milsurps are safe queens, I buy for the history, the shooting is fun but just holding a milsurp in my hands-and owning it-is fun enough. In some cases-my M95 Steyrs and my Lebel
and M1907/15 ammunition is hard to come by, in others, a mixture of laziness, lack of a
proper range, and the fact that I often satisfy my shooting urges with a .22LR has resulted in most of my milsurps being collectibles and not active shooters. I can hold my M1886 Lebel and see myself marching along with Les Pantalons Rouge to liberate Les Enfants
Perdus from Les Boches, I can hold one of my SMLEs and imagine what it was like to go
"Over the Top" on July 1, 1916. I can hold my M1896 Krag or M1888 Springfield and I am at the foot of San Juan Hill on July 1, 1898. With one of my M-1 Garands or No. 4 Mk1s I am
a paratooper slowly descending into Normandy.
The late Professor Charles Stratton inscribed one of his books I bought from him that "Preserving Enfields is preserving history". Until Time Travel is discovered holding a
milsurp in my hands is often as close as I can get.
Like you, what draws me to this hobby is the overwhelming sense of history I get when I just pick one of them up. And when I've learned a few things and note the marks...the SA ... the English Contract mark...the altered mum...the flaming bomb...etc...it just adds to the realization of a link to history.
I think it's fun to shoot milsurps. It's only important that you shoot the ones you want to shoot. It's not important if you don't shoot all that you own.
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No matter how rare they are, or how uncommon the ammo is, I like to make my own ammo for stange chamberiungs, make my Arisaka cases out of .308Win and will also laod 9,3x53r for my Winchester M95 huntingcarbine comming from Finland.
Wrestling the 7,5mm swedish/swiss Revolver ws real fun too!!!!!!
Some guns will follow me to the ragen more often, lke some of my long Mosins or a certain m/28-30(you can hear a call "Kollaa kestää!!!", when holding it)
.22lr is realy a lot of fun too, love my old target rifles and trainers, woudl never touch modern space guns!!!!!!
I also collect for history and such as well ... I can really go out and really imagine what it was like to be a French Poilu during WWI shooting these weapons ....
Verdun 1916: "Ils ne Passeront pas" "On les aura!"
Fusil d'Infanterie Modèle 1886 Modifié 1893 dit "Lebel"
Vive le Pinard !
Livin in Texas
- Ronald Reagan-
THIS is my RIFLE
THIS is my GUN
THIS is for KILLING
THIS is for FUN!
Everything gets used on woodchucks and yotes at one time or another,even the Suomi M31! (I'll post that in a sec)
Anything I can't shoot something with gets traded off.
"That is not dead which can eternal lie,
And with strange aeons even death may die."-Lovecraft.