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There are quite a few folks here who collect WWI and WWII firearms and I thought this would be a good opportunity to share. I'll start!

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not all mine.. but all WWII vintage... and I am the one in the photo...
last one has been posted before... but still cool... and not mine... but cool
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Got a couple that Dad brought back from WWII.

8mm Mauser K98K



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Great idea. Here are a few I happen to have pics of. This BAR is a semiauto replica.



Russian SVT40 I used to own.



French MAS36 LG-42 missing GL sight.


Unissued Finnish potbelly 91/30.
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All.
Some these have been here before.
1. Variations of Model 1903, all made by Remington.
2. Variations of Model 1917.
3. Model 1903 M2.
4. Variations of M1 Garand.
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The only photo I have of my much used Garand.
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FN Model 1922. Made for the Germans in 1942.

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here are a few of my 1911s/A1s and a S&W and Colt 1917s. I can't tell from the pictures which ones they are and of course I didn't label all my pics back then. lee
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A 5 inch Colt New Service .357 caliber sold/shipped to England in June 1940.



A Colt New Service 45 Colt 4 1/2 inch sold to/shipped to England July 1940
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Here's a few old Mausers from 1895 to 1944. A 1936 Mosin and a 1916 Luger.
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Here's a Sauer Mauser K98K I returned to original. It was a duffle-cut bring-back from WWII. I found correct furniture and swapped out.
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Colt Commando. I believe this is the one Ike carried. You can tell it is special because the ordinance bomb is upside down. Yeah, that's it. Yeah that's the ticket.
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What would be a good French WW1 or WW2 collectable rifle?
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Here's mine. I prefer the U.S. guns.

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Here's a little German Ortgies .25 acp. Beautifully machined, unique design, and made only between 1918 and 1924 in .25 acp and .32 acp

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S&W 1917 with a private purchase holster.

More fun than I should be allowed to have.

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All of these are 1940's WWII vintage. Even the M1903 is a '42 manufactured Remington.

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Recovered by my dad, who was a forward observer, WWII. Walther PPK, manufactured 1939.



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WWI
1886-93 Lebel
Berthier 07-15

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Same as above but added to include
MAS 36
Berthier M16
MAS 40 however the day it was tested, 6/8/40 was the same day that German troops arrived in Paris so it really never got into use.
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M-1 carbine... flip sight and push button safety... early one, never upgraded.
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Colt 1917 Shipped to "Commander of Springfield Armory, 4 Jan 1918.


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Winchester M1 receiver with various other parts. I believe this was a CMP rebuild.

Unmarked Victory. Waiting on the letter.

And a Bulgarian contract Luger. This one may have seen both wars. If only this one could talk.
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Only two wartime guns that I own. 1st is a 1932 Hex receiver 91/30 Mosin Nagant; the other is a 1903 Pocket Hammerless .32Auto Colt Pistol.

Late edit: I do have a couple of other wartime guns, at least the models were used in wartime, but not the actual guns. I have a Springfield M1A (basically a semiauto M14), and a Springfield 1911A1.
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Here is my two, I think the 1917 was WWI issue and I think the 1937 was made but never shipped to Brazil.
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I've only got one - a recently acquired 1917 that has been chrome plated (!) and reamed to also shoot 45 Colt.
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Well, I do have a great great grandfather's 1858 Remington Army .44 he carried in the Civil War. I can't post it, as this is for 20th century firearms. Your loss. Also his Remington .36 revolver he kept in his boot as a back-up. 39th Illinois Volunteers.

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Japanese Type 94 Nambu manufacture date April 1941. It was nicknamed the suicide pistol. If you look at the 2nd picture, the long sear bar is shown and when pushed, the gun will fire. These were mainly issued to tank commanders from what I've read.
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In excellent shape with all matching numbers.
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Winchester M-1 and Union Switch and Signal 1911 A-1

1936 S/42 Mauser all matching #s including the magazine
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Ithaca 1911 A1 (1943)
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Here is just one which I know had at least one exciting trip in its biography:

A pre-Victory British Service Revolver, shipped to the British Purchasing Commission in May 1941.

Since it has the acceptance stamp from the Royal Small Arms Factory at Enfield on the frame, which was discontinued once Lend-lease started, I know it crossed the ocean in the belly of a freighter sometime before the end of 1941, at a time when it looked like the U-boats might be winning the Battle of the Atlantic. Obviously, this ship made it.

The gun later transferred into Australian service, most likely by way of resupply for the Australian divisions fighting in the Mediterranean theater, and was FTR'd at Lithgow in 1954, where it lost its original blue finish.

PS: It just occurred to me that this gun almost certainly circumnavigated the Earth. When VEGA in California re-imported these from Australia, they surely came directly across the Pacific. And since I got it on GB from a dealer in NY, it closes the circle. Not that it matters, it's just a cool thought .
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What would be a good French WW1 or WW2 collectable rifle?
A Remington made French Lebel
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My 1944 vintage Jap Type 99 LMG 7.7
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Here is just one which I know had at least one exciting trip in its biography:

A pre-Victory British Service Revolver, shipped to the British Purchasing Commission in May 1941.

Since it has the acceptance stamp from the Royal Small Arms Factory at Enfield on the frame, which was discontinued once Lend-lease started, I know it crossed the ocean in the belly of a freighter sometime before the end of 1941, at a time when it looked like the U-boats might be winning the Battle of the Atlantic. Obviously, this ship made it.

The gun later transferred into Australian service, most likely by way of resupply for the Australian divisions fighting in the Mediterranean theater, and was FTR'd at Lithgow in 1954, where it lost its original blue finish.
Your post made me dig mine out today. It likewise went through FTR at Lithgow in 1954, but is a slightly later gun as the "UNITED STATES PROPERTY" stamp on the top strap indicates it was a Lend-Lease gun. Aired it out this evening, 15 rounds at 25 yards, offhand. NEI #169a bullet over 2.0 grains of Bullseye, reputedly a duplicate of the service load. A tad high with a 6 o'clock hold but nicely centered.
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Since I had the .38-200 ammo out for the BSR, figured may as well pop off a few with the Enfield No2, Mk1** Still 25 yards, still a 6 o'clock hold. Pretty much good enough for who it's for!
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Two bring-backs from two wars. The Broomhandle on the left was brought back from France after WW I by my wife's grandfather. He was a Captain in the Cavalry and reportedly took this from someone who didn't need it anymore. My father in law had it reblued before I came on the scene.
The one on the right came back from WW II with my father. He was billeted on a ship during the occupation in Japan and came back one day and found a line of soldiers and sailors. He asked what they were waiting for and was told someone was handing out pistols. He got in line and was handed this when he got to the front. I have the document he needed to get it back in the US. He took it to the Detroit Police Dept. where someone looked it over and told him he didn't need to register it because it didn't have a firing pin. I pestered dad regularly to get the pistol down out of his closet and show it to me, I think its presence in the house had a lot to do with my lifelong interest in firearms. One day I was looking at it and took it to dad and told him it had a firing pin. He said I must be mistaken, the police had looked it over and I said no, look here-it's right here. We subsequently found some cartridges and shot it.
Now, if I only had the .30 Browning machine gun that was on a shelf in the New England Oyster House when I was a kid...
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As a side note, the grips on my 1911 are not some cheesy option bought in the 80's....

They are bamboo with real mother of pearl inlay. I am told they are from theater.
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Turnerriver: Those are a couple of nice Mausers. The big one is commonly called 'wartime commercial' and they dated from late 1914 to 1918. They're distinguished by the safety burr being solid and not bored through. They also don't have the 900 meter sight setting on the rear sight ( I wonder if the 900 meter setting was EVER used?). On the left vertical flat of the barrel extension, by the chamber there should be the proof mark: crown over crown over U. On the right side at the same place there may be a little mark; a crown over a gothic letter. If so, this is the German military acceptance mark and shows the pistol was accepted for service in the German Army in WW I as many of them were.

The other pistol is a post WW I bolo, with a SN range of probably about 400K through 700K, made from 1919 to 1927. They were made under the supervision of the Inter-Allied Control Commission established by the Treaty of Versailles. The commission required that pistols be under 8mm in caliber and have barrels not longer than 100mm, a whisker more than 4 inches.
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My only real WWII firearm is this 1943 standard Soviet Tula Mosin Nagant. One hell of a rifle for the price.

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Oh Wow! I got a bunch of them. I'll start with 45s. I've posted this several times, the last time a couple of months ago in this forum.
Colt M 1911, dated 1918, with M 1912 holster.
Springfield Armory M 1911, dated 1917, with M 1916 holster.
Colt M 1911A1 with M3 shoulder holster.
Remington Rand M 1911A1
Ithaca M 1911A1.

How did I tell which M 1911A1 was which, since the makers' names aren't visible? I noted the position of the grip screw slots, and then went to the gun room and identified them through the grip screw slots.
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Some more US military handguns:

S&W M 1917 with M 1917 holster.

Colt M 1917. My holster has shrunk over the years and will not close on the Colt M 1917: the New Service frame is larger than the S&W "N" frame.

Colt Commandos. Two inch barreled Commandos are scarce.

Colr M 1903. New in box; the extra magazine has't been unwrapped. Parkerized finish, marked US Property. It went to Britain as the barrel is marked in the ejection port: crown over BNP. .32 (caliber), .675 (case length). 12 tons per ■" (breech pressure).
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You guys have had a lucky escape. I could bore you with pictures of all the subtle Enfield and Mosin variations I have in my safe, but the pictures are on another computer.
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