Antique and Collectable Firearms and
You right to own a gun without undue infringement by busybody anti-gun politicians is in jeopardy. It is vitally important that you and your family members and every other well informed voter get out and VOTE on TUESDAY November 5. Lots of idiots, gullible folks lured to the polls by crooked politicians, and dead people will be voting, so you need to vote too! Turnout will be the key to this election. The liberal (antigun) folks will be working their phone banks trying to scare or coerce people to vote against candidates who will protect your rights. You need to do your part! Gun owners NEED to keep a Republican majority in the House, and get one or more Republicans in the Senate to retake control of that outfit where Tommy Dasshole has blocked confirmation of judges, failed to pass a budget, and placed union interests above national security interests. He will try to pass gun restrictions, including some form of registration if he can get away with it. Throw the bums out! VOTE!Top
Coming attractions (Part 1)
Protecting and Managing Your Collection:
Coming attractions (Part 2)
Affordable Mannequins For Uniform Collectors:
If you would like to display them you have probably thought about getting a mannequin for them, at least until you found out that a good one will cost hundreds of dollars and there are no cheap ones. We recently met a collector who has designed and built his own, and they are excellent, and well within the capabilities of all but the most hopeless klutz. Total cost is probably less than $25 each, with the Styrofoam head being the most costly part. We are still working on getting some good drawings done to show the basic design and suggest some options, but we know that these guys will be the answer to many a collector's prayers. They are even built to support the weight of cartridge belts, etc!Top
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(This review is by Rick Slater, "Rick the Librarian" to those of you who visit the excellent forum pages at www.M1903.com and the Culver Shooting Pages (www.jouster.com). We appreciate Rick's comments and commend Bruce on yet another great contribution to arms collecting literature.
Foreign Serial Number TranslationsTopYou may not know that the goofy looking foreign scribbling for serial numbers is on some of your guns. Well, the BATF folks won't have any sympathy if they inspect your C&R FFL records and you don't have the numbers recorded. By kind permission of the authors, we have posted a really great number table showing translations of the following: Kanji-Chinese, Thai (Siamese); Farsi (Persian), Arabic (Egyptian/Iraqui, etc), and Nepali (no, not Naples, it is from Nepal, between Indian and China, sort of like Afghanistan's eastern cousin). Check it out at www. ArmsCollectors.comEd Seiss, a fine gentleman and tremendous supporter of gun collectors (and historic arms shooters in the North-South Skirmish Association) passed away recently. We assume that his family will continue to tun this fine business.We just supplied some obsolete collector ammunition (.30-06 Ball, M1906, Ball M1, Ball M2 and 7.62mm Ball M59) to a major U.S. military command for ballistics testing. It seems some of the old hands don't think that the current stuff loaded in 7.62mm rounds does the job as well as some of the earlier types. It will be interesting to see what the results show. Our guess is that there is not a lot of difference, if any. Glad to help our guys make the other poor SOB die for their country.Yep, they are getting shot at all over the place, and some are getting hit, even though the news stories fade after a day or so. That is no consolation if it is your family member, or your comrade in arms getting shot at, or worse, hit. Fly your flag, write your letters to the editor supporting our forces, and tell a "peace advocate" to stuff it (peacefully, of course). Lots of Reservists and Guardsmen have been, and will be, called up to defend our interests around the world in both combat and support roles. Our law enforcement folks are working their butts off, trying to secure the borders, keep an eye on the bad guys (yes, there ARE some rally bad guys being watched) and arrest plain old criminals like snipers and the like. Our customers include folks who help train our very best troops, people in the intelligence business, and a Marine in the unit that took casualties in Kuwait recently. God bless them all, and we thank them for their service.After about 30 years in business, Springfield Sporters of Penn Runn, PA, suddenly closed in October, and their inventory has reportedly been sold to other large dealers (SARCO and Gun parts Corp. were both mentioned). This firm was a consistent supplier of neat items at good prices, and will be missed. Apparently they were operating in leased buildings and the owners of the buildings/land had some inheritance disputes that forced them to cancel the lease on short notice. Bummer.Absolutely the best we have found come from Dunlap Woodcrafts in Virginia. They make them for virtually all US military muskets and rifles 1795-1903, using excellent quality walnut, and about 95-99% inletted so that just minor fitting is required. These guys know what they are doing, and they sell a lot of these for shooters and restoration work. They also can provide forends to "stretch" those butchered guns with a minimum of cost and effort. I do not have current prices, but figure something like $175-200 per stock, or about $60 per forend. Good stuff! My table at Baltimore is about 30 feet from theirs and I really like their work. Contact Wayne Dunlap by e-mail: email@example.comWe are proud to support the Utah Gun Collectors Association and think you might like seeing some of the highlights of some of their shows, which feature a lot of great displays of collector guns and related items. (No cellphones, beef jerky, camouflage, etc, just guns and related items.) Take a few minutes to check and see what some other collectors are showing from their collections. Better yet, attend one of their shows (January, March and October only, in Ogden UT, home of the John M. Browning Firearms exhibit. We encourage your gun collectors group to post similar pages from your shows. The public needs to understand more about why people collect guns, otherwise they think anyone who likes guns must be some sort of potential "serial sniper." Check them out at http://ugca.org
Wow, too much to mention. Lots of good guns, in all price ranges, and for all sorts of collecting tastes. Remember that we have several categories on each of the gun pages, and new stuff will be found in several section, not just at the very top of the page. Our militaria page is getting pretty full with Korea through Vietnam era goodies. We are not big surplus dealers with pallets full of this junque, but only have one or a few of most items. If you see something you like, get it now, because when it is gone, it is gone. Don't forget there is some foreign militaria stuff on that page (British, and Japanese and a few other countries as well, not just U.S. We may have to divide it some other way in the future, but you don't want to miss checking the whole page. Sometimes we are not consistent on where we put stuff. We recently noticed that M1907 slings sell quickly on the Accessories and Parts page, but are slow movers on the militaria page. Many people do not realize that we have a nice assortment of sniper related collector items on the Accessories and parts page. If you are afraid your boss will catch you looking at each of our pages, you can always reduce your time on our site by using the search tool at the top left of the main page. We have a lot more stuff coming, just waiting for the time to get itTop
(Sorry, No Darwin Award this time, but we will have one next time)
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