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Are “antique” firearms viable for survival?

December 30, 2013

Hi, folks!

Like my readers, I’m an internet junkie. I mean, after all, it’s the ‘information highway’, right? And I like to share stuff that I find curious or useful when applied to the art of surviving.

So, by sheer chance, the fates that control the internet let this interesting bit of firearms history fall into my lap this morning: The RUSSIAN Winchester 1895 lever action!

English: Advertisement for the Winchester Mode...

English: Advertisement for the Winchester Model 1895 lever-action rifle (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I have been a Winchester fan for many years as a competition shooter in the Cowboy Action Shooting genre, and had read long ago some bit of history on the early days of the company and who they made carbines for and so forth. This video shows one of the very rare weapons of that era in action, functioning pretty well for a shootin’ iron that’s dang near a century old! No, we won’t find a rare gem like this at the local gun show in less than one in a million odds….but it shows again that well designed firearms from our grandfather’s era are still usable, sometimes with a few caveats, even today.

A friend just ran across a ‘free’ (inherited)  Mosin-Nagant bolt action rifle from the era of world war one, another of the millions of military surplus weapons one can find pretty easily.

English: Mosin Nagant Model 1891

English: Mosin Nagant Model 1891 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

It fires the same ammo as the Winchester (very popular Russian stuff) which was chambered for the 7.62 x 54r, still in manufacture today.

My grandfather’s WW1 Springfield in 30.06 is still spittin’ lead as it nears the century mark, as well. Gives one pause to think that the soldier of that era had weapons in hand that came with ladder sights to ‘reach out and touch someone’ at 1,000 yards. No wonder they spent most of their time hiding in trenches.

And, in the old school tradition, a fine and powerful revolver is to be respected as well, such as the Smith & Wesson model 19 in .357 magnum.

Rimmed .357 Magnum revolver ammunition

Rimmed .357 Magnum revolver ammunition (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

One of my favorite considerations about my .357’s is that no matter what configuration of bullet is loaded, if it fits in the cylinder, it’s gonna go down the barrel with NO FEEDING PROBLEMS that modern pistols frequently exhibit, such as feeding problems up the ramp when they encounter sharp edged  ammo like in the right side of the above picture. The .357 caliber is even more potent when fired from a lever action carbine, which has an interesting angle to think about in today’s political climate.  Having sidearms and carbines that fire shared ammo is one of my personal quirks….I just plain like the idea.

OK, what I’m leading to here is that ‘old school’ thinking in firearms may have more advantages that you might have originally considered. As the political left continues their relentless agenda against our Constitutional rights, the never ending assault on the second amendment in particular, citizens must constantly resist in the voting booth.  That may not work at some point, considering the multiple factors of voter apathy and the ‘gimme stuff’ attitude of the inner cities, abundantly apparent during the last two presidential election cycles, which always leads to further erosion of our rights, along with ever growing government size, rules, regulations and constricting laws. So, in the incremental stages and constant erosion of our rights, the never ending agenda of disarming the citizen will continue, constantly dragging out the victims of the latest tragedy to shamelessly promote the disarmament strategy while standing on the graves of the latest helpless (because of their very own ‘gun laws’) victims who were unable to defend themselves.

So, in my way of thinking, having a shiny new AR with all the latest gadgets is way cool (but kinda expensive), and undoubtedly has potent firepower, in my gun safe there’s also a few of the ‘old school’ fellas ready to stand up and take up the fight if need be in that zombie invasion we’re all prepping for. And personally, I’d rather plink ’em off at 600 yards or so anyhow…..zombies need breath mints, like soooo bad.


  1. I truly enjoy antique firearms and their history. The new weaponry that is available today are capable of some pretty awesome things but these historical firearms need to be treated with respect and given the time and attention they deserve. Thanks for sharing.

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