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Old 07-15-2013, 5:29 PM
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Default WWII Rifle Display Old Fort Macarthur

I brought my WW2 rifle display to Old Fort MacArthur Days this past weekend and met up with the Calguns posse who were kindly volunteering at the event. They suggested that I share my collection here, so here goes.



These are the Axis weapons. They are arranged in chronological order to represent the Sino-Japanese war of 1931 (Type 38), the Italian incursions into N. Africa (Carcano M91/38), the annexation of Austria (Steyr M95/30), the Soviet-Finnish Winter War (M39), the Invasion of Poland (K98k), Stalingrad (Romanian Vz24), Vichy French defending N. Africa during Operation Torch (Berthier 07/15), the Battle of the Bulge (StG44), the Volksturm during Battle of Berlin (Steyr M95) and finally the endgame vs. Japan (Type 99)


On the other side of the rack are the Allied weapons: US Rifle Model 1903, US Rifle Model 1917, US Rifle M1, US Carbine M1, Berthier M.16, Enfield No.1 Mk III, Enfield No.4 Mk 1, Mosin Nagant M91/30, Mosin Nagant M44 and Type 24 Chiang Kai Shek rifle.

Finally is a picture of me in my WW2 82nd Airborne Division outfit, showing a carbine to a young fan. Sharp-eyed Calgunners will note Captain America hiding behind the rifle rack...
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What an incredible collection, just beautiful! Thanks for sharing it. I know who I may be PMing in the future with those esoteric C&R questions.
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Great pictures. What kind of event is this?
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I really like those little flags. Great way for people to relate to the history of the firearms.
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Those rifles are in superb shape. You have a nice collection.
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Great pictures. What kind of event is this?
Fort MacArthur was the fort that guarded the entrance to San Pedro/Los Angeles Harbor for decades. It had big naval guns that disappeared after they fired at the enemy fleet. Closed after missiles and aircraft took over, it is now a museum.

Once a year, they host "Old Fort MacArthur Days. It is a living history event that features all eras of amateur historians. You can see clubs representing mostly military organizations from Roman times thru the Vietnam War. Our club is in the WW2 section. And oh yes, there are lots of guns...

Here is a link from last year.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aet4pXRZ4F0
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FS did a great job, I looked at your display a couple of times down there.

He was busy showing interested folks the rifles and always polite and friendly, you're a good statesman for the hobby, sir!
*I finally sold the two Thompsons on another forum. They didn't really work for your outfit with the long barrels anyway.

The display is terrific, too, well done!

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Beautifully laid out collection you have. I thought that youtube bit was really cool.

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Very nice collection. Mine will prob never be that big, but I'd like to have a lot of those
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i have been their a few times over the years. the last time the tunnels were closed and i thought maybe the gun battery was not open anymore. i liked all the permanent displays in the tunnel. is it still open ? thanks fantastic collection.
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The guy who runs the museum has an incredible collection of US C&R rifles and accessories - it atually looks like a working depot magazine store - he keeps it at the museum - we filmed there and they opened the tunnels, it is a very interesting piece of Southern California history.
In the era before missile defense, those big guns were a first line of defense against a sea borne invasion.
http://www.ftmac.org/

Go visit, learn and support - they need all the help they can, it is not an easy thing to keep a museum in this day and age.
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Thanks again Pitfighter!
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Very cool, thanks for sharing.

Thought about adding those little name plaques to the arms to names all the rifles?
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Very cool thank s for sharing....the video too.
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@ rkt88edmo. I considered adding the names but decided not too. First the whole reason I do this hobby is to have conversations with people and teach history stories. If the names are already there there's no reason to have a conversation. Husbands would walk up and identify all the rifles to their wives and leave. So far in the couple years I've been doing this I've only have one person walk up and correctly name every rifle. It was a 10 year old kid!
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Great Post. Thanks for sharing!
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WOW ...........just ............WOW

That's one collection I would really like to see in person

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Wow! Like the STG44 in the last photo!
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If anyone wants to see the collection, I and some of my WW2 reenactors will be at the "Wings, Wheels and Rotors" show at Los Alamitos base on Sunday , October 27. It's free!
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Great post of some of the most awesome firearms.
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That photo of you guys and the kid, with the rifles on the side, is the best!
I gotta go down and see this place already. And put FM Days on my calendar. Thanks for posting!
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If anyone wants to see the collection, I and some of my WW2 reenactors will be at the "Wings, Wheels and Rotors" show at Los Alamitos base on Sunday , October 27. It's free!
Saw you guys there. I was on duty and took the opportunity to walk the flight line.
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Thanks for all the compliments guys! I will be at the Cabrillo Monument near Pt. Loma San Diego on December 7th for the commemoration of the attack. There will be lots of WW2 reenactors and vehicles near the old Fort Rosecrans Museum. Come check it out!
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Thanks for all the compliments guys! I will be at the Cabrillo Monument near Pt. Loma San Diego on December 7th for the commemoration of the attack. There will be lots of WW2 reenactors and vehicles near the old Fort Rosecrans Museum. Come check it out!
What time ?
How long will the event last as our local Town has it's Christmas Parade that morning / A Tradition to go
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9:30 til around 4:00
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From what I understand Fort Mac and Huntington Beach are all that are left for Re-enactors. Then the Ca. lawmakers have wiped out our history completely.

Nice work Facists.
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Not so. Try googleing the California Historical Group.
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http://fortmacarthur.tripod.com/id1.html

For those interested, there's LOTS of guns...
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Nice looking collection and display.
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Why, thank you Marcus!
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Amazing collection and history there!
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Nice display and nice collection. Love the flags but small bone to pick. Your Romanian flag is backward. Blue should be on the left. Sorry to nitpick. Cheers
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Ah yes. Good catch. I'll make the adjustment!
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