Maybe a bit excessive with the POSP scope but I like the look on this rifle. Has an aftermarket metal vented upper handguard. Now I kind of want to buy one…
A bolt-action rifle with an 18.5” long barrel. Chambered in .44 Magnum, the classic but distinct Ruger rotary magazine only holds 4 rounds. They do not come from the factory with a scope. Interesting rifle, the .44 Magnum is already a tested and proven hunting cartridge in large revolvers. You also see lever-action rifles in that caliber but not too often a bolt-action.
More of a focus on the receiver, stripper clips and the stock. A professionally refinished SKS, though it’s hard to tell what nation of origin without seeing the rest of the rifle. Refinishing an SKS doesn’t necessarily hurt the value unless it’s something rare like an Albanian or Vietnam bring-back. Personally I think cleaning up the original stock is a much better alternative that what happens to most of them, being dropped into Tapco “tacti-cool” plastic stock sets.
Tavor SAR B-16
Seems the importation is a go. Firearm dealers/distributors are taking pre-orders for the Tavor SAR B-16, the semi-auto civilian version of the Tavor Tar-21 rifle. So far all of the MSRP’s is around $1,900+. Tempted to pre-order one…
I think these are French soldiers doing mountain training, I can see the FAMAS. Really interesting how they blend in well. Most people think arctic or snow camouflage means a pure white setup.
Robinson Armament VEPR II
The earlier VEPR models imported by Robinson Armament were mostly in a rifle configuration, rather than a neutered hunting/sporting style. The VEPR II has a 20” barrel, whereas the VEPR K had a 16” barrel. Their receivers have odd angled cuts which makes using standard AK furniture difficult. Note the distinct front sight. The rifle pictured is chambered in 5.56x45mm/.223, the angle of the magazines are a giveaway.
A more practical use of the mag well space on an AR-15 lower. This one has the morse code chart. Many of us will probably never use morse code…unless SHTF.
Mosin Nagant M44
A shorter carbine version of the longer Mosin Nagant 91/30. Unlike the earlier carbine model, the M38, the M44 has a side-folding non-removable spike bayonet. This feature would later become integrated with the SKS, albeit as an under-folding bayonet. The M44 gets it’s designation from the year it entered service, 1944, but there were some produced in 1943, which are generally more collectable and cost a bit more.
A nice batch of freshly built M92’s, an SBR (Short Barreled Rifle). You can find them in the regular 7.62x39mm or in 5.56x45mm. Note the notch cut into the safety, meant lock and hold the bolt back.
Polytech MAK 90 Sporter
A neutered AK built in China and imported in this configuration to meet the Assault Weapons Ban requirements. It has no flash hider or muzzle brake, no bayonet lug, and a single piece thumbhole stock. This was as best an attempt to demilitarize the rifle. With the AWB gone it’s a simple conversion back to it’s original form. Note the 5-round magazine.
Custom Draco .223
A heavily modified Romanian Draco, which normally is a handgun but this one was converted into an SBR (Short Barrel Rifle). Note the top cover with a rail. That is the Texas Weapon System Dog-Leg Rail. It attaches to the rear sight base and is hinged to open upward. Reviews of the TWS Dog-Leg Rail have been generally positive, and surprisingly it holds zero.
An Afghan Army soldier huddled behind a building as snow falls. He sorta looks like he’s dressed warm enough for the small amount of snow but he doesn’t look happy at all.
Smoke break XI…
A rebel fighter on the Ivory Coast with a Chinese Type-56 II. These were the side-folding bakelite stock models that were also exported and sold to the U.S civilian market. Very coveted and collectable, the stocks alone can cost upwards of $400 to $600 if all the parts are there.
The Czech alternative to the SKS. Somewhat similar in appearance; it has the same 10 round capacity but with a detachable box magazine. Note the side-folding bayonet. Chambered in the odd 7.62x45mm; if you own one you have to hand load your own ammo. No company makes modern day ammo for these rifles as far as I know. A variant called the VZ-52/57 was chambered in 7.62x39 like the SKS and AK. Those are rare and collectable, fetching up to $700 or more depending on overall condition.
Interesting pile of AK’s. The one that’s most eye-catching is the AK with the side-folding “crutch” style stock. That type of stock was used by the East German and Egyptian military. There is a slight difference between the two, but I can’t see the detail enough to figure out which one it is. The Egyptian crutch stocks are rare and collectable, often selling for $250 to $350 alone.