Some more of that gun stuff in the basement….

Springfield Armory BM-59 built with Berretta parts on an SA receiver

, and our G43.

This pic was taken after I had been fondling our Gew43 and adding a few bits it had lost over the years – barrel nut

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, dust cover, cleaning rod, and putting in new (shooter) springs because the originals are, well, tired. It has a matching bolt and receiver, but some anomalies. I’m pretty sure it is a parts gun (and was presented and sold as such) but it’s interesting all the same. A August 1944 Berlin-Lubecker-Maschinenfabrik rifle (DUV ’44) with a ’43 dated stock and barrel. I was skeptical of the stock, as it has been roughly handled by bubba in a fashion typical of people counterfeiting new-made stocks, but found proper marks under the buttplate. Oddly, it has a relatively rare “set trigger” usually reserved for sniper/sharpshooter rifles, yet had the mounting rail for the scope ground off – believed to be a factory-done mod when the rifle didn’t shoot well enough to be a sniper, but was still suitable for issue. Things were getting crazy there that last year of the war, so who knows?

She shoots well enough for me in terms of accuracy, and with new springs probably more reliably, now.

That’s our Springfield Armory BM-59 in the background. Built as a “Parachutist” model with a folding stock, she’s unwieldy and uncomfortable to shoot with her folding stock. Since I no longer jump out of airplanes, I put her in a wood stock for bangsticking, and put her back in her fancy furniture for display.

A twee gun post

Our Golani, CAI’s interpretation of the Israeli Galil – said rifle, along with the Valmet that inspired it, being the (in my opinion) best iterations of Kalashnikov’s design.
I’m a big guy, I’m partial to robust weapons, as the weight doesn’t mean as much to me.
Well, and I was a armored force artilleryman, too. I didn’t walk as long as there was fuel in the tank. That colors my opinions, too.
CAI “Golani” rifle.

A good tired

The Castle BARs. A dummy M1918A1 on the left and an Ohio Ordnance M1918A3 semi-auto on the right.


I safed a rifle range today

, in CAT IV heat.

Great folk, no incidents, no injuries. Everyone cooperated with the RSOs. Let people shoot the BAR, Luger, P1, and Inglis Hi-Power. Got to hear a suppressed AR-platform rifle. Nicely quieted. *Not* “silent.” Helped a fellow ID weapons left to him by his Dad.

By their tools

…shall you get some sense of the men (and latterly, women) they were…
Apt on this Memorial Day, as all but one of the soldiers listed is at Fiddler’s Green.veterans1.jpg

Charleville Musket – Nicholas Meriwether of the Continental Line during the Revolution..
Springfield Model 1835 (percussion conversion) – William Meriwether, 5th Regiment of Tennessee Volunteers, War with Mexico
Enfield “Three band” rifle, Stephen and William Meriwether (a different William), and Alfred “Pappy” Hays, my great-great grandfather – a member of the Orphan Brigade.
Springfield M1873 “Trapdoor” – Thomas Meriwether, USV, Cuba (his actual rifle)
US Model of 1898, “Krag” – Thomas Meriwether, USV, Philippines (again, his actual weapon).
US Model of 1917, the Auld Soldier’s father, Daddy Jack, WWI.veterans2.jpg
US Rifle, M1. Colonel William Meriwether, Arkansas Army National Guard and Lieutenant Tim Donovan, AUS, WWII, Korea.
Thompson Submachinegun – Colonel William Meriwether, Korea, Lieutenant and Lieutenant Colonel Tim Donovan, Korea, Vietnam.
US Rifle, M14, Captain and Major Tim Donovan, peacetime. Me, peacetime.
M3 “Grease Gun” – LTC Tim Donovan, Vietnam, me, peacetime.
M16, LTC Tim Donovan, Vietnam, and me.

A Spugly-looking rifle

Semi-auto Springfield Armory M1A sitting in a genuine M14A1E2 stock. This rifle also has a non-functional repro selector switch. As close as you can get to the real thing on our budget!

This was the Army’s final shot at trying to make the M14 also function in the tactical slot owned by the BAR, that of the squad automatic rifle. Unfortunately, the basic M14 didn’t have enough heft, and the rate of fire was too high for the average rifleman to usefully control the beast in the full-auto mode, and so this never saw widespread issue.