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Old 09-01-2012, 03:16 PM   #1
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Default Starting my WWI collection, any advice?

Hey guys, I am sure there are a bunch of people here feel the same about of military rifles like I do. I love the old milsurp stuff and so I have decided to start my collection buy collection WWI rifles first. I plan to do WWII as well but want to try to stay WWI for now.

What I have so far:

British Enfield 303

Austrian/Hungary Steyr M95

(I am currently talking to a guy about a Russian Nagant and a Swiss K31)

What I want to get:

Russian Nagant

Swiss K31

German K98

Italian Carcano

What else am I missing? I know theres American rifles out there but most of them are 2-3x what the others are.

Looking at the list, there seems to be a lot of options for most places, anyone know where to find some of the harder to find rifles? or have their own opinions/preferences on which to take? Seems like the site doesn't have all the options, I know my 1895 Steyr was used by Austria and Hungary throughout WWI and WWII

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Old 09-01-2012, 03:29 PM   #2
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Found this list for you.

http://www.surplusrifleforum.com/viewtopic.php?f=124&t=5145

Seems like you have a good headstart to WW2 rifles also.

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Canadian Ross

P14 Enfield

American---1917 Enfield. Actually more of them used than 1903 Springfield.

French Lebel and Berthier rifles

Look here---there are some rifles listed that I've never heard of:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_infantry_weapons_of_World_War_I

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How 'bout some sorta Arisaka (Types 30, 38, 44), Or theres a Type 1 Carcano, made by Italy for Japan.. The M1917 is a nice rifle, slightly bulkier and heavier than the M1903... That's one of the next on my list (After a IH Garand and a Krag)

The WWI Gun I want want most is a "Russian" Winchester 1895, but their pretty expensive...

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How 'bout some sorta Arisaka (Types 30, 38, 44), Or theres a Type 1 Carcano, made by Italy for Japan.
Other than the mdl 1891, I don't think any of the Carcano's are WWI.
I know for sure that the type I Arisaka/carcano was late 30's.
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Here's a WWII gun, the French MAS 36. There's one at my local gun store for $275 in amazing condition.

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A Russian M-1891 dated prior to 1918 would be a good start. $250.00 and almost certainly a war vet as the Russians/Soviets were always chronically short of firearms. If you can find one with a good bore they are also good shooters and ammo is dirt cheap.

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I have an Rock Island 1903 Springfield made in 1907 and second year production. It's a low serial number gun and was rebar talked in 1942. These are rare guns but I might sell. I also have an octagon Russian Nagant I believe around 1913 I might sell.

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I do have a non import k98 262 in excellent condition. It was a bring home gun and barely used. I also picked up an org ssa dagger mint, 1918 dwm Luger (police version) an a p38 in org holster. All bring homes and no import marks.

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....Luger!!!....

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