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    Yes, fives are much harder to find.

    Yes, fives are much harder to find.
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    Called that because they had no bend and a full...

    Called that because they had no bend and a full shank? No flex to them?
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    That was one I couldn't find when I wanted. It...

    That was one I couldn't find when I wanted. It was done for the survival packs in aircraft in the beginning and migrated to other things.



    As projected by others, fives were very popular...
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    Of course at this point, I can't find one single...

    Of course at this point, I can't find one single pic of a sporter like he describes...after seeing dozens. We had them here done for Sears and Eaton's and other chain stores...Marshall Wells...
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    Those don't have a black painted forestock... I...

    Those don't have a black painted forestock... I doubt those would have found their way to a shop like this one, besides he said no top wood...



    Would have been my only guess.

    Here's an...
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    Santa Fe were still done out of arsenal. If you...

    Santa Fe were still done out of arsenal. If you look up the different sporters made by half dozen companies and the grades of them, plus Eaton's and Sears and a few others you'll likely see your...
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    Sporterized perhaps by one of the groups that did...

    Sporterized perhaps by one of the groups that did them. "He was told"... Now, pics on the other hand might help?
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    Same thing, Varsol is a trade name.

    Same thing, Varsol is a trade name.
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    Have you tried the varsol and M16 toothbrush yet?...

    Have you tried the varsol and M16 toothbrush yet? Hard to say what'll liquify and come off.
  10. A friend of mine did armorer here for the unit HQ...

    A friend of mine did armorer here for the unit HQ for a time and stated clearly that he'd had every manufacturer and every mark and feature seen in #4 rifles in his supplies. That was back in the...
  11. It's just bent, I could fix that in a few minutes...

    It's just bent, I could fix that in a few minutes work.
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    If you have a compressor you could build a...

    If you have a compressor you could build a cabinet. Just need a good glass window and light inside. The bottom needs to be a funnel down to gather beads...the compressor is the critical component,...
  13. Those aren't pretty enough to glean that kind of...

    Those aren't pretty enough to glean that kind of money from me, they would come in at nearly a grand here after exchange. I'd have to hand select and then some...
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    Looks good as always.

    Looks good as always.
  15. Yes, it's good. The walnut scales are typical of...

    Yes, it's good. The walnut scales are typical of originals before wear and sanding. The scabbard is a later model, commonly found when they were refurbed or reissued for WW2. All OK.
  16. You could have lapped it with a mandrel on a...

    You could have lapped it with a mandrel on a drill, must have been a labor with a case wrapped in sandpaper. Custom dies, saved yourself plenty there.
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    It's too bad, that was something to see/attend.

    It's too bad, that was something to see/attend.
  18. I disagree, if that's the case I would strip it...

    I disagree, if that's the case I would strip it apart and sell the barrel for what I could get and small parts as well. It's going to cost LOTS to restore it and fitting the bolt isn't easy. You...
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    Ours on the other hand, our rifle team would go...

    Ours on the other hand, our rifle team would go through about 1000 rds per man per day of training during season. The rifles showed very distinct wear at commencement and were unmistakably worn and...
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    Agreed, no ammo pouches even...maybe field...

    Agreed, no ammo pouches even...maybe field training to account for plainly dirty knees and such? Also this must be an earlier picture as the uniform was changed in color soon after war's start to a...
  21. To answer the pointed question plainly, I suspect...

    To answer the pointed question plainly, I suspect it's fine for shooting. Check headspace to see if it's even close or just shoot factory ammo. If the bore is good as you say then you'll be fine. ...
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    I don't know...it COULD be a range rifle I guess...

    I don't know...it COULD be a range rifle I guess but as suggested, it should show comparable wear everywhere. I had a Lee Enfield once that showed an almost worn out commencement and the rest of the...
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    Live link... Bren MkII -1 - YouTube...

    Live link...

    Bren MkII -1 - YouTube

    Bren MkII - YouTube
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    I thought that was a work uniform? Looks more to...

    I thought that was a work uniform? Looks more to me like they're moving into a field position, the letter even suggests they're in combat. I know we saw footage of the very end where Volkssturm was...
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    Well the photo is safe, I can't get at it.

    Well the photo is safe, I can't get at it.
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