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  1. My Grandfather (born 1898) had one in the kitchen junk drawer. He called it a "Hobo Knife".
  2. Another variation. Lettering stenciled on the lid by a reseller in the 50's or early 60's. I see these from time to time. They are fairly rare but not impossible to find.
  3. For storage longer than a year I use a blue layout fluid called DYKEM. It is relatively inexpensive and the plastic container it comes in, has a brush fastened to the underside of the lid. It dries in seconds and seals the steel completely. You can handle it anytime you want with no precautions. If you want to remove it, Denatured alcohol on a cloth removed every trace in seconds. I discovered this by accident. I was working on a milling project and had coated the freshly machined, top surface of a piece of low carbon steel. The project was abandoned so I put the piece on a scrap shelf and forgot about it. Years later I found it and remove the layout fluid and it was as clean and shiny as when I first coated it. The bottom and sides had an oxidation patina on them. But not so much as a freckle on the top. Good stuff. http://www.drillspot.com/products/281531/D...ue_Layout_Fluid
  4. Very nice looking rifle. You have to love the CMP. If it were not for them and their monumental efforts of offering Govt Property Rifles to the general public, we would have very few to choose from. I am sure it will be a fine shooter and on some levels, thats all they are. I understand how interesting it is to find that special part, that matching handguard with the secret stamp, and the screw with the little dot on it, but I have a few CMP rifles that I left just as they came out of the box. If they had a questionable part, I replaced it if I felt it was prone to fail. Other than that, I left them as they arrived. Boiled Linseen Oil vs a mojo secret sauce? I would choose BLO. The factor missing is decades of rubbing, wear, handling, and use. The CMP stocks are top of the line and a light scuff sand and a treatment of BLO and adequate drying time followed by buffing and honest use will make it stand out. Let us know how it shoots. Zero that back sight at 200 yds and memorize the clicks from its lowered position. When you leave the range, lower it all the way down so it doesnt stick up and get damaged. Depending on the front sight height most adjustments are from 7 to 11. You may already know that tidbit, but that is a very nice rifle you have there. Thanks for the photos.
  5. Thank you for the pictures. That Carbine is a time machine. I have never seen anything like it. You made the right choice not to shoot it. They are only new once. No matter how many part$ you throw at it, and that one, needs nothing.
  6. Top is a 1943 Rockola, and below is a 1943 Winchester. They have been field stripped all the way down and cleaned, copper wool and non-water based cleaner used on the stock and light three coats of hand rubbed Boiled Linseed Oil. At 50 yds the Win shot a little to the left and the Rockola was a little high. Both were brought onto target and held respectable coffee cup sized groups with an old man shooting. CMP is a national treasure. There are still some rifles left, but they won't be available forever.
  7. Very nice memento. Very well made. I like the chrome buttplate. Even the rear sling swivel was plated. This was treasured by the owner no doubt. One of a kind.
  8. My guesstimate prices may be a bit off. Here is a blued version currently being offered: http://www.cabelas.com/gun-inventory---eas...oltace-eh.shtml
  9. I have only seen 3 of the Service Model Ace's in hand. The first one I saw in the 1980s and the unheard of price at the time was $1000. I dont think he sold it at that particular gun show. At the time, a clean used series 70 Gold Cup routinely sold for $500-$700. The second one was in a gun store around 1999 and they wanted $2000 for it on a non SM frame. The third one I saw was without a frame. Everything was there and I bought it for $650. It shoots quite well at 40-50 feet but is particular about which ammo. It prefers low velocity, clean burning powdered exposed lead bullets. The floating chamber sticks and has to be cleaned about every 30-50 rounds. Once in a great while, I see them on gunbroke, gunsamerica and militaria web sellers and without the correct SM frame, (A USGI M1911A1 frame) they go for around $2000-$3000+. I would think on a correct SM frame they would likely be in the $5000-$8000 range depending of course, on condition. My two cents anyway, but I am not an expert.
  10. The "moustache" brushes are interesting. They fit in the reciever grooves nicely. Some of them are marked "Fuller Brush" in very tiny stamped print. The swab tip is likely for a .30 cal rifle cleaning rod. The kind that are in short sections that fit in the butt trap of a Garand or M-14. I am far from an expert on the matter, but most of the .50 cal cleaning rods I have seen had a swab holder routed into the last rod section. Rod diameters side by side: Left to right: M16/5.56, .30 cal and .50 cal.
  11. I apologize in advance because I dont have my book handy, but shouldn't all the birds in a matched set be standing tall? Or were the cover insignia always squatting when the collar insignia were standing?.
  12. Very unusual to find one in that condition. Nice find. I have a reprint of that manual and it is indeed a gold mine of information on those fine rifles.
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