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Offline Skyline Drive

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My WWII US small arms collection.
« on: July 05, 2016, 03:17:38 AM »
Alltough I have already shown off my stuff on USMF, I think it might be interesting to show my US firearms also on this forum!

I started collecting post-WWII military small arms in 1989, six years ago I switched to WWII and WWI US GI small arms, from black guns to the classics with wooden stocks! So the best part of my original collection has been sold of and from the money that came in I bought WWII vintage guns!

First acquisition was a collectors nightmare, an M1 Garand I wanted to use for shooting at the range. It's a rebuilt, based on a Springfield receiver, Serial # 369728, made in October 1941.
with a NOS stock barrel from the fifties. The rifle has been proofed in Germany, complete with fugly German proof marks! A tack driver but not really a collectors dream!














Together with the rebuilt Garand I also bought an M1 Carbine from Saginaw, the poor thing had been raped by a heathen!! The original stock had been replaced by a fake folding stock, since then I have replaced the repro stock with an original.










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Re: My WWII US small arms collection.
« Reply #1 on: July 05, 2016, 04:07:09 AM »
Sweet, I'd love a pop on those babies!  ;D  Nice weapons, great condition..........definitely living in the wrong country here!  :o
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Re: My WWII US small arms collection.
« Reply #2 on: July 05, 2016, 04:08:44 AM »
My second M1 carbine, an Inland.

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Re: My WWII US small arms collection.
« Reply #3 on: July 05, 2016, 04:15:14 AM »
Thompson M1928 A1.












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Re: My WWII US small arms collection.
« Reply #4 on: July 05, 2016, 07:54:59 AM »
My first 1911A1, a "mixmaster", the slide is a Colt but the serial # 857694and the FJA = Frank J. Atwood, inspectors mark make the receiver an Ithaca.




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Re: My WWII US small arms collection.
« Reply #5 on: July 05, 2016, 07:56:50 AM »
My first 1903A3, same story as with my first M1 Garand, a collectors nightmare but a shooters dream!












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Re: My WWII US small arms collection.
« Reply #6 on: July 05, 2016, 08:05:01 AM »
Nice pieces one and all. The bottom line is if they shoot sweetly, then that all that matters!
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Re: My WWII US small arms collection.
« Reply #7 on: July 05, 2016, 08:46:42 AM »
Very nice.

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Re: My WWII US small arms collection.
« Reply #8 on: July 05, 2016, 12:29:08 PM »

M1 Thompson.












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Re: My WWII US small arms collection.
« Reply #9 on: July 05, 2016, 10:48:17 PM »
I had been searching for ages untill I finally came across an M1A1 carbine! The price was very interesting but it was a de-milled one, still I pulled the trigger. A few months later I found a second one, that had not been tampered with!  :)

This is one of only two guns of my collection, that have been neutered, all the others are in working order.






















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Re: My WWII US small arms collection.
« Reply #10 on: July 05, 2016, 10:51:37 PM »
Thompson M1 that was changed to an M1A1. As far as I know these guns were transformed to the M1A1 standard stateside, before they were issued. I'm not sure though, does anybody have any additional info?












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Re: My WWII US small arms collection.
« Reply #11 on: July 05, 2016, 11:19:39 PM »
Great collection and equally great pics! It mirrors my own collection...except that mine (to use your word) have all been "neutered"!   :(
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Re: My WWII US small arms collection.
« Reply #12 on: July 06, 2016, 04:11:56 AM »
Great collection and equally great pics! It mirrors my own collection...except that mine (to use your word) have all been "neutered"!   :(

Better to have "neutered" ones then to have none at all...... 8)

Anyhow, no one knows how long it will take before I will have to castrate mine, or maybe the government will even take them away! Brussels and it's collection of overpaid PC Nazis is still strong!

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Re: My WWII US small arms collection.
« Reply #13 on: July 06, 2016, 04:52:11 AM »
Bruxelles?! Don't mention Bruxelles!!  :o  Which country are you in?
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Re: My WWII US small arms collection.
« Reply #14 on: July 06, 2016, 05:52:00 AM »
Bruxelles?! Don't mention Bruxelles!!  :o  Which country are you in?
Luxembourg.

 

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