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  • Birthday 07/22/1963

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    Virginia Beach, VA
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    Antique cars, woodworking, kayaking, skiiing, shooting

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  1. Colt once made a finely crafted gun...is that still the case? I had to hand fit the safety on my latest Colt, it wasn't right from the factory. Shoots great now, but I was disappointed. .38 Super Competition model.
  2. Kimber claims a "match-grade" trigger. I would like very much to know what you think when yours arrives. I "need" a .357, too...so...
  3. Thanks for the update! would love to go someday... Cheers, Astro
  4. Well...S&W heard enough consumer demand to bring back revolvers that they've got their whole "classic" line. They're pretty good revolvers, I've seen a few in shops, but they languish on the shelves for a while. I kept an eye on a Model 57 (6" .41 magnum N-frame) locally. It was $900. Then $875. Then $850. Took months for it to sell. If I wanted a .41 magnum to carry (and I can't really see a reason) then a $850 gun sort of makes sense... Sort of... But a magnum revolver, particularly an N-Frame, isn't particularly practical for carry, unless you're a cop, or hiking in bear country. It's too big for concealment, which relegates the every day use to outdoorsmen. Serious ones... And that's not a very big market. Further, it's a market with some established players, like Ruger. Sturdy guns in Stainless Steel already exist for that market. So, who is going to buy a blued magnum revolver? Someone looking for cartridge performance? Power? Lots of cartridges, for example, 10mm, offer considerable power in a much more compact firearm. E.G. Glock 20. Much lighter. Higher capacity. Still a credible bear/wildlife/self-defense round. But I want a gun to collect. To enjoy. So, a "no dash" Model 57 for about $1,200, with excellent finish, has a level of craftsmanship and quality that the new guns simply can't match. Recessed chambers, pinned barrel. Those things were dropped some time in the 1970s... IF they were to be brought back, the cost explodes, and who, on Earth, is going to pay $1,500 for a new wheel gun that's nothing special in terms of performance? So it is with the Python. I'm in complete agreement with your point. Now, I've been eying a Standard Manufacturing Single Action in .45 Colt...at $2,000 +/- it's not cheap, but the craftsmanship is superb. It's a gun, like a Shiloh rifle from Montana, that I would love to own. That I would be proud to own. That I could justify spending that kind of $$ for... http://www.stdgun.com/sa-revolver-1/
  5. The M&P 2.0 is a good gun. I like them, but with over a dozen auto pistols, I just don't need one...still, at those prices...
  6. Not yet an owner...but someday, when a few other rifles in which I've got a greater interest are occupying my safe, then a MN is on the list, but I was thinking of a Finnish built one... And yes - I realize that EVERY milsurp rifle is appreciating in price. In the two years since I bought the K-31, they're nearly double the price...
  7. I realize that this is an ancient thread, but 7x57 ammo is now $0.60 here: https://www.sgammo.com/catalog/rifle-ammo-sale/7mm-mauser-7x57-ammo I love this company - awesome prices, reasonable shipping, great customer service. Now is a great time to buy ammo, particularly the less common types. Stock up! Cheers, Astro
  8. Hey Clevy! I've got a K-31 as well. And four cases of GP-11. I shouldve bought more... cheers, Astro
  9. It's here - too busy to get to the range. New CMP wood. IHC receiver, LMR barrel with a 2/52 date. SA bolt, SA Op Rod and SA trigger group. I've got an IHC bolt, and a complete (all IHC) trigger group and I am considering buying an Op Rod to make it all IHC. Not an original rifle, of course, but close to correct... I've seen the term "corrected" meaning, period parts swapped back in, I suppose? It had an oddly modified Sear and the front hammer hooks were filed. I contacted CMP and they sent new parts, no questions asked. I love their support. I installed all new springs, and gauged everything. It all looks good. Gas cylinder still in spec. Op Rod still in spec. Throat is a 1+ and muzzle is a 1. Very pleased with it overall as the LMR barrel is in great shape. Nice clean bore and little wear. The rest of the stuff, well, It's an old rifle, and I'm not worried about the mixed parts. I just want the others in stock to be able to "correct" it, should I choose...
  10. I thought they were awfully pricey for what you're getting: a mixmaster of parts with some pitting... I think I will wait and see how folks like them before taking the plunge... Besides, I just got an IHC Garand this month, bought a used car Friday, and have two kids in college this fall...I'm stretched a bit thinner than I would like...
  11. OK - I've been seriously bitten by the Garand bug... in addition to the HRA I mentioned above, I've now got Garand #2: Springfield Armory M-1D with a reproduction scope. It's a CMP rifle, so it's an authentic "D" but came without the scope or cheek pad. The reproduction cheek pads all suck, by the way...but the scope is quite good. The reproduction scope mount had a couple of manufacturing flaws, and once I figured out what was going on with it, it's much better. If you ever get one, check the fit between the mount and the receiver, there were some casting flaws that prevented good contact. Further, and even more significant, perhaps, was the interference between the "clamshell" and the thumbscrew that attaches the mount to the receiver. The scope continued to slip/shift in the mount despite proper torque on the screws. Once I relieved a bit of material from the clamshell where it hit the thumbscrew, all is well. I took the CMP "Advanced Maintenance Class" and built a SA special grade (all new wood, re-parkerized USGI parts, 1.0 serial number). That's Garand #3 And, on order, is an International Harvester Service Grade from the CMP...which makes #4... When it arrives, I'll post up a shooting report and some photos. I still need a Winchester... Cheers, Astro
  12. Interesting rifle - I'd never heard of it until now...looks like a standard Mauser action with the unique Portuguese chambering. How did you come to select this particular rifle? Cheers, Astro
  13. A shame, it was on my list of guns to own (someday). I just bought a second 1911 (in .38 Super) and really, really like it. Another one of John Browning's designs would still be nice. Oh, and on the subject of John Moses Browning, I really enjoyed my limited experience with the M2 .50 cal machine gun...what a piece of engineering!
  14. Thanks - the range picture makes it look rusted, but it's really not. There is some rust/brown on the butt plate. But the hammer and action still have most of the blue on them. Either way, I am pleased to give it a place of honor in the house, where I just enjoy seeing it every day, instead of having it locked away in a safe. I suspect it would prefer a load that's closer to the M1881 diameter...thanks for the recommendation!
  15. Had the Springfield at the range again last week. It's just a pleasure to shoot. I still can't hit consistently with it, but reading up on the rifle, I suspect that the modern ammunition is a tiny bit undersized. One of these days, I'll slug the bore and be certain, and if I'm correct, well...I've been saving brass for just this circumstance and I'll be reloading for the old girl in the future. In the meantime, we've done a bit of remodeling at our house, and the Springfield now has a place of honor in our library. I'll still shoot it, of course, but it was just too nice to linger in the safe... There are a couple of other articles of family history seen in the photo, including my great uncle's Merchant Marine hat. He captained Liberty ships in WW II, twice torpedoed in the North Atlantic. The Cavalry saber in the case was given to Captain William Barr, of the 101st Pennsylvania, on 01 August, 1863 for his promotion to Captain. At Gettysburg, he was a First Lieutenant, and, well...you can imagine the occasion of his promotion... He is my four times great Grandfather. Another heirloom too nice to linger in a safe... cheers, Astro You don't really need a spotting scope to know where a .45 went through the paper...
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