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Mikej

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I have to.....because my eyes aren't as good as they use to be. I don't like scopes. And, it's still a challenge and fun (for me) to keep shooting with iron sights. Even though it's only at 25 yards.

Yeah....we all get old someday.

Aloha, Mark
I hear ya' on this ^^. Though I force myself to do 50 yards, maybe a bit more. I don't see how even the young soldiers of the long past could use those teeny tiny sights out past 100 yards.
 

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I hear ya' on this ^^. Though I force myself to do 50 yards, maybe a bit more. I don't see how even the young soldiers of the long past could use those teeny tiny sights out past 100 yards.
When I was younger. Yeah.....way back when.
I shot hi-power (service rifle) with my M1a. We actually shot out to 600 yards with iron sights.

Aloha, Mark
 

Mikej

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When I was younger. Yeah.....
I shot hi-power (service rifle) with my M1a. We actually shot out to 600 yards with iron sights.

Aloha, Mark
I GUESS I could see that far, back then. :s0092: I only started playing with long guns 5 years or so ago. So...
600 yards, boggles the mind.
 
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Is this what you boomers ment...
 

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I have to.....because my eyes aren't as good as they use to be. I don't like scopes. And, it's still a challenge and fun (for me) to keep shooting with iron sights. Even though it's only at 25 yards.

Yeah....we all get old someday.

Aloha, Mark
ya I get that.
 

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ma96782

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I went shooting today and brought along this old fashion R.F.I. (Rifle Factory Ishapore) 2A1 in 7.62 NATO (calling her an SMLE is ok by me too).
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Yup....I'm still shooting with iron sights and surplus 7.62 NATO ammo at 25 yards.

Aloha, Mark

PS......how was it?

1) The trigger is ok for a military rifle and could certainly could use a work over. But it's not a BIG complaint and it's NOT a Match Rifle. So, who cares?
2) The feeding was sometimes a problem. You don't want to baby it. It's cock on close. Which I am NOT used to. Perhaps, that was the reason leading to/causing my feeding issues?
3) Cock on close also had me pushing the rifle away from me. Thus, I had to readjust things more often. And, it was an even slower process (for me) vs with a Mauser. "Mad Minute"....whatever.
4) Just opening the bolt took a bit of effort. And, it's difficult to slowly slide the bolt open and still get a good reliable ejection. Not....like when using a Mauser.
5) Speaking of the Mauser comparison. Yeah, IMHO the Mauser is better. Working the Mauser action is a joy, compared to this SMLE variant. Slow or fast. IMHO, the Mauser is just much smoother to operate.
6) Then....the bolt knob on the 2A1 would frequently strike my knuckle during recoil. It's a pain.
7) The front sight was small and those darn protective ears. Yeah, they look like a fat front sight. I'd bet, that it could be confusing under stress.

BUT, But, but......
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YEAH, Yeah, yeah.....it was only ONE example.

Conclusion....
If YOU like the SMLE platform (say even in .303 caliber) well, that's your choice. Good luck with that.

And, Sorry.
But, I had no stripper clips to play with.

And, being that my ammo was "grungy old surplus stuff". Maybe that contributed to the feeding and extracting problems. Not to mention, that .308 NATO ain't the same as .303 British. Yeah....the amount of taper to the cartridge.
 
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Colt 1903 "Pocket" model, type I, in .32 ACP. Made in 1915. With original grips and ivory replacements. Custom made vintage holster. This was Sam Spade's gun of choice in all those Humphrey Bogart movies (e.g. The Maltese Falcon). Original magazines for this go about $200. If you see one at a garage sale, snag it!

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Actually made in 1906 according to the serial number. My mother had told me it was 1915.
 
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