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  1. The Box O' Truth Articles
    I enjoy shooting the Mosin Nagant rifles I own, but wanted an example of one with the Hexagonal Receiver. These rifles are the older rifles, and in later versions, the Rooskies decided to cut costs by just making the receivers round. I don't know if there is really much difference in quality...
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    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...
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    I have the pleasure to own a Colt 1911, Series 80, Mark IV, Gold Cup, National Match, in .45 ACP. It is a polished stainless pistol and is the most accurate pistol I have ever owned. Before modern custom-designed 1911 pistols were available, the 1911 had an undeserved reputation for...
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    Last week we were shooting some C&R weapons. I was shooting my old Lithgow SMLE. Here's a picture of it from a couple of years ago. As you can see, the wood didn't match too well, but the metal was sound and it shot well. I fired a few magazines full and laid it on the bench. Tman said...
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    In 1964, Smith and Wesson introduced their new .41 Magnum cartridge. It was designed to be more powerful than the .357 Magnum, but easier to shoot than the more powerful .44 Magnum. It indeed fell right between those two rounds, as measured in energy and recoil. It had approximately 20% more...
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    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...
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    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...
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    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...
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    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...
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    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...
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    My old buddy Tman just completed a new project. He purchased a new Saiga rifle imported by Russian American Armory and manufactured by Izhmash of Russia and did some work on it. Here's the rifle as he got it. Here it is after his modifications. As you can see, he moved the trigger forward...
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    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 recently purchased a Sistema .45 ACP, Model 1927, from Gander Mountain. It was priced at $249. It was about as free of bluing as is possible, but seemed to be mechanically sound. It looked like a fun project to me. Here it is in its original state. And here. As you can see, the bluing...
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    In part one we showed how we disassembled and prepared the pistol for refinishing. I had ordered some DuraCoat from Lauer and had to wait a few days for it to arrive. It finally got here and we were ready to go. First, we had to tape areas where we didn't want any paint. I also had to design...
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    A little range report on the Sistema we refinished. Went to the range this morning and ran the pistol a bit. I put 50 rounds of 200 grain SWC handloads through it without a hitch. I believe we can pronounce the throat polishing job a success. I also ran 50 rounds of 230 grain Ball through...
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    My old buddy Ted and I have one last Sistema each, and decided to paint them. We wish we had more, but here's the last two, mine on top and Ted's on bottom. As always, we started out by washing them in mineral spirits to clean them of all oil and grease, then bead blasted them to prepare the...
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    I took the family to San Jacinto Park Saturday to visit the Battleship Texas and thought you guys might enjoy seeing a few pics. The San Jacinto Monument is the center piece of the park. It is 570 feet tall, slightly higher than the Washington Memorial in Washington, D.C. Here it is, with the...
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    I go shooting at least a couple of times a week. That means I use ear protection at least that much. I prefer the EAR brand of ear plugs. Here they are. They are excellent hearing protection, rated at 31 dB of protection. If you are shooting something especially loud, you can add another...
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    No doubt about it, John Browning was one of the best, if not The Best, firearms designers of all time. We will look at his 9mm marvel, the Browning Hi Power. Here's our pistols. Mine is on top, with black rubber grips, and Tman's is on bottom, with some very fine wood grips. Both are 100%...
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    Some of you may be familiar with my recent refinishing of a couple of Sistema 1911 pistols. It turned out really nice and they are fine shooters. However, I tend to grip a 1911 "high" and this causes a problem with the original design of the 1911. Look at this pic. You can see that the...
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