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Combloc
December 19, 2015, 00:30
After MANY years of searching, I finally found a ZFK55 that suited me and it arrived today. I almost didn't buy it as it doesn't have the scope can but the overall condition (the finish on these is usually well worn) trumped the missing can. As is usual for Simpson's, the description was conservative and what I actually received was better than described. While I can't call it unissued, the marks it does have could be there from all the years of storage so I'll just call it barely used. Just as was the case with my AMT, he barrel and all metal has a light film of Automatenfett applied for storage. Part of what I like about buying from Simpson's is the fact that they leave them just as Mr. Simpson himself found them in Switzerland. This assures that you are getting a pure product that hasn't been enhanced in any way. Anywho, the stock looked so good when I saw it that I was afraid it may have been either replaced or refinished. The nice folks at Simpson's assured me that was not the case and I'm pleased to report that they don't seem to have been fibbing! I didn't take the action out of the stock (nor will I) but I did remove the hand guard to make sure that it matched. I'll take a bunch of much better pictures later and do a short "in detail" thread on the rifle but here are a few initial photos:

http://i870.photobucket.com/albums/ab269/Combloc/ZFK55/P1140139_zpsubsvbvvj.jpg (http://s870.photobucket.com/user/Combloc/media/ZFK55/P1140139_zpsubsvbvvj.jpg.html)

http://i870.photobucket.com/albums/ab269/Combloc/ZFK55/P1140142_zps8cu72ke5.jpg (http://s870.photobucket.com/user/Combloc/media/ZFK55/P1140142_zps8cu72ke5.jpg.html)

I'm not used to seeing Swiss butt plates with most of the bluing still intact:

http://i870.photobucket.com/albums/ab269/Combloc/ZFK55/P1140143_zpsh5zd8dms.jpg (http://s870.photobucket.com/user/Combloc/media/ZFK55/P1140143_zpsh5zd8dms.jpg.html)


Crisp cartouche on the stock:

http://i870.photobucket.com/albums/ab269/Combloc/ZFK55/P1140144_zpsthmcghkh.jpg (http://s870.photobucket.com/user/Combloc/media/ZFK55/P1140144_zpsthmcghkh.jpg.html)

Crisp checkering too:

http://i870.photobucket.com/albums/ab269/Combloc/ZFK55/P1140145_zpsutsjccie.jpg (http://s870.photobucket.com/user/Combloc/media/ZFK55/P1140145_zpsutsjccie.jpg.html)

Pretty rear sight:

http://i870.photobucket.com/albums/ab269/Combloc/ZFK55/P1140146_zps8randmhh.jpg (http://s870.photobucket.com/user/Combloc/media/ZFK55/P1140146_zps8randmhh.jpg.html)

I wish all Swiss rifles had locking screws for the trigger guard:

http://i870.photobucket.com/albums/ab269/Combloc/ZFK55/P1140147_zps6twthw06.jpg (http://s870.photobucket.com/user/Combloc/media/ZFK55/P1140147_zps6twthw06.jpg.html)

The FG42 derived muzzle device is the coolest part of the entire rifle:

http://i870.photobucket.com/albums/ab269/Combloc/ZFK55/P1140148_zpsmpc275rz.jpg (http://s870.photobucket.com/user/Combloc/media/ZFK55/P1140148_zpsmpc275rz.jpg.html)

I'll probably never shoot this one but it's going to be VERY tempting.....:)

wanneroo
December 19, 2015, 13:13
To me it's a crime not to shoot our firearms, they deserve to be shot because that's what they were intended for.

Yes I would not ever remove the stock from the barreled action unless you have to. I found that out the hard way with my K31. The armorers tuned the rifles exactly with all the barrel bands and receiver and tang screws. Once you screw with them(literally) that all goes out the window. I had a tack driver and now I do not.

VALMET
December 19, 2015, 13:25
That is a beautiful piece- thanks for sharing. I've always found those to be interesting sniper rifles and Simpson's is top notch.

douglas
January 07, 2016, 21:20
DAMN......... that is nice! Great pick up.
I bought my K-31 from Simpson about 8 or 9 years ago. It is a run of the mill looker but I am happy with it.

SWOHFAL
January 08, 2016, 16:49
These run $3000-4000, right?

Oh, and if Pierre St. Marie told you to shoot it on Gunboards, then shoot the damned thing at least sometimes.

SAFN49
January 08, 2016, 20:05
Outstanding rifle!!!! :bow:

I'm still looking for one.