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Well actually its a 1940 Izhevsk, Finn capture, Soviet recapture. :thumbsup: I know that these are very uncommon. But much to my amazement, I was handed a rifle, seen the SA mark, the 41 mark, and the D mark. Its even in a prewar stock. :thumbsup: Needless to say, this one did not go into layaway. I will try to post pictures tonight. Its currently has about 20 pounds of cosmoline in and on it. And yes I am on cloud 9. Oh yea, best part, 89.99 at Dunhams.

 

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(Finnish for NICE)
 

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Pics show the real deal that you have, there. Good eye, and great decision to snap it up quick.

Now the task of scrubbing out all that white stuff from the stamps to preserve its natural history. ;)


(no offense, just a personal peeve of mine)
 

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Pics show the real deal that you have, there. Good eye, and great decision to snap it up quick.

Now the task of scrubbing out all that white stuff from the stamps to preserve its natural history. ;)


(no offense, just a personal peeve of mine)
No offence taken, just makes it easier to see the stamps. It can be removed without a problem.
 

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Thanks for the comments everyone. Brought home my first mauser yesterday, Yugo 24/47. Only paid 120.00 plus tax for that one. Had plans to get it cleaned up and pictures. But after finding this one having a hard time wanting to mess wit the mauser. Been finding a few good deals lately, lets home the trend continues.
 

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Good one.
 

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I often wonder about the fate of the soldiers who used such rifles in combat. First it was some poor kid assigned to be cannon fodder for the Socialist Utopia. Then it was issued for some heavily-outnumber Finn with his country's and his family's existence on the line. Then maybe used by some other Russian grunt, or maybe two or three more, on the glorious Motherland's march to Berlin.

It's been beaten to death here whenever we talk about war movies and such...that all good war movies are anti-war. Maybe these relic of ours are anti-war, too. As interesting to study and as much fun they are to shoot, they do represent the terrible waste that is war. Rifles are harder to kill than soldiers. They represent resources and treasure that would have or should have been directed at bridges or cars or refrigerators.

The Finns were right to fight back; they had really no choice. We Americans, Brits, Aussies, Kiwis, etc. had no choice but to fight back in WWII. But so much good is wasted.
 
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