Discussion in 'Camp Wordforge' started by Paladin, Aug 12, 2017.
From a camping trip in April:
Daawwwww, lookit that cute little Elwood-sized thing!
Nice! I really like the delayed blowback operation on those, simple and allows higher pressure ammo. I was just on Wikipedia reading about "hesistation locked" designs, which John Pederson used in the gun the R51 is based on. Pederson was quite prolific, not quite as recognized as John Browning, but not far off, either.
I seem to recall that Pederson had some ideas for the gun that would eventually become the M1 Garand: he wanted a lighter gun, with a detachable magazine, shooting a smaller caliber. If his ideas had been adopted, the U.S. Army would've fielded a weapon very similar to the Ruger Mini-14 in World War II!
Interesting historical footnote...
Pederson designed a .45 automatic pistol that was going to be purchased by the U.S. Navy during WWI, but the war ended and the plan to buy the pistols was dropped.
While researching the Remington R1 recently (basically I want to build a Walt Longmire gun—an apparent surplus 1911A1 with stag grips) on the cheap, I found out about the M53. AFAIK those WW1-production 1911s were the last .45ACP pistols produced by Remington until the relatively new R1. All those “Remington”-stamped 1911A1s produced during WWII were made by Remington-Rand, the typewriter company.
BTW those are cropped from wider (though still telephoto) shots, made from low-res files uploaded from the camera to my phone. Not bad resolution, all things considered.
You can't go wrong with that. I picked mine up about two years before WF started and it's still my second favorite shotgun.
It's my second 870. I bought the first one more than 10 years ago--it's a 20 inch/8-shot security model--and, at the time, I really wanted the Marine Magnum, but I just couldn't spring for it. Another example of settling instead of holding out for what you really want. "Stingy one pays twice," as the Russians say.
BTW, what's your #1 shotgun? (I feel like I should know the answer to this, so apologies if it's come up before...)
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