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  1. If your Enfield's metal parts have been painted, acetone may remove the painted finish. I would try something milder like odorless mineral spirits or even Ballistol. Good luck with the project.
  2. Chris, I have fired many thousands of rounds of the Greek .303 HXP Ball ammo through all sorts of firearms and have never had a problem with it. Over here it is considered very good stuff and brings a premium price when it can be found. Greek .30-06 Ball was even sold through the CMP for match shooting for a while. There was a issue with craze cracking in No4 cadet rifles back in the 1980's but from what I understand these were very worn rifles that were poorly maintained and the Governments involved thought it would be cheaper to ban firing live ammo in them, rather than inspect them. I can remember seeing an article about this in Jane's weekly way back then. Here is a link to a gun board discussion on the subject: http://forums.gunboards.com/showthread.php?380991-Surplus-quot-Enfield-quot-Warning FWIW, I also miss seeing your under water photos I hope all is well, Bob
  3. Chris, I have never heard of a 3 round burst device on a M2 Browning, or know how one would work. I know of some of the weird experimental stuff that was tried but this was all done by the US Government, or as speculation by the companies manufacturing the guns. Most of the Flexible Cal .50 M2HB guns that we built were equipped with a bolt latch device that had a separate thumb trigger between the regular trigger thumb plates and would allow the gun to manually fire single shots. Fixed vehicle mounted weapons were equipped with various solenoids that would mount on either the back plate, top plate , or side plates. Usually these were equipped with and M10 Charger. These guns were only set up for full auto. Most of our stuff was built to the standard U.S. drawing and specs. We did sell several hundred Cal .50 M2HB Machine Guns to Australia in about 1980, or so, but these were all standard flex model guns built to US Specs. The easiest way to limit the gun to a three round burst would be to load a dummy cartridge every 4th round. The gun would require recharging before firing again. I wish I could add more to the conversation, but I am curious how such a device would work in a Browning.
  4. I have two Weatherby Vanguard S2 rifles. one in .223 and the other in .30-06. These are the Griptonite stock non detachable fixed magazine models. Both will shoot sub MOA groups at 100 yards with cheapo factory ammo. Leupold scopes on both rifles. Excellent quality, what's not to like. I don't have to put up with Remington's quality problems. Plus, Mr. Weatherby sent me a thank you letter after I filled out the warranty card.
  5. Shep854, this was an official USN photo that my Uncle sent to my Dad a many years ago. My Uncle lived in DC and went by the Navy achieves and the guys there found the picture using a name and ship search. FWIW, this was in the 1960's. Both my Dad and Uncle are long gone now.
  6. Captain Jocko Clark took the Yorktown back and had the first combat batch of SB2Cs off loaded and had the SBDs put back on board, My Father told me of flying as an air gunner in one of the first planes which had a bunch of rivets pop out of the tail in a test dive. He was sitting there watching this happen just a few feet away. The sheet metal was flapping. He told the pilot what was happening, the pilot eased up on the dive and they made it back to the Yorktown.
  7. IIRC, the Vengeance did not have folding wings. It would have had to have a total redesign for carrier use. I live about 8 miles from what was Vultee's WW2 factory in Nashville. My father was an Aviation Ordnance man who also flew as a gunner on TBF, SB2C and SBD during the war off the Yorktown. IIRC, he wasn't a Helldiver fan either. Here is a photo of him arming an SB2C in 1945. Dad is on the left wearing the V1A shirt.
  8. From what I can find on line the only company that still manufactures new 8x50R Mannlicher ammo is the India Ordnance Factory and they call it the .315 Cartridge. This was also offered as the .315 Enfield by British gunmakers many years ago. Custom loaders cam make it from 8x56mm Rimmed Hungarian Prvi Partizan cartridge cases but it requires reforming the brass and uses a larger diameter bullet than the 7.92mm Mauser, .330 Dia vs .323 Dia. Most of the ammo I have seen for this Cartridge is either WW2 military surplus or old Kynoch commercial ammo. http://ofbindia.gov.in/products/data/ammunition/sc/14.htm
  9. Ugh!! Well, at least it is in the ever popular 8x50R Mannlicher chambering.
  10. Think the the photo was taken by someone on a Pan Am Clipper.
  11. http://smg.photobucket.com/user/s2chris/media/6DB77E47-21D0-47AD-BCD8-FB581E1FD3CE-1958-000002F8C8FCEC2D_zpsa02c0727.jpg.html IIRC he got reprimanded for this.
  12. It is not a Carcano. I agree with bojan it is an early Mannlicher rifle. I think it might be a weapon left from the Revolution and used by which ever side ended up with that particular pile of captured war material. Just about anything that could be considered serviceable was sent to Russia during WW1, including many obsolete weapons. This 1886 or 1888 would have been consider a very serviceable weapon back then as long as the ammunition supply held out. There are reports of many older single shot weapons also being sent to the Russians during WW1. It is very Plausible that large numbers of captured Austro-Hungarian weapons of different vintages would have been available to both White and Red forces after several years of the previous conflict. That rifle was against that tree for many years.
  13. There was this one however... http://world.guns.ru/handguns/double-action-revolvers/usa/qspr-silent-revolver-e.html I saw one of these at the AUSA show in Washington, DC back in the late 1970's S&W had it at their booth. IIRC it was built on an N frame and had a four inch smooth bore barrel and fired a captive cartridge that was about .44 caliber. That was supposed to produce very little sound and was designed for tunnel clearing in VN, The sample I saw did not have any fancy sight and did not have a can.
  14. Michael Brunk, ex USAF, 'Heavy Metal' Those were the days.... and a name to conjure with. Yes! Doug that is where Lee I. Charters actually posted. Chris Werb had imitating him down to a fine art.
  15. Back in the olden days Dave Decker actually posted some nice color photos of his M48 in VN. I can't remember if it was on Tank Net, or Michael Brunk's Tanker's Forum. Perhaps one of the old timers may remember.
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