Originally Posted by trip286
Ha Ha!! That is pretty durn sweet, but for me it would be a case of having invested more money than its worth.
A guy tried to sell his Geo Metro down the street from me, and always keeping an eye out for a good deal I asked how much he wanted. 10k. I'm not kidding. He had installed leather seats, some fake would trim, power windows, sharp chrome baby moon wheels, remote start, keyless entry, air ride suspension (not the hoppy kind) and as he said "the engine was rebuilt and souped up to make it probably the strongest 3 cylinder on the road!" The thing was really nice as could be, sharpest Metro on the road I'm sure. But I couldn't help but laugh as I asked him "Why didn't you just buy a used Lexus to begin with?"
That rifle is worth every dime! It is not a "military" rifle, but an accurized gem. You could hunt w/ it with complete confidance. Finn Mosin nagants are a huge step up in accuracy and quality, The 28/76 takes it up a few more notches. Way back centerfire rifles were used for the biathlon, the Swede's made the best. This was an attempt to beat them, but sadly the Olympic commitee changed it to .22lr.
History: The sport has its origins in an exercise for Norwegian soldiers, as an alternative training for the military. The world's first known ski club, the Trysil Rifle and Ski Club, was formed in Norway in 1861 to promote national defense at the local level.
Called military patrol, the combination of skiing and shooting was contested at the Olympic Winter Games in 1924, and then demonstrated in 1928, 1936, and 1948, but did not regain Olympic recognition then, as the small number of competing countries disagreed on the rules. During the mid-1950s, however, biathlon was introduced into the Soviet and Swedish winter sport circuits and was widely enjoyed by the public. This newfound popularity aided the effort of having biathlon gain entry into the Winter Olympics.
The first World Championship in biathlon was held in 1958 in Austria, and in 1960 the sport was finally included in the Olympic Games. At Albertville in 1992, women were first allowed in Olympic biathlon.
The competitions from 1958 to 1965 used high-power centerfire such as .30-06 Springfield and 7.62x51mm NATO, and so on, before the .22 Long Rifle rimfire cartridge was standardized in 1978. The ammunition was carried in a belt worn around the competitor's waist. The sole event was the men's 20 km individual, encompassing four separate ranges and firing distances of 100 m, 150 m, 200 m, and 250 m. The target distance was reduced to 150 m with the addition of the relay in 1966. The shooting range was further reduced to 50 m in 1978 with the mechanical targets making their debut at the 1980 Winter Olympics in Lake Placid.