Hello everyone, I'm Brian from the south Puget Sound area of Washington state.
I've been checking out the topics on this forum for awhile now, many times using the info here to help with identifying something I've seen at a gun show, etc. The information posted on this site has been great reading and highly educational. A big 'thank you' to everyone that makes this site happen!
While I'm interested in many things vintage, old, antique, etc., I've only recently gotten into the area of US militaria, mainly thanks to my son. He's a big on-line gamer and retains a remarkable amount of info on military weapons (mostly WWII era, per the games he plays). A couple years ago he bought a Yugo M48 and after I had a chance to shoot it, I thought this old military rifle thing is pretty cool! I then saw my first Krag (sporterized) at a gun shop and just had to have one (I love stuff that is out of the ordinary). I later picked up a pretty nice M1898 (1903 mfr date, non-sporterized) and then a copy of Joe Poyer's book. Upon learning of the "train" connection of the Krag rifles and the Reserve Engineers (I'm a railroad guy), I was hooked. While I enjoy learning about the whole of the Great War, my interest has really focused on the role of railroads during the war, the soldiers that operated/repaired them (particularly the 18th Reserve Engineers since I'm a west coast native) and by extension, trench warfare. I'm also highly interested in the Spruce Division operations of Oregon and Washington states (been a student of logging railroad history for many years now).
I have some questions about a couple of things in my collection, so I'm excited to finally be a member and have the opportunity to ask and learn.
Best to all,