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SKYLINE DRIVE

Nice collection! My favs were the BAR, the thomspons, & the striped walnut M1 Carbine. Up for any trades? I have a beautiful wife... ;)

 

 

I guess it would be no problem to get your wife across the big pond.....but getting my guns into the US of A might be a problem...the more I do not think my wife would tolerate any concurrence :blush:

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Wow what an incredible collection you have! Congrats! How in the HECK do you afford all this?!? Are all the machine guns full auto? I know Europe is silly with their dewat laws. Thanks for sharing with us!

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SKYLINE DRIVE

All but two of the guns are fully functional! One of the M1A1´s and one of the Liberator Pistols are dewats! In Europe gun laws vary very much from one country to another, we have a rather liberal one for European standards, all tough most Americans would say that it is a strict one. Regarding costs: please consider that prices over here can´t be compared to the US, a Thompson costs around 600€, a BAR, the MA-Deuce or the UD-42 changed hands for 2.500€. Quite a few of the guns I have I got for free, they are battlefield leftovers that were lying in attics or barns and the people were happy to have a legal way to get rid of them.

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Thank you for sharing your great collection. Does the same hold true for parts for the M17 rifle grenade? They are difficult to find in the US in decent condition or without fabricated parts. If you can find the middle and bottoms easily on your side of the pond I can do without the top if you can find extras... A real coupler and internals are hard to find. Nice item.

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Thank you for sharing your great collection. Does the same hold true for parts for the M17 rifle grenade? They are difficult to find in the US in decent condition or without fabricated parts. If you can find the middle and bottoms easily on your side of the pond I can do without the top if you can find extras... A real coupler and internals are hard to find. Nice item.

You do not find them every day, but I will keep my eyes open for an extra one, the M17 is completely demilled though!

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I got this one this morning, a Union Switch and Signal slide on an Ithaca lower. It's in a near mint condition.

 

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A 1903 from Springfield Armory with a 1-13 dated barrel. It's in quite a good condition!

 

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A Garand from Springfield Armory with the M7 grenade launcher and the M15 sight attached. It’s in an acceptable condition but unfortunately the stock cartouche is very faint, hard to see on the pic, but it’s still there.

 

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My latest 19111A1 and I dare to say, the centerpiece of my collection! It's an all original parts mid-1943 Colt. It is in a very good, nearly mint condition! Actually, as I had to use the flash, the scratches in the finish look much worse on the pictures then in reality.

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Johan Willaert

Nice... Eddystone M1917s are not that common over here... I have a near mint Winchester M1917...

 

Love the Colt M1911A1!! Have two in the same condition, both in the 9xxxxx range...

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  • 3 weeks later...

Unbelievable collection, thanks for sharing!

 

I enjoyed seeing your 1911's.

 

I just picked up my first. A 1918 colt all correct matching parts WW1 vintage.

 

Do you shoot any of your collection?

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SKYLINE DRIVE

Unbelievable collection, thanks for sharing!

 

I enjoyed seeing your 1911's.

 

I just picked up my first. A 1918 colt all correct matching parts WW1 vintage.

 

Do you shoot any of your collection?

 

I have two refurbished and reproofed Milsurps, they are shown in the first Posts, an M1 Grand and a 1903A3, those I shoot, the others I leave alone!

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I had wanted / thought about shooting my 1911. Was thinking to be safe I should have a gunsmith take a look. Barrel looks good with no pitting and strong rifling. I don't plan to bring it to the range, but, just shoot on special occasions.

 

Thanks again for sharing your collection!

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Incredible collection! :o The market must be quite different there then here in the U.S. for the dollar to euro amount to be so different. Incredible that you have gotten so many pieces in their original state. Many are a collectors dream. :rolleyes: it seams like some people show concern over firing a WW2 vintage weapon. If it's in good shape then what's the concern? Also, is it even possible to really import something like a garand or carbine into the U.S. from Europe?

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Very impressive collection. The BAR always makes me drool a little. I have 11 iconic battle rifles from the two world wars, and before, but will have to settle for enjoying collections like yours vicariously as full and non-US semi auto's are a bit pricey these days. All you need now is an M2 Carbine.

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