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 #51 – Changing the Firing Pin Springs in C&R Rifles

I sure enjoy shooting my C&R rifles, especially with the cheap military surplus ammo. But some of this ammo is over 60 years old and the primers can be “hard”.We were experiencing a lot of hang-fires and a lot of no-fires. I begin to wonder if the old firing pin springs in the Lee Enfields and Mausers might be a part of the problem.So, I ordered some replacement springs from Brownell’s. The original [...]

Educational Zone #55 – Great Firearms – The Springfield M1A Rifle

The M-14 was one of the shortest lived official military rifles in US inventory. It was designed as an improvement for the M-1 Garand, and though its action was very similar, it utilized a magazine feed to replace the clip-fed Garand. It also changed the caliber to 7.62 X 51, instead of .30-06 and had a selector for full-auto fire.This ability to fire full auto was a feeble attempt to turn it into an assault rifle. It [...]

Educational Zone #59 – Great Firearms – The Tokarev Romanian 7.62 X 25 Pistol

I recently saw that the BATF had clarified that they considered the TT-33 pistol to be C&R qualified. I was excited, as I had always wanted one and now had a chance to have the Brown Truck O’ Happiness deliver one right to my door.I ordered one from AIM, as their pistols were advertised as “refinished”.Their ad said:“Tokarev-TTC Romanian TT-33 7.62×25 PistolItem# Tokarev-TTCOriginally [...]

Educational Zone #60 – Stripping a Stock with Easy-Off Oven Cleaner

My buddy Tman and I recently saw an ad where they were offering 91/30 Mosins for $49.95. How could we pass up a deal like that? So, we both ordered two of them and waited for the Brown Truck O’ Happiness to arrive. When they got here, they were pretty nice. One of mine was a light orange color that I liked. I decided to refinish them to make them look new, but to keep the original colors as much as possible. The [...]

Educational Zone #33 – Refinishing a 24/47 Mauser

I recently bought a Mauser 24/47 from Classic Arms.I got it from the Brown Truck O’ Happiness and, like a kid on Christmas morning, could hardly wait to tear open the box.It was just as I expected… Completely covered in Cosmoline.But it looked like there might be a nice rifle under al that crud.Here it is on my bench. I began by taking it all apart and started the long process of removing the Cosmoline.I use [...]

Educational Zone #34 – 24/47 Mauser Range Report

Okay, a range report on my refinished 24/47 Mauser. Went to the range today to see how she shot.I was very pleased. First, I thought I’d show any of you that might not be familiar with stripper clips, how they work.Ammo was often loaded into stripper clips in WWI and WWII.In the case of the Mausers, it was 5 shot stripper clips.This is what they look like. The rifle action has a slot cut in the top to allow these [...]

Educational Zone #35 – Refinished Turkish Mauser

I have been interested in Mausers lately. Got a couple of them with my C&R and refinished them, enjoying the whole thing.I was interested in getting a Turkish Mauser and have been looking for a nice one. I was frustrated, as most of them are “rough”. Those Turks didn’t believe in babying a rifle.I finally found one on the net and made a deal on it. I got it a couple of days ago and when I opened the [...]

Educational Zone #23 – Cosmoline Removal

I had a few folks ask me how to best remove Cosmoline from a firearm. Cosmoline is a Vaseline-type preservative that was used to preserve firearms.Collectors of C&R (Curio & Relic) firearms often find old firearms that were built around WWI or WWII and then put in storage. These guns were usually just dipped in a big vat of Cosmoline and then put into storage.Sometimes folks forget what is going on and get all [...]

Educational Zone #26 – Great Firearms – Swiss K-31 Rifle

I recently obtained my C&R License and have the “bug” bad.One of the rifles I always wanted to try was the Swiss K-31, Straight-Pull Bolt Rifle.I get a couple from AIM and they were just what I expected: Almost perfect steel and rough wood. Here’s one, right out of the shipping box.With a little bluing touch-up and a refinished stock, you have a new rifle. With the help of my old buddy, Tman, we [...]
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