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    British-made Lee-Enfield No. 4 marked "Mk I*"

    Thanks for all the info, guys! I'll try to find some more answers on milsurps.com, as boom boom suggested. BTW: Had the time to put a few rounds through the old warhorse, and she's a sweet shooter, close to my Swedish Mauser in terms of practical accuracy.
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    Looking for milsurp rifle with smooth (bolt, or not) action

    I've only owned my Lee-Enfield No. 4 Mk. I for a few days, but I can already tell you that it has the smoothest action of any milsurp bolt-action that I'm aware of. Unlike most bolt-action rifles, it's also a joy to load with stripper clips. The rounds drop in like butter. Mausers aren't bad...
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    British-made Lee-Enfield No. 4 marked "Mk I*"

    ...purchase was a Lee-Enfield No. 4 Mk. I that was built by Maltby in Britain in 1944. The odd thing about this rifle is that it’s marked “No. 4 Mk. I*”, like its cousins made by Savage in the US: Here you can clearly see that mechanically, the rifle is a Mk. I (no asterisk)...
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    most accurate military bolt action rifle

    Military bolt action rifle competitions are very popular here in Germany. The rifles that are most highly regarded are the Swedish Mauser rifles (m/96 an m/38) and Swiss rifles based on the Schmidt-Rubin action (K31 and the model 1911 or model 1896/11 rifle). My personal rifle of choice is a...
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    bore snakes?

    I've got bore snakes in 9mm and .223. They work as advertised, but I've never used them since I got an Otis cleaning kit with the flexible rods / cables. Running a couple of oiled patches through the bore with the regular Otis kit works just as well as using a bore snake for a quick...
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    Members of Motorcycle Clubs in Germany to be denied gun licenses

    Here in Germany, every shooter is registered with some sort of local administrative office, usually called "Landratsamt" for rural areas and "Ordnungsamt" in cities. These offices are normally housed in large buildings and consist of many departments, dealing with everything from waste disposal...
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    LR308 vs Russian Tiger

    My initial thought upon reading the thread title was: "Why would you hunt a Tiger with a LR-308?" ;) I've got an Izhmash Tigr in .308 with a 22 1/4" barrel and SVDS-style stock. Apart from the occasional lucky 3 or 4 shot group, it’s no sub-MOA rifle. Last year, I got to shoot it at a 520...
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    Members of Motorcycle Clubs in Germany to be denied gun licenses

    Be careful with the term "Totschläger" - it designates a forbidden item here in Germany! Totschlägers are usually bags of leather with an iron ball sewn into them on one side. Certain flexible batons (also referred to as "Stahlrute") are also banned. Apparently, there are those who refer to...
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    Members of Motorcycle Clubs in Germany to be denied gun licenses

    I was talking about gas pistols/revolvers. They can be fun on New Year's Eve. Some use them for self-defense with CS / pepper loads: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LwF1rjk5vk0 Of course, a spray is far superior. (BTW, pepper is only allowed to be used against animals in Germany.) That...
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    Members of Motorcycle Clubs in Germany to be denied gun licenses

    Those bikers are members of the Bandidos. As far as I know, they didn't want to have guns for sport shooting, but a license to carry blank guns. Until a few years ago, all adults were allowed to carry blank guns, but now, you need a license called "kleiner Waffenschein", which roughly...
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    CIA Mosin Nagant Archangel Type 53 7.62x54r

    It's my understanding that the guys at Archangel Manufacturing work, at least to some degree, independently from their mother company. I used to have an Archangel Sparta stock for my Mini-14 and it was definitely a quality stock.
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    CIA Mosin Nagant Archangel Type 53 7.62x54r

    I thought about getting one of these stocks in 2013, so I gathered all information I could find on them. There seemed to be a problem with the polymer in some of the mags that lead to cycling issues. The guys from Archangel themselves offered this solution (which involves heating the mags in an...
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    West German or maybe German PP Value

    Unfortunately, I am not familiar enough with the American market to tell you anything about the PPK's value. Here in Germany, post-war PPs and PPKs are common and inexpensive guns. I'm sure others can tell you you what different versions of the PP series are worth in the US. You might also...
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    West German or maybe German PP Value

    As Mike explained, all Walthers made in Zella-Mehlis are wartime or pre-wartime guns. Zella-Mehlis is a place in former East Germany that was occupied by the Soviets in 1945. That's why Walther had to move to Ulm after WWII. I have no idea if the markings on the backstrap are genuine or fake...
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    Gun rights in Europe post Charlie Hebdo

    Thanks for the explanation. 16 is the official age of consent in Germany, although sex between an adult and a 14- or 15-year-old is not a punishable offense unless it can be proven that the boy/girl in question is somehow not "developed" enough psychologically. Children/teenagers are...
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    Gun rights in Europe post Charlie Hebdo

    I've hesitated to reply to your post, because religion is usually a no-go, but after re-reading the rules I think it's okay to tackle the subject here. It might give our American friends some insight into the European way of thinking. The correlation between gun-owners and religious people is...
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    Poll: How Do You Clean Your Mosin?

    1. Immediately after shooting, at the range, I put some East German Army gun oil on a patch and run it through the bore. 2. At home, I put my Mosin barrel-down in the bathtub (muzzle resting on an old rag) and pour boiling water mixed with soap down the barrel from the breech end. I let the...
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    Importance of Pistols role in todays millitary?

    What percentage of American troops are issued a sidearm? Last time I trained with American (as well as some French and Czech) soldiers, I oversaw a pistol shooting lane. After shooting our HK P8, one of the GIs told me it had been his first time shooting a pistol. I mentioned this to the...
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    S&W 52 vs. SIG Hämmerli P240

    As far as I know, the P240 was initially designed for .38 Special. This version was recoil-operated and resembled the P210 more closely. The .32 and .22 versions are blowback guns, though. Here are some instructions on disassembly/reassembly that let you see the difference...
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    S&W 52 vs. SIG Hämmerli P240

    @Pete: I only shoot it at 25 meters, so I don't know about its performance at 50 yards. It seems to be very reliable. I've tried three brands of factory ammo, and the gun fed and fired them all without any noticable difference in accuracy (although I stopped shooting Magtech 98 gr because it...
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