My US WW1 and 2 Weapons collection
Posted 28 January 2008 - 03:39 AM
M-1903 (USMC marked)
2 Mk II
Posted 28 January 2008 - 08:34 AM
That is a very impressive group of USGI weapons. It is especially impressive because I know how restrictive lawful firearms ownership has become in Australia.
Do you happen to have any history on any of the individual guns? Are these weapons that were left in Australia following WW2?
You have some great pieces of history there. Thanks for sharing them with all of us.
Posted 28 January 2008 - 07:22 PM
I do not know the exact history of the weapons though I can surmise on a few.
The M-1911A1 has not been rebuilt and is in completely original condition with all the parts that it left the factory with in 1945.
M-1941 Johnson is the same. I have the production log information for my rifle and it matches. This is very unusual for a Johnson. Remember that Johnson's do not have all matching numbers, rather they have a set of numbers as listed in the production log. Mine match that.
I would say that both these weapons have been in this country for a very long time. Maybe since the war.
Most of my M-1903s I was told have come from Vietnam. They were imported into Australian at a time when US companies could not trade with Vietnam. This was at the same time an Australian company imported many US military shotguns from Vietnam. They had every type type that was in service. I got a Stevens 77E from them, but sadly I lost it to the Australian Gun Buy Back.
The 1903's had paint in the safety lock. Red on fire and Blue on safe. I was told this was an aid to teaching the Vietnamese villagers.
The USMC marked M-1903 (Sledgley BBL USMC 7-41) I would like to think was left here in Victoria by a Marine after "the Canal" but I don't know.
It is a Springfield 1918 manufacture with straight bold handle and con cave hand guard. It has the Hatcher Hole. Only cost me AU$80 about 10 years ago.
The bayonets all were local as was the OD Mk II.
The yellow Mk II, I personally brought back from a trip to the Guadalcanal in 1998. It came from the Gifu area.
Posted 29 January 2008 - 09:20 AM
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