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Old 10-25-2013, 6:43 AM
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I saw this little collection pic posted on another forum, unfortunately without attribution:



I really liked how clean everything looked and thought I'd try to emulate it once I finally got my MAS36.



Didn't have a spare bedsheet to lay down as a background, plus I got the order wrong because I'm way stupid! So to make up for it I decided to expand a little bit.





Does anyone else have a WWII playset they'd like to show off?
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Old 10-25-2013, 9:09 AM
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YOU HAVE A G43!?



Alas, when it comes to WW2 goodies, I have very specific fetishes...
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Nice collection ZenMastaT.

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Wow! That's darn close to the whole WWII set. Very impressive. Thanks for sharing!
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MP40 in the works?
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Not anymore. Sold it and the ammo and went on vacation.
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I wish!

Nice collection! That is for posting the pics!
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Don't see an STG44 either...
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Here's (half) of mine. See the earlier "WW2 rifles Fort Macaurthur" post for details. BTW I will be exhibiting this display tomorrow, October 27th at the Wings, Wheels &Rotors show in Los Alamitos if anyone wants to see (and touch) them in person.
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Thanks for the replies guys! Yeah there are quite a few guns I've given up on acquiring either due to unavailability, high cost or just a fear or the collection expanding too much and overwhelming my whole safe.

No plans to get any semi-clones of the various SMGs or MGs from the war, would love a 1941 Johnson but $4k is a bit much to swallow, same for the G41s of the world. And one Russian Mosin is enough for me! Will likely be adding a Finn soon though.
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Nice collection....

Don't be under any illusions... Your collection will grow to exceed the capacity of your safe..

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And that's a good thing!!!!!
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I forgot about Japan and Italy... CURSE ME!!!
Hmm, I've always thought... if I went Italian, I have to go French too... I am not too sure if I want anything from those two countries in the WWII era...
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I have to say, given the choice between the French MAS-36 and the Italian Carcano Carbine pictured above, the MAS-36 wins hands down. It's a neat design and actuating the bolt doesn't feel like shifting a piece of rebar through a bucket of rocks. Plus it doesn't use a crazy enbloc that can fly out of the gun while you're trying to load spitting rounds out everywhere and making you look like a dang idiot at the range. I imagine that is.
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I think French rifles are amazing.

I have a MAS-36 and a MAS-44 and both are small handy rifles.
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Haha very nice! I've seen a couple Semi-Auto Brens listed on calguns and at the range. I guess there are more in state than I thought at first! I tell myself that semi-auto conversions of MGs aren't really interesting to me but realistically, it's just the cost that keeps me from looking at them.
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I have a MAS-36 and a MAS-44 and both are small handy rifles.
Small handy rifle for me is a M1 Carbine
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What a great collection. What is the 3rd rifle in the original picture?
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There is quite a bit of awesomeness in this thread. Great pictures. I have grown to have such an appreciation for C&R guns that all my EBR modern stuff just gathers dust. Between Mosin Nagants and Mausers I am at about 15, and I have 1 Garand with another on order with CMP. I will not have the space or funds to get into any of the other stuff, such as French, Italian, or British guns, but nothing is more interesting than these types of real battle rifles.
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Not anymore. Sold it and the ammo and went on vacation.
Did you learn your lesson?

And to the OP, beautiful collection. That G43 is awesome. How about a close up?
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Don't be under any illusions... Your collection will grow to exceed the capacity of your safe..

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And that's a good thing!!!!!
This is 100% FACT. The advice to "go big" on safe purchases is always true and often ignored. I have outgrown a couple safes already.
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What a great collection. What is the 3rd rifle in the original picture?
That's the MAS-36, French rifle of the second World War. That was the last one I acquired as well - they're not uncommon but they do shoot 7.5 French which can get a little expensive.

If you're interested in some more pics of the K43 you can check them out here: http://imgur.com/a/TJ8QA#0

It's an AC45, mostly matching except the stock. Aftermarket sight hood and cleaning rod.
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I'm currently working a WWII pistol collection, having some issues finding some
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This is 100% FACT. The advice to "go big" on safe purchases is always true and often ignored. I have outgrown a couple safes already.
Either that, or your collection will eventually outgrow the space allowed by your house!!
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Awesome! But *puts flamesuit on* where's the K31??

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Awesome! But *puts flamesuit on* where's the K31??

*Also puts flamesuit on*

Indeed, where is the K31?

I would dare rate that rifle as the best overall bolt-action rifle produced during the war
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I had a beech stocked K31 made in 1946, I believe, back when they were $100 from Big 5. At a certain point I decided I was going to restrict my collection to nations that actually fielded large quantities of troops in combat during WWII or else I'd never be able to maintain any kind of cohesive theme so I sold the K31 to a friend who liked it a lot more than I did.

If I'm going to actually shoot for accuracy or to practice marksmanship I have other modern rifles that work for that purpose a little better than most of my old milsurp does.
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If I'm going to actually shoot for accuracy or to practice marksmanship I have other modern rifles that work for that purpose a little better than most of my old milsurp does.
Depends on what you mean by "practice marksmanship". It's actually pretty good practice to see how accurately you can operate an antiquated weapon system.
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Nice collection Zenmasta -

You will soon have a new G43 I think

Cal-Bar - the person shooting the Bren is about to get schooled on the rear eject mechanism - even if he doesn't get burned by the receiver heat, he has chosen the worst possible way to shoot a Bren or ZB -
Grasp the rear stock with your left - or, if standing, turn and twist the carrying handle to it's side mount position.

Blah - who cares, lol - but I shuddered when I saw his shooting position.

Some of my WW2 inventory - all legally registered (AW - DWP, my EFP, etc.,) or demilled.
The collection has had some additions since this pic was taken.
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Man I would really like to add a No.4 Mk. 1 (T) to my collection. I've seen a few mock-ups for sale recently that have been very tempting...
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Nice collection Zenmasta -

You will soon have a new G43 I think

Cal-Bar - the person shooting the Bren is about to get schooled on the rear eject mechanism - even if he doesn't get burned by the receiver heat, he has chosen the worst possible way to shoot a Bren or ZB -
Grasp the rear stock with your left - or, if standing, turn and twist the carrying handle to it's side mount position.

Blah - who cares, lol - but I shuddered when I saw his shooting position.

Some of my WW2 inventory - all legally registered (AW - DWP, my EFP, etc.,) or demilled.
The collection has had some additions since this pic was taken.
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how about the WWI and WWII M95 ? was used by Germany in WWII after the absorbed Austria. not every german issued a mauser.
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If I do get one more WWII rifle it will likely be a Steyr. That's a litttle far afield for me, plus I try to pair each of my rifles with an appropriate era pistol. If I can get a Steyr M1912 off a friend then I'll definitely be compelled to get the rifle to go with it.
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Sets and pairs are good. I had thought years ago four was a nice number. Now I have been reducing to pairs and singles. Next will be ones are fine. LOL

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