Originally Posted by chloeshooter
It's too bad that Americans have such a disposable culture, military included. Imagine if we had preserved all the 1903 Springfields, M1 Garrands and Carbines.....instead they are rare and awfully expensive
The Ruskies suffered like crazy in the first two world wars and they were going to be prepared if they ever had to fight another large land war. The Chinese Mosins I have seen look like crap and I would not want one. MN or SKS? For $500 you can have both!
the ruskies are just doing what we did shortly after the korean war. we rearsenaled a good portion of our warstock sold some off to friendly nations and sold the ones not worth arsenaling to outfits like the cmp. up till about 1990 m1 garand and carbines and the 1903 including snipers were as cheap and plentiful as mosins. they sold FAST. most are still in private hands and account for a sizeable ammount of firearms in private hands.
the russians filled that desire for cheap war surplus when the american guns dried up.
most of the american ww1/ww2/korea stockpiles werent scrapped they were sold to the american people as the military switched to the m16. as we phased out the m16 in favor of the m16a2 and m4 even the m16a1 wasnt scrapped most of them were sold off as parts minus nfa lower.
so we arent disposing of em as almost all that stuff is now in private hands.