"They really don't make em' like this..."


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P.B.Walsh
February 1, 2013, 02:47 AM
Hello High Roaders, just wanted to share a bit of what I came across in a small gun store here in Tuscaloosa (Roll Tide).

I was driving down to this shop called "The Armory", never been in it, and it was relitavely new in the area. Went inside to find a small... very small store with a small gun smithing shop behind the counter area. Talked to the man at the counter about the place, then my gaze lifted to the wall, there sat a Lee-Enfield rifle, I wish I could tell y'all the exact model, but I am no L.E. expert.

Asked to see the rifle, after a quick saftey check, I was handed the rifle to look... I mean drool over! That rifle was a beauty, from the steel buttplate, to the beat up battle worn stock complete with scratched and dings. I was awestruck at the majestic beauty of the peice.

The only thing I could say after shouldering the rifle, all I could say was "Wow, they really don't make em' like this anymore!" I felt as if I was holding a RIFLE, not some cheaply done plastic stocked rifle; no, this rifle had a full length wooden stock with the handguard and a powerful feel to her, felt as if I could conquer a Nazi army with it! Even the un-ergonomic grip lined my finger perfectly parallel to the trigger. The sights were simple and bomb proof. Throughly enjoyied shouldering the rifle.

Sadly, I had not the money to take her home, just a college guy right now. :(

Anyways, sorry for the longer post, just had to share my rifle story for the time being. I wish some company would produce a rifle such as the L.E. a war horse from the years past, or at least a full length stock seen on those rifles.

God Bless,
P.B.Walsh

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xxjumbojimboxx
February 1, 2013, 03:14 AM
Its moments like that, that keep me eternally insastiated when it comes to firearms. I love em all even more than I love my girlfriend and almost as much as I love my dog.

IROCZ
February 1, 2013, 05:14 AM
For a "New made" rifle try an M1A with a walnut stock, kinda the same feel in a new rifle.

Abel
February 1, 2013, 06:04 AM
I was in a shop yesterday giving the once & twice over on a pre 64 M70 Featherweight in 30-o6. It was nice, no doubt. But I left the store with the impression that my new FN-made M70 Featherweight is much nicer.

Joe I
February 1, 2013, 09:04 AM
P.B., I understand what you mean. My tastes run to the older rifles, and I have a small collection of Remington target rifles from the '40's and '50's. My hunting rifle is based on a 1909 Argentine Mauser action. I guess the newest rifle I own is a Marlin Golden 39A that I bought new in '02 before Remington took over the company, and even it is a classic design which was invented at about the same time as dirt.

303tom
February 1, 2013, 09:40 AM
You just been stung buddy...................

NeuseRvrRat
February 1, 2013, 09:53 AM
tl;dr = i held an old rifle in a gun shop

P.B.Walsh
February 1, 2013, 11:09 AM
Yea.... M1A, maybe in a pipe dream!

Bitten by the surplus bug? That happened when I took my uncles 1903A3 hunting a few times, that rifle was a joy to handle, no fancy scope, just the plain irons.

Abel, yes, my FN made Model 70 is indeed a nicely finished rifle and would shoot circles around a surplus, but it lacks a soul.....

Jackal
February 1, 2013, 12:51 PM
Reminds me of one time I was out on a long ride on my Dual Sported Honda XR400. I was 125 miles from home and decided to stop in a little gunshop on the roadside. Walked in, spotted a Finnish Mosin that was in brand new condition.... I rode with that heavy bugger slung across my back the entire 125 miles home. I was sore, had been pulled over by the blinky lights once (sir, why do you have a rifle slung across your back:scrutiny:?) and got stuck riding the last 30 miles in the rain.....but it was so worth it.:D

U-235
February 1, 2013, 01:20 PM
Quoting P.B. Walsh: The only thing I could say after shouldering the rifle, all I could say was "Wow, they really don't make em' like this anymore!"

I know what you mean. I went through Navy boot camp in the mid 80's. We had about 100 M-1's in a rack on the wall that we would use to march with or stand guard duty with. They had all been de-militarized by torching holes in the chambers and welding parts together but it was still amazing just to hold them. I was not into firearms at the time so I didn't think to write down any serial numbers. I wouldn't have been surprised if some of these rifles had seen action in WWII or Korea.

P.B.Walsh
February 1, 2013, 02:00 PM
Nice story Jackal, out of curiousity, what did the cop tell you?

Sad story about those Grands, their killing history!

xxjumbojimboxx
February 1, 2013, 02:01 PM
Reminds me of one time I was out on a long ride on my Dual Sported Honda XR400. I was 125 miles from home and decided to stop in a little gunshop on the roadside. Walked in, spotted a Finnish Mosin that was in brand new condition.... I rode with that heavy bugger slung across my back the entire 125 miles home. I was sore, had been pulled over by the blinky lights once (sir, why do you have a rifle slung across your back:scrutiny:?) and got stuck riding the last 30 miles in the rain.....but it was so worth it.:D
Dont mean to change the subject but iver wondered about this...

I ride too, as well as good amount of my shooting buddies. And I've always wanted to incorporate bring my AK to the shooting range on riding days... There are some nice ranges a good distance away and it would make for the perfect day in my opinon... I know it would turn some heads and all, but would it actually be illegal if i drove with my AK slung across my back? Heh, i know its silly...And probably more trouble than its worth. Either way im in texas if that makes a difference.

Jackal
February 1, 2013, 06:26 PM
Nice story Jackal, out of curiousity, what did the cop tell you?
Haha, just wanted to know what I was doing, where I was going and warned me some people may be afraid/offended. I told him thanks for letting me know:).

would it actually be illegal if i drove with my AK slung across my back?

Nope, its perfectly legal. Store the mags and ammo in separate saddle bags, keep the rifle unloaded.

NeuseRvrRat
February 1, 2013, 10:10 PM
not sure about texas, but NC has a law against "going armed to the terror of the public". why not just put it in a soft case with a shoulder strap and sling that across your back?

Abel
February 1, 2013, 11:22 PM
Abel, yes, my FN made Model 70 is indeed a nicely finished rifle and would shoot circles around a surplus, but it lacks a soul.....

You fix that by using it for two or three decades and wearing some of the blue off yourself. By then, she's liable to have a scratch or two in the walnut and a soul to boot.

DammitBoy
February 1, 2013, 11:29 PM
Roll Tide!

(graduated 1984)

Hardtarget
February 2, 2013, 12:06 AM
I thought about it for a second. I don't really own any modern rifles. My newest made gun is a Win. mod '94 from '67. The rest are mil-surp from the mid '50's and earlier. Even my .22's are older than me. :D

All of my pistols are newer manufacture...shotguns too.

Just had to say...I'd get a kick seeing a motercyclist go by with a rifle slung over a shoulder!

Mark

xxjumbojimboxx
February 2, 2013, 12:42 AM
I thought about it for a second. I don't really own any modern rifles. My newest made gun is a Win. mod '94 from '67. The rest are mil-surp from the mid '50's and earlier. Even my .22's are older than me. :D

All of my pistols are newer manufacture...shotguns too.

Just had to say...I'd get a kick seeing a motercyclist go by with a rifle slung over a shoulder!

Mark
Right?

It would make me feel awfully american..

I wouldn't be doing it with the intent "to go armed with intent to terrorize". I'd be doing it because I like to be able to ride to a place where I can shoot my rifle without the added drag that would come with slinging a soft pack around my shoulders... Also perhaps to exercise what rights I have left and expose my community to the fact that I have those rights and am willing to use them without fear of being harassed.

P.B.Walsh
February 2, 2013, 03:15 AM
Yea, I love it, carrying my shotgun to the woods..... past my neighborhood! Grandmother asked if I needed a permit to do that, said no ma'am, the 2nd is my permit!

My Winny has a fiberglass stock.... souless, but accurate even if it is a hurricane outside and 100% humidity!

Oh, and if anybody wants to share a rifle or two, be my guest.

D**Boy, I live in Tuscaloosa, but I go to school at Birmingham-Southern.

BullRunBear
February 2, 2013, 03:53 AM
Have to agree with the OP. Except for a Rolling Block repro in 45-70, my centerfire rifles are military surplus. By choice. I like the heft and solid feel, the smoothly operating mechanisms even after many decades, the history they represent, etc. I enjoy using the military iron sights to try for the best accuracy. And they were inexpensive especially given their quality. Except for the Garand I got through the DCM program, the others were well under 100 bucks. This was 20+ years ago. I'm sure they would cost a lot more today.

If I were hunting or walking far, I might go for a lighter rifle. But these are strictly range guns for paper targets and ringing steel gongs.

Jeff

Ash
February 2, 2013, 08:01 AM
My newest rifle is ironically a Mosin. Ironically because it is a VZ54/91, issued in 1991, and most folks think of them as old rifles. Next to that is a 1970's made Finnish M28/76, also a Mosin. Both rifles are older than my hunting rifles, a Mossberg 810 in 7mm Mag from the late 60's and a Pedersen 3500 from the very early 1970's.

henschman
February 3, 2013, 11:02 PM
If you want to see a current production rifle along those lines, look at the CZ 550 with a Mannlicher stock.

rust collector
February 4, 2013, 12:04 AM
They are still making those pattern rifles in Australia, but plans to import got derailed a few years back.

There are many of the old soldiers to be found at yard sales, ads and gun shows. Many have been modified for sporting use, but the metal is good and a restock may return to former glory.

Oh, and try a swiss K-31 out for fun some time. You have been assimilated by the milsurp sickness. Resistance is futile.

P.B.Walsh
February 4, 2013, 05:35 PM
Those CZ's are gorgeous, I do not like the fact that they run with detachable magazines (for .308). A rifle like that needs a floorplate!

Resistance... I ain't got any against these.

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