Sunday morning. Dreary weather outside, with rain and fog. Nice enough inside though, and we aren't planning on going out today anyway.
No one has come up with any sources of 7.5 French surplus military ammo, which isn't a big surprise as there just may not be any more of it out there.
If I do hear of any, I'll be sure and let the people know who have expressed an interest in obtaining some for themselves. There are still a good many French Mas 1936 rifles out there in collectors hands. You can buy Privi partisan commercial 7.5 French for those, the brass is reloadable and there's lots of load data for the round.
It's only the 1949/56 that needs the military surplus stuff.
Just a word about something some of you may be looking for. The latest CH Kadels catalog has replica Mosin Nagant slings at a good price.
In the little video at the end of the post, I got one of my Mosin Nagant rifles to show an original sling and how it attaches to the rifle, so I won't go into a lot of detail here. Just wanted to bring this to the attention of Mosin owners, because the dog collar slings are very hard to find these days.
Below is a link to the slings on the CH Kadels page:
Ruminations on the vanishing Mosin Nagant Rifles:
Twenty years ago, nobody really wanted Mosin-Nagants. They were a good, well built rifle but they looked "funny" to Americans. That's not a new phenomenon. When we sent U.S. Army troops to fight the "Reds" in 1918, they had to leave their Springfield M1903 rifles in Europe and were equipped with Remington built Mosin-Nagant 1891 rifles. They didn't like them then, either.
So, the rifles were really cheap. The ammunition was too, there were literally tons of it on the market in the U.S.
When someone did this meme, it was absolutely true.
Still, the guns are out there.
The original Model 1891's are scarce, and are collectors items. I have one, I know CC has one, but I don't know anyone else that does. That's because most "shooters" won't spend the money on a rare firearm, and I don't know that many "pure collectors" ,who buy guns as investments and never fire them.
The Model 1891/30 is the most common gun. They are going for about $300.00 now through dealers, in very good condition. Some can turn up cheaper in good condition, if you are in the right place at the right time.
The Model 1944 is a Model 1938 with a side folding bayonet.
With the exception of the Model 1891/30, these guns are all pretty much gone now, because collectors bought them up. I have two of the Model 1938's, one of which used to be my truck gun for a long time. I bought several of the Model 1944 guns when they were on sale , from AIM, SOG, and at a gun store in Dalton, Georgia. Otherwise, I wouldn't have any of them because I wouldn't pay the prices sellers are asking now.
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A follow up on long term storage of UTZ pub mix.
I like it, it's a great "comfort food" and I've stored it before without problems. But this time, when I opened one from the last case, it had gone rancid.
All of them were spoiled, and in only a few months time. The containers can still be used, and the food itself we are feeding to the dogs. They like the salt and the fat in it. I ate some of it anyway, and it didn't make me sick. But my wife says the shortening they used in it has gone bad. It does stink and I decided it just wasn't worth eating it, particularly as the dogs like it. I give them some in their bowls every day.
I don't know why this went bad and the preceding supplies didn't. They were all stored exactly the same, and this batch wasn't stored anywhere near as long as the others.
On the other hand.....
Last night I opened up a case of these that have been down in the storage room for more than two years.
They were just as fresh as they day they were made. Sealed in aluminum foil packages, and stored in a cool, dry and dark space, they are fine.
I buy these at Christmas time, at a department store in a different county. This year, they didn't have any so I opened a new case . I'm glad the chocolate made it through that time period OK. I didn't want to have to freeze them.
Here's something else I opened a can of recently that was still fresh and good. They'd been stored out in the climate controlled part of the barn, in a cardboard box, for four years.
I like these crackers with cheese or butter. They're really intended for people who live on sail boats, but given their long storage life, and the low cost, they work for me. The cans are all metal and make good storage containers.
Of course, Lisa's "hard tack" is way better than these, but you can't have everything!
We recently went to the farmer's depot, and bought Amoxicillin which they had on hand for treating farm animals. It was expensive, $39.00 plus 7% tax for 50 caplets. However, you can buy it from Walmart, on line, 100 capsules for $20.00. Might be worth getting some for the shelf.
We used it to treat some kittens that were nearly at death's doorstep with what looked like pneumonia. They got well. We also used it to treat "Miss Bitey", my cat , who had a terrible respiratory infection. It cured her.
Can't hurt to have it in your medical supplies:
We have pretty good insurance, and we tootle to the doctor if we need medicine. But the day may come when there is no doctor. "Just sayin'" as the expression goes.