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  1. R.W. Parker

    Walther Sportmodell V

    Wishful thinking, Dee. Your original observation was correct, it's likely someone's initials. It's still a nice piece though, and with the right ammunition those are VERY accurate rifles. Enjoy! Richie
  2. R.W. Parker

    Wartime Radoms - Opinions Wanted

    I'd lean the same way. Better finish on #2. Richie
  3. R.W. Parker

    Please Help A Noobie Out - Shooting really big groups

    Yeah, and you've gotta get a BIG sheet of cardboard for a backer. Like HUGE. Small bull, and remember your follow-through. You can measure a Mauser's lock time with a sundial. And the sights aren't great. Once you've carefully shot it at 25, THEN we can figure out what the trouble is. Richie
  4. R.W. Parker

    Do you still have your first nice k98?

    Yep, byf44. All matching, mint bore and incredibly accurate. Actually, it found ME. I built a target pistol for a big music star, and he came up short on the money he owed me. He hoped that the Mauser and a NIB Colt Government Model would make up the difference. I needed the money instead, but...
  5. R.W. Parker

    Please Help A Noobie Out - Shooting really big groups

    What do you mean by a four-foot "swing" in impact? A 48-inch deviation between point-of-aim and point-of-impact at 100 yards? Or are your groups 4 feet in diameter? Before you do anything, shoot another group at 25 yards and report back. Use the smallest bull that you can comfortably focus on...
  6. R.W. Parker

    The rarest of the rarest of all K98k rifles!

    Or, maybe he's trying a different tack: "If you want to sell blatant, fantasy forgeries to the clueless, pretend to be clueless yourself." I particularly like the way he used those 1/16-inch marking dies to number that slicked up, sanded-to-sh*t stock all over the place. COOL! Richie
  7. R.W. Parker

    The rarest of the rarest of all K98k rifles!

    Is it this guy's first day, or what? There are so many waves and wheel ruts in that piece, that you could see 'em from MY house! Whoever buffed on that floorplate must've done it in the House of Mirrors...
  8. R.W. Parker

    Confession of an idiot buying 98k

    Well that's just it, Mech. And whether it is or it isn't, the feeling you get from phrases like "restocking fee" and "sold as-is, no returns" is the same. Crummy photos give me that feeling too, like "What is he hiding?" However, I might even take a chance with crummy photos IF the guy offered...
  9. R.W. Parker

    Confession of an idiot buying 98k

    It's a flashing red light for sure, Herk. At least it is for me. So is the "sold as-is, no returns" label. There's no way I'd EVER buy a gun from someone who put either of those lines in their ad. Richie
  10. R.W. Parker

    Confession of an idiot buying 98k

    I agree. A 3-day inspection used to be the norm, but somewhere along the line sellers started in with this "restocking fee" nonsense. The whole "restocking fee" thing came from appliance retailers and the like. Some housewife would buy a vacuum cleaner and then decide that she didn't like it...
  11. R.W. Parker

    Confession of an idiot buying 98k

    Sounds like you need to find yourself another FFL...
  12. R.W. Parker

    Confession of an idiot buying 98k

    Maybe one day they'll sell a turd to some slip-'n-fall lawyer with time on his hands...
  13. R.W. Parker

    The rarest 1941 Steyr you ever did see....

    Didn't they invent stealth fighters?
  14. R.W. Parker

    Throw the buyer under the bus!

    Ah yes, I remember that guy. A few weeks ago, right? I agree, the way he was schlepping that iron on the forum wasn't cool at all. Richie
  15. R.W. Parker

    Throw the buyer under the bus!

    Nor do I. And whether he's "playing" dumb or honestly ignorant, that doesn't enter into it: "I'm selling my late father's collection of mostly WWI and WWII era guns and militaria. I am not an expert on these rifles but have undertaken the task of selling them. I will include many detailed...
  16. R.W. Parker

    Fixing arsenal numbers on butt

    On steaming to raise the numerals, your best results will be on the "7" -- just use a CORNER of a damp rag and the pointed tip of your wife's iron, and you won't bother that 'ampt. The "0" will likely come up as well, though not completely. That's okay, it will look more like a handling ding...
  17. R.W. Parker

    Fixing arsenal numbers on butt

    Glue, Acraglas, epoxy -- whatever the bonding agent, the results will be essentially the same. Even if you used dust from a piece of wood much lighter in color, that dust would darken considerably when mixed into the adhesive. However, if you'd like to go that route, here's what I'd suggest: If...
  18. R.W. Parker

    Refinishing

    Me neither. It's all very interesting and much appreciated. Richie
  19. R.W. Parker

    Completing a matched K98.

    What a great story! Too bad we don't have a sticky section for stories like this... Richie
  20. R.W. Parker

    Fixing arsenal numbers on butt

    In the trade, we call that "mud" -- wood dust mixed into Acraglas. But it's only useful in very limited applications. Muncher is right. In this instance, it'll only result in dark numerals that are flush with the surface of the stock. Sort of like when you rub white stuff into markings stamped...

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