW I VFW Trophy Rifles

#3 Post by 72 usmc » Fri Dec 08, 2017 12:33 pm

This is what John Wall has to say in the end.This is the little box at the bottom of p. 36. His info & a quote
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Re: WW I VFW Trophy Rifles

#4 Post by Woody_be » Fri Dec 08, 2017 1:42 pm

Was so lucky last year to buy one (no trophy rifle) for 50 bucks. Shoots terrible with the rolercoastersights but i just love to look at it. Had to buy a cleaning rod for almost the same money as the rifle :) Image

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Re: WW I VFW Trophy Rifles

#5 Post by 72 usmc » Sun Dec 10, 2017 6:27 pm

Anyone actually have one of these so they can show some photos of how the rods look in the barrel from a muzzle view and chamber view? Are they the full length of the barrel? Is the bolt face welded or is the firing pin hole intact, just that the pin is cut short? Could you please post some photos of these?Our VFW does not have any to display. Does anyones VFW still have some of these WW I Grew 98 on display?
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