Friday, February 24, 2017

1943 Turkish Mauser - Ankara

Today I added an 8th Mauser to my growing military Mauser collection. This one is a gorgeous 1943 Ankara Turkish Mauser in 8mm. This model is commonly known to US importers as the Model 1938. However, from my research I have learned that the Model 1938 isn't just one rifle with common parts. The Turks often cobbled together Mauser parts that were interchangeable, to make complete rifles. Turkish Mausers will often have non-matching serial numbers and slight variations in the stock etc. The normal stock on a Mauser such as this, is 4 inches or so longer than a K98 or Yugoslav 24/47 type of Mauser with the top hand guard only extending a little more than halfway to the front of the barrel and it looks a lot like a Gewer 98 in that respect.

Normally, I only like to purchase military surplus rifles with the original stock intact and NOT refinished. Whenever possible I like to preserve the historical accuracy of the rifle, which means, an original, untouched stock. But in this case, I went ahead an picked up this rifle even though it has a refinished stock because whoever refinished it did an AMAZING job. The wood looks so fabulous, as does the rest of the rifle.

I purchased this rifle from a local gun shop which has recently opened up here on the West side of El Paso, called Drake Fine Sporting Arms. The guys that run it are military veterans, they always have good deals on firearms and ammo and do really great gunsmithing work. I just dropped off a Russian SKS with them today that had a stuck bolt, I'll report back on the repair. Anyway, if you're in the El Paso area, stop by and check them out - WEBSITE / FACEBOOK

Stay tuned for a range/shooting video of this rifle coming soon!

Turkish Mauser 1943 Ankara

You get a good look at the crest on the receiver. The bolt, receiver and barrel are all in excellent condition.

Here you get a good look at the refinished stock. You can see why I couldn't pass it up.

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Video - Yugo 59/66 SKS Cosmoline Removal

The featured video highlights my preferred method for removing cosmoline from your Mil-Surp rifles. In this case, a Yugoslav 59/66 SKS.

I like to employ a heat gun, which turns the cosmoline from a thick, sticky substance, into an oily, easy to wipe away liquid. I then spray down the parts with mineral spirits and wipe them clean.

So easy!

Sunday, November 20, 2016

Mississippi Armed Forces Museum - First Army Academy

I had to attend a military school at Camp Shelby, Mississippi earlier this month and I took the opportunity to visit a fantastic military museum during my time off. Visiting museums is one of my favorite things to do and I always make an effort to visit as many as I can whenever I am in a new city. 

The class I had to attend was the Observer Coach / Trainer certification course held at the First Army Academy. The class is mandatory for my current assignment back here at Fort Bliss, Texas. The class provides basic instruction on the finer points of planning, conducting and providing feedback to rotational training units that come to Fort Bliss for training prior to deploying overseas, sometimes to combat assignments in the middle east. Most days we wrapped up class around 4pm, which gave me plenty of time to visit the museum.

The museum is impressive, especially considering that it was originally started by two veterans who put their personal collections of war artifacts on display in a small room in a warehouse. In 2001, a 23,000 square foot facility was built which now houses the museum. If you ever get a chance to visit, I highly recommend it. All displays were open except for the World War II exhibit which will be complete and ready for viewing early in 2017. 

M4A1 Sherman Tank. This is a beautiful example of the well known Sherman that helped win WWII.

First Army Academy OC/T Course - Class 17-03. Yours truly is located in the top row far right.

The South Gate entrance to Camp Shelby, Mississippi.

M60 Patton Tank

The sunset behind the M4A1 Sherman Tank.

M3 Stuart Light Tank.

Side view of the M4A1 Sherman Tank

Many don't know that the Army has an air wing. This OV-1 Mohawk observation aircraft could be outfitted with a variety of armaments including 50 cal. machine guns.

This is a cannon captured from the Spanish in the Philippines at the conclusion of the Spanish - American War. 

OV-1 Mohawk

A fine example of a ZSU 23-4 Soviet Anti-Aircraft Gun.

The focus of the exhibits features the military history of troops from Mississippi and begins with the War of 1812 and pre-Civil War era. 

1898 Krag-Jorgensen Rifle

Civil War Exhibit

1858 Starr Double Action Revolver

1860 Colt Army Revolver. This example is attached to a wood stock.

The one and only M1911 .45 ACP

Company C, 114th Supply, 39th Division World War I era.

M1917 Colt Revolver (top) and M1917 Smith and Wesson Revolver (bottom)

Another M1911. So awesome.

M1903 Springfield (top) and M1917 Enfield Rifle (bottom)

German "Pickelhaube" World War I helmet.

The infamous Mauser C96 "Broomhandle" Semi-Auto Pistol

Assorted German World War I small arms including Gewehr 98 (top left), Gewehr 88 (middle left), M1910 Mauser Pistol 7.65x17mm (top right), C96 Mauser (middle right), P08 Luger with stock.

Entrance to the "trenches" of the World War I exhibit.

A "dough boy" peers above the trenches into no man's land.

A beautiful P08 Luger

G.V. Montgomery - Author of the GI Bill. Thanks dude!

Perhaps a little known fact, the Army fielded an updated version of the M1911 known at the M15. It shared the same .45 ACP cartridge but has a short barrel and larger sights. It was issued to Officers and was therefore known as the M15 General Officers Pistol.

Medal of Honor recipient Jacklyn H. Lucas. 1st Battalion, 26th Marines, 5th Marine Division. Iwo Jima. He was only 17 years old when he received the Medal of Honor. Wow.

Korean War exhibit.

North American F86 Saber fighter jet.

Vietnam War Landing Zone exhibit.

First Army Academy Barracks.

An M249 SAW machine gun outfitted with a MILES laser.

M249 SAW

OC/T students step off on a tactical road march.

This soldier's M16 rifle is fitted with a blank adapter (red).

A soldier makes a cautious approach to a village that his squad is about to raid.

With training complete, it's time to clean the weapons.