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    Argentine M91 carbine converted to 5.56mm NATO

    I bought this from a friend who got it a a local auction. We didn't know it was altered until we got home. No markings, we don't know who did it. I love odd ball conversions. Someone might appreciate it.


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    Thumbs up Argentine M91 carbine converted to 5.56mm NATO.......

    Purists screaming No, No, No, Fine old DWM Mauser.....etc.

    Experimenters going, Yeah, that'd be a pretty cool rifle.

    Nice find.

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    Well, it is kind of a shame as it has it's crest. I'm neither a purist or an experimenter.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Aragorn243 View Post
    Well, it is kind of a shame as it has it's crest. I'm neither a purist or an experimenter.
    This is the saddest part about it, oh well its drilled and tapped to.

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    From a practical perspective, 5.56mm is probably a good match for this carbine.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mrclark303 View Post
    From a practical perspective, 5.56mm is probably a good match for this carbine.
    I agree John, But Its a shame when someone does experiment with original old rifles etc, but as its been drilled and tapped for a scope not a problem in my opinion, lot cheaper to run and more pleasant to shoot in 5.56mm.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bigduke6 View Post
    I agree John, But Its a shame when someone does experiment with original old rifles etc, but as its been drilled and tapped for a scope not a problem in my opinion, lot cheaper to run and more pleasant to shoot in 5.56mm.
    True Geoff, I guess we have collectors or shooters, going back to the 60's, the two were much the same. Today they tend to be polar opposites of the shooting community.

    Some of the high end, bespoke manufactured, all singing and dancing modern target rifles, at my local range, just bore the life out of me!

    Give me my worn WW1 Enfield any day of the week....
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    The issues are

    Original crest still on it, shoulda left it alone.

    The drill and tap,, hurts it in my opinion but if it was SAFE with original caliber shoulda left it alone.

    The actual conversion, GOOD IDEA. Put that idea out a year ago, got laughed at. Too heavy for the caliber I was told. Bet it handles damn good. Though rear sight could use a leaf on it.

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    Well, done is done. You're not the one who vandalized it, so no one can accuse you of any heresy. Shoot it and enjoy it. The .223 really belongs in a bullet hose, rather than a nice bolt, but it's what ya got, right? It's never been an interesting caliber to me, but it's plentiful and common (which is why it's never been interesting to me, I suppose) and it's fairly useful for small and medium game, and plinking. Also, since you're not restoring it, why waste your time replacing parts on a crummy open sight? The receiver has already been drilled, so I'd get a classic-style, low-profile aperture sight for it and do some real shooting.

    Whatever you choose, you've got a nice little rifle. Have fun with it.

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    Looks like the D&T precedes the conversion, which is probably why it was chosen: already ruined from a collector's point of view. SMLE's have been done, so why not M91's?

    A pointless round IMHO, unless one wants to do what is now done and issue two different cartridges; something generations of small arms development people wracked their brains to avoid, for obvious reasons.

    However, Pentagon whizz kids liked it, NATO swallowed it, and the rest is history!
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