Friday, December 31, 2010

New Years Eve

I had wanted to put out the my New Years Resolutions for 2011 today. However it doesn't look like that is going to happen. I dodn't work on them much prior to now and would rather think about it a little more and have good ones in a week then mediocre ones now.

In the comments on a previous post a fellow mentioned the idea of  selling the 1903 Springfield. While the specific issue of its peculiarity that was in qustion is figured out, the topic stuck in my head. A bolt action rifle with iron sights isn't so useful. Its capacity and rate of fire are low for a defensive weapon and lacking a scope and the easy ability to mount one means it can't be a sharpshooter type rifle. I could sell/ trade it for another more useful weapon like an AK or part of something else. Scoping it could also give it a new purpose for hunting or as a sharpshooter. I will mull the idea for awhile. Most likely at some point I plan to sell a couple guns anyway.

Not a whole lot going on here for New Years. Went out for drinks and appetizers earlier which was nice. Just kinda hanging out for the rest of the evening.

I hope everyone has a safe and happy New Years.


Anonymous said...

Iron sights on a rifle are pretty good. I like the iron peep sight myself, but Simo Häyhä, a farmer in Finland, had 505 confirmed kills, most in any war in history, in the Winter War of 1939. He killed Russians with a bolt action Russian Mosin-Nagant Model 28 with open iron sights. He said he preferred the open sight over the scope because he could present a lower profile to the enemy. He also said that he liked it when the Russian sniper used a scope as the scope gave him away and it made it easy for him to kill him.

The Soviets lost more than a million men in that war. Mr. Häyhä, a farmer with an iron sighted rifle, got his share.

Do a search on the Internet for Simo Häyhä, Finish sniper, 1939, and you'll learn how one man used iron sights.

Mountain Rifleman

milton f said...

Gee, Anon rather much ruined my comment in advance...(and I agree iron sights coupled with good eyes are very functional)

Ryan, i was going to suggest doing what a buddy of mine did, which was to have his 03-A3 sporterized. He did this to have a big game gun with longer range capability, for older guy eyes.

The gun smith reworked the barrel, removed the original front and rear sights, and mounted a scope. It is a fine deer rifle now (but deer don't shoot back)

Anonymous said...

With most any arsenal reworked M1903 going well north of $500 these days, and all orginal examples well north of that, might maybe be a good idea to have that rifle examined by somebody who knows what those rifles really are before you either turn it or start whacking it up into a sporter. I've seen several sporterized M1903's going for three to 400 bucks lately. You can do the math, but sporterizing a full military M1903 is a real good way to turn a $700 rifle into a $300 rifle, not including cost of conversion.

It's not difficult to find Remington or Savage sporters in decent shape for roughly $400-500 bucks, factory drilled and tapped for scope mount. And in 308 for some commonallity with what's used in military and po-lease circles. You can find new Remington Police rifles for about $700 and they shoot quite well right out of the box. Not custom rifle good, but quite good enough for any conceivable purpose.

On the other hand.....a good M1903 is a nice rifle and stands well on it's own merits. Might maybe ought to sleep on it. Your mileage may vary.


Ryan said...

H, Mine isn't full military, let alone all original components. It has a sporterized stock and a Lyman peep sight. However that is stuff that could be reversed in a weekend restoration project. Drilling and tapping for a scope could not be undone easily.

I am not in a hurry to do anything on this. I will definitely take it to the range again before making any decision. Most likely I will hold onto it unless a good trade falls into my lap.

Anonymous said...

Oops, sorry about that. I didn't notice it had been cut down already. Now. If the Lyman receiver sight would happen to be a Model 48, that's probably the best sporting sight ever made, and one that was used on target rifles for decades. If a 48, your rifle would be a good candidate for a National Match or Sporter "tribute" rifle.

Realistically, if it's already been drilled for the Lyman, there's no going back from that, either. Plugging the holes would be difficult to hide, so probably not much harm in drilling it.

Ryan said...

H, No worries. When it comes to this sort of gun it is a lot easier to talk apples and apples with complete descriptions and pictures. I should have done that. The good thing is that I paid a price of a non mint gun (somewhere in the 300-400 range, I don't remember).

I happen to have a gently used 3-9 Leupold scope lying around. It doesn't have the nice hand click type adjustments so it doesn't have a role in future 'precision' rifle. However mating the two would make a great all around/ hunting rifle. At some point I will take it to a good gunsmith and talk about my options. That tribute idea is a good one also. Thanks for the conversation,

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