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Discussion in 'Gun Photos' started by BallisticsGuy, May 27, 2019.
Name that gun. I'll be back later with more pics and the tale.
I was going to say that until I saw the forehead furniture. I can’t make out what it could be. Maybe a Winchester 1907?
That was my first guess but it looks like a top ejecting design from this side.
fore end has me off with the furniture on top of the barrel.
Me too. I even googled Winchester self loader musket just on case. You'd think it's a military version of something with the top wood.
The wood top forend is because of the heat. The checkered pistol grip, engraving and gold accents are commissioned. Almost looks like it is 308 and not 30-06. Probably not BAR.
I can see you're all in the agony of suspense, allow me to illuminate:
The answer is: It's an M1 Carbine (like this).
Well, no. It's like this:
A very little history: The owner of this fine rifle purchased it in Panama in the early 70's. The seller was a field officer in the U.S. military and told the current owner that the custom work was done in Japan. It isn't certain how the rifle got to Japan but, barrel numbers indicate it probably saw use/action in Vietnam before being relocated to Japan and subsequently customized and engraved.
When you look it over you will see there was a tremendous amount of modifications and some wonderful engraving done on this rifle. Normally my gunsmith, being a specialist in M1's, gets upset when at finding an M1 Carbine that has been changed from its original configuration but not in this case. Everyone agrees that this is a work of art and the sacrificing of a very nice example to create an absolute work of genuine ballistic art is forgivable.
It’s the extremes that the gun maker did not go to that really make this example shine. You can take elegance too far and you can take it not far enough. Taking it just far enough so as to not sacrifice utility for beauty without holding back on the beauty is a tough balance to strike.
You cheated! Lol.. I wanted to guess that based on the safety & mag release but it didn't have full wood along the sides. Interesting piece indeed.
A two piece stock on an M1? No one has even tried that on a Garand, Mini 14 or even 10-22.
morning, who was the maker of the weapon!!
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Whoever did that had to know up front that that's what they wanted to do too.
Who made it? God only knows.
lots of work on that one--added metal to make upper and lower rear tang, side plates etc