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Fook Yeah!

I know's where Ima Goin' tomorrie.....
 

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VERY disappointed in the local Cabela's - not only do they have exactly "none" (0) in stock, but they looked at me like I had a swastika branded on each of the horns growing from the top of my head when I asked about them.

One guy pointed at the "Military Surplus/Pre-Owned" rack that contained some ancient czech breech-loader ($699), a handful of craptastic AR-15's ($899 to $2699) and two tired-ass 8mm Mauser rifles ($499 for the battle rifle, and $599 for the "Trainer"): both of which had been "armory reworked" with the "battle rifle" that had plugs glued-into what I'm assuming was a bullet-scar, and another filling-in the notch for the bolt-handle in the stock - I can only surmise the rifle had been used SO MUCH, that it had worn-down and ganked-up the notch, and rather than tossing it, someone had sawn-out the "defects" and "fixed" it with wood that not-only did not have the same grain-pattern (and colour), but used a black glue, and did not even match the grain direction......

Meh.

Glad you managed a Good Find.
 

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Well, just walked home with one of these, after searching for the longest time. Local Cabela's, had a rackful of the beeyotches. MOST were '43 models, with a '42, and one lone '40 model (that was also the ONLY numbers-matcher for breech, bolt, floorplate, and stock) - that'n came home with me. (no waiting period here for long-guns)

Bought The Wife an SR9c this mornin', got me a lil' sumthin'-sumthin' this afternoon.... (getcher mind outter the gutter - it's th' RIFLE ima talkin 'bout here!)

Best Damn Independence Day weekend I've had since before Dad was killed - WHAT BETTER WAY to spend the 4th, than acquiring weapons?

(BTW - the rifles are going UP-UP-UP in price, and no longer come with alla them gewgaws schizuki got with his'n - get yers now, a'fore they're.... well.... with something like 56-gajillion Mosin rifles made [an' that's just th' RUSSKIE RIFLES], not likely they'll be GONE anytime soon - but the price, she IS a-Risin'....)

(Ima prolly make it into this: Archangel Mosin Nagant Video Update #1 PRE-ORDER INFO - YouTube )

(GREAT thing about that setup is, it's ALL Reversible, 'cept the bolt - which I figger I'll just get another to hack-up and not worry 'bout it)
 

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Y'know, now that I've had it for a bit in my hot little hand - I'm a bit awed by the thought of what this rifle might have seen (there appears to be what I think may be TEETH MARKS in the buttstock - will have to look at it more carefully to be sure). I may have to get one of the '43s to convert, JUST so I can look at and handle (and occasionally shoot) this one.

Rifling and crown is in really good shape on this one - lockup is nice and tight, the sear has very little wear - trigger action is actually really GOOD and crisp (compared to what I've read is typical of these rifles in an unmodified state) - the only real flaw is the external bottom of the barrel, under the forestock has some corrosion (and a few scratches where someone dragged a pen-knife or something across the corrosion) - nothing that damages the integrity, or makes me worry about the safety of the gun - but in a place that WILL be seen if I use an Archangel stock conversion.

I dunno - any suggestions? The Beauty of the Archangel is in the ability to "go back" in minutes. The drawback is, I would have to store the original parts, and would not be able to just pick up the (original) rifle and handle it at any time, and ponder the fate of its previous Russian owner(s), and the significance of the individual in the grand scheme of things (or lack thereof).
 

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Excellent points, both. No matter how "good" of a shot one is - one can ALWAYS improve.
 
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