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HskrVern
12-13-2010, 4:24 PM
My sneaky wife ordered me a beech K 31 from J&G after she saw my thread I started here. Its a heck of a nice gun, no beaver marks, bore looks like it was never shot and I got a troop tag and cleaning kit to boot! BUT........

:useless:

paul0660
12-13-2010, 4:37 PM
Yes, a picture of your wife is in order. I know what a K31 looks like.

Noobert
12-13-2010, 4:40 PM
:rofl:

Anchors
12-13-2010, 8:25 PM
Yes, a picture of your wife is in order. I know what a K31 looks like.

LOL

Phouty
12-13-2010, 11:38 PM
K31 you say? You are doomed!
Look what's happened to me as a part of a world wide Swiss conspiracy!
Last year I bought a K31 at Fowler's in Orange. Upon the initial disassembly of the gun, I found a tag hidden under the gun's buttplate.
http://i400.photobucket.com/albums/pp82/Phouty/IMG_5466.jpg
http://i400.photobucket.com/albums/pp82/Phouty/IMG_5465.jpg
Then I decided to do "undercover" investigation to find a "grandpa" who used to own said gun.
Flew to Munich, Germany.....and in order to blend in with the surrounings, I decided to rent an undistinguishable nazi-wagen.

http://i400.photobucket.com/albums/pp82/Phouty/017-2.jpg
Then I went on scanning the vast wilderness of that exotic uncivlilized land called Switzerland. GPS navigation definitely is a must over there.
http://i400.photobucket.com/albums/pp82/Phouty/054.jpg
Those uncivilized Swiss had passed a national speed limit at 75 mph, however driving at 100 mph didn't get me a ticket, nor had landed me in some penal colony assembling the Rolex watches, or Swiss Army Knives.
http://i400.photobucket.com/albums/pp82/Phouty/006-8.jpg
Finally approaching my target....Bernhardzell!
http://i400.photobucket.com/albums/pp82/Phouty/030-1.jpg

Phouty
12-13-2010, 11:40 PM
So, here is the place, "my grandpa" used to shoot indiscriminately his gov. issued K31 into a crowds of school children from his heap! Those mad Swiss still posses gov. issued MGs in their homes....at taxpayers' expenses......barbarians!

http://i400.photobucket.com/albums/pp82/Phouty/039.jpg
http://i400.photobucket.com/albums/pp82/Phouty/040-1.jpg
And the beer.....pure heaven!
http://i400.photobucket.com/albums/pp82/Phouty/044-2.jpg
http://i400.photobucket.com/albums/pp82/Phouty/046-1.jpg
Yeah.....huge crowd in the "stube" every morning.....
http://i400.photobucket.com/albums/pp82/Phouty/050.jpg

In other words: mission accomplished!

(On serious note).
Unfortunately, Mr. Fritz Stump had passed away just a couple of weeks prior to my arrival. I've had a chance to meet his surviving wife, his brother (deputy to a district parliament), other members of his family, and his friends.
Out of courtesy to HIS memory, I do not post pictures I took at his resting place.....
Needless to say, I was dined, wined, and beered for a couple of days. Memorable vacations.....and incredibly interesting and wonderfully nice people! I made a life-long frienships......
Those sons of...Wilhelm Tell.

armygunsmith
12-13-2010, 11:53 PM
Wow, that's really awesome. Maybe I should research the origins of my K31s.

bjl333
12-13-2010, 11:57 PM
Yes, a picture of your wife is in order. I know what a K31 looks like.

ROTFLMAO !!!

bjl333
12-14-2010, 12:01 AM
@ Phouty = :thumbsup: Great adventure!!

Eric_Kälteguard
12-14-2010, 12:23 AM
Excellent photos and story. Thank you very much for sharing.

Anchors
12-14-2010, 12:57 AM
That is crazy and awesome.
Jealous of your vacation/adventure.

Phouty
12-14-2010, 1:24 AM
Excellent photos and story. Thank you very much for sharing.
I'm the owner of 25 antique guns dating from a period of WWI & WWII.
It's my "hobby within a hobby" to collect data on previous owners of the firearms I do own. (I invest in guns....all S/Ns must match, and I'm always looking for the best possible value-to-dollar ratio, however I do not skimp......finally it's my retirement fund......wise investment).
It's my big passion to "get the shrives" on each piece of shooting stick I do own. I try to implement the full "human" history of each gun I do own. Over a period of many years I've learned few amazing stories coming from the previous owners of the guns I bought. Such an approach gives me the sense of identity. (Associated with each piece).
When we buy used gun....it's either a piece of metal.....or a history associated with a specific human being. Owning a gun, and knowing its previous history gives me a lot of satisfaction, and "personalizes" each piece of metal which happens to be locked in my safe.
Hope you get it!?!?

glennsche
12-14-2010, 2:47 AM
Yes, a picture of your wife is in order. I know what a K31 looks like.

lol!

very well played sir

E Pluribus Unum
12-14-2010, 2:52 AM
My sneaky wife ordered me a beech K 31 from J&G after she saw my thread I started here. Its a heck of a nice gun, no beaver marks, bore looks like it was never shot and I got a troop tag and cleaning kit to boot! BUT........

:useless:

Yes, a picture of your wife is in order. I know what a K31 looks like.

Wow... thats hilarious right there... I don't care who you are...

mls343
12-14-2010, 4:28 AM
Heck, I want to see a picture of his Wife's sister! LOL

Jimmy310
12-14-2010, 5:09 PM
HskrVern, i think we need to go on a calguns Euro Trip!

Interloper
12-14-2010, 5:55 PM
I approve of this thread.

DasBoost
12-15-2010, 1:57 PM
OP, congrats!!! I posted my K31 pics up here about a week+ ago and cant wait to shoot it. I just got 9 surplus chargers in the mail today also, $60, $70 shipped. Not bad considering other places were looking for 7.50 each or as high as $12 on eBay! Post up pics as soon as possibly and congrats again!

PBRStreetgang
12-15-2010, 3:13 PM
That is exactly it phouty. I have done the same thing with almost all the old guns I own. Don't always want a never fired one, I want one that has been places and done things :). It is like coins. Although an Uncirculated one might be of more value, a worn 1880 Morgan dollar might have gone through a Doc Holiday poker game...you never know, and that's what makes it interesting :).


I'm the owner of 25 antique guns dating from a period of WWI & WWII.
It's my "hobby within a hobby" to collect data on previous owners of the firearms I do own. (I invest in guns....all S/Ns must match, and I'm always looking for the best possible value-to-dollar ratio, however I do not skimp......finally it's my retirement fund......wise investment).
It's my big passion to "get the shrives" on each piece of shooting stick I do own. I try to implement the full "human" history of each gun I do own. Over a period of many years I've learned few amazing stories coming from the previous owners of the guns I bought. Such an approach gives me the sense of identity. (Associated with each piece).
When we buy used gun....it's either a piece of metal.....or a history associated with a specific human being. Owning a gun, and knowing its previous history gives me a lot of satisfaction, and "personalizes" each piece of metal which happens to be locked in my safe.
Hope you get it!?!?

DasBoost
12-16-2010, 11:42 AM
That is exactly it phouty. I have done the same thing with almost all the old guns I own. Don't always want a never fired one, I want one that has been places and done things :). \

That's the one thing I noticed when I first got mine: It had 'soul'; the dings in the stock, the tag underneath the buttplate, the smell of the stock and oil/cosmoline on the action. I had history; my K31 was produced in 1941 and I can't begin to imagine what it has experienced in the last 69 years.