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  1. The Box O' Truth Articles
    Some of us have been fascinated by the Swiss K-31 C&R rifles. They are very fine rifles, well built, and shooting very accurate ammo. The military sights on the rifles are excellent sights and I can shoot them about as well at 50 yards as any rifle I own. But these eyes need a little help at...
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    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...
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    Many folks have expressed an interest in the CZ-52 pistol. This pistol qualifies as a C&R pistol, and is very inexpensive at this time. Here's mine. Probably the most interesting thing about this pistol is the caliber, 7.62 X 25. This is a bottlenecked, .30 caliber round, that shoots a 90...
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    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...
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    When I first saw a Mosin Nagant, I thought it was an ugly gun. But, like a lot of things, the more you see of them, the more you can learn to appreciate them. They kind of grow on you. I guess it was when first watching "Enemy At the Gates" that I finally wanted to have one. The Mosin Nagant...
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    I recently obtained a US Savage Enfield Mk1 #4 SMLE from Phoenix Distributors for the good price of $124.00, through my C&R License. It arrived on the Brown Truck of Happiness. I opened the package like a kid on Christmas morning and removed my next project. Here it is. It was a little...
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    My new C&R hobby has caused an over-flow situation on my gun safe. I had been just stacking them in closets, but knew that was a temporary stop-gap measure. It was time to build a rifle rack. I didn't want anything fancy, just something to keep them from leaning on each other and scratching...
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    If any of you have ever read British military history, they are always talking about the "smell of Cordite" on the battlefield. Some folks probably don't even know what Cordite is. I recently bought a 550 round ammo can full of mixed WWII era .303 British ammo. Here it is. As you can see...
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    I recently got my C&R and have been having a great time finding and refinishing some old military rifles. I was looking at an old SMLE that I own that was built in Lithgow, Australia. It appeared to have once been painted olive drab green. Here's a pic. So, I checked with our resident...
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    Some of you younger shooters may have never even heard of "corrosive ammo". Ammo made before around mid-1950 used primers with mercuric salts in the priming compound in the primers. Upon firing this ammo, these corrosive salts were deposited all inside the barrel of the weapon. If these salts...
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    One of the truly great military firearms has to be the British SMLE (Short Magazine Lee Enfield) .303 Rifle. This rifle was the mainstay of the British army for more years than most other rifles ever approach. It served from the First World War through the Second, and did so with honor. I...
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