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Old 11-08-2009, 08:54 AM   #1
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A bit of excitement after today's club rifle comp. One of the guys brought out his newly-accquired replica Sturmgewehr; the mag loads with dummy rounds, ejects, trigger engages etc ie everything but actual firing capability.

Was fantastic to hold it, guess I was very possibly the most excited person there...I tried to restrain myself and could have taken many more pics if I hadn't wanted to appear *somewhat* sane lol. So forgive me for the overload..yeah there are a few!

The guy who owns it (in the background of the photos) holds a special prohibited weapons/restricted licence as a collector.


So much like the AK, unsurprisingly since a German was captured with one by the Russians in 1944, obviously Kalashnikov must have got a few "hints"...


Have to say racking the charging handle was immensely satisfying! *Bang!* That uncannily familiar sound which I know so well from youtube AK videos, heh. Absolutely made my day. Especially since this is as close as I'm ever likely to get to an AK...or anything semi-auto for that matter.











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last ones



Can you see the pure desire in his eyes?



Joy getting a go


Actually, it's only now that I post these photos here that I realise how truly deprived we are in oz. Wouldn't be surprised if a few members here lol'd at our unseemly joy over something that doesn't actually fire


/sigh!

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Zhuk:

What a beautiful weapon! But a non-firing replica? Must be something like kissing your sister.

But thanks for posting the photos, I have not ever had the opportunity to see one in person, so those photos are appreciated.

It is such a shame that you Aussies have to endure such a crap social-political anti-gun environment there down under. Which amazes me, beacuse none of the 12-15 Aussies that I have known personally were anywhere close to being socially correct or politically liberal!

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Zhuk:

What a beautiful weapon! But a non-firing replica? Must be something like kissing your sister.

But thanks for posting the photos, I have not ever had the opportunity to see one in person, so those photos are appreciated.

It is such a shame that you Aussies have to endure such a crap social-political anti-gun environment there down under. Which amazes me, beacuse none of the 12-15 Aussies that I have known personally were anywhere close to being socially correct or politically liberal!


'Kissing your sister', heh...rather a good analogy for replicas I guess!


Glad you liked the pics. I was giggling like the proverbial schoolgirl for some time afterwards, and I get that big goofy grin thinking about it now


Yeah I know unfortunately us shooters are looked upon with considerable suspicion by the public at large. I decided to support the club & the cause and bought a RANRRC (Royal Aust Naval Reserve Rifle Club) cap last week...you should see the double-takes and weird looks I get on the street from assorted people lol

We never had the sort of widespread-accepted gun culture like the US has traditionally had, but that bastard Howard has a lot of demonising to answer for.
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'Kissing your sister', heh...rather a good analogy for replicas I guess!


Glad you liked the pics. I was giggling like the proverbial schoolgirl for some time afterwards, and I get that big goofy grin thinking about it now


Yeah I know unfortunately us shooters are looked upon with considerable suspicion by the public at large. I decided to support the club & the cause and bought a RANRRC (Royal Aust Naval Reserve Rifle Club) cap last week...you should see the double-takes and weird looks I get on the street from assorted people lol

We never had the sort of widespread-accepted gun culture like the US has traditionally had, but that bastard Howard has a lot of demonising to answer for.
That is so cool!!!,
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zhuk,

Here ya go...not exactly a STG-44, but more than a replica

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I'd love to have a STG-44, but will never be able to afford that one. Very cool pics.

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Nice!

I appreciate the link Slo

(considered too dangerous for CA I notice, ha)



Didn't actually ask Richard how much he paid for the STG...but it would have been pretty damn sizable. Being a registered prohibited weapons collector, he must also belong to an official collector's club & attend x number of meetings per year to retain lawful ownership. Just when you thought it couldn't get any more bureaucratic lol

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The StG-44 is truly a historical weapon. The Russians claim the AK was an independent design that was not "inspired" my Sturmgewer. I'm calling BS on that one. It also inspired the CETME/HK G-3 series of weapons.

To make you drool even more, I have a co-worker that has an honest to goodness StG-44. I have fired it. Class 3 machine gun. Ammo is still available, but fairly expensive. I have another co-worker with an MP-40. He is looking to sell if anyone is interested.

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Too right, robocop. Having seen it there's no way you could say it's not the literal precursor to the AK-47...ie a less-overengineered version of the StG. As you might imagine the Russians would prefer

Think I read somewhere once that the more curved AK magazine was a technical improvement, from a performance POV...

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