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Old Rifles

As you all can tell, I like old rifles. Yeah, the AR-15 and the other modern or semi-modern guns are fun and I geek out over the latest gilding of the firearm lily. But I have to admit, there’s just something about a big chunk of steel and wood that just feels right against my shoulder.

So, here are a few descriptions of old rifles that just make me happy.

  • M1903 – Take the bolt handle between the thumb and forefinger gently, but firmly. With just a practiced flick of the wrist, you can cycle the smooth-as-butter action and be right back on target.
  • Mosin-Nagant 91/30 – Smack that thing like it owes you money, tovarisch, and it’ll cycle every time. If it doesn’t, try hitting it with your shovel.
  • M-1 Garand – The ping of freedom. Just watch out for your thumb.
  • Winchester 94 – I’ll admit it, I like Louis Lamour and Chuck Connors. There’s just something satisfying about working that lever. Almost makes me want to invest in a pair of boots. Almost.
  • G-3 / CETME – Fired this a couple of times when I was working toward my Schutzenschnur. More teutonic fun than should be allowed by law.
  • Schmidt-Rubin K31 – Bang, pull, bang, pull, bang, pull, bang, pull, with each cycle making the cheap bastard that lives in my head yell out “We are not made of money!!”
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  1. MaddMedic

     /  January 26, 2019

    Mosin’s yes. Lever’s yes….


  2. OldNFO

     /  January 26, 2019

    You ever get down this way, we’ll get you a good pair of boots! 🙂 And hand you most of those to shoot too! 😀


  3. pigpen51

     /  January 26, 2019

    30/40 Krag. Just sayin.


  4. thinkingman

     /  January 27, 2019

    What, No Enfields? No Swedes? Do agree on the M1; fortunate enough to have a couple. Really wanted an 03 or 03A3, but now too broke to entertain things that are tough for me to get out to shoot.


  5. Ray

     /  January 27, 2019

    Yes I own all of them. Except the G-3. When I got cancer for the first time in ’08 I had to sell the bulk of my life long collection. I kept the cream. All of the above -except the G-3(guy offered stupid money-and my copay was 30 grand then) What hurt most was selling my .45 collection. Again I only kept the few I loved. Pop’s WW2 Remington Rand. The pair of cowboy .45’s my wife bought me. The Navy arms BP that was the first gun I paid for out of my pocket in the early 70’s. Stuff like that—Ray


  6. John in Philly

     /  January 28, 2019

    .45-70 Trapdoor Springfield.
    Years and years ago I bought Harrington and Richardson’s carbine version of that classic rifle.
    That reminds me to spend some time at the reloading tool and then head for the range for a .45-70 fun festival.


  7. Mack Culverhouse

     /  January 31, 2019

    You need a good pair of boots. They also pair well with a G-3 clone


  8. mrgarabaldi

     /  February 3, 2019

    Hey DB;

    I have a couple of those, I bought my O3 in Germany of all places in 1988, it has the German import stamp on it from 1977. Brought it back because I used the words “Remington” and “30-06” on the ATF and custom forms. I am surprised that you have no Enfields in your selection…good choices by the way


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