The range was fairly crowded today, so please forgive the gunfire you hear in the background.
Shooting my new (old) Manurhin PP built in France in the 1950s. Manurhin procured the tooling from Walther post WW2 and built their own Model PP pistols on the Walther license from 1952 until 1986.
This pistol is incredibly soft shooting and comfortable to shoot despite it being straight blowback. With medium sized hands, the grip fits well and comfortably.
Shooting my new (old) SIG P210 made in 1953. A mix match of parts, this pistol has a -2 frame with a -1 slide. It was imported by Simpson Ltd. as a "P210-5 Configuration" which would indicate it was modified with the aftermarket BO-MAR target sights and the rear of the slide milled to accept it when it was still in Switzerland by its previous owner.
It goes to show the amount of quality that goes into this gun if mismatching parts still fit so well.
Also, be careful of the hammer bite ;)
Shooting my very first lever action rifle manufactured in 1953. The action is butter smooth and recoil is minimal. The rotary magazine is certifiably neat, but I'm thinking the cartridge stop/extractor piece needs a stronger spring.
I'm sure this rifle has taken many durr in its life...
"Blocks the Sear"
Shooting my Infallible pistol in .32 ACP. It's a neat, albeit ugly, striker fired handgun with somewhat lousy ergonomics. Despite that, I find it quite a very pleasurable gun to shoot.
However, the biggest folly with the handgun I have so far are that the two bolt return springs are quite weak and I honestly can't figure out a way to replace them. As a result, the striker spring must be comparatively weak. I replaced the striker spring only for it to push the bolt out of battery due to the spring strength and I had to return the original, weak spring.
Welcome to simple blowback operation...
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.