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Old 10-12-2013, 05:54 AM   #11
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Wasn't it Ford's refinishing that specialized in refurbishing the roll marks? Maybe they could help?
 
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Old 10-12-2013, 06:32 AM   #12
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I wish the blurred roll marks was all there was to it.
 
Old 10-12-2013, 04:09 PM   #13
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Last one, then it's somebody else's turn.

My 1859 pattern "McNelly" Sharps cavalry carbine in good old .45-70 Govt. Shown here with my funky handloaded ammo consisting of my own cast bullets that tip the scales at 412 gains, finished with the gas check.

With 45 grains of IMR 3031, it provides me with all the thump on the back end that this old tiredass white boy can handle...and it hits HARD.

Set up on a hillside across a small draw 500 yards distant, I was able to use the ladder sight along with a little Kentucky windage and Tennessee elevation to walk the shots onto some sand-filled 5 gallon buckets, and was hitting them often enough to know that I didn't want to be out there with a man lookin' at me through the sights with murder in his heart. The hits rewarded us with a resounding thump,and later inspection showed that the bullets went clear through the buckets and too deep into the dirt behind'em to dig out.

I imagine that the mid-range trajectory coulda cleared Paul Bunyon's head with room to spare. I haven't shot it in nearly 2 years. After the fall that pretty well wrecked my right shoulder, I'm a little...hesitant.


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Old 10-13-2013, 03:50 AM   #14
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Uh oh. I lied. I dug up another one.

A Model 27-dash-nothin' that I got from the original owner...and old man in West bygod Virginia who used it mostly for pest control on a mountainside farm. He estimated that it'd been shot about 150 times. As with most pre-Bangor Smiths...lockwork slick as buttered glass.

They just don't make'em like this any more.

 
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Thanks JT.
 
Old 10-14-2013, 03:32 AM   #16
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Wish I had pictures of more of'em, retDAC. I don't have a camera, so I have to depend on the good will of a couple friends who own good pitchertakers for the task. I guess I could buy one, but I'm not much into spendin' money on unnecessary things...well...except for interesting guns. A man's gotta have a few vices besides coffee and tobacco.
 
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Old 10-14-2013, 11:16 AM   #18
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Like the melt job on that one.
 
Old 10-14-2013, 06:53 PM   #19
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Sometimes timing is everything. I have a day off work today so that means I usually go visit the local gun shops just to "look" - at least that's what I tell my bride.

Today was no different; I was in the processing of bringing something home to "look at" permanently when someone walked in with a black nylon computer bag over his shoulder and asked the owner of the shop if he ever bought guns from other people. I've been dealing with this gun shop owner for almost 10 years and I have a good idea of how the buying process goes so I just stood there and watched the guy pull what appeared to be an ASTRA 400 in a black leather flap holster, 1 x 100 round box of Interarms 9mm ammo and 2 x 50 round boxes of 9mm ammo marked 9 mm 44 on the case. The seller said the gun was worth at least $800 but wanted $450 for it...

With the blessing of the gun shop owner I made him a offer that was somewhat better then what the shop owner offered to pay so now I have a holstered Astra 600 chambered in 9mm that has a non-matching numbered magazine. Other then the Astra equivalent of a 1911 Idiot Mark (the barrel bushing looks like its been bitten by slip joint pliers) I would say the gun is about 85% - 90%. I assume by the serial number that this was a post WWII German Police Pistol although there are no markings on the holster or the gun other then printed in ink on the inside flap of the holster is the name Menzel which sure sounds German to me. Here are some photos of it:


Holster

Astra Logo

Astra 600 Proofmarks

Barrel Stamp

Here's my Astra Family Portrait; the A600, A400, and A300. 9mm, 9mm Largo, and 9mm Kurz and a size comparison between the 400 and 600:




I also picked up an H&R The American SA/DA .32 S&W:

 
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JohnnyT.....

Not intended to hijack.....

Just noticed that you are in NC.....what part?


I'm in Greensboro. Tracy
 
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