Shooting my new (old) Remington Model 51 handgun in .380 ACP. This example was made in 1924 and it has got to be the smoothest shooting .380 handgun I've ever laid my hands on. It's unfortunate that nu-Remington's attempt to revive this design seems to have failed, because this old gun is a fantastic pistol.
Unhappy with my original video and armed with a new microphone, I set out to get some new footage of my Commercial Luger made in 1922.
Shooting my old 1920s Mauser Construktion 96 rechambered to 9x19 Parabellum from its original chambering, 7.63x25 Mauser. These interwar Mausers are identified typically by its smaller grip and shorter barrel (4"). This is quite possibly one of the least ergonomic pistols I've ever shot, but it still is certifiably neat for being one of the earliest autoloaders.
A run of the mill, mil-spec, reproduction 1911A1 by Springfield Armory, but a handgun with sentimental value. Once owned by a good friend of mine, I took possession of it after his passing in 2014. This is not a gun I'll be parting with. Rest in peace Clarence.
Ten shots quick! (or just eight)
Shooting my old Savage 1907, the first pistol I've bought in .32 ACP and the pistol that started my love affair with the cartridge. The 1907 is an interesting pistol that contains no screws, somewhat of a rotating barrel (only a quarter inch of rotation, still a delayed blowback action), a double column magazine that holds 10 cartridges (shooting 8 in this video due to the weak recoil spring. A new one has been ordered), and consolidates its fire control group with its striker assembly into a single, contained piece.
I've added a disassembly portion in the video, let me know how you guys feels about it. Should I keep doing this or just omit it?
Shooting my Canadian 1905 Ross Mk.II in in.303 British. It's been a few years since the last video, but I managed to find someone selling the lever for the Harris magazine. Unfortunately, the spring for the magazine cutoff isn't correct and will not engage so I wasn't able to get footage of the magazine cutoff in action.
Quite possibly the smoothest bolt out of all of the rifles I've had the pleasure of firing, the Ross Mk.II lives up to its reputation as a target rifle being extremely accurate. An interesting modification done by the previous owner was to weld a rear aperture on the bolt as it was missing its rear sight assembly. It was masterfully done, however, as the rifle is dead on at 300 yards.
Many apologies for the blurriness.
Shooting my new (old) Lebel R35 carbine. These were made from 1886 Lebel rifles and updated to the new M93 standard (if they weren't already previously) then shortened and rebarreled in 1935 for use with French colonial forces in Northern Africa. This example was manufactured by St. Etienne and then rebarreled in 1938 by Chatellerault.
These carbines sport an 18.5" barrel and a 3+2 ammunition capacity. This is done by leaving a cartridge on the elevator and placing another cartridge in the chamber.
There're some issues with extraction that need to be fleshed out, but spent cases eject fairly reliably.
Shooting my Steyr 1895 carbine converted from an 1895 long rifle and switched to the modern (as of the 1930s) 8x56mmR smokeless powder cartridge from the older 8x50mmR Mannlicher black powder cartridge. This is indicated by the large 'S' on the base of the barrel.
This rifle is definitely a shoulder bruiser.
See part 1 here: https://youtu.be/wwbkPDvkm1s
After replacing the recoil spring on the Sjögren shotgun, I've reduced the amount of issues I experience ten fold. I do have the occasional hiccup in which the extractor doesn't pick up the empty shell, but the footage at the end was the only time that occurred during today's shooting session.
Shooting my Hakim rifle in 8mm Mauser built between 1950 and 1960. The rifle is one of the few true direct impingement actions and thanks to the well engineered muzzle brake, the rifle tames even the full power 7.92x57mm cartridge to the point that it even pushes the muzzle down after every shot. A very nice rifle to be behind but not beside!
Shooting my new(old) Sjögren shotgun. A rare specimen: only about 5000 of these were made between the years of 1908 and 1909. This shotgun uses an inertia action in which the shotgun locks when fired and the force on the firing pin unlocks the action. This 100 year old concept was revived by Benelli and is widely used on their shotguns today.
Unfortunately, this example is showing its age and the bolt return spring and magazine springs are quite weak. I intend to find something I can replace it with, but for now you will have to just deal with the footage I have.
Ejército de Chile
Shooting my new(old) Walther semiautomatic shotgun in 12 gauge (2-1/2" shells) that holds 5+1 shells. The shotgun was the brainchild of the Walther brothers, but built in the Deutsche Werke plant during the interwar period on the Walther license. Production ran from 1921-1922 through 1931 with perhaps less than 6000 units produced.
While it is not the first toggle lock shotgun to exist, with earlier patents granted to Hiram Maxim, John Browning, and Carl Hoffman, it's a very unique action in which the shotgun utilizes a semi-long recoil operation. The barrel and upper receiver reciprocate rearwards 1" to 1-1/2" of the length of the shell before the toggle unlocks for shell ejection. All Walther Automatic Shotguns sport a full choke, and came in both 12 gauge and 16 gauge, although 16 gauge examples were far more uncommon. My example does not have an import mark.
The cause of the jam in the first video is the last shell hitting the side of the chamber.
This shotgun is also featured in the new Cawadootdoot Wawa2 video game as the "Toggle Action", but features a dissimilar manual of arms and a drum magazine where the elevator and toggle would reside.
As for ammo, I bought 1175 FPS "Lite" 2-1/2" shells from RST Shells. Seems to function pretty reliably through the Walther Autoshotty. I also tried 1125 FPS UltraLite and MaxiLite loads from RST, but they were not powerful enough to cycle through this shotgun.
More info can be found here from this excellent forum post: http://forums.gunboards.com/showthread.php?262846-The-Walther-automatic-shotgun
Shooting my new (old) 12 gauge (2.75" shells) Bergslagsbössan Filipstad sporting shotgun made in 1966 Sweden. Designed by Tore Horving, the company manufacturing these stainless steel 2-round pump shotguns would produce approximately only 200 of these shotguns.