After 28 Years an old Friend is coming home!

Discussion in 'General Rifle Discussion' started by Sniper03, Aug 31, 2013.

  1. Sniper03

    Sniper03 Supporting Member Supporter

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    A great and true story!
    After 28 years from first meeting my old friend she is coming home! Sometimes things in life amaze you! In 1985 I was issued a brand new custom built Interarms MK-X 308 Sniper Rifle with Zeiss 10X Scope to use on the Team. I used it for around 4 years when it was retired and replaced with a new Remington 700 PSS System. Both in 308 cal. Which at the time the snipers on the team was issued the new Remington rifles. Years have passed and I retired from the in 2003 from the Metro 10 years ago this coming October. A two weeks ago one of the team members and firearms division training officers called me. He advised me that they thought I had inadvertently left my Interarms Rifle in a gun vault in the Armory and they had it. I advised that it was one of the original department owned and issued sniper rifles for the team and it did not belong to me personally. Jokingly I advised if they ever wanted to sell it, I would be interested in it in the future. Little did I know they were getting ready to trade some weapons and equipment in on some new weapons and items. Last week I received a call from the same officer who advised if I wanted it I could purchase it through the dealer for a great price. They had got with the dealer and had it set for me to buy it if I still wanted to do so. The rifle is still in excellent shape and is and always has been very accurate. So I have made arrangements to pick her up on Sept. 9th. After it has been in the team locker for a total of 24 years and never used since I hung it up 24 years ago. I am more than thrilled about bringing my old friend home and the memories that go along with it. Miracles are always possible. What was the chances this would have ever happened. Thought I would just share this with you all. :)

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  2. Axxe55

    Axxe55 The Apocalypse Is Coming.....

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    that's a great story! very cool indeed! thanks for sharing that with us and would like to see some pictures of your old friend when it arrives.:D
     

  3. FrontierTCB

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    That is incredible. Don't forget pics when you get a chance.
     
  4. KAPRAL-POLAND

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    That is great story!
    I would like to see the pictures of your old friend.

    I hope that you've oiled it well 24 years ago bevore store it in a vault!
     
  5. hardluk1

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    Great story . Those old interarms mausers were good shooters.
     
  6. Chainfire

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    I love it when the history of something goes full circle.
    I'm sure you will like having that weapon back in your hands again.
     
  8. Gatoragn

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    Congrats on a score with high sentimental value.
     
  9. trip286

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    If only I can get my hands on my old SAW...
     
  10. JW357

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    Excellent. Congratulations on getting your companion back again.
     
  11. txpossum

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    What a great deal. I had a similar experience a few years ago -- I was set up at a gun show in Fort Worth, selling knives, and for most of the time I was working alone that weekend, so didn't have as much time as usual to look around. On Sunday I got some help, and cruised the other tables to see what was available. I approached one table that had mostly bolt action hunting rifles, and there it was . . . a 30-06 Springfield that my father had customized when I was about six years old, and that I grew up with, and that was sold while I was away at college more than twenty-five years before.

    Needless to say, it went home with me.

    BTW, I just picked up an Interarms Mark X in 30-06 a couple of months ago. It seems like a nice rifle, and even being a stock model with a mediocre scope on it is an accurate shooting gun.
     
  12. hkhunter

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    Great story. I regretted every one I traded off when I thought I needed to trade instead of add to my collection
     
  13. therewolf

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    Cool beans! Hopefully the standard lubrication maintenance

    protocols were followed. That should be a great rifle.
     
  14. JonM

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    congrats!! must see some pics when you get it!!
     
  15. Sniper03

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    Thanks to all! Some I am sure will be a little surprised since the original sniper rifles used looked like hunting rifles but with some internal refinements to make them more reliable and accurate. I think of Carlos Hathcock and his Pre-64 Model 70 Sniper Rifles. And we all know the story of his successful missions with them. So if they are expecting to see some black stocked super rifle they may be disappointed. However the old gal speaks for herself regarding dependability and accuracy. She would always nail rounds 1-3 like a tack driver. But always throw a flyer about 1 MOA out on round 4 if you shot consecutive shots and did not let it cool some! And she has been taken care of for all those years it was set in stone in the armory that all weapons would be properly maintained if assigned or not. I will be picking it up on Sept. 9th.
    Pictures will be coming.

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  16. Sniper03

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    Possum,

    Congrats on your find! You know the feeling of finding something of value that you had written off as long gone and especialy a family keepsake like that! I had a similar experience years ago when my grandfathers child hood friend called me when he was 77 yoa and advised me to come over he had something he wanted to give me. It turned out to be my grandfathers 1890 Hexigon Barreled 22 Short Pump Rifle in excellent condition that my Grandfathers dad had bought for my grandfather when he was 12 years old. He and Leon had made a gun trade years and years ago. I like you were absolutely thrilled to get it. It is truely a keepsake along with the other guns I inherited from my Grandfather. My favorites is this little 22 and the Fox Sterlingworth 20 Ga Double Shotgun grandfather bought during the depression for I believe $32? It was great you found the keeepsake rifle "WOW!" Miracles do happen!

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  17. JW357

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    And if you aren't, you need to get on our level and start researching them.
     
  18. Axxe55

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    i have two books detailing his life and the man was incredible. very down to earth but very mission oriented and duty bound. he was an amazing shooter with a true talent for shooting. not just as a sniper, but as a competitor as well.

    i would have like to have met the man and listened to some of his stories after reading about him.

    if i am not mistaken, one of his commanding officers and close friends, Jim Land is on the board of director of the NRA.
     
  19. JW357

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    A friend of my wife's family, whose name was John (recently passed away) was a Marine Scout Sniper during Viet Nam. He actually occassionaly worked with (could have been trained with, I'm not positive. I only talked to him once about it) Carlos Hathcock. John was an awesome man, though. I wish I had gotten to meet him earlier on, so I could have spent more time talking with him.

    My wife thinks of him (and his wife) as her Uncle (Aunt) even though they aren't related by blood.

    When I met him, he blessed me. He is a Native American (ashamedly I can't remember which tribe right now), so his blessing meant a lot. He must've liked me.

    Here's a picture of him when he was a Marine. His wife uploaded it to her facebook after his passing. I thought she put the full photo (this one is cropped to just his face) with his rifle in it, but I can't find it right now.



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  20. Sniper03

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    AXXE & JW,
    You are correct he was a common a guy as you could ever want to meet. But just to be around him commanded respect knowing what all he had done. And as stated he was one H of a competitive shooter.
    I had the pleasure of meeting Carlos on two occasions. A good friend of mine and instructor was friends with him and been to his home several times. The last time I saw him when Carlos showed up at our Sniper School to see Bob and the guys. He was in a wheelchair the last time I saw him at the school and not doing very well at all. What a shame for an American Hero which he was and to suffer the rest of his life for his brave act saving other soldiers. May he RIP! And God has a special place in Heaven for men like Carlos, England and Kyle! It is too bad he never saw his medal awarded to him by the military but finally his son accepted it on his behalf a few years after his death. :(

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