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    Quote Originally Posted by Flyin Brian View Post
    I haven't been collecting nearly as long as some of you old farts on here but I guess I am lucky to have been here when Mosins were still cheap!! I have made a lot of friends here, including one of my best buds in all of the world... Mr. Russ aka Tile Dude. I had just joined GB and I was posting about my results from a range trip and Russ posted that he was the guy I had met at our local range... that's when I realized this collecting world is SMALL!!!

    I've also met quite a few guys on here in person and all were good people. In fact I just saw Rifles Roy on Sunday and got to have a fun conversation on collecting and he mentioned this thread, so here I am. Good to see your name here Poot!!

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    Well I feel old for sure. Think I joined in ‘04 or ‘05. A friend gave me a Mauser and that’s how it started. Buying, posting and discussing all the wonderful pieces of metal and wood. I have one Mosin from 100’s, one Arisaka from many and several sks’. But the most important thing is all the memories from here, Gunboards. Thanks to you all for fueling my passion, increasing my knowledge and enjoying my delights.

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    I just looked over the "gunboards-friends" list and now I finally know I am old and really a long time member of gunboards, as most of my listed friends posted the last time several years ago, like Tuco, Michael Littman, Lemmy, Gosha and more.
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    Quote Originally Posted by kh View Post
    I just looked over the "gunboards-friends" list and now I finally know I am old and really a long time member of gunboards, as most of my listed friends posted the last time several years ago, like Tuco, Michael Littman, Lemmy, Gosha and more.

    Sad that so many have moved on from here. I miss a lot of them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kh View Post
    I just looked over the "gunboards-friends" list and now I finally know I am old and really a long time member of gunboards, as most of my listed friends posted the last time several years ago, like Tuco, Michael Littman, Lemmy, Gosha and more.
    KH, how are you? I still have your wonderful books in my library. Thank You. Stay 16 or get old and mean. :^)

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    Quote Originally Posted by cubrock View Post
    Sad that so many have moved on from here. I miss a lot of them.
    I recently "moved back in" Cubster! Don't despair. I suspect many are lurking out there.

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    You know you been here a long time..when a thread about being here a long time is posted...
    and your thinking HOW LONG HAVE IVE BEEN HERe?
    and all that are gone by choice, death, and sickness...
    oh...the banned ones never felt the comrardy!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Skratch View Post
    I recently "moved back in" Cubster! Don't despair. I suspect many are lurking out there.

    Yep. I lurked for years before starting posting again.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cubrock View Post
    Yep. I lurked for years before starting posting again.
    I read alot but don't post so much anymore. A lot of the fun has gone out of it. I think it started when people thought their run of the mill refurb/K98 RC etc was so uber rare collectible. Now, at least around here, prices are starting to come back to where collecting is fun again.
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    I've been here since at least 1999. I miss the good old days too. Lots of fun and excitement over new imports and great finds. I miss a lot of the old timers too. I bought quite a few guns from Riflesroy and Cubrock many moons ago. Skratch, weren't you the guy who sold slings way back when?
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    I’m or wasn’t the best typeset, speller, still not...I read more than posted early on...
    then got locked out half year or more..
    Yes a lot of fun left ...
    with great personalities gone to the great reward or face book, social media’s or lost collections ..
    due to finances and health changes...?
    Wife passed...no one to talk to much these day most friend in same stitutation as above..
    most of my few dead too....
    escape to here for company...sad to say...<>< dan
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mike O View Post
    I've been here since at least 1999. I miss the good old days too. Lots of fun and excitement over new imports and great finds. I miss a lot of the old timers too. I bought quite a few guns from Riflesroy and Cubrock many moons ago. Skratch, weren't you the guy who sold slings way back when?
    Skratch was king of slings and ammo pouches for a while.

    I used to meet up with some of the guys at the MAAC show...haven't been in years.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Skratch View Post
    KH, how are you? I still have your wonderful books in my library. Thank You. Stay 16 or get old and mean. :^)
    Hi scratch, fine, but I tried to stay 16 and it did not work .
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    This is a great thread

    I was mostly a lurker and in awe of the people here
    A lot of the names mentioned I still remember
    1-1-1970 was my join date lol

    I found Tucos by accident
    I think I was researching a Mauser

    It drove the director of the police agency nuts
    After finding me filling in for a sick dispatcher
    With a Persian Mauser with a long bayonet next to the radio and computers
    He swore I was responsible for most of his gray hairs

    I know it was actually sometime mid to late 1990

    I also remember the excitement about the trip to Finland to see Simo Hayes
    If I remember right, there was some surprise that he was still alive

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    Quote Originally Posted by butchg View Post
    The first search I ever did on the internet in 97 has "mosin nagant" and was surprised to get results, it was Tucos mosin man,I've been here ever sense
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    Nice to see a photo of me and Simo Hayha.
    I am about half that size nowadays, and am MUCH busier buying and selling "truly hand picked" military firearms than I would like to be.
    I also miss many of the folks that used to frequent this forum. These days I am mostly a lurker but do post sometimes (only when I have something to say).
    EMPIRE ARMS did sponsor this forum for around a dozen years. I haven't heard from Vic in several years, and every time I call Tuco he says "I'm busy, will call you back tomorrow" which, of course, never happens.
    I'll be at the TULSA show in early April . . . hope to meet up with some of you guys (and gals). The FIRST ROUND is on me!
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    Wow, good to see Cubrock, Skratch and Dennis still here! Not to leave any of you other guys out, though. I remember good stories from Finnbear, Tuco, Shyquestor and when Vic used to post frequently. Yep, I remember ordering various stuff from Scratch and Mark Kubes when it seemed you couldn't get away from the same spare parts that are apparently lacking now.

    Cruffler.com was also alot of fun, and the sheer variety and volume of stuff coming in then made for really economical and very fun collecting. I'm VERY, VERY fortunate to have been able to have taken advantage of a small chunk of it at the end of the 'Glory Days' that it was. Even as the sole wage earner in my family at the time and with three kids over a space of time, it was a good run. Awesome times, and thank you all!

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    Since we're doing blast from teh past.

    http://netti.nic.fi/~junkyard/index.html

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    Quote Originally Posted by fireman View Post
    Since we're doing blast from teh past.

    http://netti.nic.fi/~junkyard/index.html



    Man, that brings back memories. Bought a lot of M91 cleaning rods from him. It took a long time to get each shipment, but they always came.

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    Hello Gents,

    I've been on Gunboards long enough to have met an amazing selection special friends in person over the years. This includes Tuco, Karl-Heinz, Gsu (not a typo!....;>), TP, John Wall, Kevin Carney (aka North China Arms), Bane and a host of other very selection of GB members.

    I met Karl-Heinz through this wonderful venue in the mid 1990's. In very short order we met each other in person in Germany, Belgium, Austria, the Czech Republic and the U.S.

    We stayed in each other's homes over the years, traveled across Europe together and gradually watched each others hair turn gray. ................... OUCH!!!

    Give or take 25 years later, I was honored to serve as Karl-Heinz's best man, while the love of my life Valentina, was asked to serve as the Maid of Honor for Zena when she and Karl-Heinz were married in our home. It never ever gets to be better than this!

    Without Gunboards, I would never have possibly met such wonderful special friends were it not for Tuco and Vic. My hat's off to the never ending efforts put forth by the countless friends I have come to know on this amazing website.

    Wishing all of you the very special "Irish Luck" that leads you to the "Holly Grail" that makes "your boat float." It doesn't get any better than this!

    How lucky can one person be???

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    How many of you knew that Tuco was the name of his parrot?

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    Quote Originally Posted by cubrock View Post
    Man, that brings back memories. Bought a lot of M91 cleaning rods from him. It took a long time to get each shipment, but they always came.
    Yes! Jaarko, I bought a ton of M91 cleaning rods and green dog collars from him many years ago. Good times!!
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    I didn’t...know that..?
    still alive?
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    I did a search
    I see DeanDallas has passed
    Always had time to chat and I made several purchases from him
    RIP

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    What in God's name has happened to Mosin Nagant.net/ Gunboards?
    I've re-joined for the THIRD TIME since 2002; last fall; membership cancelled (arbitrarily last Nov.?) for the second time w/ apparently site upgrades/ new owners bot's...?
    I spend 20 minutes on a post here regarding the old days; & I'm not allowed to post it?

    Yes, I WAS a member since Dec. 1969; since the last site upgrade screw-up; what was that, 2005? 2006?
    Attempted numerous times contacting Admins regarding the loss of my membership again; to no avail; what's happened?

    Is Mosin Nagant Dot Net (the site I originally joined in 2002) run completely by bot's now?

    Yeah, I'm a cranky old man now...Guess what? We get older & lose patience.
    Sorry for the bitch, but WTF?

    What the hell happened to Vic & Tuco?

    Nice to see that Mike O & Richard are still here...

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    Website was sold to a private for profit company, Vic & Tuco are longer involved in the running of the website.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Richard in NY* View Post
    The good old days!

    Sadly I was not one of the real old timers who were active when Tuco’s first launched but I was a member by 1998. From my first visit to today, this forum in its many iterations has always been my home on the Internet. And sadly again, the forum today is but a pale shadow of what it used to be.

    The energy and excitement here twenty years ago was off the charts back when new arrivals of surplus C&R imports were a common occurrence. We had so many members and so many fascinating threads that you could spend hours just reading the latest posts.

    Sadly, I keep returning to that emotion but it’s impossible not to, most of the original and most active membership seems to have passed away or simply stopped posting.

    Anyone remember the Tuco’s “Radio Show” where Brent and Vic responded to live calls and messages?

    Or how about the short period where hardcore XXX porn images were freely and openly posted in forum threads?

    The Tuco’s auction program put in place after eBay slammed the door shut on so many of the things we love?

    I miss the good old days!
    "The thing that's always worried me about being one of the few is the way we keep on getting fewer."
    Most surplus is not cheap anymore, so that's killed some of the traffic. Younger collectors go on facebook rather than onto forums.

    It's been a good decade since this place was lively. Now it just seems we'll get a new person once in a while, and slowly one by one those that have been here a while start dropping off.

    It's rather sad.. Good times.
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    is that a MULLET you have in the picture whet Simo Hayha? if it is you are dating yourself.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ncreptile View Post
    "The thing that's always worried me about being one of the few is the way we keep on getting fewer."
    Most surplus is not cheap anymore, so that's killed some of the traffic. Younger collectors go on facebook rather than onto forums.

    It's been a good decade since this place was lively. Now it just seems we'll get a new person once in a while, and slowly one by one those that have been here a while start dropping off.

    It's rather sad.. Good times.
    Indeed. We just lost Bob Haines. It's hard not to adopt a gloomy outlook.

    I wonder if the active old time members should purchase a bottle of something to be opened by the survivor when the penultimate member passes? Just kidding.

    I have given the slow death of Gun Boards a lot of thought over the years. It’s not exactly rocket science.

    Fewer members.
    Not much content.
    Less content means we lose members.
    With fewer members we have less content.
    And around and around it goes as we swirl around the drain.

    Recently I vowed to myself to do something by producing new content. I spent many hours finding what I considered interesting old articles, manuals, and photos and more hours photographing, scanning, uploading, and finally posting those materials on the forum. Sadly the uptick in conversation by other members wasn’t as much as I hoped. In many cases members commented favorably but in other threads I started no one even bothered to post.

    Please note that the reason why I was starting these threads was not because I wanted to receive back-slapping acclaim and adulation but rather because I hoped to see more individuals enter the conversation, to stimulate activity and interest in hopes that others would start new threads of their own.

    I must admit that the lackluster results of my little experiment was discouraging and made it difficult for me to spend more hours to continue posting new content. And that’s a shame because I have a virtually unlimited supply of material that I would be glad to share.

    I am sad and discouraged about the future of my home and favorite place on the internet. And it also makes me feel as old, obsolete, and disconnected as Methuselah even though I am not yet sixty.
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    Richard, I must admit that I am guilty of reading and not posting so THANKS! for doing all that work.

    One of the reasons the board is less than it was is simple. This hobby is not as much fun as it used ot be. Con artists, shysters, forgers and $350 refurbed 43 Izhevsk's have hurt it.

    Quote Originally Posted by Richard in NY* View Post
    Indeed. We just lost Bob Haines. It's hard not to adopt a gloomy outlook.

    I wonder if the active old time members should purchase a bottle of something to be opened by the survivor when the penultimate member passes? Just kidding.

    I have given the slow death of Gun Boards a lot of thought over the years. It’s not exactly rocket science.

    Fewer members.
    Not much content.
    Less content means we lose members.
    With fewer members we have less content.
    And around and around it goes as we swirl around the drain.

    Recently I vowed to myself to do something by producing new content. I spent many hours finding what I considered interesting old articles, manuals, and photos and more hours photographing, scanning, uploading, and finally posting those materials on the forum. Sadly the uptick in conversation by other members wasn’t as much as I hoped. In many cases members commented favorably but in other threads I started no one even bothered to post.

    Please note that the reason why I was starting these threads was not because I wanted to receive back-slapping acclaim and adulation but rather because I hoped to see more individuals enter the conversation, to stimulate activity and interest in hopes that others would start new threads of their own.

    I must admit that the lackluster results of my little experiment was discouraging and made it difficult for me to spend more hours to continue posting new content. And that’s a shame because I have a virtually unlimited supply of material that I would be glad to share.

    I am sad and discouraged about the future of my home and favorite place on the internet. And it also makes me feel as old, obsolete, and disconnected as Methuselah even though I am not yet sixty.
    In memory of my son Sean James, born 6/25/97. Died 9/16/13.

    We will be reunited in heaven.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ncreptile View Post
    "The thing that's always worried me about being one of the few is the way we keep on getting fewer."
    Most surplus is not cheap anymore, so that's killed some of the traffic. Younger collectors go on facebook rather than onto forums.

    It's been a good decade since this place was lively. Now it just seems we'll get a new person once in a while, and slowly one by one those that have been here a while start dropping off.

    It's rather sad.. Good times.
    Younger collectors mostly congregate elsewhere online — Reddit, Discord servers, and one or two other places. Though there is certainly a financial barrier to entry to the milsurp world, younger people are interested in old guns. I mean, one of the reasons WWI stuff spiked like crazy a few years ago was because of the video game Battlefield 1, and I don't know many 55+ year-olds that went out and bought an SMLE or a 1917 Enfield because of it.

    There's a lot of knowledge on Gunboards and the expertise of the older, more established collectors and researchers here is absolutely valued by those of us with more enthusiasm than experience, but the format and culture of the site isn't quite approachable or relatable for a lot of younger collectors. I mean, this thread is largely a reminiscence — consider that most younger collectors probably weren't collecting at that point, or might not even have been born!

    The torch is always there to be passed. I don't mean to be fatalistic, but please consider a plan for passing on your knowledge and your collections for after you're gone if you haven't already.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RaoulHayduke View Post
    a plan for passing on your knowledge
    That's relatively easy, all my knowledge is stored here; it will only take some $$$ to get it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Nick View Post
    That's relatively easy, all my knowledge is stored here; it will only take some $$$ to get it.
    All the youngsters here are going to look at your photos and wonder what are those things sitting on the shelves.

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    I’m just shy of 30 and am just now trying to get back into the milsurp world. I spent quite a bit of time on this site admiring photos and learning 6-8 years ago, when I was younger and spent all my extra money on guns!

    Now 3 kids later, I am trying to get started building a collection again. Wishing I had held onto a number of guns that I sold over the years. I have ran into the same thing on a number of forums I used to frequent. There just doesn’t seem to be much activity. This forum is still very active compared to some of the ones local to my state that used to be active places for buying and selling.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nick View Post
    That's relatively easy, all my knowledge is stored here; it will only take some $$$ to get it.
    Well, I just posted a thread looking to buy some books in the WTB board yesterday if you wouldn't mind parting with a few!

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    I first joined in 96-97 can't remember exactly. .but successive operators have screwed up my membership;
    At least I am still " DocAV"...
    Let's hope there is not a meltdown...all the usefull and historical info is too valuable to lose. Any way to preserve it??,

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    Quote Originally Posted by DocAV View Post
    I first joined in 96-97 can't remember exactly. .but successive operators have screwed up my membership;
    At least I am still " DocAV"...
    Let's hope there is not a meltdown...all the usefull and historical info is too valuable to lose. Any way to preserve it??,

    Doc AV.
    PS, my knowledge has been greatly enlarged by GB over the last 24 years!!!
    You have been posting on Gunboards longer than I have been alive - in fact, if you were early enough in '96, you were posting before my parents were married.

    As for preservation, assuming digital permanence, the site can always be accessed through off-site web archives. A lot of images would probably be fried, and there's a lot of value that would be lost in that alone. Go through old posts and see how many images hosted on Photobucket have disappeared, and consider how frustrating that is. Doubly so for n+1 years.

    I work as a technical writer. If you want to preserve something, write it down. Anything and everything, with at least some order to it. Then make copies, and distribute them. There's extreme value in that.

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    It's true that on much of the internet, information is ephemeral. 1000 years from now this may be viewed as a Dark Age due to the lack of concrete information from this time.

    I joined back when it was the black-and-white Tuco's boards, where posts lined up like an old-school term paper outline. I once had quite a few posts, much more than I have now, but after the last change and the 1969 join date, I haven't posted as much.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Richard in NY* View Post
    All the youngsters here are going to look at your photos and wonder what are those things sitting on the shelves.

    KH

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    When I had posted I thought that it is not only the problem that many people do not read books any more, but even communication is reduced to short messages on Twitter or What´sApp or Whatsever, as many of the younger people do not use their cellphone for a call. You see them everywhere, not speaking, just typing.
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    my books when I take one down to read for the zenth time, I find that they have became home too a family of house spiders! harmless of course. am I the only one?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mike O View Post
    I've been here since at least 1999. I miss the good old days too. Lots of fun and excitement over new imports and great finds. I miss a lot of the old timers too. I bought quite a few guns from Riflesroy and Cubrock many moons ago. Skratch, weren't you the guy who sold slings way back when?
    Hi Mike,

    Yeah that was me. I still buy and sell slings. Got a couple incoming as we speak. Thank you too Fireman & Poot!

    Skratch
    Last edited by Skratch; 05-23-2020 at 10:38 AM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by toot View Post
    my books when I take one down to read for the zenth time, I find that they have became home too a family of house spiders! harmless of course. am I the only one?
    Quote Originally Posted by kh View Post
    When I had posted I thought that it is not only the problem that many people do not read books any more, but even communication is reduced to short messages on Twitter or What´sApp or Whatsever, as many of the younger people do not use their cellphone for a call. You see them everywhere, not speaking, just typing.

    Please check my WTB for books. Better me than the spiders.

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    I firmly believe that books are a treasure of information. Think of all the wealth of knowledge that has come down from the Biblical and Roman times that was preserved and duplicated in the Middle Ages. Nowadays all is online. What happens if some as simple as a power outage occurs? Your phone/kindle charge may last at most a week, but the book in your hands is there physically.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Greedo1977 View Post
    I firmly believe that books are a treasure of information. Think of all the wealth of knowledge that has come down from the Biblical and Roman times that was preserved and duplicated in the Middle Ages. Nowadays all is online. What happens if some as simple as a power outage occurs? Your phone/kindle charge may last at most a week, but the book in your hands is there physically.
    I agree completely. I have about 6000 (paper) books, though I have to admit that I also have an ebook reader, a "Tolino". The reason is that vacation book transport is much easier, especially with restricted luggage weight on an airplane .
    KH

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    I only joined this month, but if the criteria is "you know you've been a gun nut for a long time" I might offer: "...when the first gun you ever purchased was a new Colt SP 1 in 1978 for $300."

    Too bad that was the last rifle I ever bought - yeah right!

    Guns and books - yeah, that's thing. My shelves are filled with references and a few collections - the complete History of US Naval Operations in WW2 by Samuel Elliott Morison - but not mass quantities. (For the last 25 years I've had access to a good library - that changes next year.)

    (More military aviation than small arms on my shelves, actually - my first true love after reading 'Wing Leader' and 'God Is My Copilot' in fifth grade.) (Just the opposite on artifacts: No aircraft but ample small arms in the closet. ;-) )

    (Treasures: Col. Chinn's 'The Machine Gun,' Jane's Infantry Weapons from 1989 (last of the Warsaw Pact), Musgrave & Nelson's "The World's Submachine Guns" and "The World's Assault Rifles," 'Aircraft in Profile' through volume 14, more.)
    Last edited by Tempest2; 05-24-2020 at 08:56 AM.

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