I have only been a member here at The High Road for a short time, but have been collecting guns for many years. I have seen many post here that have to do with Mosins and other surplus weapons. In those post I have seen finger pointing and eye poking by those that don't agree about what others do with their surplus weapons. Myself, I am a bit of a Purist, but will not tell someone eles what to do with their own weapons. Here is something I wrote a while back and thought that some of you would like to read. ======================================================= And the Purist scream, "FAKE!!" Should I list the names of the Purist that have sent me stocks or asked me for info on how to save a stock? The list is long. Ask the Purist if he has ever bought a rare rifle with a missing or broken part, Would they buy the part and replace it? Would that not also be a fake in one way or another. Have you ever wondered why there are Co. that sell gun parts? And Have the Purist ever sold a part to help someone to fake a repair to a collectable gun? And the un-godly thought that a Purist may have ever parted out a gun to make more money on it. Ivan did it with the Mosin and the K98s and a few others. The Turks did it with everything they got there hands on. And lets not forget US rifles that are all matching. If it was used in war, you can almost bet that at one point in it's life a part got changed out because, it was broken or worn out. And how many "Collectors" have switched out parts to what they call correct parts? We all know, are have known, of the ones that try and fake a rare gun but, that is not what I am talking about here. It is about saving history. I see nothing wrong with restoring a pice of history. Oh, and those that are troubled about what will happen with the rifle when the owner passes away. Well, can you trace your rifle back to the day it was issued, most can't. I have a M91 Remington that has been drilled and tapped on the left side and the barrel cut off in front of the front sight. I posted of it on another forum asking what type of repair would have been done to the barrel if it had been battle damaged. I only wished to fix up the rifle to give to a friend. I wanted to keep it as close to miltary spects as I could. I was acused of trying to make a fake, my thread was deleted and I was told that I could not post about it again or about how the type of repair would have been done. The Purist that acussed me of trying to make a fake is one of the purist that is on my list of those asking for the use of my skills in stock repair so that he may have some stocks repaired. I was going to do work for him, but now I am unable to allow him to use me to make fake arsenal repairs to his stocks. Remember that this is a HOBBY for more then 90% of us and that more then 90% of us love the history of these weapons. Oh! Is there anyone here that makes his living by his collection alone or do we all have some other type of job that pays the bills? The name Bubba (when talking about guns) always puts a bad taste in my mouth but, of lat, Purist is starting to taste the same. Now if you could have seen the smerk on my face as I typed this. Be you Purist or not, must we all remember, to teach those that come to us and not push them away when they ask those silly questions that we have answered so many times. Just think of how many people asked those same silly questions before you asked it yourself. The Purist must learn to keep an open mind like a book, for one can not learn from a book that is closed .