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Thread: Modified 96/11

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    Modified 96/11

    I found this at a garage sale a few years ago. Fired it with GP11 (?) Swiss surplus ammo a few times. At 100yds got about a 4" group 6"high and 4" left. Stuck it in the closet and almost forgot I had it. A month ago I got it out and figured I would investigate what the modification at the muzzle was all about. I always thought it was just threaded and the sleeve was to protect the threads.

    Turns out the sleeve is a tight slip on configuration. the bore is counter bored in to where the two cone shaped holes are placed at 3 & 9 o'clock. The sleeve is tapered so it will only go on one way. As you can see from the pics the stock has also been modified but not just hacked off. Also in the last pic is a vinyl strip with the name +E.L.ZEA+ placed just in front of the butt plate.

    Looking for ideas of what this modification could be for, JohnClick image for larger version. 

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    So when is this "Old enough to know better" supposed to kick in?

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    E.L.Zea is probably the name of a previous owner, it doesn't look like anything an arsenal or gunsmith would put on a stock.
    The thing on the muzzle could be someones attempt at a flash suppressor or muzzle brake. I don't see it accomplishing much of anything unless it's supposed to be used with something else. Since it's a slip-on, why not try slipping it off and see if your groups tighten up?
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    Looking at the name I think the "+" before and after could be the owner's reference to the Swiss Flag.

    Does anyone know if the Swiss ever used a rifle launcher grenade? Since the counter bore goes in to the holes
    seems the bullet has already left the bore. If it is meant to be a muzzle break i can't see how it would work.
    So when is this "Old enough to know better" supposed to kick in?

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    Probably a blank adapter. A 96/11 is not as strong as a K-31 and the chamber is smaller. RCBS only makes dies for the small chamber. Hornady makes both. Lee is only for the large chamber.

    These are accurate rifles if bore is perfect, slugging a must. Finding a correct stock and the metal parts is a long shot.

    The plastic tag appears to be in the rear sling recess. Sometimes the originals soldidier's name may be found on a paper slip under the buttplate.

    There is a whole subculture in Switzerland building tack drivers from these actions. Check the net.

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