Milsurp Rifle Discussion - Your Favorites?

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    Milsurp Rifle Discussion - Your Favorites?

    We have a lot of discussions here about modern rifles but what about the old tried and true ones? Which military surplus (or otherwise 'vintage') rifles are your favorites?

    Me and my brother were talking about them the other day and after a few YouTube videos (made by a certain 'grandfather' figure ) we started getting really excited about them. After looking on Armslist for some local sellers we found them to be pretty reasonably priced for what you get (in good condition). Ammo seemed to be relatively available and cheap for the 7.62 as well.

    My brother is looking for a Nagant and I'm looking for a Norinco SKS that takes the 30R mags. My cousin has an M1 Garand and it's a beauty. I think there's just something appealing about owning a piece of history in a firearm. Kind of the same feeling I get when I see the old WW2 German Mauser in the glass at the LGS.

    Feel free to show them off too! There's just something beautiful about those rifles and their shellacked wooden stocks.

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    SkS with the 10 rd mag Russian or China
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    Sweden, Swiss, Germany, Great Britain, USA, Russian, just about anything 100 years old or WWI or WWII.
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    Mausers( model 48, 24/47, Swedish, FN models), K31 Swiss, 1903 Springfield, M1 carbine(father carried this during his service) to name a few.
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    The only vintage rifles I've had a chance to fire are the two Mausers I own, one German and one Yugo. Love them both!
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    M-1 Garand, SKS, K-31 Schmidt-Rubin carbines, just about all the Mausers, and the Mosin-Nagant.

    The Garand is tops of them all.
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    My favorite is my M1 Garand. I also have a 303 Enfield no.4 Mk1, 7.7mm Arisaka, Mosin nagant 91/30. You can get a M1 Garand from CMP for under $600. It's not going to be all original with mathing numbers but it will shoot. These old rifle are a blast to shoot! I wish I knew the history behind my rifles. Where they were during the war and if they even were used in combat and which unit they were issued to.
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    I had a Chilean Mauser (7mm) once. I loved it but sold when transferring overseas. Now I have this, M44 Mosin-Nagant carbine. It kicks butt... and shoulders.
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    I've got a few milsurps.

    I have 3 Nagants, 2 M-44's and a 91/30
    I have 4 Mausers,
    2 K-31 Swiss
    Mk5 and Mk4 Enfield
    1941 Springfield Garand
    1917 Eddystone
    M96 Swede
    7.7 Jap Arisaka
    1898 Springfield Krag
    and 3 Romanian Trainers

    all of them in great shape, all matching numbers.
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    Here are some in use...

    K-31, Mosin-Nagant 91/30, SKS, and Garand
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    I have a '39 Mosin Nagant. Came with the bayonet, oil can and the works. Plan on getting a Garand also :)
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    Lee - Enfield No.1 Mk III. Have three of them and all quite accurate ! Grandfather carried a No.1 Mk III throughout WWI on the Western Front with the Highland Light Infantry.
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    Awesome replies! Loving the pics too... and even more excited haha... at least they aren't too expensive.

    1oldgun, is the Mk III a .303 British? How's finding ammo for that guy?

    The only downer is I'm not sure where an outdoor range is around these parts. Our indoor range only allows pistol calibers since their backstop can't handle the higher velocity cartridges. So... I'm not sure where I would get to shoot such a beauty.

    There are some guys here selling SKS and Nagants with 500 to 1000 rounds for a few hundred, it's almost too good pass up!

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    The Swiss 7.5 MM's are absolute tack drivers. Second would the Swede M96.

    But if you had to shoot at someone with any of them, I'd take that Garand any day of the week. You put 5 or 6 rounds down range while a guy was trying to jack another one in his bolt gun and make it very, very tough on him. It doesn't take much imagination to see how that Garand could even up the odds considerably even if one was outnumbered.
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    M1 Carbine
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