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    Unbelieveable Private Collection Of WW II Commonwealth Firearms

    Too cool. Couldn't find this already posted on Milsurps, so:

    Not Your Ordinary Collection

    Must be nice to be a billionaire!

    When I was very young back in the late '50s (1959, I think) a man in my tiny, rural Midwestern (US) town had a somewhat similar, but more eclectic, collection of military and cowboy firearms displayed in several large rooms of his farmhouse...full auto MGs/SMGs of various types, cowboy Winchesters and six-shooters, Civil War muskets, rifles, and swords, etc., etc. No special security except several large farm dogs, which in those days was probably enough (plus an intruder would face more than one loaded SMG...). I'd just turned old enough to join the Cubs, and learned this was an extremely popular place for my Cub Scout pack to visit. The Scout moms were very happy to have us ooh and aah over his collection (but no touching!).

    My how times have changed.

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    Oops. Meant to post this in the SMG forum.

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    Mods, could you please move?
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    A Collector's View - The SMLE Short Magazine Lee Enfield 1903-1989. It is 300 8.5x11 inch pages with 1,000+ photo’s, most in color, and each book is serial-numbered.  Covering the SMLE from 1903 to the end of production in India in 1989 it looks at how each model differs and manufacturer differences from a collecting point of view along with the major accessories that could be attached to the rifle. For the record this is not a moneymaker, I hope just to break even, eventually, at $80/book plus shipping.  In the USA shipping is $5.00 for media mail.  I will accept PayPal, Zelle, MO and good old checks (and cash if you want to stop by for a tour!).  CLICK BANNER to send me a PM for International pricing and shipping. Manufacturer of various vintage rifle scopes for the 1903 such as our M73G4 (reproduction of the Weaver 330C) and Malcolm 8X Gen II (Unertl reproduction). Several of our scopes are used in the CMP Vintage Sniper competition on top of 1903 rifles. Brian Dick ... BDL Ltd. - Specializing in British and Commonwealth weapons Specializing in premium ammunition and reloading components. Your source for the finest in High Power Competition Gear. Here at T-bones Shipwrighting we specialise in vintage service rifle: re-barrelling, bedding, repairs, modifications and accurizing. We also provide importation services for firearms, parts and weapons, for both private or commercial businesses.
     

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    These two look interesting. REL 5x and what's the other one?

    Almost looks like Dr. Grubb's prismatic sight. Edit: just a folding target sight I see.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Surpmil View Post
    These two look interesting. REL 5x and what's the other one?
    The rifle on the left looks to be a Long Branch Scout Sniper rifle which would make that scope an experimental REL 3.5x. That's a very rare bird!

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    A truly remarkable collection. I envy his ability to display and enjoy it.
    Some do, some don't; some will, some won't; I might ...

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    Thought I'd bring all the pics because they're good. The link will likely disappear over time and the pics will live on here...
    Regards, Jim

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    Next set...of ten...
    Regards, Jim

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    Theres even a Farquar-Hill Rifle in there!

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    He's got a pair of Berthiers! What a crazy collection. Part of me wants it to exist for eternity untouched, but most of me is bummed they just sit in a rack and aren't in the hands of shooters. Oh well. Appreciate what you have I guess.
    I have a lot more experience than expertise, still have both eyes and most of my fingers though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by NORTHOF60 View Post
    A truly remarkable collection. I envy his ability to display and enjoy it.
    The sad reality is that enjoyment often declines in proportion to ease of acquisition, monetarily or otherwise.
    “There are invisible rulers who control the destinies of millions. It is not generally realized to what extent the words and actions of our most influential public men are dictated by shrewd persons operating behind the scenes.”

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    There's a lot on my blood, sweat and tears in that room. I've been importing and working on his weapons for many years.

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