Educational Zone #70 – Great Firearms – The Johnson Rifle

Recently, my friend Boyd asked me, “Do you think the guys would be interested in seeing my Johnson rifle?” I said, “I’m sure they would. I sure know that I’d like to shoot it.” So, he met me at the range with his rifle. Here it is. The Johnson rifle was designed by Melvin Johnson and offered in competition with the M-1 Garand for acceptance by the U. S. Army in 1941. Long story short, [...]

Educational Zone #71 – Great Firearms – The M-1917 Enfield

The M-1917 Enfield, also called The American Enfield, is a great firearm. In 1914, the British wanted more battle rifles in a very bad way. They had designed a fine rifle called the Pattern 1914 Enfield, caliber .303 British, but needed foreign contractors to build it for them. They contracted with American companies, mostly Winchester, Remington, and Eddystone to produce these rifles for them. More than one and [...]

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 [...]
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