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In Miltary Weapons since May 2007.

I was driving a 2007 Mustang GT ragtop then. And have gone through three more new vehicles since that last post.

Of all the military weapons I have owned over a 40 plus year period, the one I wish I had kept was my Remington M1903A4 sniper. It had the Redfield base and 7/8" rings with a Lyman Alaskan 2.5X telescopic sight with the post and horizontal cross hair reticle. After a trigger job that four groove barrel dated 3-43 would put Twin Cities 1953 made M2 Ball into 2.25 inches at 100 yards off the best rest. Not too shabby for a wartime rifle and service ammo.

I scored about seven 20 round boxes of Rem-UMC .30/06 Palma Match ammo at a local gunshop at an attractive price. This was a 180 gr FMJBT that was one of the best factory match loads of its day. I fired 20 rounds into four five shot groups and got an average group size of 1.25 inches. This is what good ammo can do even in a wartime produced military barrel. With a scope of higher magnification I'm sure that it would have done a bit better.

But in 1976 I broke up my collection of military weapons, both rifle and handguns, and sold them off. Would ya believe I sold that 03A4 for a mere $200 back then....... Today it fetch $2000 or better. Anybody got a time machine I can borrow for a few hours?

I had another wartime sniper rifle in the cabinet. A BSA 1945 made Rifle No.4 Mark I (T). Complete with the wooden box it was stored in. Ditto the steel box for the scope and mounts and even had the Mark I silk lens cloth. I acquired this gem from a local dealer for only $150. No decent milsurp ammo was to be had for the .303 Mark VII round back then. So I handloaded my own using a Hornady 174 grain .311" JSP in Winchester cases. Accuracy was almost as good as the Palma Match in the 03A4. It wasn't a pretty rifle but it could shoot with the best of them. No wonder the Brits hung on to it for so long even after the switchover to the 7.62mm FN FAL.

But alas I sold it too. Same price as the 03A4. I don't even want to know what it is worth today......

And so it goes so all of them did way back then.


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Redacted because Admin didn't look at the posting very closely. What can I say? I hadn't had any coffee yet. My error; my apologies........

[ November 02, 2012, 17:09: Message edited by: Pennville bill ]

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I did. You got some kind of problem with me?

If so, spell it out.

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No problems, nothing implied, nothing to spell out.

Thanks for the new posting; let's see if it will get some conversation flowing.

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Bill,

Okay, no problem then.

Coffee? I have never drank a single cup of the stuff in my entire life. I get my caffeine cold as in unsweetened iced tea....

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quote:
Originally posted by Retired Bum:
In Miltary Weapons since May 2007.

I was driving a 2007 Mustang GT ragtop then. And have gone through three more new vehicles since that last post.

Of all the military weapons I have owned over a 40 plus year period, the one I wish I had kept was my Remington M1903A4 sniper. It had the Redfield base and 7/8" rings with a Lyman Alaskan 2.5X telescopic sight with the post and horizontal cross hair reticle. After a trigger job that four groove barrel dated 3-43 would put Twin Cities 1953 made M2 Ball into 2.25 inches at 100 yards off the best rest. Not too shabby for a wartime rifle and service ammo.

I scored about seven 20 round boxes of Rem-UMC .30/06 Palma Match ammo at a local gunshop at an attractive price. This was a 180 gr FMJBT that was one of the best factory match loads of its day. I fired 20 rounds into four five shot groups and got an average group size of 1.25 inches. This is what good ammo can do even in a wartime produced military barrel. With a scope of higher magnification I'm sure that it would have done a bit better.

But in 1976 I broke up my collection of military weapons, both rifle and handguns, and sold them off. Would ya believe I sold that 03A4 for a mere $200 back then....... Today it fetch $2000 or better. Anybody got a time machine I can borrow for a few hours?

I had another wartime sniper rifle in the cabinet. A BSA 1945 made Rifle No.4 Mark I (T). Complete with the wooden box it was stored in. Ditto the steel box for the scope and mounts and even had the Mark I silk lens cloth. I acquired this gem from a local dealer for only $150. No decent milsurp ammo was to be had for the .303 Mark VII round back then. So I handloaded my own using a Hornady 174 grain .311" JSP in Winchester cases. Accuracy was almost as good as the Palma Match in the 03A4. It wasn't a pretty rifle but it could shoot with the best of them. No wonder the Brits hung on to it for so long even after the switchover to the 7.62mm FN FAL.

But alas I sold it too. Same price as the 03A4. I don't even want to know what it is worth today......

And so it goes so all of them did way back then.


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Here's your time machine. Get one while they're still around...

http://www.creedmoorsports.com/shop/1903-A4-Sniper-Rifle.html

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So where the hell have you been hiding out?

I have seen these phony made up from Rem 1903A3 "snipers" at gun shows around here. Usually tagged as "original" and priced at $2000 and up.

No way would I be touching them at any price. I buy originals or I do without and at today's prices I do without.....

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I'm still hiding from the undertaker just like you are you old coot. It's hard to believe, but if I make it until next June 1st I will have been retired for ten wonderful years.

You couldn't melt me and pour me back in a police uniform especailly as screwed up as things are in our country these days with that ingorant African muzzie in the White House... LOL

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Sadly military surplus has dried up and hit the collectors realm...sad I miss them times

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Old post. You miss your Mustang Bum?

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Do I miss the '07 Mustang GT ragtop?

At one time I did. That is why I bought a new leftover 2012 Camaro SS Level 2 ragtop in 2013. But it is gone also. Got rid of it last March. Don't really miss it all that much. No more muscle cars or convertibles for me these daze.

Until I change my mind....

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