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    Agreed, I have it and went to some lengths to get...

    Agreed, I have it and went to some lengths to get it. His post-war books on gunsmithing are classics too.

    As for those videos, it's a little hard to tell what's going on, but it appears there was...
  2. Thread: The MG08/15

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    Sticky: The relatively comfy and casual eastern front?

    The relatively comfy and casual eastern front?
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    Do you think it was changed or just over-struck?...

    Do you think it was changed or just over-struck?

    So the "FTR --" electro-pencilled we take to be BSA and the banged-in "No4 Mk2" Indian or Pakistani ?

    Would be worth checking the fit of the...
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    What do you mean by "peened over" in that...

    What do you mean by "peened over" in that context?



    With respect it is impossible to "hammer through" the hardening unless it flakes off. Wearing through from friction possibly I suppose.
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  5. IIRC those back position rifles were built for...

    IIRC those back position rifles were built for individual rather than team competition. A post on The UK's Finest Independent Forum for Shooters and Gun Owners. Est 2010. Index page. might elicit...
  6. For those like me who weren't overly-familiar...

    For those like me who weren't overly-familiar with the type: Browning Auto-5 - Wikipedia Quite a story.
  7. OK, looks like electro-pencilled numbers were...

    OK, looks like electro-pencilled numbers were overstamped for better durability. Same as (?) A1848 in another thread.

    Very few bubbas have number stamps and even fewer have letter stamps.
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    The obvious question is, does the bolt match and...

    The obvious question is, does the bolt match and appear to be original?

    If the bolt handle is literally popping up to the fully unlocked position that would be a remarkable occurrence.

    If...
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    To answer directly: I can't see any reason it...

    To answer directly: I can't see any reason it wouldn't be safe to shoot from what you have told and shown us.

    There may be stamps on the rear face of the action that would tell us conclusively who...
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    Interesting, even to those of us who aren't...

    Interesting, even to those of us who aren't "plane guys" Piper J-3 Cub - Wikipedia

    Congrats on finishing; that's always the hard part of restorations...

    Do you have info on its service history...
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    Which of the gubernors was threatening to have...

    Which of the gubernors was threatening to have doctors who used it de-certified? Was it that woman who wants to be Biden's running mate?

    I wonder if some big pharma money could be involved there?...
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    Value? If that is all you have for photos and info it is...

    If that is all you have for photos and info it is impossible to give a valuation.

    Does the bolt match? What's the condition of the barrel? What size bolthead is fitted? Has it been drilled &...
  13. What is the serial number on the tongue of the...

    What is the serial number on the tongue of the butt?

    The TR looks genuine and struck-in to me, and of course if numbers were being changed there would be no need to meddle with that anyway. ...
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    Value? How much is the minivan worth?

    How much is the minivan worth?
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    Looks like it was designed by Carlo Bugatti. :D ...

    Looks like it was designed by Carlo Bugatti. :D

    And not comparable to the Swiss one I've examined the odd time.
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    Does it show any sign of ever being dropped very...

    Does it show any sign of ever being dropped very far? ;)

    I'd suspect it is a display "dummy" and was displayed hanging nose down.

    Certainly a pre-WWII design overall.

    Perhaps an "ordnance...
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    You've done well if this...

    You've done well if this in any indication.
  18. Thread: Fairbain

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    A great aunt of mine lived in Shanghai before the...

    A great aunt of mine lived in Shanghai before the war. I remember I was very impressed as a boy that she knew Capt. Fairbairn! :D She and her husband went through the internment camps and got back...
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    Every one a story, and most of them tragic. ...

    Every one a story, and most of them tragic.

    (Battlefield salvage)
  20. Thread: Fairbain

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    Ask the seller, if he doesn't know, ask who he...

    Ask the seller, if he doesn't know, ask who he got it from? Provenance isn't everything, but it's a lot.

    And BTW, notice how polished those leather 'nubs' are where the flaps are sewn on? That...
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    You can bet those were back in service pronto. ...

    You can bet those were back in service pronto. The FSJ were trained on our weapons as ours were trained on theirs.
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    Seems reasonable enough.

    Seems reasonable enough.
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    Probably thinking, "Thank C-----, we didn't get...

    Probably thinking, "Thank C-----, we didn't get issued these things!"
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    The scabbard is actually more worn than some WWII...

    The scabbard is actually more worn than some WWII examples I have had, so I would say very likely genuine. It has obviously hung on a belt for quite some time, whatever that may mean.

    WSCo....
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    Makes me wonder how many more would have survived...

    Makes me wonder how many more would have survived if a well scrimmed helmet cover had been general issue, and required wear.
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