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Reising m55 para folding stocks

Discussion in 'NFA Firearms and Accessories' started by snidervolley, Jun 29, 2020.

  1. snidervolley

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    So are you collecting them? Or building reproductions? (And are any for sale)?

    Or just showing off?
    ;)

    In any event, very nice!
     
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    In early 90s I bought a box of parts sold as m55 rejects The stocks where not finished so I have sanded and finished and bought the missing parts to assemble these .
    Only have a few left to assemble
     
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    I remember in the 80s when MG shoots took off and prices rose that the Reisings became darlings of the "gamers" as the accuracy was outstanding at the 50 yard mark . The firing rate was about right and the trigger (with minimal tuning) was good . The M55 stocks were not popular tho as the folders were so wobbley . I remember when I first saw and held a Reising in the very early 60s as a just teenager. A New Jersey State trooper relative showed my farther and me one he owned, yes FA and with the folder. I was suitably impressed. I got a hold of one in 1976 from a retired immigration Agent literally on his death bed and later fired it a few times during my reservist call up at Fort Hunter Liggett. A short time later a CIA spook was present at that experimental Command exercise and saw me (in civvies) having it and inquired about it. He knew it was contraband , and told me so. He offered $500 from "petty cash" fund he had for it and I was sick of it and getting a little uneasy about owning it so I sold it to him , and had to sign a receipt for the cash :) in 1978 I moved East for a year or so and took a year leave of the Army for other Federal service , so it was timely deal. Your collection is incredible !
     
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    Here is a neat video of what teens with one can do ! For those not familiar with the closed bolt M50s .
     
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    Your experience is a little different than mine. Or maybe the MG shoots you attended were set up differently. The Reising is far from ideal for any subgun match I’ve been to.

    Rate of fire is too high, typically giving doubles and triples at a minimum. Most matches require the gun to be shot in full auto mode, and the more competitive subguns have a rate of fire such that you can pull singles, doubles, or triples on demand. Excess shots fired lead to extra mag changes, slower stage times, etc.

    The triggers are heavy and a bit mushy. This is due to the geometry of how they are built, and I haven’t seen much that can be done to improve them. If you know a way, I’d be all ears.

    Having said that, I’ll agree that accuracy is pretty good.

    I bought a Reising specifically for subgun competitions, not because it was ideal, but because it gave me a couple more categories to shoot in. (Well that, and the fact that it was one of the more affordable guns). At the time there were some matches that had a “Classic” or C&R category, which the Reising fits in. And Knob Creek has a Closed Bolt category, which the Reising also qualifies for. But due to the noted deficiencies, you don’t usually see them finish toward the top.

    I did have another Reising shooter show me how to “pluck” the trigger like a guitar string to get single shots when set in full auto. It actually works quite well, and doesn’t take too much practice, but it’s still slower than just manipulating the trigger on a slower gun.



    I don’t pull the Reising out all that often any more. But all this talk has me wanting to go out and play with it.
     
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    I agree, and the accuracy and cost of purchase were the drivers on all the M50s I saw then in AZ I think they fire at 550 RPM, is that too high ?

    I just remembered the set screws behind the trigger on a couple I saw. I never fooled with the one I had a couple months.
     
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