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    I've just stopped paying much for collectables...

    I've just stopped paying much for collectables that have been widely reproduced, unless an item's provenance is above suspicion. That is, something where there's no doubt as to originality and chain...
  2. Gee, beside the faked serials and badly...

    Gee, beside the faked serials and badly refinished wood and metal, what's wrong with it? :facepalm:
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    If there are wrench marks on a barrel or receiver...

    If there are wrench marks on a barrel or receiver from attempted removal, then whoever put them there didn't understand how these rifles were made. In a design that was a real departure from earlier...
  4. Thread: P38 questions

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    http://www.atarian-alps.com/pdf/magazine_guide.pdf

    http://www.atarian-alps.com/pdf/magazine_guide.pdf
  5. Thread: My K43 AC45

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    Sarco had mounts identical to this one for sale...

    Sarco had mounts identical to this one for sale years ago. The buyer had their choice of waffenampt stamps, 359 or 214. The most visible giveaways are the bluing and the milling on the flat side of...
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    Nice find! I'm thinking it's a late war...

    Nice find!

    I'm thinking it's a late war Gustloff with a Sauer & Sohn barrel.
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    Photo looks to be from much earlier, judging by...

    Photo looks to be from much earlier, judging by the helmet insignia and black uniform cuffs and collars.
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    Guys are always quick to say "factory mismatch",...

    Guys are always quick to say "factory mismatch", but the factory didn't mismatch serial numbers, especially at that early date. These were Germans, after all. Something's right, or it isn't. Alles in...
  9. Thread: BYF 42 advice

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    Looks good to go.

    Looks good to go.
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    Serial numbers on stock and bolt have been faked,...

    Serial numbers on stock and bolt have been faked, as well. The Germans did not usually mark their marine small arms to a particular ship.
  11. Thread: Fake Soldbuch

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    If I post a link to an ongoing auction, it gets...

    If I post a link to an ongoing auction, it gets deleted real fast. What's the policy again, folks?
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    Here's what I believe to be a repro ghn 40 MP40...

    Here's what I believe to be a repro ghn 40 MP40 mag loader, along with one of the pics of an original from above. The repro will seat on a selection of original mags only with difficulty. It will not...
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    I've learned that it's incredibly difficult to...

    I've learned that it's incredibly difficult to restore sporterized guns. It's almost impossible to come up with the correct components, and if they're serial numbered, they won't match. I look at the...
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    So many markings from so many eras, and virtually...

    So many markings from so many eras, and virtually none of them would have come together during the WWII years. Discouraging.
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    Right, that's an original. I have one that looks...

    Right, that's an original. I have one that looks just like it but it's a repro and doesn't fit original magazines worth a crap. I'll dig it out and post pics here for comparison. Besides quality, the...
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    Right, a Mauser is controlled feed, meaning that...

    Right, a Mauser is controlled feed, meaning that at no point in the loading cycle is the round completely loose. Rounds in the magazine will feed and chamber correctly with the rifle inverted.
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    I bought a 1889 Mauser Gewehr 71/84 absolutely...

    I bought a 1889 Mauser Gewehr 71/84 absolutely new original condition. A Mike Welser sling was about the only option since originals are so rare, and are generally in poor condition when found....
  18. Thread: WTB 8mm mauser

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    Certainly nothing wrong with the Yugo surplus,...

    Certainly nothing wrong with the Yugo surplus, though you will get the occasional hard primer due to age since most of the ammo found will date to the early 1950s. I've never had this happen with...
  19. Thread: WTB 8mm mauser

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    A 1,000 round case of Portuguese 7.92x57 surfaces...

    A 1,000 round case of Portuguese 7.92x57 surfaces from time to time. It's great stuff. I'd stay strictly away from 8mm ammo made in Turkey or the middle east.
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    The underside of the handguard and the stock...

    The underside of the handguard and the stock barrel channel should have the rifle's original serial number. The stock of Portuguese contract rifles were not produced with an H, L, or M stamp under...
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    H1328 is the original serial number of the rifle....

    H1328 is the original serial number of the rifle. The stamps above that were not applied by Mauser Oberndorf, but sometime later. These may be post war proof markings.

    Not sure what you mean by...
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    Das Heereswaffenampt

    Great read recently posted by Claus Espeholt.

    https://claus.espeholt.dk/mediearkiv/waae.pdf
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    Pic, German NCO With MP40

    The MP40 looks small in his hands, so he must have been a big guy. Looks like he's using a 98K sling.
  24. Thread: MP40 Pouches?

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    MP40 Pouches?

    What do you think about the originality of this set? Thanks!
  25. I bought a repro 98K PPU Fox stock and have been...

    I bought a repro 98K PPU Fox stock and have been very pleased with it. The maker can furnish any finish or markings you want, including proofs and serial number. These are very convincing. To me, one...
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