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Old July 01, 2003, 03:17   #1
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REPRINT: The Story of Number 27

The Story of Number 27

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May 05, 2000 17:13

I was a refugee…

For many long years I was dragged from place to place, knocked about, and only occasionally allowed to perform my mission. Many men put their hands on me, abused me, and finally left me – marked and abused, covered in red dirt, and barely recognizable. I was just a number, Number 27, crudely painted in garish yellow across my butt.

One day, all of us forgotten, cast-off guardians were unceremoniously piled up and carted off to a different place. The clanking of machinery could be heard, hammer blows, the clatter of broken metal, and, finally, the most horrible sounds imaginable. One by one, we were torn to pieces, our backbones ripped out, and then, the crunch of Doom – as our very spirits seemed to cut in two, and thrown away. The remnants of our once shapely forms were bagged, tagged, and piled in what looked like coffins. Sadness filled the cramped spaces, as we slowly settled into a shapeless heap, suffocating the very life from our mangled corpses.

We seemed to drift, afloat on the memories of what we had once been – Protectors of Home and Farm, Guardians of Liberty, Right Arm of the Free World. Now, we were banished, banned, and on our way to oblivion.

A bright light filled the air above us. One by one, we were carefully removed, still in our bags, and examined by faces we had never seen before. Gone were the gunracks, the familiar aroma of gun oil. These men had no uniforms. They stacked us in piles, and occasionally would take a few of us, place us one by one into smaller boxes, and then, the boxes would disappear out the door. One day, my turn came. What was to become of me, the Ghost of Number 27???

I was tossed, I was thrown, I slid around in the tiny box, until finally I was handed to someone. Suddenly, the handling was gentle, like a soldier who once loved me had treated me. Carefully, I was taken to a small shed, where I recognized the tools and smells of someone who worked on things, and liked doing it. Carefully, tenderly, he examined each and every part of me. Sometimes I would sit alone for days or weeks, but then he would appear again, a kind smile on his face, with a new part or tool that I knew he had gotten – just for Me!

Finally, after the workbench was crowded with things, my new owner came in with a look of determination on his face. "Number 27, I have never done this before, but I have tried to learn everything I can about your needs, and today – Today, you will be reborn…"

I was excited, but scared! The Armorers in the Old Place had sometimes performed cruel torture on us. Some of my mates just disappeared. Many of us wore scars from their labors. What is my new owner going to do to me?

The job that had been started in tearing me limb from limb was completed in the shed. My rusty, worn, weary parts were twisted, scrubbed, oiled, wiped, and lined up in the bench. Sometimes I was stubborn, and would only let go with a shriek, by my owner patiently worked. I saw the new backbone lying there, and, soon, I found that I was whole again. Missing pieces were replaced, and with a final "Snap!", my two halves were made whole again.

My owner carried me into the house, and carefully placed me in his room, where I could near the rack where he puts himself each might. Yet, as happy as I felt, there was still a great emptiness – was I doomed to be an ornament? Would I ever know the joy of making Fire and Thunder again?

Well, Today is a Special Day – Today is when I once again have truly become Whole. Even though my new owner was awkward with me, twisting my knobs, jerking my trigger, and tentative of my recoil, he never once slammed me to the ground, or banged me into trees. In spite of my battered plastic, and discolored, mismatched finish, he gazed at me with fondness, handled me with affection, and shot me with determination. We made Fire and Thunder, and we produced Hits! One, then two, then a dozen, and finally many dozens of Hits! Gleaming brass filled the grass around us and holes filled the targets we acquired. We are tired, we are grimy, but we are One...

Rejoice with me, all my fallen comrades! I dedicate my revival to all those who will Fire no more. In your honor, I pledge to be a faithful friend to my new owner.

I am a refugee no more - Number 27 lives. The days of Fire and Thunder have returned!

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I am his RIFLE

There are many like me but I am his. My owner is my best friend. He is my life. I must serve him because service is my life.

Without him, I am useless. I must shoot straighter than any enemy who is trying to kill him. I must shoot any enemy before he shoots my owner. I will...

My owner and myself know that what counts is not the rounds we fire, the noise of our burst, nor the smoke we make. We know that it is the hits that count. We will hit...

My owner is human, and he is my life. My owner keeps me clean and ready. We will become part of each other. We will...

My owner and myself are the defenders of home and farm, country and kinfolk. We are the masters of our enemy.

So be it, until victory is ours and there is no enemy, but Peace...
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I have a tear in my eye...sniff...sniff...that was beautiful! SF
Tears in my eyes as well. kev
Even I was moved. And I'm a PRICK! (Ask around...) IA
Yes he is! Around
OUTSTANDING! kent
Superb!!! Makes me want to go buy another kit & receiver...I'm such a softy Yo Quiero FAL
Bravo!!! Hypermole
Bravo again! edp
Makes me proud to have a kit and receiver on the way. Mark THG
We know that it is the hits that count. We will hit... Jerrod
And I thought only liberals were creative. Abominog
BRAVO, BRAVO!!! And I believe I have #28, pics when done, I promise Dave1
Very Well Done! Excellent work, Thank You. Phillips
Tuck that away for your grandkids! Excellent! T2
Thank You! Maddog

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Submitted for your enjoyment... and inspiration.

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Old July 01, 2003, 07:00   #2
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Thanx for sharing! That goes onto the hard drive
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Old July 01, 2003, 12:15   #3
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Have you hugged your rifles today?
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Old July 01, 2003, 14:31   #4
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...sniff, sniff...

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Old July 01, 2003, 15:19   #5
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To be printed and hung by the workbench...
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Old July 01, 2003, 19:44   #6
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Damn, I love my FAL!!!!!
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Old July 01, 2003, 21:56   #7
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goddamn what a way to make a grown penguin cry ... read this thread just as I happen to have my new build in my lap ... we need a group buy on kleenex
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Old July 02, 2003, 14:47   #8
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What a fitting thread to read just after I got my FAL back together. She isn't beautiful just yet, but not a hag either.

http://www.public.asu.edu/~jbovenzi/...39;s%20FAL.jpg
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Old July 05, 2003, 03:19   #9
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Do any of you "old-timers" know what happened to the author of this piece? The Files Register contains entries for:

* "mad dog" --- 1 Post
* "Mad Dog" 7.62 --- 1890 Posts
* "maddog" --- 8 Posts
* "MadDog7" --- 6 Posts

Perhaps he was not one of the members who transitioned over when the Board changed. "Will the REAL Maddog please stand up?"

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Old March 05, 2006, 18:06   #10
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Thought this was good enough bring 'round again.Thought it was great.
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Old March 05, 2006, 19:53   #11
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Thank you for bringing this around again.

I have 2 FAL's made from R1 kits and 1 Belgian completed and making fire and thunder again.
I have 1 SLR and 1 frankenfal in the works and collecting parts for a Rhodie para lower I have.

So I guess I could say I'm about half way there, for now...............
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Old March 05, 2006, 21:31   #12
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I remember that from WAY back. Still think it's the best thing I've ever read on the internet. FWIW, this is how it's saved to my harddrive. Don't know where the name came from?

FAL Reborn by Phil 'MADDOG' Yantis.htm
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Old March 07, 2006, 14:40   #13
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Nice story. I have number 57 waiting to be built, in addition to my R1 that was completed a month ago.

There's no feeling like bringing and old rifle back to life.
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Old March 07, 2006, 20:28   #14
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#33 is smiling on the rack.

A copy is tacked next to him.
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Old March 08, 2006, 10:08   #15
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I bought #RD1024 back to life today. She is a 1953 Hungarian MN. Bought as a U-FIX-EM. missing Bolthead, magazine latch and front sight when I got her. She made thunder today, and is presently torn apart in the kitchen sink to degrease.
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A bump to the top for any noobs who've never got to read this before.
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Thanks for the bump.
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Yeah, me too. I keep hoping some of them will drop back into the 'files someday. Bunch of great folks who added a lot to the forum.
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Radio was one of the good guys.....sure miss seeing his posts around here. Thanks for the bump
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Old May 28, 2012, 12:14   #21
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WOW!

Wonderful, read this to my son. I'm in the middle of my 5th build.

Thanks, very appropriate on memorial day.

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Dammit!

Every time I read this story, I get teary-eyed.

Then, it makes me want to build an FAL... But I can't because I'm stuck in the barracks, 1500 miles from home and from my DSA



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Old June 27, 2012, 14:16   #24
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Radio,

Empty your PM file, I can't send one, it's full o stuff.

Thanks for that most excellent read.

I gotta get back on the kits I bought some years back and ran out of time to do them with the move.
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Old June 27, 2012, 14:33   #25
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Radio,

Empty your PM file, I can't send one, it's full o stuff.

Thanks for that most excellent read.

I gotta get back on the kits I bought some years back and ran out of time to do them with the move.
Radio is no longer on the planet.
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Old June 30, 2012, 18:49   #26
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Well duh, I just queried, came up with that thread, looked at the last reply, seeing it was just the other day. I had not kept up with al those who have left this earth. Sorry 'bout that, and thanks for the head's up.

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Had to bring this back to life.
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Made me sad - I clicked, saw the reel-to-reel and immediately felt like shit. Radio, shlomo, and too many others.
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Made me sad - I clicked, saw the reel-to-reel and immediately felt like shit. Radio, shlomo, DunkRD and too many others.
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Made me sad - I clicked, saw the reel-to-reel and immediately felt like shit. Radio, shlomo, DunkRD and too many others.
Same here....we have lost too many of the good guys
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