Brothers in Arms

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  1. wiscoaster

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    I recently bought a MAS-36 on Gunbroker and the seller confided to me that it was a consignment sale for an older gentleman liquidating his collection who was somewhat concerned about where his rifles were going and what their fates were. So I sent the seller this picture of his customer's MAS-36 as a proof that it's now a member of "brothers in arms" - and I hope he gets a kick out of it - knowing it's got a good home and is not going to be duffle-cut or sporterized so long as it's in my company (and more brothers, but all I had room for in frame.)

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    (FYI for those who don't know the MAS is second from the right.)
     
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  2. ozarkhillbilly

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    Sometimes older folks just want to know that something they have cherished and enjoyed will be taken are of once they are gone, it validates their feelings. Many times we as children do not do this enough for our parents or grandparents.
     
  3. ozarkhillbilly

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    Which one do you enjoy shooting the most?
     
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    What, no Arisaka love? :D

    Seriously, nice collection!

    I doubt my kids will appreciate most of my historical arms, beyond the fact that they were "Dad's." :uhoh:
     
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    Good on you for trying to make an older Gentleman that you never met feel good. It probably meant a lot to him.
     
  6. wiscoaster

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    No Arisaka ammo, so the Arisaka became wall art:
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    Looks like the brotherhood has room enough for a M1917 and Pattern 1914 too.

    I dig your theme.

    Todd.
     
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  8. wiscoaster

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    Boy, that's really a hard one. My best rifle is probably my M39 Mosin, but it's not in the group photo. The Carcanos are a lot of fun to shoot, but again, no ammo for them, so:

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    more wall art. ;)
     
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    How can the rifles be "brothers in arms" when they were on opposite sides during the War? At least separate them according to Axis and Allies.
     
  10. BreechFace

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    I get your point, in my collection I have them categorized separately (allies, neutral, axis) but, it isn't for some material reason, just my OCD.

    WWII pit many a brother against brother, not that it matters as it pertains to @wiscoaster's post but interesting/sad all at the same time. Research some accounts on this.

    https://listverse.com/2014/10/14/10-sibling-soldiers-who-fought-on-opposite-sides/
    Specifically on WWII #'s 1, 4, 9
     
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  11. wiscoaster

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    Rifles don't take sides. Only those that use them. The rifles are all "brothers in arms" in the sense that they're all bolt-action military rifles that saw service in one or more wars. If you were a German soldier on the Eastern Front that lost his rifle in the heat of battle and happened to come across a Mosin-Nagant with a pouch full of 7.62 x 54R would you turn up your nose because it's "on the opposite side"? I don't think so. A soldier uses whatever tool he's given or becomes available due to necessity. In all armed conflicts there were many instances of combatants on one side using weapons from the other side they aquired in battle or by other means.
     
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  12. wiscoaster

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    And besides, if I separated them that way I'd have to make a third space for my Swedes and my Swisses. :D
     
  13. BreechFace

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    @wiscoaster that's a nice looking enfield. Did you refinish it at all? Both of mine are pretty beat up, debating on whether to tune them up a bit.
     
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  14. Ugly Sauce

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    But...but....you (or someone) can make ammo for any of those rifles. And it's not hard.
     
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    And your FAVORITE is......??????
     
  16. d2wing

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    Usually Brothers-in-Arms, means fellow veterans that served in wartime for the same country at any time or could mean same time or same unit. If you want to assign a different meaning that's up to you. Free speech and all.
     
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    I would think that all soldiers are brothers, in that sense.
     
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    Well, "refinish" is kind of a nebulous term. Lots of collectors will go ape-sh*t if that term is mentioned. All of my milsurps get "cleaned up" but my main criterion is to make them look like they might have looked back in the day when they've had some service use and were not brand new, preserving any distinguishing marks and characteristics, and secondarily to make them function as they were designed to function, so I can safely shoot them. I try to keep as much original as I can but I'm not going to get anal about it if it interferes with shooting them now.
     
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  19. wiscoaster

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    The one I'm shooting NOW ... if it shoots straight. ;)
     
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    Kudos to you for sending that photo. I know how the seller must have felt, as in the last couple years I've sold off a few when I was on a downsizing kick as part of my retirement plans. Except there's some I now regret selling; like the #1 Mk III Lee-Enfield in your photo. It was sold at an auction house and I have no idea where it went. I only hope it went to a good home.
     
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    I never got into milsurps, but I’ve given away or sold very cheap some to guys that either I knew would appreciate them, or to their kids to get started.

    I’d rather give it to somebody I like rather than selling it to someone I don’t like.

    There’s more to life than squeezing the last nickel out of everything
     
  22. wiscoaster

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    :thumbup::thumbup::thumbup:
    Comments like that are what make me appreciate this forum.
     
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  23. d2wing

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    I belong to a Combat Vets Assn. We know who our brothers are. I don't much care about how others bandy words around and demean them. That's the world we live in. A never ending betrayal of the English language. I'll go take my meds now. Sorry for off topic.
     
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    Well, no ammo sucks! Shoot me a PM with your address and I'll give you a box. Hornady.
     
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