So, this is what this section looks like.
I haven't been in here much. Cool.
Anyways, the boss wanted us to see about posting some new, searchable, interesting threads that might be unique to FTF. I got to thinking that AR's are pretty common and I have enough of those posts. Why not share a little something that I inherited and give you guys a chance to learn about something you might not have known about previously?
So, my grandfather served in WWII and he was an avid, avid hunter and outdoorsman. He loved it and did it his whole life. While he was overseas in the European theater, he came across a few items that he either sent home or brought home with him and this is one of them.
This is a German, Made in Munich as stamped on the barrels, side by side shotgun with a center axis, under bore rifled barrel that I believe is chambered in 8x57JR ( or 8mm Mauser ).
This was apparently considered quite the field hunting gun at the time and was a highly sought piece of kit. As you can see, there is some elaborate engraving depicting scenes of elk or deer and some hillsides with mountain views.
Behind the standard slide lever to open the breach, is a two stage selector. In the rear position, the weapon is ready to fire the side by side shotguns, but with the forward flip of this selector, it raises a very small rear sight and the centerfire rifle is engaged to fire. It's pretty darn slick engineering if you ask me.
In the stock, which I assume is walnut, is a trap door that will hold 4 additional cartridges, for a total of 5, allowing the hunter to effectively put an end to any thing he hit once and for all.
So, there is a little piece of history that perhaps you did not know about prior to this thread. You can find a lot of information by hitting a search engine and entering "German Drilling Rifle" to further your knowledge if you wish.