Disclaimer: I had to reuse footage and use a little movie magic to get a decent length for this video.*
Shooting my new (old) Standard Arms Model G in .35 Remington. Released in 1906, Standard Arms holds the trophy for having the first gas operated, semi-automatic rifle designed specifically for the civilian market. However, despite the sleek lines and gorgeous engravings, this rifle was plagued with design flaws the company tried to appease customers by releasing the Model M, a pump action only version, to little success that would eventually spell the death of the company in 1920.
*That said, this firearm is no exception to the faults that plagued its tenure in the early 1900s:
- The operating rod head broke and allowed the captured recoil spring to release causing the rifle to remain open. This was fixed, but...
- The operating rod threads into the extension in the bolt while under spring tension; not fully threading the rod has caused the threads to strip. Until this fixed, the firearm is no longer in an operational condition. Woops!
Shooting my new Remington R51 Gen2. When Remington brought back the Pedersen action back in 2014, I was ecstatic. At least, until the terrible reviews started pouring out on the internet. When Remington brought it back, I was curious but weary like most and did not pick one up until a month ago when one came up for a price I couldn't refuse.
No modifications was made to the gun itself besides racking the slide constantly while stuck at home with nothing much else to do for a week or two and installing some aftermarket wood grip panels, but the biggest fix I found was to cut about 3/8th inch off the legs of the follower. I noticed the full length of the follower would cause the 7th cartridge to nosedive and make it difficult to charge the gun from a full magazine on a closed slide. Cutting the follower allowed some space for the cartridge to move and thus aided in loading a full magazine.
In the end, I share a takedown and reassembly video. This thing has a lot of sharp edges, but the method I use to take down the original Model 51 avoids a lot them. I hope it helps other R51 owners on handling this firearm.
Hope y'all are staying safe out there!
Shooting my new (old) Darne clone in 12 gauge. This shotgun sports a unique action in which the breech block slides back to allow the user to chamber as well as automatically extract spent shells. This shotgun was originally chambered in 65mm (2.5") shells but the chambers have been extended to accept 70mm (2.75") shells which you can see on the barrel flat in the gallery of this video.
*This particular shotgun does not sport the Darne logo and instead is inscribed: "CANON ZF FIXE". I do know that the Darne patent expired at the turn of the century and a number of high quality clones entered the market with the design. Mine seems to be and it appears it was even used in a Grand Prix in Milan (1898) and London (1903)!
Revisiting some old guns. Shooting my old R35 Lebel; hopefully got a better video of it
Shooting my old Remington Model 81 in the new format. Wait for the end ;)
Shooting my new (very old) Bannerman Model 1896. Initially produced by the Spencer Arms Company as the Model 1882, the rights were purchased by Francis Bannerman in 1890. The shotgun sports a very unique design not copied anywhere else today and the original model is the very first successful pump action shotgun that eventually was eclipsed by the Winchester 1897.
The shotgun normally would hold 5-6 shells, but I only had a single 25 round box of low pressure shells so I limited the video to 3 rounds due to malfunctions with the ejection system (firing pin getting caught on the frame during ejection).
Great help with recording from my friend; check out his videos here! https://www.youtube.com/user/mstugart07
(Sorry for the reupload, I forgot to add a couple pictures in the end)
Shooting my new (old) MAS-36 in 7.5x54 French. This particular example was built in 1945 just after the end of WW2. Not much else to say: it's robust, simple, and reliable!
Great big help with recording from my friend; check out his videos here! https://www.youtube.com/user/mstugart07
Shooting my new (old) Fabrique Nationale Auto-5 Light Twelve built in 1949. This particular shotgun sports an aluminum receiver making it rather light compared to its steel counterpart; in addition, it was modified with a Cutts Compensator and variable choke for maximum fudd.
Shooting my new (old) Canadian Inglis Hi-Power with and without a stock. This handgun was one of the many manufactured by Inglis for a contract by the Chinese Nationalists during WWII.
Very special thanks for my friend who helped me record the footage today.