When you just feel the need to extend the sight plane on your 100 year old rifle…
We only have ten-ish variants in the Holdings. Clearly my firearms ADD and resultant lack of focus has us under-collected in this field… 😉
, 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
, 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
And a can of ammo. Better’n gold, almost.