Thursday, September 11, 2014

About that curtailed purchasing...

Okay, so I really didn't curtail it that much. But I did... a bit... honest... I can quit anytime I want. Stop laughing! I can quit!

Anyway, I started saving up for a major purchase a ways back. I mentioned it in this post back in May.

The following are pics of my brand new to me, FBI Thompson M1928A1 with original case, manual and drum magazines.





Except it looks a lot like a helicopter.

It's still in transit. The gentleman transporting it from Florida to me is being kind enough to store it temporarily till I can find a hanger here for it.  There's no way I'm going to even risk a chance of hail damage to it. I'm not saying I'm all school girl, jumping around, clapping, squealing excited right now... All those years flying fixed wing and jets and I still wanted to do this. Well, I'm gonna and mom and dad can't stop me now. If they ask, I'll just tell them I'm playing piano at a whore house.

I've lined up an instructor and contacts with several other owners in the area. So, the support network is starting at least.  Having time off is an issue.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Honest, it followed me home on it's own...

Can I keep it? Too late, I already am.

She's a 1941 Kovrov SVT-40. Has the SVT not AVT stock. (No cut out for the full auto flip on the safety switch.) Really in great shape for a 70+ year old gun.


Range report will follow when time allows.

I've heard this gun referred to as the Soviet Garand. I think it has a bit more in common with the US's M14 and would make it a more advanced rifle than the Garand. The notable feature being the detachable magazine. But as both the Garand and the SVT-40 were WW2 and the M14 was a development of a decade later, I can see why the one comparison and not the other.

This rifle was planned to be the replacement for the Mosin Nagant and be the primary MBR of the Soviet military but the timing of the war, vulnerability of the factories making these to the Nazi advance during Operation Barbarosa, and just the flat out critical need for millions of rifles NOW, meant the Mosin Nagant remained the primary rifle of the Soviets during WW2 and relatively few of these being produced in comparison.  And we all know the AK pretty much eclipsed anything else coming before it after the war.

I'm thinking about naming her Ivana Onnatop.

Friday, August 29, 2014

Conversations we have.

Me: You know what I learned yesterday! Children are hereditary. If your parents don't have kids, you're more likely not to have them either!

Daniels: I.. Don't... Think... It... Works... That... Way.

Desi: I heard it skips a generation.

Monday, August 25, 2014

Here, have a clue. Free of charge.

Everyone keeps referencing al-Qaeda when they talk about ISIS or ISIL.  Has it gone over their heads that comparing al-Qaeda, a terrorist group operating in small groups with no easily visible support or logistics train, with ISIS, a group that has grabbed territory, is collecting taxes from towns and people in it's area of operations, has seized operating oil wells and refineries and is trading oil on the OPEC markets, is seizing infrastructure like electricity, water as well as logistic points like ports and airfields, is consolidating borders and expanding them, have as much in common as apples and oranges?

Monday, August 18, 2014

I went to the store for a loaf of bread....

So, I'm running low on gun grease.  Not gun lube, gun grease.  When you have a few older rifles, you run into that.  Anyway, I ran down to the local gun range to get a jar and nearly 530 bucks later I walked out with this little jar.


But it's really high quality, made in Belgium, pre-1939 grease.  I'll post more when I finish researching the grease I got.
 

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Range followup.

So, grabbing my meager supply of .30Carbine ammo, I, like the intrepid explorer I am, trudged my way to the range to see if the Rock-ola would shoot and shoot mostly... straightly.
 
Here's the target, at 25 yds.
 
 
The flyer at 3 to 4 O'clock is the first round fired.  I was holding the rifle at arms length away from me. I just wanted to be sure it wasn't gonna blow up in my face.
 
The other two rounds were standing supported, with the rear sight set at 100 and mechanically centered. POA was the center of the target and the rounds were hitting about where they should be for a 100 yd zero.
 
The only problem is it wouldn't reset after firing a round. What was happening was after firing the round releasing the trigger and pulling would produce no second bang.  The trigger is resetting. So, the springs are functioning correctly. The spent round is ejecting and the fresh round is loading correctly and the bolt is going all the way into battery. I'm pretty sure it's the sear. Unfortunately finding a Rock-ola sear is looking to be an issue.  I'll probably just get a generic one for now to get the rifle functioning correctly and take my time searching for a Rock-ola at gun shows.
 
I now have 42 rounds of .30Carbine left.
 
 
 

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Finally

It took a while, but I finally got the Rock-ola M1 Carbine all together.
 
All parts are correct Rock-ola, although the serial number puts it as a first production run in '43 and I built it up with later parts.  Type 1 barrel bands are impossible to find or prohibitively expensive.  When I got the receiver it had a Herlo barrel on it, complete with all the markings that pretty much said it was faked and unsafe to shoot.  I located a real Rock-ola barrel and had that put on.  The receiver rear sight dovetails were so badly pinged that I took it to the smith at Jackson Armory and had him build them back up and reblue the entire receiver.  It came out amazing.  Here are a few pics of the rear sight.  You can see that the built up areas didn't take the blue the same as the rest of the receiver but it's only really noticeable close up like this.
 
 
 
 
Now to take it out and see how much I'll have to shave the front sight down to zero it. Which makes me nervous.  I'm not a gun smith and anytime I do something that can't be undid by a professional... well, you get the idea.
 
I'm toying with the idea of getting an example of the M1 Carbine from every maker that wasn't a traditional rifle manufacturer.  So, Rock-ola (juke boxes), Saginaw (auto parts), IBM, National Postal Meter.  How does that sounds as an idea. I really need to focus my collecting to something more specific than "all of them". 
 
There were over 6 million of the M1 Carbines made Which made it the most produced arm of that era.  Seeing service from WW2 thru Vietnam in the US Military and longer with other countries and police departments.
 
 
 
 

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Patches...

My new moral patch.  Searched forever for this. 
 
 
Someday, someone will translate it.

Monday, June 23, 2014

Range Report.

It's not a big range report. I only had 40 rounds of M1 Carbine ammo total. But here it is. 5 rounds to make sure it wasn't gonna blow up in my face. 5 rounds at 100 yd setting and 5 rounds at the 300 yd. setting.
 
This is set to the 100 yd. detent on the sight.  This is also at 15 yds. and not 25. So, according to my handy-dandy ballistic calculator, that group is .2" lower than it would be at 25. But with that factored in, she's still shooting a might bit low. But not enough for me to worry or do anything about it.
 
And this is same distance at the 300 yd detent on the sight.
 
 
Again, according to my magic slide rule.... no, not that one. The one for ballistic calculations, that's about right.
 
So overall, both settings grouped nicely on the target, the rifle functioned flawlessly and I have 25 rounds left.  On a side note, when I printed these out the bottom dashed line came out to 3.5" long.  I think it's supposed to be 4" OAL. But I don't have the original TM to make sure. 
 
Yes, I see the one flyer on each. Shuddup.... Shaddup shudding up.
 
 
 

Friday, June 20, 2014

New Acquisition

So, thinking I would be out bid on an auction, I bid on a rifle at 5 bucks over the opening price. And No One Else Bid On It for the entire 14 days it was up.... :-/
 
Go. Team. Me... I guess.
 
Meet my newest. Everything I checked on it says it's all correct Saginaw parts except the Winchester slide and an unmarked bolt.
 
It's the correct early 2 rivet wood, but there's no proof marks or manufacturers marks on it. So, that's a guess too.
 
Serial number puts it in the early production contract, but it has a type II rear sight, although correct for Saginaw. The barrel, recoil pad and receiver are all Saginaw and appear to be original.
 
It's a bit of a conundrum.
 
No pitting anywhere that I can see it. And the no rust either. All in all, I think I scored a very good carbine at a nice price.
 
Anyway pic: