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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.
  16. Didn't Curtiss have really bad quality control issues? I need to dig up citation.... The SB2C did have issues with the rear end of the aircraft in the early models which from what I understand were resolved. Their other products were usually considered good stuff. I think you are thinking of the Brewster Company. They had all sorts of Quality problems.
  17. My late father's ship the USS Yorktown CV10 was one of the first USN carriers to receive the SB2C Helldiver. He once related to me about taking a ride in one of the first batch of planes delivered to the ship. My father, AOM , flew in the gunner's position. Dad said that when the pilot put it into a test dive that rivets started popping out of the empennage, and sheet metal flapping just a few feet from where he sat. He called the pilot and reported what he was seeing the pilot eased off and they made it back on deck. Other crews had a similar experience with that and other issues. The Ship's Captain Joseph James "Jocko" Clark returned to port and had the SB2C Helldivers put on shore, and the had older Douglas SBDs reassigned back on board the Yorktown. The SBDs remained in use for sometime after that until the Navy got some of the flaws ironed out of the Helldivers.
  18. I have two of these pistols and they both work better than the on in the video. The gun obviously needs a new set of recoil springs . I had to replace the springs in one of mine recently. It worked like a champ and then started not going fully into battery like the one in the video. A Type 14 Nambu Wolff Spring kit will solve the issues. Midway USA has them in stock. I also put a Wolff kit into a WW2 P38 that had similar issues and it solved the problem. You can't expect a 70 year old gun to perform like a new Glock without at least giving it a tune up and a once over before hand.
  19. Chris, in the late 1970's when FN started offering M2HB for military sales to compete with Maremont and Ramo, some of there M2HB ground guns were actually converted from M3 AC guns. Somewhere I have an FN Herstal brochure that I got at the AUSA show way back then. The photos of their M2HB ground gun clearly show that it was based on a rebuilt M3 Aircraft gun receiver. It shows where the breech lock depressors rivet holes were welded over and the original side plate markings were removed. Some guns had to have a front sight mounting base added to the trunnion. I have no idea about the Korean war conversions. The basic M2 and M3 receivers are very similar but most of the internals are different.
  20. The poles attack! One off my favorite parts.
  21. All components of USGI firearms such as the bolt, barrel, springs, pins, forgings, and castings have to be traceable back to the original batch of raw material from the foundry. It can be done buy serial number, or other manufacturing codes stamped on the part. That way if a manufacturing problem shows up it can be traced back to the source, or manufacturing procedure, and in theory the effected parts can be withdrawn from service. An early example would be early low number M1903 Rifles made by Springfield, or Rock Island with heat treat and material issues. Also very early M1 Garand receivers were withdrawn from service as they were returned for rework.
  22. Many years ago I saw an original manual for one of these. It was produced in such small numbers that the photos were all glued in and it was put together with staples.
  23. Most firearms that use this type of operating system rely on a fluted chamber so that the gas does blow by to help float the cartridge case out of the chamber. The first two that come to mind are the 7.62 Nato H&K G3 rifle and the 7.5 x 54 (also 7.62 Nato) French AA-52 machine gun. The Austrian Schwarzloze used a toggle delay and relied on an oiler. It was built in a variety range of calibers ranging from 6.5 to 8mm. I would think that without some form of help such as oil, or gas, to float the case out that rims would get torn off the cases.
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