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Thread: 1941 Johnson....ruined

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    Boolit Master Kev18's Avatar
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    I bought a mosin and modified it. People were livid. Its mine so I did what I wanted. I collect old rifles, but more 19th century lever guns. I really dont care about a mosin, especially that it was just a basic model, I also have an sks.


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    Quote Originally Posted by LAGS View Post
    Nobody ever wants to listen to the Back Story about how things came to be.
    I once picked up an old Mauser that had literally been run over by a truck.
    The barrel was bent, the sights were damaged, the stock was Cracked in two, and the trigger guard was smashed.
    It had been sitting in a barn for 30 years and was heavily rusted.
    I tore it down and installed a Take off barrel from an old JC Higgens 30-06 , and made a new sporter stock, polished and blued the metal.
    I was able to straighten the trigger guard, and get the rifle working again.
    But all I got in response was, "You Ruined History."
    You should have left it the way you found it, it might have been a collectors piece.
    (The Rifle was run over on a Farm here in the U.S not in some Battle in WW2)
    People would say,
    If you had the skills to make the rifle shoot again, you should have restored it back to The Original Condition, No Matter what the cost.
    But If it was restored to the Original Condition, then There is NO history, and No Value, no Matching part numbers.
    It is then a part gun that is worth $100.
    But as a Sporter, it ended up making a good inexpensive First Rifle for a mans oldest son, and probably got passed down to the other sons.
    The History was Ruined when someone accidently ran it over with a truck.
    But now the rifle at least has a chance to make a new Memories, and once again, be used as a Tool that is Functional.
    Love this! If you're willing to put the time and effort into something and make something that was ruined into something that's great and can be cherished by someone then job well done in my mind. There will always be a time and place for a collectors item, something that has seen a different era than our own. There will also always be a spot for the ones that don't have that chance! At least its usable and from what I can see, is a beautiful rifle. As im sure most of us have a hand me down or two, they're not always the collectors piece that they may have once been. Make use of what you've got, collectors or not, historical or just plain history
    Take pride in everything you do, or not, you do what you think's right, I'll do what I think's right

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    Were Johnson alive today he may very well would have loved this rebuild/conversion. Given the AR bolt carrier and bolt operation are almost the same as the Johnson rifles because Johnson designed both. Johnson was, in fact, hired by Stoner to assist in the development of the AR10 and AR15 rifles. Also if one bothers to read Johnson's book published in Ordnance circles one would find a lot of similarities to his predictions.

    I know it's heresy but every "old" or milsurp firearm are not "collector's" items.........Just my own personal belief is all......
    Larry Gibson

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