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Troop Ships 45 Replies

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Recommended Reading for 2d Dragoons/2d Cavalry 26 Replies

Started by Dave Gettman. Last reply by Dave Gettman Mar 1, 2017.

Oldtimers at Fiddler's Green 8 Replies

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Comment by James F. Burgos on September 15, 2009 at 10:01am
The only thing missing is an M 16 leaning against the chair. ALERT! ALERT!
Comment by Thomas Blaszkiewicz on September 14, 2009 at 1:19pm
Dave,being dressed like that and drinking in that chair,you will never catch the Swine Flu!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Comment by Harry Warner on September 14, 2009 at 10:41am
I like your chair.
Comment by Harry Warner on September 14, 2009 at 9:48am
Got your message...you are just one big sentimental fool. So eloquent and heartfelt. Your words will stay with me a long, long time.
Comment by James F. Burgos on August 28, 2009 at 10:06am
Dave, to the see the Winchester 97 in action watch " The Wild Bunch ". starring Bill Holden . The express office robbery in the beginning of the film shows it's potential very well.
Comment by Dave Gettman on August 27, 2009 at 12:50pm
Buddy of mine had a .455 Webley. You could drop a .45 round, casing and all, right down the barrel. He also had the matching hammerless Webley .22cal officer's pocket pistol, both WW I issue. Fired the .22 a couple times, but you couldn't hit anything from 10 feet away. Further inspection revealed a pear shaped muzzle.

Yes, the shotgun had an exposed hammer. It had a bayonet lug also. Damn thing was like brand new, as were all Dad's weapons (except the 1873 trapdoor).
Comment by James F. Burgos on August 27, 2009 at 10:15am
Dave, I wonder how many wonderful pieces were in those footlockers ! As for the trench gun, if it was Army issue, it was the Winchester 97 and had an exposed hammer at the rear of the receiver housing. I once owned a S&W model 1917 revolver chambered for .455 Webly which was stamped RFC ( Royal Flying Corps ), WW I issue. I couldn't figure why the piece couldn't group until I did some reading. I was firing .45 ACP rounds using half moon clips. It seemed that I was pushing .451 pills down a bore that measured .454 . ( just like the .45 Colt ) The bullets were just bouncing down the barrel and allowed the propellant gasses to shoot right on by ! Sold the piece as a wallhanger. Have you tried to access the Amberg video cameras yet?
Comment by Dave Gettman on August 26, 2009 at 12:43pm
The guy died in a car crash. His parents are REAL high up in the biker world, so I couldn't touch him while he was alive. First time I ever met him he stuck a pellet gun in my face when he answered the door of my ex's house. I had the FN tucked in my waistband behind my back, but suppressed the urge to return the greeting.

You had to bring up the '03, didn't you! Dad won the Camp Perry National Rifle Championship for the National Guard in 1935 with an '03 he'd ordered years earlier right from the Springfield Armory. It had a greatly shortened stock because he was only 5'0" tall.

Dad had the rifle locked up in a footlocker in the attic. When he was in Vietnam my brother broke into his footlocker and was using the rifle for deer hunting. My brother and his buddy decided to sporterize the stock to make it lighter to carry, and proceeded to butcher the woodwork. Thought dad was going to kill my brother when he got home! After dad passed away, I ended up giving the rifle away but still have the sling. Gave away all his reloading stuff and spare parts from the 1920's and 1930's. Mom had told me once that dad had about five footlockers full of weapons that his sister-in-law sold when he was off fighting during WW II. Only ones I ever saw were the '03, a national match .22 rifle (same as in picture that I can't remember the make of but weighed a ton) and scope (2 foot long Lyman 8-power scope which I still have the box and paperwork from, original cost with mounts, bases, 2 taps and drill, $60.00), a .22 match pistol (H&R), WW I trench shotgun (Remington?), the FN HiPower, and an 1873 trapdoor. All were stolen or given away. Oh yeah, he had a .22 Anschutz that disappeared also.

Comment by James F. Burgos on August 26, 2009 at 10:25am
Hi Dragoons, if you want to see Amberg IN REAL TIME from home, go on search and enter Amberg, Germany. They have 2 or 3 live video cams which you can access the live feed. One is at the Marktplatz and you can watch people walking around on the cobblestones. Enjoy.
Comment by James F. Burgos on August 26, 2009 at 9:59am
Dave, the loss of that weapon makes the loss of my Krystal Mug seem trivial ! That piece was valuable indeed. What a waste. I hope that the thief OD's after what he did. Back in the early 70's I responded to an add in the local paper : WW I army rifle.... $50.00. I went to the sellers house and he produced a Springfield 1903 rifle. ( NOT the 03 A3 ) It had a high number Remington reciever, US Army Ordnance barrel stamped 1944, sling stamped 1917 and original oiler and chamber brush. The barrel was packed with cosmoline which I cleaned out with WD 40 and patches. I told the seller " look at all of that black crap coming out of the barrel , yeah, I'll give you $ 50 ". He threw in about 30 rounds of BLACKED TIPPED ( Armor Piercing ) 30-06 and I laughed all the way home. Sold it 3 years ago for $1,500. I never fired the piece because the bore was NEW! Some collector has it now and I am happy for him.

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8th Colonel of the Regiment Nelson B. Sweitzer 9 Jun 1886 – 29 Oct 1888



This was the third design of the 2d Cavalry DUI, worn from 1924-1931. The sharp points on the ends of the bottom scroll again called for a redesign.


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