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  1. My son and I dropped in on a place in Post Falls that's a real gem, particularly if you're into Civil War era firearms. It's called Antique Gun Shoppe, Inc., located at 2658 E. Ponderosa Blvd. (509) 979-4690. The owner travels to shows so you might call first to make sure he's open. This shop is half store/half museum and the stuff on display is incredible, spanning from the Indian Wars through Desert Storm. It's in a residential area, and the shop is next to the owner's house. There are no signs on the street. You'll know it by the security gate.
  2. If you are in Medford, OR, the Main Antique Mall on N. Riverside Ave. is a good place to try for militaria. Last time I was there (summer, 2018) one of the vendors had a pretty large selection of goodies, but I found other items within plenty of other vendor's booths, too. For army/navy surplus, there is the HUGE "Army Navy Marine Store" on Crater Lake Ave. in Central Point, OR just up I-5 near White City. Over in Klamath Falls, if you go to 600 Spring Street Antique and talk to the owner he'll point you down the street to his warehouse that has a pretty good supply of
  3. Just in case anyone checks this thread for info: The War Front Military Antiques 11925 124th Ave. NE Kirkland, WA 98034 (425) 553-5400 Usually best to call first as they sometimes close up shop in order to attend local shows. They have another outlet in Portland, OR that is larger and has a museum. The Kirkland store does not sell firearms or ammo; the Portland store does.
  4. Thanks, everyone, for the nice comments! I'm very happy to be able to share this small bit of history!
  5. A Colt M1917 revolver has been at the top of my 'want' list for quite some time. As luck would have it, one recently popped up for sale in my arms collectors newsletter for a price that I could not pass up. From the Colt Forum, I was able to learn that my revolver was shipped on April 28, 1918 to the C.O. of Springfield Armory. It likely did not go overseas, as its original "brushed" blue finish speaks of life stateside by folks who took pretty good care of it. Now to get a bunch of half-moon clips. I need to fill up that three-pocket ammo pouch! I also need to collect an original box of
  6. aznation, Thank you immensely for all of the information you were able to provide. The family photo is priceless! I've passed a lot of the data on to my mother-in-law so she can check the family tree and inquire with other family members back in Minnesota. I'm keeping my fingers crossed that there is a family connection. If that proves true, it will be fun to see if any descendants are still in our area. Brian
  7. Dirk, thank you very much for helping me with that part of the puzzle! Much obliged! Brian
  8. The owner of my local antique store called me awhile back to let me know he had this trunk. I didn't know I needed to have it until my wife saw it yesterday and said that her mother's maiden name is the same as on the trunk, so he might have been a relative. So we brought it home. From fold3.com I've learned that 1st Lt. (George) Wellington Rupp, of HQ Company, was born 5 May 1895 in Aurora, Illinois. He lived in Seattle, WA at the time of his enlistment, and departed from New York for France on 25 Sept. 1917. He then returned from Brest, France to the U.S. on 3 Aug. 1919. There are some
  9. Here is my M1909 holster that my son got me for Christmas a couple years ago. It's a 1917 dated G&K with the A.G. inspector's mark, though you need to use a lupe to read it (I took the photo with my iPhone through a 8x lupe and it didn't turn out too bad). The front flap is stamped with unit information and I'm hoping the gurus here can decipher it for me. It's very hard to read (even with a lupe), but what my son and I both see is: "3134 FA" , or "8134 FA" over the number "7". I tried to take a close-up photo but it just didn't work well. Thanks for any help you folks can provide.
  10. Thank you, Stony, for the review. I do live in the area and have only tried to visit once (it was closed for renovation!). Every time I drive by it on I-5, I remark that my son and I need to check it out.
  11. Not trying to hijack this thread, but as one who also recently purchased a Colt DA model 1909, I have been trying to learn more about this revolver's service history (printed info is sorely lacking). So apparently 20,500 guns went to the Philippines, while 1,000 stayed in the U.S.. My question is, when the troubles in the Philippine's finally ended in 1913, what happened to the 1909's? Were they returned to the U.S.? Is there any way of using a gun's serial # to "track" its movement in the Army? I'd like to find out whether or not any of the 1909's found there way into service with the Sp
  12. My son recently received a M1 from the CMP. He added a note with his order requesting a WWII dated rifle if possible. They honored his request and sent him a wonderful Dec. 1942 dated Service grade rifle (throat 2, muzzle 1+), but with a new stock. That was not unexpected, though, as a majority of the M1's from the Philippines were infested and contaminated by asbestos run-off from a leaky roof. Even so, my son is ecstatic with his Garand. It's a beautiful piece of history.
  13. Thank you for the responses. Since my OP, I found this document: https://22box-id.com/USA/REM-Vol1.pdf It is a really good reference for collectible Remington ammunition. According to this document, the box's graphics (the small, individual boxes) was introduced in 1930 and generally replaced in 1936, although many of the boxes of this style were used into the 1940's. The doc also makes reference to the R17L product being used for Army training purposes. So, all in all I'm going to go with the "-40" in the lot number as referring to the date of manufacture until proven otherwise.
  14. I recently acquired a brick of Remington Kleenbore Lubricated .22 Long Rifle ammo from a friend who had this with his grandfather's military gear. Upon inspection of the contents, I found that each of the small boxes of 50 rounds is stamped o the bottom: "ARMY LOT No. 391-40." I'd like to know what the year of manufacture was, and am wondering if the "40" in the lot number is short for "1940"? I'd also like to know what firearms this would have been used in (like the Winchester Model 75 in a recent post below).
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