7 Military Surplus Guns Every American Should Own

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  1. Austin

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    The first gun that I ever bought was a Soviet Mosin-Nagant rifle made in 1942. It was also the first gun that I ever shot, which is probably why I had a flinch for quite some time after that (let that be a lesson—get some proper instruction and supervision if you’re a first-time shooter). For many Americans, military surplus (“milsurp”) firearms are a gateway into the rabbit hole of the shooting sports and gun collecting in general. Many milsurp rifles and handguns are cheap, simple, and collectable.
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  2. Guts3d

    Guts3d Well-Known Member

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    Nice list, but I would humbly add the SKS rifle. You can add a 30 round duckbill mag and a nice aftermarket stock cheaply.
     
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    I love lists like this,,,
    (can you see the sarcasm in the air?)

    They prove to me that some writer needed an article to sell,,,
    And some editor had a page or two to fill.

    Aarond

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  4. gvw3

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    How could they leave out a 1911?
     
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    Well, dear one and I own seven Mosins - does that count? Actually, with the exception of the K31 we have the other bases covered.
     
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  6. Alpo

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    How many people have a SURPLUS 1911?

    Hmmmm. Seven "milsurps" you oughta own.

    Garand. M1 Carbine. 1903 or A3. K98. Luger. Radom. 98 Krag.

    Okay, got it covered. :p
     
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    nmckenzie Well-Known Member

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    Do 1911A1s count? There's an Ithaca A1 roosting in our safe.
     
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    I only have three on Alpo's list. Guess I have some work to do.

    :D
     
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  9. Pawpaw40

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    Nagant pistol? A must have? I have 5 on the list. No Finnish Mosin-Nagant and no Nagant pistol. I would go with the Walther P-38 rather than the Nagant, and an SKS over the Finnish Mosin. Both readily available at still reasonable prices.
     
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    Quite a few really. They made a lot of them and a bunch of those are in private hands. Even so demand is far higher than supply, and the price is sky high. So I think it gives them a feel of being scarcer than they are.
    Of course the CMP is going to be selling them...;)
     
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    The quality of Mosin-Nagant was sporadic at best. Like the SKS, not good for anything beyond 100 yards. Historical value only-rifle. Yeah, Shot many of them, they all shot like crap.

    Sure, you had the highest body count sniper ever using one, but if CNN can write a good story, then the Soviets definitely put some prime time newsprint out in their heyday.
     
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    I have a Mosin.

    Basically so I could do that.
     
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    I have owned several on the list (M-N, Enfield, K-31, Garand) but the M-N is gone (too crude). The son-in-law has the pistol and I was not impressed. The Enfield is just OK with a very loose chamber that reloaders hate. The Garands are real keepers (at least my CMP Special is with a new Criterion barrel).

    The K-31 with surplus match grade ammo is a gem! The Swiss used to be required to be part of the militia and had to keep their gun at home. Most have a piece of paper under the butt plate with the name and address of the keeper of the gun. Someone here years ago was able to contact the family of the noted person. How neat!

    LDBennett
     
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    I didn't read the list, but I do know that no one or nothing Communist will ever enter my home.

    Military firearms *Americans* should own:

    *Brown Bess or Charlesville Musket
    *Springfield Trapdoor rifle or carbine
    *Sharps rifle or carbine
    *Krag rifle or carbine
    *1903 Springfield
    *M1 Garand
    *M1 Carbine
    *M14/M1A
    *M16/AR15

    I have all except the Krag.
     
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