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James River made BM-59

Posted: Tue Jun 06, 2017 6:18 pm
by cwo4uscgret
I picked this up last Saturday from my local gun dealer; less then a week from order to delivery by Classic Firearms. I took it to the range and shot some 1982 Lake City 7.62 after de-linking 200 rounds of it from its M-60 belted configuration. I just shot it for performance, not precision; it was flawless. Next range trip will be for accuracy. Here's what it looks like; I have a smaller BM59 flash suppressor that makes the trip-compensator look like a small cannon!

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Re: James River made BM-59

Posted: Tue Jun 06, 2017 7:31 pm
by fordmech00
Awesome rifle

Re: James River made BM-59

Posted: Tue Jun 06, 2017 9:00 pm
by Mid.
I've got one as well! Does the magazine catch on yours get finicky on some magazines?

Re: James River made BM-59

Posted: Tue Jun 06, 2017 9:11 pm
by yooper_sjd
very nice

Re: James River made BM-59

Posted: Wed Jun 07, 2017 8:14 am
by samsplacci
I've never shot nor seen one in the flesh. This type of m1 Garand re arsenal originated in Italy, no? They're definitely cool looking rifles.

Re: James River made BM-59

Posted: Sat Dec 09, 2017 9:09 pm
by mhb
FWIW: the BM59 rifles have a reputation for violent extraction/ejection. A friend has a James River BM59 which, as-received, would jerk hunks out of the rim of all the brass-cased ammo he tried - he was forced to use Wolf steel cased ammo to achieve proper function, though ejection was still notably 'positive'.
Being aware that the BM59 gas system is a modification of the M1, and also that there is an adjustable gas cylinder plug available for the M1 (Shuster) to permit adjustment of the gas system to function properly with a variety of ammunition types, I measured the BM59 gas cylinder plug and compared it to a standard M1 plug - the only real difference is the length of the portion of the plugs which enter the gas cylinder through the gas cylinder lock. I determined that the M1 plug would very likely work with only the addition of a spacer ring (.110" long) to the Shuster plug to adjust the depth to the correct length for the BM59. On receipt of the Shuster plug, it was installed, with the spacer ring, in the BM59 and adjusted in accordance with the manufacturer's instructions - the rifle works perfectly now with a variety of brass-cased ammo, without damage to the brass or violent ejection.

mhb - MIke

Re: James River made BM-59

Posted: Wed Jul 04, 2018 5:26 pm
by mrbig381
I really want one but they are banned in the free state of Merryland. We have some sad laws passed by ignorant assemblymen.

Re: James River made BM-59

Posted: Wed Jul 04, 2018 10:09 pm
by indy1919a4
mrbig381 wrote:
Wed Jul 04, 2018 5:26 pm
I really want one but they are banned in the free state of Merryland. We have some sad laws passed by ignorant assemblymen.
Gee, do not want to cause ill, but may I ask why it is banned???

Re: James River made BM-59

Posted: Thu Jul 05, 2018 9:05 am
by mrbig381
We were able to buy them as regulated rifles before they passed the safe act in 2013. Any regulated rifles became banned after it was passed.
Probably the evil detachable 20rd mag.

Re: James River made BM-59

Posted: Thu Jul 05, 2018 4:19 pm
by Kevinofborg
mrbig381 wrote:
Wed Jul 04, 2018 5:26 pm
I really want one but they are banned in the free state of Merryland. We have some sad laws passed by ignorant assemblymen.
We still have some open space in the Great State of Texas for Open minded folk that is!

Come on down stay awhile.

Kevin

Re: James River made BM-59

Posted: Fri Jul 06, 2018 4:31 am
by mrbig381
Would love to but I'm taking care of Mom who has early dementia

Re: James River made BM-59

Posted: Fri Jul 06, 2018 6:40 pm
by Rapidrob
What a great rifle!
When it comes to ammo, ammo for the M60 or other NATO MG's is not the most accurate by design. Find some M-80 Ball ammo and you will be very happy with how the rifle will shoot.