View Poll Results: What is/are your milsurp area(s) of interest?

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  • Lee Enfields

    776 62.53%
  • Mosin Nagants (Soviet/East Bloc)

    433 34.89%
  • Mosin Nagants (Finnish)

    258 20.79%
  • Mausers (German)

    505 40.69%
  • Mausers (Other)

    398 32.07%
  • American Miltary Arms (Garands/Springfields/etc)

    781 62.93%
  • Japanese Military Arms

    216 17.41%
  • French Military Arms

    126 10.15%
  • Pre-1900 (Martinis/Trapdoors/Sniders/etc)

    224 18.05%
  • Other

    305 24.58%
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    Smile Phase two collector: Finnish, ex-Soviet, U.S., French, 19th century

    For a long time I just grabbed Chinese SKS carbines when funds would allow. I still retain two, one from 1967, the other from 1980--last year of production. As a Finnishicon American, I knew all about the Winter War and Continuation War, so in 1987 I bought a like-new m/91 for 72 dollars. Still have it, although with additional Finnish Mosin-Nagants.

    Once I got a DCM M1icon Garand for $165, of which the "unit cost was 94 dollars , and a Blue Star import Korean-used winchester M1 carbine, I entertained ideas about getting examples of weapons used by U.S. foes: Japaneseicon mostly. I got a beat up old Izhevsk M44 and a new, out of the wrap 1946 Izhevsk M44 to serve as a representative sample of KPA and Chi-com PLA service rifles, and also NLF/PAVN/Viet Nam too.

    That phase ended, and the collection, such as it was, got frittered away during a long hiatus from collecting. I entered phase 2 in the early 200s, and so now I have a small collection of Finnish, Sovieticon (up to 1941), U.S., Frenchicon, and even 19th century arms. I reload .43 Spanish for a Remington Modelo 1879 Argentino Patria and I skirmish with a M1841 Mississippi rifle.

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    Once upon a time you could have any rifle you liked in a New Zealandicon gunstore, as long as it was a Lee Enfield
    They have probably have accounted for more game animals here that all other brands added together.

    I find that there is a beauty in the real wood stocks and blued steel of milsurp rifles, unlike today's plastic stocks and stainless steel.

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    makes me wonder why I don't have Frenchicon rifles, or Finnishicon Mosins. Other than that I like them all

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    My main addiction is NRA/CMPicon competitions but my "love affair" with the Rem/Springer 03 rifles has become nearly it's equal.
    The history, if they could speak, would be the most adventurous read imaginable.
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    My main interest is WWII battle rifles. I also am drawn to any smokeless powder military rifle, pre WWII and post WWII rifles as they are so similar. I grew up at a time when me and my friends would borrow our fathers rifles & pistols and take a trip to the desert and go shooting. We all had 22lr but our Dads had the milsurplus. I shied away from those big scary long guns. At this time a lot of WWII Vets were around, teachers, uncles and grandfathers, my respect was beyond measure. I got a bit older and a friend took me shooting with his K98icon, I was hooked. I mainly acquired rifles I could shoot, never got every one I intended to but very happy with what I have. This Forum had such great Lee Enfield knowledge it really reinforced what Love about the rifle, and the respect of the men who carried them and the feats they accomplished.

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    I enjoy ALL MIL-SURPS / pre 1870 to 1958.
    as I have another new arrival in my hands,the REAL digging starts .


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    When I started shooting in the mid '50's the No.4 Enfield was still the service rifle here in the UKicon. I first got to use one while in the Air Cadets (ATC) in 1957 and was hooked.
    For 30 years I was a Firearms Dealer specialising in 19th. and early 20th.Century Firearms. This ended in 1998 when I gave up my dealer licence due to our restrictive gun laws.
    The interest didn't go and I kept my collections and add to them when I can. I have an impressive (for the UK) collection of Colt revolvers and a number of Remington Rolling Block Rifles and pistols. I also have a couple of Lee Enfield Rifleicon, a SMLE MKIII and a No.4 MK1* by Savage.
    I am a member of 2 gun clubs and a RCO at Bisley.

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    My collecting is based on the interest of the different designs of bolt actions that were developed so my collection is somewhat varied. I also try to have a long rifle and carbine of the same type as they shoot and behave differently to each other.
    But i do have a soft spot for Mausers and quirky types like Thai and Indonesian police carbines which are a bit outside the square.
    We are restricted here in Oz on whats available although its getting better although expensive.

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    Hopefully not resurrecting an old thread but my interests involve the individual soldiers stories behind the guns.

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    Quote Originally Posted by improperlyaged View Post
    Hopefully not resurrecting an old thread but my interests involve the individual soldiers stories behind the guns.
    Do you have any good ones in your collection?

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