Ok, it was a bitch. Firstly a hundred yard walk to the table in snow that ranged from 1 to 2 feet deep. Then a rest, i was pooped. Then back to the truck for the rifle and remaining targets.
Then I walked 100yds to put the two water filled milk jugs on the barrel, and back. Still pooped.
After a brief rest to get my breath back. Boom, shot one sends the milk jug flying. Next two shots miss jug #2 and then the magazine falls open. Miss twice then take 2 more jugs down range. I actually did hit the second jug, just right at the top so it didn’t explode. Walk back.
Reload, boom, shot 1 hits, shot 2 hits, shot 3, well the fricking magazine opens again. last shots all miss. Walk down with last jug. This snow is killing me.
Miss, hit, miss, magazine opens, hit.
When i get everything back home and start cleaning, i notice there is a nice dried cosmoline addition to the top of my front sight, son of a bitch. If i had cleaned that off i might have actually done a little better.
In short, i am exhausted, the gun shoots fine even though it has odd looking rifling. Also, no one is ever doing a drive by with a mosin. I nearly lost a window putting it in the back of the truck with the bayonet still on!
Oh, and i have to figure out what holds that magazine closed.
Update: I think i fixed it, dont know what i did, but i took it apart and put it back and it seems to hold better.
You wont see this in any of the news media on this side of the Atlantic.
Of course, those of us who understand how such things work are not slightly surprised.
Expatriates is the latest in the concurrent trilogy (for now) by James Wesley Rawles. Set in Australia and the Philippines it covers the same economic collapse as his other books from the point of view of different characters. Early in the book it has a few dumb religious moments that are awkwardly shoehorned in, but JWR is a very religious guy and its his book. If you liked the first two its worth a read, it doesn’t matter if you haven’t read the first two as they all take place at the same time and are independent storylines.
Verdict four and a half, i couldn’t possibly afford to survive an apocalypse with all the stuff JWR thinks i will need to have on hand out of Five.
Everyone wants, of those who actually do want a milsup at least, a gun with matching serial numbers. This is why you, and indeed I might be wrong about that.
The military surplus rifle was made in huge numbers from mass produced parts at a time of great need. Any bolt out of the 200 in the box in front of any of the young women on the assembly floor would have gone in any receiver, and magazine, and stock, trigger parts. It wasn’t gun #123 until it was all done. These weren’t hand crafted one of a kind weapons, everything should interchange, plus or minus machining tolerances.
Lets follow the possible life of a few guns, the model makes no difference, but i will give them Russian names.
Anastasiya is a beautiful gun. She went from the production line into a crate, then to stores, and then for whatever reason never actually got issued and is all matching A1 condition, but has had a slightly dull life. Moved a couple of times to different buildings is the most of her travels.
Valentina was a couple of crates ahead of Anastasiya. She went to stores too but then straight out to the front. The first four owners barely had a chance to fire her. The fifth kept her for 3 weeks before stepping on a land mine. His injuries were severe and required amputation , Valentina had shrapnel wreck the magazine box but fortunately an enterprising private, picked her from the pile and found a magazine/trigger from another who had been run over by a tank.
Zoya was many years earlier and had been issued and picked from the battlefield many times and had been very lucky until an artillery shell sent her flying through the air. Miraculously undamaged she lay in the grass for almost a day until a tank drove over her. Resting in the found pile her box magazine was reused and eventually she found her way back to the arsenal where she was paired with a new stock, magazine and barrel and was put in a crate for storage.
Olga went to the battle as a sniper rifle and shot many accurate rounds. To dislodge the sniper the building was shelled and eventually some weeks later her and her owner were removed from the pile of rubble that previously sheltered them. Olga went on as an infantry weapon for a while, broken sight discarded and when too battered she was replaced and sent for repairs.
Rebarreled, but no available sights, she had sniper marks X out before retiring.
Raisa had a long and eventful life, but nothing that took her out of action. After her unit was upraded to newer weapons she went back to be rebuilt. It took many months for her turn and a new barrel was needed. Her stock had a repairable crack, it was removed and placed in the “too be repaired” basket while another recently repaired one was put on. Olga’s original stock was cut, repaired, sanded and varnished and then 2 weeks later attached to another gun.
Tasia came into life already obsolete. A parade and training rifle most of her life she was dropped many times. Finally falling from the back of a truck onto concrete her stock was split and she was sent for repairs, returning eventually to a decorative guardsmans role.
Nina went from the factory to storage, except for one brief incident in the 1970s when an intoxicated supply driver went off the road while moving stock to a new facility and rolled the big 6×6 truck down an embankment and into a river. Olga and 300 of her friends went back to the factory for a variety of repairs.
You see how easy that is? You could go on and on forever. The possibilities literally have no end.
Your gun might have a replacement part with an old number stuck through while the person working at the next station over still had a few new ones left and that one looks like its all original.
Oh, the places your gun could have been.
Wow, what a ball of grease this thing is.
Things i have found out so far.
The bolt may have belonged to a gun marked 44?1 at some point, and the magazine possibly had 2 previous lives, 6137 and 70?4.
I am all out of Simple Green it seems, so I wont be getting into the barrel today. I can vaguely see the rifling, that’s how greasy it is in there.
According to this link i have all the accessories except the cleaning kit pouch and ammo pouch.
Every surplus rifle i have brought so far has has a different couple of things missing from its accessory bundle. I think that’s just the way it is.
I had planned a long winded post about how matching numbers may or may not be better, fun, important, interesting (take your pick) for today but that can wait til tomorrow.