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Vintage Varminting

One of the fellas shared this bit of history. Above is a custom Mauser varmint rifle chambered in the excellent .219 Donaldson Wasp. On it he has a 10 Unertl.

The stand is an ancient piece of shooting kit. It is now long gone but during it’s day several version of this concept were used for shooting in the field long before bipods were a thing.

USMC ANM2 Stinger

B-ARFCOM user Bigbore recently shared pictures of this neat gun he made. It’s an effort to make an ANM2 Stinger machine gun. I say it’s an effort because while the gun is real and did exist, no pictures of one of the originals has been found. We know about it from word of mouth.

The gun was the model used in aircraft and had a much higher cyclic rate than the ground 30 caliber variants. The men wanted that higher rate of fire and so they fabricated up a stock from a rifle and attached some other cannibalized parts to it to come up with something that theoretically looks just like the gun above.

A famous incident involved the stinger on Iwo Jima that I’m sure you have all seen on the History Channel’s now long defunct show Shootout.

Vintage Boom: Testing the Navy’s WWII Big Guns in Kodachrome

The Naval Proving Ground in Dahlgren, Virginia was established in 1918 and has been testing ordnance for the fleet ever since. We found a great series of original color photos taken at Dahlgren during World War II showing the big guns at work.80-G-K-13602 Dahlgren 14 - inch gun fires a test round down range, during World War II. Gun crewmen are covering their ears with their hands for noise and shock protection.

“14-inch gun fires a test round down range, during World War II. Gun crewmen are covering their ears with their hands for noise and shock protection.” (All Photos/Quoted Captions: Naval History and Heritage Command)80-G-K-13601 Dahlgren Five-inch gun makes a hit on an armor plate target, during World War II ordnance testing.

“Five-inch gun makes a hit on an armor plate target, during World War II ordnance testing. This test does two jobs in one, checking gun and armor in the same operation. Note flashes made by gunfire, and by the projectile striking the armor plate.”80-G-K-13599 Dahlgren Firing an eight-inch, 55-cal. Gun, during tests in World War II. This is a triple, single sleeve gun mount, with the right barrel removed

“Firing an eight-inch, 55-cal. Gun, during tests in World War II. This is a triple, single sleeve gun mount, with the right barrel removed. Shells on the stand in the foreground are of about 16″ size, possibly for the 16″ gun at right.”

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