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A Pathetic Fake on GunBroker

We’ve seen some blatant fakes, but this one retires the trophy.

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The auction title: “Nazi Scorpion VZ 61 Holster and Magazine Pouch.” Do you see the problem yet? Here’s the reverse of the holster and pouch:

fake nazi holster reverse

And here’s the proof of its Nazi bona fides, a gen-you-wine Waffenamt marking!

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And here’s another Waffenamt. That Hitler SWAT sticker is way, way clearer on this one.

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Have you figured out the problem yet?

The holster and pouch are not for any weapon the Nazis would, or could, have used. They are for the Czech Vz61 Škorpion submachine gun / personal defense weapon, a .32 ACP hybrid pistol/SMG used by some military elements but mostly by internal security elements of the Ministry of the Interior.

While some Czech guns were made and used by Nazis during the Nazi occupation of Czechoslovakia 1938-45, the Nazis left after that (as did, at bayonet point, those ethnic Germans who had invited them in); with the exception of a few war criminals in pokey and a quantity of Nazis-made-good in the graveyards. So you will not find authentic Waffenamt markings on anything made after 1945.

(But you can, and these images suggest someone did, find not-so-authentic Waffenamt stamps on eBay).

The abbreviation Vz stands for the Czech (and Slovak, and a couple other Slavic languages) word Vzor, meaning, “model,” as in, “Model of –“, and of course, the Vz refers to a year.

Anyone daring enough to make a guess as to when a firearm called Vz 61 was adopted?

Next question, is 61 > 45? We may be dealing with someone who is not only a faker, but also suffering from bitchy resting face pre-terminal innumeracy.

Let’s look inside the holster and pouch and see what we can learn there. Hey, there’s a stamp inside the holster flap!

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In this stamp, K6 is a manufacturer code, the crossed swords are a Czechoslovak Army marking, and 66 is the year of manufacture.

See, there was this one Nazi who refused to believe the war was over, and hid in the mountains… making holsters.

Next up, the marking inside the pouch for the Škorpion’s spare mags.

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So to recap: the gun belonging in this holster was designed in 1961, the mag pouch was made in 1965, and the holster itself in 1966.

But the leatherwares somehow acquired marks from the Waffenamt, an inspectorate defunct for 16, 20, and 21 years respectively at the time. While simultaneously bearing the marks of the postwar Czechoslovak People’s Army.

Last interesting facts: He has this priced a lot higher than a generic Škorpion holster; and, a lot of the seller’s other sales are claimed Nazi stuff, mixed in with admitted replicas.

Don’t take any wooden nickels — or time-traveling Nazi holsters for future guns.

CNN Awakes to RIA Gun Auction

It’s probably the sheer dollar values that got CNN’s Aaron Smith to notice Rock Island Auctions’ upcoming Premier Auction, but Smith penned such an entirely reasonable post that we kept scrolling back up to see if it was really on CNN, the network that will always be associated in our minds with Peter Arnett’s ridiculous “Operation Tailwind” hoax (not to mention his notorious “Baby Milk Factory” propaganda).

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The first gun that caught Smith’s eye was this revolver. Rare, beautiful, and attributed to an A-list historical figure: Mormon faith prophet Brigham Young. Smith:

The gun, with its “flawlessly executed scroll work” and “wolf head motif” has an estimated price of $550,000 to $850,000, according to Rock Island Auction Company, which is putting more than 3,000 guns up to bid from April 29 to May 1.

The auction house in Rock Island, Illinois, says the gun comes with a “deluxe rosewood case lined in red wine velvet,” a silver powder flask, a bullet mold and other tools. It is the gun that Young “personally cleaned, loaded and kept at the ready” for use against “nefarious persons.”

Brigham Young’s pistol is expected to get at least $550,000 at auction.

Next up — Smith seems to be following the money — is a Winchester rifle associated with the officer who led the capture of the great Apache war leader, Geronimo.

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The Geronimo rifle, a Winchester lever action from 1886, is also expected to bring in at least half a million dollars. Rock Island set a pre-auction estimate of $500,000 to $700,000.

Rock Island says the rifle was presented as a reward to Capt. Henry Ware Lawton for accepting the surrender of the legendary Apache warrior Geronimo in 1886. Lawton, who won a Medal of Honor in the Civil War, fought a running battle more than 20 years later with the last Apache warriors in Southwest canyon country before negotiating their surrender.

According to Rock Island, the rifle was given to Lawton by Lt. George Albe, who served with him in the Civil War before going to work for Winchester Repeating Arms. Albe also gave Lawton a pocket watch for “his gallant service in the capture of Apache Indian Chief Geronimo and his band,” according to its inscription, which is included in the same auction lot as the rifle.

He also gave him a sword, which is being auctioned in a separate lot.

via Brigham Young’s gun up for auction – Apr. 21, 2016.

We’ve been going over the three full-color catalogs for this auction, and they are indeed that good. We personally are not attracted to the Indian War stuff, but there’s a transferable FG42 that has the potential to draw in the vicinity of a quarter million dollars, based on last year’s sales.

In fact, we could do our 0600 Gun History/Tech/Usage post for the next year off this auction catalog, in which time a bunch more catalogs would pile up. These catalogs are excellent educational material, although we would note that RIA is (by their own admission) an auction house, not an authentication house. We’re extremely leery of things that are frequently counterfeited — that includes all Western stuff (double for Indian stuff), all Confederate stuff, and all Nazi stuff.

For those of you who didn’t order the RIA catalogs, or just for the convenience of electronic search, the listings are online here.

When You’re Offered a Cross-Dressed Pistol, Part 2 of 2

Yesterday, we looked at a deliberately faked Ithaca M1911A1 being offered by a probably unwitting consignor. Now we have an apparently witting seller misrepresenting a clone as a genuine Browning Hi Power. Buckle up, ’cause it’s going to get ugly here.

Item II: The Phony Browning

Here you have a Hungarian FÉG 9HP Browning Hi-Power Clone, extensively gunsmithed, misrepresented on GunBroker by a Texas seller (M118LRShooter) who is not an FFL  as a genuine Browning and sold for a genuine Browning price of about $1400.

Fake BHP from Texas 1It was only on arrival in Connecticut that Mike, the buyer, realized that he had a mismatched parts gun on an FÉG frame, a disclosure the initial sale did not make. The initial auction was not billed as a Browning clone or an FÉG, but, as you can see, Custom Browning Hi Power 9mm Pistol! Mike began to get a sinking feeling that he’d been had. 

fake_browning_auction_screenshotNot only was this breathed-on clone called a Browning Hi Power in the title of the auction, “Browning” appeared four times and “Hi Power” seven in the description (count them yourself, below). “FÉG,” “Hungary,” “clone” and “copy” are  conspicuous by their absence. We’ll make it easy for the 90% of you that are not red-green color blind with a little color highlighting.

This Browning Hi Power has a custom carry package…all the sharp edges are rounded and smooth…the pistol has been tuned for total reliability and function, as well as accuracy. The sights are a combination of tritium Novak rear night sight, and XS Sight Systems tritium express front night sight…this Browning was meant to be carried and used. Special slim line grips are fitted to this pistol. A Cylinder and Slide trigger kit has been professionally installed resulting in an unbelievably smooth combat trigger. The magazine disconnect has been removed so this pistol will fire with the magazine removed. Browning Hi Power specialists, and defensive shooters will immediately note the custom beavertail on this frame. There is no Hi Power out there that will feel as good as this one in your hand. It is so well done it looks like it came from the factory this way. A commander hammer has been professionally fitted as part of the defensive carry package. Your hand will never get chewed up again….Hi Power shooters will know what I mean…. This pistol has a custom satin black Cerakote finish that will not wear off, or chip. This pistol will come with two original Hi Power 13 round magazines. Add the features up and see what a value this pistol is. If you’re considering buying a Hi Power and having all this custom work done….get ready to write a big check….or win the auction on this one and go to the range…. This is the Custom Browning Hi Power you are searching for.

Mike contacted the seller of the misrepresented pistol, thinking it might have been an inadvertent error.The response he got made him realize that there was no error involved at all, except maybe his. The seller insulted him, standing behind his “as is” boilerplate, and refused to take a telephone call to sort the matter out. “Finders keepers, losers weepers” as gun-sale code of conduct?

There are two mental exercises that will steer you to understanding the integrity level of the seller, M118LRShooter. Put yourself in his position,

  1. If you made an honest error, and inadvertently misrepresented a gun, and the buyer was unhappy he did not get what you falsely advertised, would you take it back?
  2. If you set out to be dishonest, and deliberately and knowingly misrepresented a gun, and the buyer was unhappy he did not get what you falsely advertised, would you then take it back?

Now, we have no way of knowing what was in the mind of Texan seller, M118LRShooter. We only know that he acted as he would if he were operating in Case 2 above.

Then when Mike entered negative feedback — a fair response to a seller misrepresenting a gun about a dozen times in a single listing, the seller — previously quite happy, presumably, to have gotten nearly $1400 for a $400 gun — changed his feedback for the buyer. His initial feedback was:

A+: Excellent buyer! Payment and communication were fast and correct…would do business with this man again…no hesitation…

But that was before the Connecticut buyer found out that he had been defrauded, and left negative feedback for the scamming seller:

Item was clearly described as a Browning Hi Power. Received a FEG PJK-9HP with a Browning slide. Contacted seller w/no resolution. Seller stated that I should’ve asked more questions about its origin.

Then, the seller responded with the same message, essentially, “it was as-is, FU” and changed his earlier feedback to punish the buyer for exposing the fraud:

F: If a buyer has specific questions about things that are important to him…he should ask them, not blame a seller for his mistake. This guy is a 10% buyer…watch out. I will always block this bidder!

Well, yeah, scammers tend not to respect or like their marks.

The story may not be over yet, although it seems to be at an impasse at this time. The whole sad tale is here on the 1911 Forum.

In practical terms, the seller buyer (duh) has no recourse. It’s too hard to prove criminal intent. It doesn’t yet seem to be a pattern of behavior from the seller. No sane lawyer would take an interstate civil case for such a small amount in dispute.

The Factory Frauds

As it happens, a lot of FÉGs are inadvertently misrepresented as actual Hi-Powers, because they are very close copies (the parts interchangeability of these reverse-engineered Iron Curtain clones is practically 100%), and because FÉG themselves mislabeled entire runs of these pistols during the Iron Curtain era. Here are two images of different FÉG clones bearing spurious FN rollmarks:

feg fake browningMost of these clones that are found in US and European collector circles are not in good condition; many of them came from Israeli stocks, and seem to comprise both weapons Israel bought and issued to police (which are heavily holster worn) and weapons Israel recovered from Arab nations and guerrilla movements, which tend to signs of Arab (i.e., no) maintenance.

feg fake browning IISome of these guns were imported directly into the USA like that (by Kassnar), and Browning and FN apparently let them get away with it, back in the 1980s.

Why these guns were made is uncertain, but it seems probable that large numbers of them were intended to be used as “deniable” weapons by Warsaw Pact clandestine services and by Soviet and Satellite supported terrorist groups in the 1980s. Some may also have been sold directly (or indirectly) to Israel in contravention of the bloc’s pro-Arab policies, for the private profit of those doing the deal. FÉG did cut a deal later with Israel to support Israeli production of the BHP, and that deal was almost certainly done under the table.

Others may have been injected in international commerce at a premium price over the FÉG clones, with the delta between what FÉG earned and what the middleman got from the end user nation probably going to some secret policeman’s or Politburo member’s offshore bank account.

A great many of these clones are going to get sold as Brownings sooner or later, and a great many of them already have. Note that the misrepresented FÉG parts gun in the first part of this story was not one of these guns, it appears to have a genuine Browning slide on a FÉG frame.

When You’re Offered a Cross-Dressed Pistol, Part 1 of 2

The current fascination with trannies has, if nothing else, alerted people to the idea that all is not as it seems. That is true, too, in the world of collector pistols. We’re going to look at two cases — one, where a buyer almost got burned, and one, where a buyer did get burned. Today, we’ll display a 1911 that the buyer got alarmed by, and that the gunshop handling returned to its consignor. (It was priced low for a genuine gun in this condition, suggesting that the consignor and shop were no part of the fraud, which may have taken place years ago). Tomorrow, we’ll show you a “Browning Hi Power” that wasn’t, and unfortunately left a GunBroker buyer stuck with a fake gun and little recourse. To add insult to injury, the bad-faith seller has given the buyer he ripped off bad feedback on the auction site!

ITEM: The Minty 1911 that was a hair “off.”

You seldom see a GI 1911 in such high condition any more. Most of them are locked away in private collections and museums, despite all the millions of them that were made. (Hundreds of thousands still in US possession were destroyed during the 1990s). Most of this comes from a two-page thread at a single collectors’ forum — and not even one that specializes in guns or 1911s.

Ithaca 1911-FAKE03There are five things that are very subtle, but suspect, in that picture, but they point to a gun that was deliberately modified or remanufactured as a fake, and a gun that is as it sits there is likely to be a serious violation of Federal criminal law.

Here’s the other side of the suspect firearm:

Ithaca 1911-FAKE02Why, it’s a rare Ithaca Gun Co. 1911, in really superior condition! (Or is it?). Can we see the whole thing? Why, sure:

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Everything looks right, even the color change in the parkerizing reflecting the heat treating of the slide. So this is one of the 335,466 1911s Ithaca made during the Big One, right?

Wrong. Here’s the left and right sides of a real Ithaca, close to this gun’s putative production date. (Source of information, this great gathering of Ithacas on Model1911A1.com).

Ithaca 2075739R Ithaca 2075739LOK, here are the reasons the first gun is bogus:

  1. Look at the grips, specifically, how much of the frame is showing in front of and behind the grips. This is not normal variation: most GI 1911s look like the last two pictures. How did this happen? When the receiver was shaved or planed narrower, the curve of the front- and back-straps made the “margins” around the grip “grow.” (The frame was shaved to allow it to be remarked with new and different markings).
  2. Look in front of the trigger guard, at the side of the receiver there towards where the slide enters the frame. (This area is called the “dust cover,” by the way). Compare the height (top-to-bottom) of that flat surface in the known good gun and in the suspect gun (red background). Shaving the sides of the frame, due to the curve of its very bottom, means that the flat gets broader (or, oriented to three dimensions, “higher.”)
  3. Look at the M1911A1 finger cutouts. They’re very distinct on the factory gun, and you can imagine how thinning the frame would reshape these — and require the forger to recut them. The cutouts on the suspect gun have not only been recut, they’ve been smoothed in and don’t show the distinct edge of the factory gun.
  4. We’re holding one back. Don’t need to overeducate the forgers, eh?
  5. The serial number is a outside the known Ithaca serial number range, and that range is known to be complete.

Legal Issues with This Gun, and the Moral(s) of the Story

The gun was made by shaving a frame (possibly a more common GI frame, possibly a no-name commercial frame) to remove the rollmarks and serial number in entirety before engraving new information on here. The legality of that is not in doubt: it is stone cold illegal to alter the serial number on any firearm, period, full stop.

Moral of story: beware, beware, beware. If you just want a .45 for a shooter this “Ithaca” one is OK, except for the presumably altered serial number, which makes it contraband. (It may be legal if it was made not from a factory lower but from a blank or incomplete lower. But if that was how it was done, why would it have been shaved?)

Second moral of story: this gun was exposed for two reasons: 1, because the maker took the short cut of using some existing 1911 frame. If somebody started with a frame blank he wouldn’t need to shave (and alter the appearance) of a 1911 frame. And 2, because he used a fictitious serial number. The first thing that exposed this firearm was that its serial number was outside the known Ithaca range, which is known by historians to be completely and correctly documented. Bottom line: you can’t know too much about a gun you’re thinking of buying. Heck, you can’t know too much about the guns you own already.

White-Filled Serial Numbers etc.

Incidentally, there are two reasons at least that serial numbers and other markings may be filled with paint or chalk in auction pictures:

  1. The seller wants to bring out the markings for the benefit of the seller (99% of the time); or,
  2. The seller wants to conceal the fact that the markings were made by engraving or individual character stamps, not factory rollmarks.

And an exit laugh…

The phony Ithaca situation would be funny, if people hadn’t been taken by products like this. But not all fakes are that well executed. There’s this one, for instance.

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Lord love a duck!

SF Swag Charity Auction for the Green Beret Foundation

SF PatchWe’re passing this on for the Green Beret Foundation (a charity that does good deeds rather than has a few guys that do well for themselves) and the SF Brothers Facebook Group; some guys we know are involved with each.

A group of SF Brothers have donated their time and skilled craftsmanship to host an online auction in benefit of the Green Beret Foundation.  Check out the beautiful, handmade items listed below and place your bid!!

*NOTICE: the auction will take place on eBay starting March 28, 2016 and last 10 days.  Items will not be able to be seen online until the auction starts.

Click on the item’s photo (link – Ed. Click on the picture to see a bigger picture) to go to the auction site!

First item up, a hand-made field knife.

GBF Nomad Knife auction

Nomad Knife & Sheath
Item #: 152023858710

http://www.ebay.com/itm/152023858710

Next: a Rogers Rangers knife and tomahawk set, handmade by a Ranger, SF and SOF medic.

GBF Shipman knife

Knife & Hawk – Roger’s Ranger II
Item #:152023886928

GBF Shipman knife n hawkhttp://www.ebay.com/itm/152023886928

(Ed. note: if this guy is who we’re thinking of, these edged weapons are made by an SF medic veteran. Well done, and we loved the Rogers’s Rangers theme. That’s why we gave it two photos).

The other items are past the jump. That allows us to have both big photos and not tie up the whole page all day. Continue reading

Got Night Predators?

Tracking Point has night medicine:

We’ve previously mentioned their .300 BLK firearm, but now there’s an even better deal out there. The NightEagle is a precision-guided firearm optimized, TrackingPoint says, for predator control. The video makes it clear that the predators they have in mind are the four-legged variety, but there’s no reason the system wouldn’t work on bipedal predators, too.

The specs are solid: 400-yard lock range, 10 mph max target velocity.

One of the interesting improvements is that instead of having a separate “tag” switch as you had on first-gen TrackingPoint, their new capability, which they’re calling RapidLok™ Target Acquisition and Fire Control, tags the target when you take up the slack.

As you pull the trigger the target is automatically acquired and tracked. When trigger pull completes, the target is instantly eliminated.  Total Time-To-Kill (TTK) is approximately 2.5 seconds. RapidLok™ Fire Control is image stabilized enabling dynamic off-hand shots and shots on the run.

Think about those capabilities. Potential game-changers. The rifle of 2026 will do stuff the rifle of today can’t, qualitatively; in a way, today’s rifle is a lot closer to the rifle of 1966 than it is to the one of a decade ahead.

Note that the NV capability here depends on the electronic optics and an infrared illuminator or floodlight. While the resolution is similar to a more modern system, essentially what you have is computer enhanced 1st Generation Active Infrared. Per TrackingPoint:

NightEagle™ incorporates an infrared sensitive CMOS sensor that detects light not visible to the human eye.  Depending on the strength of the IR illuminator, targets can be engaged and tracked out to 300 yards at night.

That means it’s not a good choice for engagement with a human enemy who is night-vision capable. Searchlights work both ways, you know?

The system is also compatible with TrackingPoint’s ShotGlass remote control technology, and can stream video (annotated video, if the shooter feels like talking) to the rear. Given that the premier use of scout/snipers is for intelligence gathering, this is technology with real potential. (For military use it will need reduced signature, frequency agility or something like that, and encryption).

As they did with their .300 BLK system, TrackingPoint has offered a discount — nearly $2,500 — on the first one hundred 5.56mm Night Eagles.  Here’s the deal:

In case you missed our previous email, the NightEagle is being sold at the exclusive offer price of $7995* for the first 100 purchases. There are still a few systems available, but we would encourage you to make a call today to place an order and secure your system at this incredible offer price. Financing is also available for the NightEagle with payments as low as $182/month** for up to 48 months.

Thank you for your continued support and we look forward to sharing more exciting news and products with you as the year continues!

To place an order and lock in your NightEagle, please call (512) 354-2114

*MSRP $10,490
*To apply for financing on this product, please visit tracking-point.com/financing

The NightEagle page can hook you up with one. Tell ’em WeaponsMan sent ya.

One exit thought: this is the stuff being discussed in open source and sold to the public.

Need a Shooting Mat?

Midway Half AcreMidway USA is having a sale on shooting bags and mats right now. They have them in all sizes — this is the big daddy, which is called (in classic marketing hyperbole) the Half Acre. It’s actually six feet by almost three (72 x 34″), not counting the flap at the front. It’s padded with foam, and tough enough to use on a gravel shooting point. You can take it home and rinse it off on the deck or driveway and then hang it up to dry for the next outing.

Half Acre, to go.

Half Acre, to go.

(Personally, having set a shooting mat or two (and a rucksack) on fire over the years, we’d position the rifle a little more forward, but that’s us). It folds up into a smaller, although not exactly compact, package. If you want to get smaller than that, they have a wide range of of smaller ones.

We like mats like this, even though we don’t shoot much from unimproved firing lines these days, and our personal forlorn hope is to have everything for a range trip in one bag. We used a mat in the Army (and got ribbed for it, but we didn’t get as dirty as the guys ribbing us).

The good news from Midway is that this mat is now on sale for $90 — $40 off the regular price. In fact, all the Midway mats are on sale right now, including this one at over 60% off, although reviewers note that it is really more of a packable ground cloth than a shooting mat (none of the padding that the higher end mats feature).

Midway’s convention for sale prices is bold red type. After writing this up, we wound up not buying the mat after all, but seeing as how we were at the website anyway, we dropped a hunge on gunsmith tools. (They have a Weaver screwdriver/punch set and a steel Baker block on sale). Can you ever have too many gunsmith tools?

What’s Cooler than a Suppressed FN SAW M249S?

What’s Cooler than a Suppressed FN SAW M249S? Well, how the same gun plus Jerry Miculek? Yep, we’re talking about Louisiana’s fastest-shootin’ son, king-hell competition and exhibition shooter Jerry Miculek, yielding a suppressed semi SAW, popping silhouettes at a few meters.

As God is our witness, if we had to face three bad guys that close with only a SAW, when we got finished distributing the 216 virgins, we’d then weld a bayonet lug on the gun.

For next time, you know?

If you can’t see it here you can probably pick up the movie on YouTube.

We’ve wanted one of these SAWs since FN announced it, and this video does not make us want it any less. It looks like they’re shipping now — at least, to reviewers.x

Two Resources: Survival Guide and Prepping Matrix

Both of them come to us from the Greek Preparedness blog, which is exactly what it says — preparedness for Greek citizens (with some posts posted in both Greek and English) — but is worth reading for those of you in the other 200 countries of the world.

Resource 1: Tokyo Survival Guide

tokyo_survival_guide_coverBecause Japan is an island nation that is no stranger to natural (earthquake, tsunami — which Japan named) and man-made disasters (fire-bombing, getting nuked, nerve-agent terrorism) a subset of the Japanese people take disaster preparedness seriously, and prepare with classically Japanese thoroughness, One result is the Tokyo City Government’s preparedness guide for citizens, which in classically Japanese fashion begins with an anthropomorphic mascot (Bousai the Rhino, whose name is a play on words) and concludes with an instructive manga (Japanese comic for grown-ups) — just the thing for those of shorter attention span.

It’s quite good, even though it looks like it can only be downloaded in pieces. While some of the techniques and procedures mentioned here are primarily applicable to the Japanese Home Islands’ primary threats (quake, tsunami, volcano) others are useful in any potential survival situation. Link’s to the English version; of course, they have it on the same base website, in Japanese for the natives.

Resource 2: PrepperLink Preparedness Matrix

prepping_matrix_522The PrepperLink Prepping Matrix is an excellent, if imperfect, tool for those that would prepare for survival of what the DHS coyly calls natural or man-made disasters. We’re great fans of the mind-map as instructional and reference technology (we wonder what program Gary Griffin used to create this) so we were really predisposed to like this. And we did, with a few exceptions we’ll dispose of up front.

  1. “Security” refers only to guns. Having enough trustworthy people to keep watch, and a solid watch schedule and alert plan, is much more fundamental than having firearms.
  2. Little reference to alternate and contingency plans. Every decision needs PACE; the more fundamental the decision, the greater the need for alternates and contingency plan.
  3. No reference to maps or navigation. You need maps (and if coastal, lakeside or riparian, also charts) and the knowledge to use them whether your plan is bug-out or bug-in.

One of the best things about this matrix is the way each branch is, in effect, a decision tree, with the most crucial decisions closest to the root of the tree (at the central node). We also like the way items in one branch can refer back to items on other branches. This is handled deftly with color coding — as long as you’re not color blind. Get the whole thing at PrepperLink.

Having planned for the Big Quake, the Alien Invasion or the Zombie Horde leaves you in pretty good shape when three days without power thanks to an ice storm (a much more probable disaster) had your neighbors flapping.

More AT Rifles for Sale

If you missed last week’s Boys Mk.I., that’s OK, there are other anti-tank rifles on the market. Just the thing for when “they” come, although to be sure these haven’t been tested against flying saucers.

Collector weapons dealer Bob Adams (whose long dark night of ATF persecution seems to be over, in his favor) has several Anti-Tank Rifles for sale at the moment.

I: 20mm Lahti Semi-Auto: $10k

The first is a registered 20mm Lahti Model L-39:

Lahti AT Rifle

Bob writes:

Description and pictures to follow shortly. This is a live destructive device requiring a $200 transfer tax. It has a Russian Heavy Machine Gun (DShK) tripod adapted to it by the Finns during WWII. The tripod alone is rare.

All he has at the moment is the stock photo and a picture of such a weapon in use by the Finns.

II: 20mm Solothurn M/39 Model S-1000 Semi-Auto: $12k

This is the Lahti’s Swiss cousin.

solothurn AT Rifle

Bob says:

This was recently deactivated by drilling holes in the barrel. It can be re-activated by replacing the barrel and filing a Form 1 with ATF or rebarreled (or sleeved) to .50 BMG with no ATF registration.

We’re kind of doubtful a .50 x 99 conversion would be quite that easy, but people have done it.

Finally, we get to the king of beasts, historically speaking:

III: 1918 Mauser T-Gewehr: $10k with .50 BMG barrel and original barrel.

This is the original, single-shot, bolt-action Mauser anti-tank rifle, the gun that inspired the .50 Browning cartridge and machine gun. It’s set up as a shooter, but no irreversible alterations have been made to this historic piece.

Mauser T-Gewehr

The .50 barrel is mounted. The inset shows the original 13 x

Rare Mauser Tank-Gewehr 13mm WWI Anti-Tank rifle with extra .50 barrel. Rare and historic German military anti-tank rifle made in 1918 by Mauser to defeat early tanks. All matching and complete with original bipod. Very good condition with much blue & some brown patina. Very good or better original bore which can be improved. Excellent .50 Browning 45″ barrel w/scope rail installed on barrel for shooting. Original parts unaltered and complete with the original barrel! Note: ATF has ruled these are not a destructive device.

This is a close-up of the single-shot breech and the sturdy scope-mount rail as installed. As you can see, it attaches to the barrel, leaving the receiver unmarked.

Mauser T-Gewehr breech

Of these, in our opinion the one with the greatest historic significance and the best potential for appreciation is the original T-Gewehr. But all these guns are priced in Barrett territory, which makes them (in our opinion, for whatever value you may give that) underpriced.