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Old 09-10-2018, 6:40 PM
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Hi Gunners,

Many moons ago, when were a free state, and cash & carry reigned supreme, I ran across this little guy garage sailing. The little old lady that had it out, said her grampa "Brought it back from over there...he was a Doughboy".
I was vaguely familiar with the action, but had only seen long rifles. When I gave it the quickie once over, it seemed to me that it could have been from a cavalry unit, mainly by the sling placement (saddle ring?). It did have some weird damage to the stock, but for $25 bucks, I'm a sucker for old iron & wood. As the years pass and I hook up with the likes of you fellas, I've become a littler more edjumacated bout different stuff. It appears that it's a not too common Styer Mannlicher Model 1890 Cavalry Carbine. No hand guards, bayo lug or stacking hook, and this one has a 3rd sling loop.

The front sight base is dove tailed, rear sights are in graduated in schritt, the barrel & receiver numbers don't match.

There's no indication that the caliber has been changed.

The bolt cocking piece is the early round type.

And the piece d'resistance was the afore mentioned stock damage. The front part of the stock had been cleanly cut with a hack saw, near the front sling band, and was only held on with the front band. It was quite perplexing as a presumed Bubba sport job. When I got it home, I glued it back with some Elmers wood glue.


It wasn't until years later that I even heard of a "Duffle Cut", which this must be an example of. A Dough Boy's battlefield pickup. That's the story and I'm stickin to it. PAX
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Old 09-10-2018, 7:11 PM
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Cool story bro as they say

Seriously though, cool rifle
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Old 09-10-2018, 8:41 PM
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Nice!
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Old 09-10-2018, 8:52 PM
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I love to buy the story but usually those storied items are way overpriced
but at only $25 you got an incredible story for not much of your money.






On a side note, if one of you guys ever invents a time machine make sure you insist governments issue longer military duffle bags.
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Those were truely the better days. Any time you you find a rifle for sale at a garage sale and for only 25 bucks is worth celebrating. These days people soil their pants if a cap gun is even seen.

Congrats on your great yesteryear find!
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Old 09-11-2018, 5:58 AM
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Nice, Out here I still find cool stuff at a Garbage Sale occasionally. WE have a 300 mile Junk Jaunt coming the end of this month. 300 miles of sales. I am sure I will find something there. Lat year or year before I found a 1917 Enfield for 100.00.
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Hi Gunners,

Many moons ago, when were a free state, and cash & carry reigned supreme, I ran across this little guy garage sailing.

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I've never seen anyone sailing a garage. Have any picture of that?
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Need a clip?
I do need a clip in fact.

Over the decades, I've run across a bunch of stuff, but passed on a lot of butchered milsurp bolts. This century, besides the Styer, I've picked up a Batavia Damascus coach double, a Turk VZ24, and an 8mm FN49. PAX
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I do need a clip in fact.

Over the decades, I've run across a bunch of stuff, but passed on a lot of butchered milsurp bolts. This century, besides the Styer, I've picked up a Batavia Damascus coach double, a Turk VZ24, and an 8mm FN49. PAX
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Was ist, as you say ...duffle cut?
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Was ist, as you say ...duffle cut?
That would be MY presumption as the cut off end hadn't been "shaped" in typical Bubba fashion. Plus, to me, without the usual hand guards found on most milsurps, the set up is inherently "sporty" as is. PAX
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I do need a clip in fact.
Found em.

I'll throw in some x56 empties, I have no use for them.
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Found em.

I'll throw in some x56 empties, I have no use for them.
Thanks bunches man, PAX
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25usd stories are the best kind of story. The only thing better may be grandpa's bring back for free.
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25usd stories are the best kind of story. The only thing better may be grandpa's bring back for free.
I have something similar. My uncle's Arisaka T38 that he captured in New Guinea. PAX
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25usd stories are the best kind of story. The only thing better may be grandpa's bring back for free.
Guy I knew got a bringback Nazi Mauser for $5 in the 80's at a garage sale in Lake Elsinore. It was mixed in with some toy guns.
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Duffle cut-cut down to fit in a GI’s duffel bag.
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When I was at Danang, you could order stuff from a Catalogue and have it shipped home or to you, your choice. Several of the guys had big speakers sent to them.... Sansui and Akai. I found out later from an informed source that they shipped Guns, taken apart, inside. I think the idea was, packed in the original box, they were not suspect. So I suspect a few Aks and M16's may have found their way back to the world.
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When my uncle got home from Vietnam, his stuff had been delivered to his apartment (had come over by ship while he was in the hospital) and inside his duffel was his M16 that nobody had taken out.

He returned it to the Marines.
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When my uncle got home from Vietnam, his stuff had been delivered to his apartment (had come over by ship while he was in the hospital) and inside his duffel was his M16 that nobody had taken out.
Classic!
I don't doubt it one bit; over the years, I've seen all kinds of stuff like that, and revel in the notion that no matter how hard they try, some things get by the govmint.
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Friend of mine shipped his footlocker home from 'Nam, it had several SKS's and pistols, etc in it. When he picked it up at Travis it still had his lock on it. got it home, it was filled with rocks! Nothing else!

FWIW

When my brother finished his Navy time with a WESPAC Tour on the oiler USS Cimarron AO22, EVERYONE was buying up stuff before they left Japan for Long Beach. The biggest thing enlisted men could bring aboard were things like TEAC reel to reel tape systems with speakers, he did bring one home, cameras, electronics, but officers could bring deck loaded items, like motorcycles, small cars etc.
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Sweet little carbine and great story to go with it. That one will probably be in 8x50r rather than 8x56 so you may want to check.
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