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SHS 23- 1927 Tula Mosin-Nagant Rifle

We can’t feature second hand guns without eventually running across a Mosin-Nagant rifle. Why? Because they made about 37 million of them (37,000,000).  What particularly drew my attention to this example was the combination of Hex Receiver, bayonet, early date of production, and overall good condition. Although I am sure it was arsenal refinished at some point in it’s life …

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Armory Chat 43 – Firearm’s Hidden Features 

Wanted to take a quick minute to encourage the viewer to always be curious about things you don’t know. And confident in the things you do know. If something legitimately seems “different”, take note of it. It might lead you down the path of discovery.  In today’s day and age where all firearms are functionally the same, it’s easy to …

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SHS 18 – Daewoo DP-51 Pistol

I found this today in my dealer’s case: A South Korean Daewoo DP-51 Pistol chambered in 9mm (9×19). It’s an interesting pistol with a few quirks. On its face, it appears to be very similar to the S&W 39/59 series of pistol. A DA/SA service pistol. But the quirk? This pistol after cocking the action is capable of having the …

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SHS 17: Beretta 92a1

  What we have here is a pistol I have kept an eye out for quite a few years. The upgraded M9 pistol known as the Beretta 92a1. This particular example: Factory 1913 light rail.  Wilson G10 grips.  It still retains it’s factory grips.  3 – 17 round factory magazines.  3-dot drift adjustable sights.  Caliber – 9×19  Action – Traditional …

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SHS 16: Sporterized Mauser BYF(43)

On this episode of the Second Hand Showcase, we are looking at something that, while today is not popular, was very common from the 1940’s up until the late 1980’s: taking a very common military surplus rifle and using it as a donor rifle to sporterize.  These days, “Sporterize” is a loaded term. So perhaps we should replace it with …

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SHS 15: 1822 St. Etienne Pistol

On this episode of the Second Hand Showcase, we have something that is almost 200 years old. And by my estimates, probably still safe to fire.  This pistol was manufactured at the St. Etienne (MAS) arsenal in 1822 as a flint-lock action.  In 1854 it was converted to percussion cap.  Is 68 caliber.  Has a custom flat-faced trigger (I couldn’t …

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Trying to Beat the Rain – Russian Sniper 

So…how do you spend time waiting for a bulldozer to show up for backstop work? Well for me, it’s getting stuff off my to do list. In this case I am zeroing a Russian Sniper and need to confirm with a group. Then…the rain started coming in. And as a general rule, we don’t like to swamp WWII reference collection …

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NRA – National Firearms Museum

A good friend of ours visited the NRA museum and took some pictures. He didn’t intend for these to be published so some are a little janky. But…even those are pretty interesting if you try to actually pick out various guns. —Editor    

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SHS 12: E. Whitney Revolver 

In this episode of the Second Hand Showcase, we are featuring a very neat and historically significant black powder revolver. And while this 36 caliber Navy Model of handgun might not be significant in its own right; the name Eli Whitney certainly is!  The inventor of the Cotton Gin. A mechanical contraption that was used, in lieu of human labor, …

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Cracks in Mauser Stock

A while back Marky picked up a Yugo Mauser at an estate auction. Any new firearm that comes into the armory get’s completely taken down to check for damage, repairs, or unexpected markings.  You can see complete pics of the rifle here: Yugo K98 Mauser I took these photos a while back and forgot to publish them. When looking for …

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Armory Chat 39: I Forgot We Had That!

So Freeze and I were talking today and the subject of 7.5 French came up. Before I could say anything, he started making plans to buy a MAS 36 Rifle. You know the reference collection is big when your partner forgets what we have!  We’ve had a MAS 36 for some time. And we’ve had a 49/56 as well.   …

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SHS 11 – Colt Army Special

On this episode of the Second Hand Showcase, we have a revolver that was made by Colt in the hopes of getting a government contract: The Colt Army Special 38 Specs: Made in 1910 Chambered in 38 Colt. 6-Shot Square grip frame.  Rounded blade front sight.  Trench rear sight.  Firing pin integral with hammer.  Colt style cylinder latch. Colt bake-a-lite …

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SHS 10: Last Ditch Arisaka Rifle

In this episode of the Second Hand Showcase, we have a late war Arisaka Type 39 Rifle. Also known as a, “Last Ditch Rifle”. Mechanically the rifle is the same as early production examples. But it lacks a lot of finishing touches. Caliber 7.7x58mm  Model nomenclature: some explanation is due here. You will see these rifles commonly known as Type …

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Brownell’s M16A1 Retro in the Wild 

  Had a chance to look closely at one of these recently. Like many of you, I believe The Devil is in the details. Do you want to fork over $2500 or more for a Colt? Or would one of these Brownell’s Retro guns scratch that itch? For a shooter? I think this rifle looks fantastic! But that is me. …

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SHS 08: Dutch Maastricht-Beaumont Model 1871/88

What we have here is an old, military, black powder rifle manufactured in 1878.  The original model 1871 but was then later upgraded to the 1888 pattern. Making this a Model 1871/88. Caliber is 11.3x50r and appears to be numbers matching. At least to my untrained eye.  The action is buttery smooth and it appears to be in functioning order. …