Educational Zone #72 – Great Firearms – The ’98 Mauser Rifle

The Mauser rifle company started making bolt action rifles in the 1870s. We will not cover all the long and detailed history of the evolution of the 1898 Mauser, but will start our story there. In 1898, the German Army ordered rifles from Mauser that improved on many older designs. It had better metallurgy, a larger receiver ring, and could handle the pressures of the 8 X 57 mm cartridge. It also had a new third safety [...]

Educational Zone #74 – The Five Sisters – Restoring Five M44 Mosin Rifles

Tman called me and told me that Centerfire Systems had an advertisement where we could buy 5 M44 rifles for $39.95 each.He said the ad said they were “battlefield pick-ups”, had never been arsenal restored, and were sold in “as is” condition. I said, “Well, sounds like a great project to me!” So, we placed the order and waited for the Brown Truck O’ Happiness.Tman called me in a [...]

Educational Zone #62 – Great Firearms – The M-1 Garand

“The M-1 Rifle is the greatest battle implement ever devised.” Those words sum up the opinion of General George Patton regarding the M-1 Garand rifle. Many will agree with him, at least up until that point in history. The M-1 Garand rifle was developed by John C, Garand in 1936 to replace the 1903 Springfield bolt action rifle. It was the first really successful semi-automatic battle rifle. Primarily due to [...]

Educational Zone #67 – Great Firearms – The M-1 Carbine

During WWII, it was recognized that many rear area troops, and even front line troops with jobs that required them to carry other equipment, did not need or want to carry the heavy M-1 Garand battle rifle. The M-1 Garand weighed around 10 pounds and was large and somewhat cumbersome for use from a vehicle. But these troops needed more than a pistol, as, even then, knowledgeable people knew that “Rifles are rifles [...]

Educational Zone #68 – Great Firearms – The 1903-A3 Springfield Rifle

I have long admired the Springfield 1903-A3 rifle. I looked for an example to add to my collection for many years. I saw a lot of good examples, but I wanted a really nice one. Then one year at the Big Houston Gun Show, I finally found the one I wanted and it was at a great price. I snatched it up! Here it is. The Springfield bolt action rifle, caliber .30-06, was developed in 1903 for use by the U.S. Military. It [...]
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