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 Post subject: Hey, Dermann
PostPosted: Sun Sep 16, 2007 9:34 pm 
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I sort of inherited this. My grandfather, who has been "quite a character" since he had a stroke in the 80's, finally had to be put in a home. Going through his house to get all his things, we found a Krag 1898 rifle made in 1899, still in military condition, a Ruger p89, and this. A Webley VI, converted to .45ACP. I don't trust the timing on it, so I probably won't try to shoot it.

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It's in such good condition, shame it was converted. Is it matching?

To be honest, I'd really like to get an additional cylinder in .45ACP so I could shoot my Webley a little more.

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It does appear to be matching. It has a light patina and after a good look, I'm sticking to my earlier claim about the timing. It's off enough that I won't shoot it.

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Still a VERY nice find.

That Krag is probably worth quite a bit of money as well. Any pictures of it?

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No pictures yet, it's so long that I can't illuminate it with the flash AND get it all in the picture. Stock cartouche marked "JSA 1899" with the serial number being in the correct range for that date. The rear sight is a 1902 replacement model. The bore is actually shiny. Not brand new, it's a little "frosty" but I was floored that a hundred year old rifle had a bore in that condition.

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Very nice, indeed.

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Wow man, I can't wait to see a picture of that baby.

(Good seeing you here again Feanaro, haven't seen you in awhile)

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Good news, the timing on the Webley is fine. I made the mistake of giving it the once over at 1AM. Forgot to put it in full lockup. I still don't like the sideplay but it's not dangerous. Oh, pics.

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.. Wow, my Danish blood is very envious indeed.

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Norway and Denmark actually adopted the Krag in 6.5mm and 8x58R, respectively.

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Great find!

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The sun is playing hell with me today but I managed to get some decent close ups.
This one's a little long.
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Feanaro wrote:
Norway and Denmark actually adopted the Krag in 6.5mm and 8x58R, respectively.


Yeah, hence why me saying that. I am an American so I am a mix of quite a lot of things.

On topic: Can I come over and get my greasy fingerprints all over it?

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If you want to drive up to the Birmingham area, I'll see what I can do. You better bring some .30-40 ammo with you though. :D

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Interesting marking on the wood near the trigger guard. Any idea what it means? It also looks like there an HK in the wood. Your granddad's initials perhaps? :D

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HP. Wrong initials for grandpa. An H is also on the reverse side. Either the previous owner's or a soldier's(I doubt that one, almost certainly discouraged by the brass) initials. Or who knows what?

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wow that thing looks really bad ass.


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Very nice!

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The Webley has the worst trigger I've ever felt. The sights are crude. It's also a lot of fun to shoot. :D Might consider buying a replacement barrel/cylinder assembly and converting it back to .455.

The Ruger is alright. Blocky thing, so-so trigger. Needs a new magazine spring.

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The Webley was designed for real men ;)

In all seriousness, the stiff trigger does at least give you some sort of guarantee that it won't go off on its own, since there is no safety. And the sights aren't necessarily crude, they are really all that you would need in a standard fire fight (I wouldn't dare aim at anything over 25 yards).

Great thing about the .45ACP conversion is that the only part of the gun that is changed is the cylinder, so all you really need is a .455 cylinder to shoot .455 rounds out of it. That is unless, of course, the barrel has bulged from firing *THIS* much .45ACP, then you may want to consider buying a new barrel.

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