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Old 11-26-2013, 07:30 AM   #1
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A close friend of mine lost his grandfather about 2 months ago. In talking to gramps over coffee last year, i found out that he was involved in the battle of Stalingrad during WWII. The man had some cool stories to say the least, I wasn't interested in the stuff in the history books, I like to learn about the day to day stuff, worst meal you ate, closest friend, what you did with your downtime, etc. We lost him 3 days after his 92nd birthday.

One of the items passed to his grandson is a Mosin Nagant 91\30 that is pretty beat up. His dad is a gunsmith, so he offered to go over the operating systems, and I was asked to refinish the stock in a walnut stain and seal it for him. I am honored to do so, and here is where I'm at so far. Stripped, sanded smooth, stained, and temporarily reassembled to keep the parts all in one place after his dad dropped of the butt plate and fore end cap this afternoon. I will be leaving the dents in the wood as per their request. They want it done in the same way gramps would want it, IOW still able to tell it's story.

Tomorrow I will strip it down again and start the oiling process. Yes, he will keep it as a shooter, but it will also be a display piece inside a shadowbox with his grandfather's picture and medals. I will get pics of the completed display as well for all to enjoy.

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Old 11-26-2013, 01:17 PM   #2
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No matter what the weapon is or what the actual real value is as far as monetary value. There certainly is something that is truly priceless about a weapon handed down to us by a dear family member! I guess as in my case as well as your friend, a Grandfather rates at the top! When you look at and handle one of these nostalgic weapons it brings back wonderful memories about the person you loved dearly. Or in my case Grand Dad taught me the love of shooting, weapons, fishing, wildlife and the love of the outdoos. The lessons are also priceless and gives some of us the good foundation we need to live our lives with dignity,respect and to it's fullness. And certainly a love for priceless gifts as your friends rifle! My Grandfather also passed down several prized possessions to me that I cherish and handle frequently thinking about Grand Dad! I know he smiles every time I do! I will be looking forward to seeing your friends rifle when it is finished.

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very nice. just finished a Mosin re-furb myself and almost finished with a second. It's addicting, and they are surprisingly good shooters

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very nice. just finished a Mosin re-furb myself and almost finished with a second. It's addicting, and they are surprisingly good shooters
So very true.

My friend's dad brought over the receiver, barrel, magazine assembly, and other small parts this morning. All he did was some touch up bluing to match the general theme of the build. When I started the staining of the stock I started with about a 7% mix of boiled linseed oil mixed into the stain. The first coat was applied after sanding with 220 grit, then a wipe down after it fried with denatured alcohol. this was followed with 400 grit and a wipe, the 600 grit, a wipe down, and final staining. Final prep was 3 coats of linseed oil left on the wood for an hour each. Here's how it turned out.

The idea of this refinish is to honor grandad and how he would have done the rifle if he was still with us. He would have left it rough around the edges, just as he described himself. I hope you like it Gregory. You are missed.
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great story and an awesome job on the rifle! looks great, and i think he would approve of it.

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great story and an awesome job on the rifle! looks great, and i think he would approve of it.
Thanks Axxe. He was one of the coolest men i ever met. I used to sit in his kitchen just listening and taking in all I could learn about the battle of Stalingrad, and the USSR in general. As I said in my OP, the stuff you can't learn in text books or on the History channel is what interests me the most.

i have another friend on the local indian reservation who's grandfather was a wind talker in the pacific theater. Over the last 10 years, I have been learning the Seneca language, and have heard some hilarious tales of his day to day during that time. If the snow keeps going like it is tonight, I'll be going over to his house to clear the driveway in the morning, and stopping in for coffee and a little more history while I'm out there. Lately we have been talking about life on the reservation during the Great Depression. It puts things into perspective to talk to those who lived through it, and to be able hear their tales is priceless.

I just wish his grandson would learn this. He won't be around forever, and you can never replace that person when the end comes. i know his job keeps him busy, but he needs to make some time now, before it is too late.
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great story and an awesome job on the rifle! looks great, and i think he would approve of it.
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Thats awesome, sweet job you there and a great story, that weapon hasnt looked that good in a very long time yet it still proudly displays its battle scars! Its a memory maker that generations will cherish! You just insured the grandkids might keep it as a wall-hanger for the next 100 years instead of selling it for $100.

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Thats awesome, sweet job you there and a great story, that weapon hasnt looked that good in a very long time yet it still proudly displays its battle scars! Its a memory maker that generations will cherish! You just insured the grandkids might keep it as a wall-hanger for the next 100 years instead of selling it for $100.
the way those Ruskies built those things, heck, his Grandkids can SHOOT the darn thing in a hundred years! too bad the other milsurp rifles of that time can't be as durable...American, German, English or otherwise
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the way those Ruskies built those things, heck, his Grandkids can SHOOT the darn thing in a hundred years! too bad the other milsurp rifles of that time can't be as durable...American, German, English or otherwise
Very true. The only action that was stronger than the M\N during WWII was the Type 99 Arisaka. Between that and the lack of commercially available ammunition many have been rebarreled or rechambered, and turned into sporting riles. Most were rechambered to .30-06.

The rifle was delivered to it's owner today, and he is very happy with it. His uncle down in NC is making the shadow box for it's display now, and I will be sure to get pictures posted when it is complete. Thanks for the compliments. This was a project I was honored to be part of, and a memory that I will always cherish, as it is for all who were involved in this memorial.

Look for a future range report in early June. We will celebrate Gregory's birthday with a Mosins only range day, and this one will be the first one fired.
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