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Old 11-28-2012, 03:00 AM   #21
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Trip- right on both counts.

My K-31 was issued to "Renee". The slip of paper beneath the buttplate would have the SN of the rifle, and the name and address of the soldier it was issued to. In case you should forget, and leave your rifle on the streetcar- so that it can be returned to you. (Seriously! Doncha love it!)

I wrote to him, enclosed a photo of the rifle, and explained that I had purchased the rifle. Got a nice letter back- he is long retired, remembered the rifle fondly, told me about the repair to the toe of the stock, asked me how I liked it, had I shot it, etc.

I have sort of had a similar feeling in some museums. At the Infantry Museum at Ft. Benning is Herman Goering's shotgun. Have seen MacArthur's sidearm (and Gen Eisenhower's) at the National Firearms Museum). My Best Man bought a drilling that turned out to have belonged to Manfred Von Richthofen (the Red Baron) and I got to HOLD Robert E. Lee's revolver many years ago.
That's awesome!
Finding a rifles original owner is like a historical time capsule.
Also, was goerings shotgun like a sporting shotgun? Because the German army was never issued a shotgun as a military arm. Seriously.
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I have several military rifles. Three of them have a bayonet. Every time I look at one of those bayonets I can't help but wonder if they have ever been used. That is a horrible thought. I think I would rather be shot.

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My buddy just bought an AK off a Leo. Cop said he shot the guy in the head about 15 years ago an took it from him an its been in his closet ever since.

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Trip- right on both counts.

My K-31 was issued to "Renee". The slip of paper beneath the buttplate would have the SN of the rifle, and the name and address of the soldier it was issued to. In case you should forget, and leave your rifle on the streetcar- so that it can be returned to you. (Seriously! Doncha love it!)

I wrote to him, enclosed a photo of the rifle, and explained that I had purchased the rifle. Got a nice letter back- he is long retired, remembered the rifle fondly, told me about the repair to the toe of the stock, asked me how I liked it, had I shot it, etc.

I have sort of had a similar feeling in some museums. At the Infantry Museum at Ft. Benning is Herman Goering's shotgun. Have seen MacArthur's sidearm (and Gen Eisenhower's) at the National Firearms Museum). My Best Man bought a drilling that turned out to have belonged to Manfred Von Richthofen (the Red Baron) and I got to HOLD Robert E. Lee's revolver many years ago.
That's awesome. I think I'll pick up one of those K-31s next year. Are the slips of paper pretty common to find in them, or do a lot of them get lost through the years?
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Since it became common knowledge, some people hunt them and collect them on their own. And, so many have already passed through American civilian hands that they've been taken by other previous owners.

It's starting to become semi rare to find the card.

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Since it became common knowledge, some people hunt them and collect them on their own. And, so many have already passed through American civilian hands that they've been taken by other previous owners.

It's starting to become semi rare to find the card.
Well, that sucks. That's one of those things that should always stay with the gun, because it's part of the guns history.
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Re: Goering- Fat Herman was a hunter. His sporting shotgun. Taken from his hunting lodge.

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I am near certain my Lee Enfield was issued during the breakout from Normandy, it's a May '44 production and has some serious stock repairs and lots of wear and tear and the finish is almos worn. I love it to death especially thinking about the Tommy who lugged it around Europe!

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I am near certain my Lee Enfield was issued during the breakout from Normandy, it's a May '44 production and has some serious stock repairs and lots of wear and tear and the finish is almos worn. I love it to death especially thinking about the Tommy who lugged it around Europe!
I have an old enfield as a wall hanger. It survived Katrina, and was sold at a yard sale for $20. It's a cool wall hanger for $20
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Also I had a opportunity to get a Chinese T56 (M44) that had seen some serious usage and I have a hunch that it is a Vietnam vet, but the store owner said it didn't come with any capture papers, it doesn't have import marks and some SERIOUS putting on the bolt and absolutely no bluing. Wish I would've gotten it, but the bolt spring was shot and my brother talked me out of it

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