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Old September 5th, 2019, 05:34 PM #3591
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A) That is in great shape IMO The wood is really nice.
B) You did a great job cleaning it up.
C) I love good patina from honest and real life wear from usage. That looks great. Wish the Mosins were like that.

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Okay, got it cleaned up. Will take it to Creesap tomorrow to see how it does. Bore is excellent with strong lands and grooves all the way to the muzzle (plainly visible with excellent crown). Early enough in production to be a chromed chamber and barrel which is excellent as well. As I said, most of the bluing is worn on the exposed metal leaving between 5-15% across those areas. However, once you get to where it wasn't rubbing against someone's uniform or hands over and over again, it is deeply blue with ZERO rust anywhere on this thing. We know that these came via Albania through Foxtrot Lima up in NY as the import company, so chances are, being a '66 and all, it was part of the military aid shipments from Mao to Enver Hoxha and was carried around for guard duty or something. Given the wear and absolutely meticulous condition of the internals, barrel, etc. I can't think it would have been given to the civilian militia (no trench art) or seen much in the way of combat. Only oddity I found was a piece of twig up in the cleaning kit area of the stock. There are a few dings and dents. Only two gouges and I'm sure they're from storage and shipment. Cosmoline melted away with either my steamer, or my heat gun. Hit some of the areas that were more stubborn with Birchwood Casey Gun Scrubber to blast out any gunk, and then Remington solvent to catch any residue left behind. She's squeaky clean now. All in all, I'd say I got my money's worth from Classic on this one. All matching, good shape overall, no rust, machined trigger group. Not bad for what they were on sale for.




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Old September 14th, 2019, 04:05 PM #3592
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Syrian mas 49

New addition to my small family. Syrian contract mas 49. Matching stock, trigger guard, and bayonet. Unfortunately the bolt is a mismatch. Is anything else suppose to be numbered on these thing?
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Old September 14th, 2019, 04:21 PM #3593
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New addition to my small family. Syrian contract mas 49. Matching stock, trigger guard, and bayonet. Unfortunately the bolt is a mismatch. Is anything else suppose to be numbered on these thing?
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Old September 14th, 2019, 11:26 PM #3594
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Finally found a commercial Sauer 38H; late war finish, most of original finish intact. It has a magazine safety, mag release button, and a cocker-decocker lever. It can be fired double action, or the lever can be used to cock the action for single-action fire for the first shot. The lever can be used to decock as well. Eagle/N proof, no Nazi markings. Only flaw is a crack at the top of rt grip. 7.65mm
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Finally found a commercial Sauer 38H; late war finish, most of original finish intact. It has a magazine safety, mag release button, and a cocker-decocker lever. It can be fired double action, or the lever can be used to cock the action for single-action fire for the first shot. The lever can be used to decock as well. Eagle/N proof, no Nazi markings. Only flaw is a crack at the top of rt grip. 7.65mm
Very nice, not an easy variation to find!
Cracked grips are all too common though...
I'd stabilize the crack from the back side if possible, and get a pair of repro grips if you plan to shoot it.
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Old December 20th, 2019, 11:48 PM #3598
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Scratched a major itch in my collection today.....didnt have a GI 1911 and ended up with two courtesy of a forum member (thanks!). First up is a really really clean 1943 Ithaca correct slide, serial number, grips, inspector stamp and even a Scovill mag.

Second is a rebuild (RIA) Colt 1911 that tracks back to late 1918. Its a rebuild with some parked over pitting but fairly tight and definitely a Colt slide, frame and barrel. From the feel and wear I suspect it saw a lot of carry. This one will go to the range.
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Nice pair!
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Nice pair!
Thanks...…..that tops off the 1911 space in my collection.
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