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Old January 13th, 2017, 08:20 AM   #1
 
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With our hobbies, we always tend to "go back home"......

Long story short, when I turned 21 I started collecting military rifles......and I mean, I bought every unaltered military rifle, in any caliber, I could lay hands on. For about 8 years I acquired over 100 rifles, in calibers many people have never heard of. I mostly fired my Enfields, 7mm and 8mm Mausers, and Mosin-Nagants. I used to shoot 1,000's and 1,000's of rounds through these rifles, and will always have fond and warm memories of long range days, just shooting old bolt rifles. Also some oddballs like 71/84 Mausers, 11mm Kropatchek, 50-70 Trapdoors.......gorgeous rifles but way too expensive to shoot. Even during my deployment I would go to the MWR, go online and buy pre-98 antiques and have them shipped to my parents house.

Fast forward to 2011-ish, I had to sell 95% of them, to pay off credit card debt (mostly racked up from buying rifles) . I don't miss most of them, they would just be dust collectors now anyway since I shoot mostly Double and Single Action revolvers these days. I did keep a few, a MAS 36, a 1916 BSA SMLE, a Garand (have to have at least one) and a few others, but these are mostly just to keep "examples" of these iconic weapons, I don't shoot them much.

On a whim I took one of my Navy Arms cut down "fake Jungle Carbines" out with me to the range, shot some revolvers and stopped at the rifle range to shoot 5 rounds of .303 through the Enfield.......I was like "wow I missed this".

Well, out of the blue, I got bit by the bug again.........I've had a C&R FFL for almost 7 years and have hardly used it.......I now have an Ishapore .303 No. 1 MK. III and a .410 "Indian prison guard" converted Enfield on the way, via my C&R license........also looking at a Carcano and maybe another Enfield.

I won't ever get as "crazy" with it as I was in the past, but the need to pick up a few military rifles has arisen. Just a few, since I no longer have the space, money or time to have a large collection of them. Just some un-altered shooter grade stuff.

Now, I still love my revolvers, will keep them all and still shoot them often...........but after almost 10+ years of being away from military rifles, I found that yes, we always tend to go back to our roots.



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I love military firearms. I especially love "oddball" stuff. By that I mean 30 Luger nit 9mm. I have a fn fal in 300 savage. it was made for european nations that do not allow military calibers. This is why 9x21 exists.
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After just pulling my few mil-surp rifles out of the safe recently I too am excited about shooting them again. The Garand, M24/47, and MN 91/30 are all fun. The No5Mk1 Jungle Carbine is a hoot. Yes it kicks, but I like it. The most amazing thing is the Mk7 .303 military ammo. That stuff is devastating on soft targets. The Brits made a FMJ rifle round with a wooden core in the nose, and regular lead in the rear. When the bullet hits soft tissue (or a gallon jug filled with water) and begins to slow, the heavier rear section wants to pass the lighter nose. This causes the bullet to yaw violently and transfer energy like no other FMJ rifle round I've ever fired. Instead of just "blowing up" the jugs, they vaporize. The plastic skin lays out flat on the ground like it's been flattened by a rolling pin. Amazing!
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I have to get some of this .303 Mk 7 stuff

I'm going for the "milder" rounds these days too..... 6.5 Carcano, 6.5 Swede and 7mm Mauser are all very accurate, flat shooting rounds that don't kill you with recoil. I also have a beat up Krag "cadet rifle" that was cut down to the exact length of an 03 Springfield for use at military academies or cadet training programs in schools, these were done by US arsenals as part of a program in the 1920's-30's, long after Krags were obsolete and the govt. wanted to find a use for them. 30-40 Krag is a tack driver and real pleasant to shoot.
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