So my authentic 1965 Westen Bundeswehr Klappspaten (West German Army folding spade) has arrived. I’ve laid it next to it’s contemporary clone, courtesy of Mil-Tec and some poor Chinese slob. Came with the original leather sheath (assuming the buckles are aluminum given the zero corrosion). Aside from a bunch of scuffs from traveling and storage, this 52 year old antique is in phenomenal shape. The fit is noticeably better than the Mil-Tec clone. Much less play and rattle. Looks to be held on the haft by friction and or glue as I can’t see any bolts. That’s one thing the Mil-Tec shovel has over the original, as its riveted to the haft. Opening, closing and adjusting actions are smooth and sweet. In the pictures, the original is on the left. Think I’ll shelve the clone and give the antique a place in my outdoor gear rotation.
Remington eXperimental Pistol number 100 “Fireball”
Manufactured by Remington Arms c.1963-1998 - serial number
B7500376. .221 Remington Fireball single shot, bullpup bolt action, nylon target grip. The Model XP-100 was made specifically for long-range pistol shooting, a thing it indeed excels at by using the fastest handgun cartridge commercially available. Which also happens to be a rifle cartridge. Space gun !
Hello! I’m sorry to put this question to you directly as you’ve previously denied a whole lot of knowledge as to ‘Nam-era armament but I wonder if I could impose upon your network to help me puzzle out what’s going on with this unidentified soldier’s rifle. To my great shame, I’ve lost my Stoner/AR books in a move and came across this striking photo I at some time gleaned from a vet’s/combat-camera’s old website, which is either no longer being spidered or I’m doing it wrong. Anyhow, as I have no date on the photo, and reverse-image-searches are unhelpful, I can’t pin down whether it’s an XM-177 or a proper CAR-15, but regardless what interests me is that extra-long, straight 5.56 magazine, with what looks like a plastic either external mag-follower or some kind of marking-system(?) capping it. I wasn’t aware of AR mags apart from the steel-waffles, Orlites, and various curved-30-round test and issue mags. Surely some Black Rifle historian can help me out?
Designed by Wildey J. Moore c.1973 for big game hunting. .475 Wildey Magnum, 7-rounds removable box magazine, gas operated semi-automatic. A moustache is not required to shoot this gun, but it will please Charles Bronson in heaven if you do have one.