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Old January 26, 2020, 16:17   #1
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Some old C&R fun

I visited a dear firend two hours drive from me last yesterday . He gave my son several old military rifles , one was an Amberg M71 infantry rifle, matching . Only thing missing on it is a sling swivel for the middle band and a bayonet.
My friend even dug out a box of old western scrounger 43 mauser ammo. Well first thing this morning my son put five rounds through it... what a hoot !. Nice roar with good old fashioned black powder smoke !.
The second was a 1917 Amberg gew98 , matching but the stock. Butr the stock is also an Amberg same period product and like the rifle near mint condition. Only non imperial thing on it is the post war Bavarian militia EWB branded into the wood. But no 1920 stamp or post imperial mods...it never got turned into the Weimar or Nazi governments. Shame on the mismatch stock , but it's still gorgeous and my son put some rounds through it today as well.
The third is also a 1917 Amberg gew98 , also EWB branded , no postwar mods...well excepting someone faked this into a sniper. I know it's lineage - came from a deceased collector JW whom got it from another collector CB. I know both of them and JW probably never new he got taken. It's a fairly amature attempt of fraud to an experienced eye. And the scope is a 1930's Hensoldt Wetzlar commercial optic. Bases may have been original WW1 era but were goobered onto rifle and modified for this scope. Needless to say it won't zero , and trough in bases is too high for iron sights ( faker had no clue on what he was doing - thankfully ) . Oh and the triggerguard and floorplate,are renumbered affairs , follower is WW2 era part. The bolt bending was pretty decent though like the bases you can spot the welding they did to make it "work". Anyhow it's a shooter from now on. I have to find a scope guy to refurb scope guts and my smithy can align the bases properly to at least make it a proper shooter. If I can get it done before deer season , my son wants to carry it. This rifle actually came from a buddy in CT whom is retiring from collecting as he's getting up there in age and health . He got this from JW before JW passed away , and was privy to where it came from.
It won't ever be used to screw a naieve collector again.
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Old January 26, 2020, 18:46   #2
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Very neat, 3 Ambergs in one day!! Even better that your son was there and got to shoot the BP. Gongrats..

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Old January 26, 2020, 19:30   #3
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Very neat, 3 Ambergs in one day!! Even better that your son was there and got to shoot the BP. Gongrats..
Agreed , loads of fun !. Just gotta fix up the fake sniper and make it a deerslayer. Really is a shame someone fubar'd an otherwise gorgeous gew98 for vanity and or profit.
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