The 2020 "Make Surplus Rifles Great Again" Challenge

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The 2020 "Make Surplus Rifles Great Again" Challenge

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When I stumbled into my first surplus rifle, a "Bubba'd" Polish Mosin Nagant M44, it was this forum that set me straight. Showed me what I had and filled me in on the lay of the land for milsurps.

Since, I've come to rely on the collective knowledge found here to compare and contrast, to gain a better understanding of milsurps, in general.

Along the way, there have been some stumbles and challenges. Technology changes and we all struggle to keep up. This forum is no exception. We've lost lots of valuable data over at least two transitions (since I've been around) and what I see now is, frankly, a poor facsimile of what this forum used to be.

Participation is down and the bank of milsurp knowledge is greatly diminished. I suspect that, were it not for the efforts of 72 usmc and a small handful of others, this place might have folded already. So, thanks to the Defenders Of The Faith!

I suspect that a wealth of knowledge still resides within the remaining participants and I hope to encourage a bit of a "rebirth".

I challenge you, my brethren, to each post one milsurp highlight post each month for the next three months. Just dig something out of the safe, take some great pics and tell us about it.

Teenage girls put that much effort into sharing their lunch pics on instagram. So, come on, you old codger bastards. Grab your phone, snap some pics and force those three remaining brain cells to recall how that surplus rifle became part of your short walk on this globe.


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Excellent idea Jay. Fortunately, I recently completed taking phone pics of much of my collection so I'm all set. I really hope this helps re-energize the forum.

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I will start with my first C&R acquired rifle - a No. 4 Mk I* Enfield made by Stevens-Savage. In early 2006 I acquired this for $183 from SOG. (very sad they shut down) This has the correct zinc-alloy buttplate. Besides being U.S. made, what I like about these rifles is the wonderful walnut stock that, to me, looks and feels very nice.

Remaining pics in second post.
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Billie the Cat with an Al Hakim.
I will be shooting a 2 gun match with my Hakim and Star Super B this Saturday. I got the rifle nice and sighted in this afternoon.
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Cattus Borealis wrote:
Mon Sep 14, 2020 7:34 pm
Billie the Cat with an Al Hakim.
I thought that was an owl.... :lol:

I posted pics of my 1895 Nagant under the Russian Handgun section.


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We can do this!
Meet "The gang".
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"Victoria", a BSA made 1914 No1 MkIII ShtLE. The P-H 5A shown here has been replaced with an AGP No9G, pics to follow. It was just so "Steampunk" I just couldn't resist it.

"Ernie", a sporterised No5 Mk1. (I bought it sported & made it into my "Goobermint model Sporter")

& "Bert", a 1955 Fazakerly No4 Mk2 which I've "sniperized" with a Leatherwood ART-2 "Camputer" 3~9X40, in a Parker-Hale mount rail.

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]I'll play! Here's an 1894 Norwegian Krag in 6.5X55 that I picked up several years ago. Finding one of these with a bore that's not a cheese grater is a real challenge, as unlike the Swedish Mausers, these shot a lot of corrosive ammo during the occupation of Norway in WWII. Sweet shooting rifle in pristine condition. Anyone owning one would be well advised to handload a very mild round for these rifles, as they are not up to the pressures generated by the standard Swede military rounds.
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dmg4 wrote:]I'll play! Here's an 1894 Norwegian Krag in 6.5X55 that I picked up several years ago. Finding one of these with a bore that's not a cheese grater is a real challenge, as unlike the Swedish Mausers, these shot a lot of corrosive ammo during the occupation of Norway in WWII. Sweet shooting rifle in pristine condition. Anyone owning one would be well advised to handload a very mild round for these rifles, as they are not up to the pressures generated by the standard Swede military rounds.
Beautiful Krag!

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Dunno if this will belong here, but I'll participate for the fun of it. Below is my first ever milsurp pair of rifles.

One on the right is a Springfield 1944 M1 in CMP Stock. Most parts are late WW2 era (new barrel). Got this in 2016.

One on the left is my more recent addition, IHC M1 in CMP Stock. Unfortunately i didn't get lucky with a vintage stock set, oh well. All other parts are Springfield, unfortunately. However it has a 1952 barrel with little wear and good shine. Got this a few months ago... CMP hasn't offered IHC receivers in a while and they found a couple and sent emails to those who had orders being processed, so I jumped on it for the novelty.

I didnt make much money on these, unlike others, but they're worth it to me.

I'll post my next acquisition soon once I get to some shows.
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As promised the A.G. Parker No9W folding peep sight.
This thing is so incredibly "Steampunk" I just couldn't resist it.
I got it as a "Cosmetically Challenged" (but working perfectly) specimen & refinished it.
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It replaced my P-H No5A because its a nice sight, but to clean the rifle you have to remove it, which I hated.
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Here it is after being refinished to the original look.
I took a lot of care with which parts were blued & which were in the white as it had left the Parkers shop & added a 6-hole eyepiece I had laying about.
The mount is the "Close Up" version for the ShtLE, No1 MkIII
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& here it is fitted in the folded position for transport, cleaning, or to use the "Issue" open sights:
It can also be removed if you wish, simply by undoing the one large thumb-nut.
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& raised & swiveled to use as a target, or long range peep-sight.
Its micro-click stopped at 1/2 MOA for both windage & elevation.
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I'm still looking for the rare as rocking horse poo sheet metal factory cover, shown here on a similar sight, but with the more common "long" mounting adapter.
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& the rarer than all get out "globe" front sight for the ShtLE
I have a lead on one, but am waiting for the seller to decide to sell. I'm not going to machine off the ears like this guy did though.
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