These things always start out so small and innocent, and now here I am with a full on addiction! If any of you are familiar with old Mossberg .22's, you know they are generally regarded as very accurate rifles and are often quite inexpensive. So. Several months ago a friend of mine told me he had an old rifle that he didn't have time for, and he knew I would do it justice. He gave me an old Mossberg 42C, missing the rear sight, buttplate, and magazine. It had literally no blueing left on the barrel and only a small amount left on the receiver. The barrel was full of crud and the muzzle end was rusty. The action had 30 years worth of dust and hair in it, and the takedown screw was super goobered up and seized. This model was offered from 1939 to 1943 I believe. Well, I got it cleaned up, and bought a rear sight, was gifted a few parts including the optics from a few fellow mossberg collectors on the Internet, and got to shootin it. Trigger is heavy as hell for some reason, but this thing still makes a dime sized hole at 25 yards. After buying the magazine, my total investment in this rifle was $38.00....which was the cost of the magazine. It's ugly, been rode hard and put away wet most of its life (70+ years) but its still a shooter! Last week I randomly stopped Into a local gun shop and looked past all the black stuff on the wall and saw some pretty wood that was a familiar shape. They had a great condition Mossberg 146B-A on the wall. These were made early/mid 50's. tube fed bolt action. I was excited because I had been wanting a model with peep sights. This rifle was complete, blueing was probably 98% (several scratches) and the price was pretty fair. Nothing spectacular, but fair. I paid for it, but being on consignment it has to be held for 30 days to make sure it doesn't come up as stolen. I pick it up this coming Saturday. Needless to say, I was (and still am) psyched. Figured its okay, 2 mossbergs is fine. Nothing crazy and this would be a good Christmas present to myself. Now for the gem... Flash forward to yesterday. I was on a local forum and saw something that took me by surprise. Fellow was selling a mint Mossberg 44 US, marked US Property. These were produced in the early 40's and were used as sharpshooter training rifles during WWII. They have been available through the CMP on and off. I had to resist it, but I got the seller to a price I couldn't refuse and went I see it. This rifle is clearly unissued, and appears unfired. Blueing is 100% and every edge on the thing is SHARP. No wear on the bolt or magazine, and the bore looks as good if not better than any of the guns I have bought brand new. Scored pretty big here! I can't wait to shoot it. I'm sure there will be more to come in the future....but two in one week means I should probably slow down a little haha. I will definitely post range reports on the two new ones when I get out to shoot them. Thanks for looking!