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Didn’t Buy Browning M2

Took these photos a while back at CFM. Never published them since the glare from the display cases played havoc on the image quality. So we keep stuff like this for internal use.  But I had a conversation with someone recently about why they are selling their M2’s and I can’t say I blame them. So as it stands, the …

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SHS-68: Romanian TT-33 Tokarev

With the pandemic and subsequent ammunition shortage, I have noticed a greater interest in “non-standard” military surplus firearms. The TT-33 Tokarev is one such choice.  Maker: Cugir Model: TT-33 Tokarev Caliber: 7.62×25 External safety: Yes. Magazine: 1 included. Capacity: 8 rounds, single stack. Ammunition included: 88rds original MILSURP. Condition: Excellent Holster: Reproduction military flap holster w/cleaning rod.    If you …

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SHS-67: Red Jacket AK-47

What we have here is a rifle out of a shop I have never handled before. An AK-47 gone over by Red Jacket Firearms out of Baton Rouge, Louisiana.  It is my understanding that Red Jacket had quite the reputation for quality AK work back in the day. So this piqued my interest. The stats:   Make: Red Jacket / …

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SIG P210 Target

The SigUSA P210 Target. It’s amazing they re-popped these. If you have ever wanted a P210 but couldn’t justify the price? You have to buy this.  The price is a fraction of the current collector models. People smarter than me say it’s just as good. But if you snooze you lose.  No way SIG makes this forever. NO. WAY. They …

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Walther P38

Per viewer request, we have pulled the Walther P38 out of The Armory and put some rounds through it.  This is a post WWII example, with 6 mags, and a holster. We paid very little for it since it’s not something the typical P38 collector considers desirable.  If you are interested in shooting firearms from WWII, consider purchasing something that …

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P08 Luger – German Bubba?

So here’s the story with this video. We have a German P08 Luger in the reference collection. It’s a shooter grade, non-matching example. And we paid a shooter grade, non-matching price for it.  No big deal.  However…we have recently learned that the WWII German Army used a “42” code on replacement Luger parts. But it just so happens that code …

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Russian Sniper in The Open

This title is a little pushy. I’m sure some of you thought this was going to be a photo from Syria or Ukraine. Or perhaps the Eastern Front during WWII.  Nope. I took this photo at a small diner inside the US.  Do you see it? Most folks there did not. I also figure most who did, assume it’s a …

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Browning Automatic Rifle Model D

Took these photos while visiting the Cody Firearms Museum a while back. How often does one get to eye an uncommon BAR variant? The Model D.  Bipod? Check. Weird fore-end? Check.  Pistol Grip? Check. Weirdly shaped stock? Check.  Super expensive cooling fins? Check.  Battle Rifle Caliber? Check. (8mm Mauser).  So what else is different or weird about this flavor of …

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The Teller Mine

My local FFL has this in the showroom. A WWII Teller Mine. The Teller is an anti-tank / vehicle mine employed by the Germans. Supposedly it needs 200lbs of pressure to detonate. Additionally, some of the Teller Mines had anti-tampering devices which would set off the explosive should someone try to disarm or move it. Which are the two small …

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RSC-1917 Semi-Automatic Rifle

Saw a French Model 1917 Semiautomatic Rifle / RSC-1917 in the rack at Cody. Took some up close pics for reference. The RCS is on our to-buy list. We just need to find one at the right time.  Last I looked, RIA had one sell for $5463.00, which isn’t that bad. Keep your eyes peeled for us, OK?     …

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POTD – Family Heirloom

This belongs to Freeze’s father. So that would be great grandpa Freeze. If I recall the story correctly? It was brought back by another family member during World War II. We were shooting at the company range a while back and I snapped a photo of it. If your family has heirloom firearms? I suggest you make it clear that …

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SHS-49: Swedish Mauser

On this episode of the Second Hand Showcase we are looking at a rifle and caliber combination near and dear to my heart: An 1896 Swedish Mauser chambered in the fantastic 6.5×55 Swede.  What we call around here the “original 6.5 Creedmoor”. Which it really is.  The specs:  Make: Carl Gustaf. Model: 1896 Long Rifle.  Caliber: 6.5 Swede (6.5×55).  Date …

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SHS-45: Russian SKS

SHS-45: Russian SKS On this episode of the Second Hand Showcase, we are looking at Russian SKS. But what caught my eye about this rifle were the things that were wrong with it.  My point being, there is room to negotiate on a rifle like this since it’s not 100% original and “correct”. Maybe you don’t see it? But if …

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SHS 44 – K31 w/Diopter Sights

So on this episode of the Second Hand Showcase we are looking a pretty neat rifle. A Swiss K31. But unlike the pallets and pallets of K31’s that have come into the US the last few years, this one was brought into the US privately. Before 1968. So it doesn’t have a import mark on it.  But there is more. …