MY GOOD OLD DAYS

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Postby HERMAN BIX » Wed Sep 08, 2021 3:10 am

All were matching numbers and as many accessories as were possible to gather to match each one were to hand.
When I sold up to move to Australia, these and almost 20,000 rounds of various caliber ammo went with them.
The Ppsh41 ended up in director Peter Jackson’s collection, and the sniper went to a senior arms officer in Wellington Police !
Each has a story and a value beyond its monetary one.
I was lucky to have them.
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RPK AND AK
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SVT 40
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Mixed dates and types
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SWISS, GERMAN AND TWO AMERICAN NAGANTS
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MP38
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EARLY TT33
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MP44 with auto gear
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Postby HERMAN BIX » Wed Sep 08, 2021 3:16 am

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STERLING FLIPPED FOR A PROFIT
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MAG AND RECEIVER MATCHING NUMBERS
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1981 DATED EX GULF WAR 1 TROPHY
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VZ58 MATCHING NUMBERED BAYONET
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DP28
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ENEMY AT THE GATES DROVE THE $$ UPNON THIS
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Postby jarndice » Wed Sep 08, 2021 8:18 am

I remember when the first Star Wars film came out I was told to HUSH as I burst out laughing in the cinema when the Empire troopers invaded Princess Leias ship wielding "Sterling Sub Machine Guns",
They were no blo*dy use in the 20th century British Army and I doubt that they got better by aging a few centuries :lolno:
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Postby Raminator » Wed Sep 08, 2021 9:22 am

What a collection, Herman! Can I compliment your impeccable taste? Quite a few interesting rarities, the SVD-stocked AKM and the Vz. 58 jumped out at me.

A shame to have had to have sold them, but I take it you moved after 1996 when this kind of stuff was no longer allowed here.
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Postby jee » Wed Sep 08, 2021 10:58 am

wow, nice collection, too bad you dont have them anymore
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Postby HERMAN BIX » Wed Sep 08, 2021 11:02 am

Raminator wrote:What a collection, Herman! Can I compliment your impeccable taste? Quite a few interesting rarities, the SVD-stocked AKM and the Vz. 58 jumped out at me.

A shame to have had to have sold them, but I take it you moved after 1996 when this kind of stuff was no longer allowed here.



Was a hard thing to do, parting with them..............2004 it was, December 1 I arrived here.
I spent the 2 days before Y2K loading mags............just in case :/ Takes a while to get rounds out by hand without discharging them the fun wy :problem: when life was normal. (big con that was )
The AKM was also fitted with the auto-gear. 5 sets of the relevant trigger group hardware "came into" NZ as a necklace worn by a pseudo-Punk joker that really was not :haha:
I used sub-sonic ammo through the silencer for all sorts of animals, and non-silenced as the 3rd round from the mag floor as a warning that I was almost empty when participating in Sim-field training.
Never once fired on an empty chamber ;)
The RPK 75rnd drum was a treat for goat culling, once that was out I went to the sticks.

As for the VZ, it was a real case of stumbling over the deal of a lifetime even though it was not strictly in the line of collecting.
I did have a set of auto gear on the way for it too, but as I was close to leaving, decided to stop the deal.
It looked AK but was mechanically entirely different.

The DP MG I had also had a same year dated Ameoba pattern camo overall set. I have a pic somewhere.

Not shown are shotguns & other relevant tools, bayonets, slings, cleaning kits, armourers tools, etc etc etc.
I was fully into it.
I also had an early version machined receiver AK that was a Vietnam war trophy, but it was very banged up so I moved it on for other things.
Ahh, the things we do eh
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Postby BarryC » Wed Sep 08, 2021 1:04 pm

Sweet! :clap:

Very nice collection of firearms Herman. :thumbup: :thumbup:

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Postby PershingLover » Wed Sep 08, 2021 1:09 pm

Never knew you were a firearm collector! Simply amazing stuff, puts me to shame. All beautiful pieces, it's unfortunate they were sold. I don't know too much about Australian gun laws, would any of those be legal now?
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Postby Estnische » Wed Sep 08, 2021 9:39 pm

PershingLover wrote:Never knew you were a firearm collector! Simply amazing stuff, puts me to shame. All beautiful pieces, it's unfortunate they were sold. I don't know too much about Australian gun laws, would any of those be legal now?


These days in Australia, talking about owning these would put him on the 'watch-list' by the Federal Police. Even semi-automatics are out if I recall correctly. I surrendered my bolt-action 6.5mm a long time ago after my parents sold their farm.

Nowadays, the only people who have automatics in Australia are criminals.
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Postby 43rdRecceReg » Wed Sep 08, 2021 10:49 pm

A guilty pleasure, HB. 8O :D One I can share. :D Humans have used weapons since we climbed out of the trees, and nature's fauna and flora are full of them (defensive and predatory). For me, it's the technology, ingenuity, and performance that appeals. Misuse and abuse... absolutely not. :|
However, I really draw the line at nukes.
Then again, these days all it takes to kill someone, is a cough or a sneeze :problem: A tank is no protection against that, nor is an AK47...
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Postby B_Man » Thu Sep 09, 2021 1:05 am

PershingLover wrote:Never knew you were a firearm collector! Simply amazing stuff, puts me to shame. All beautiful pieces, it's unfortunate they were sold. I don't know too much about Australian gun laws, would any of those be legal now?


You need to have a genuine reason to own any firearms in Australia (member of a gun club, farmer, animal welfare, etc) and the type of license you have dictates what type of guns you can own. There are strict regulations about how they are stored as well. As a general rule any semi or fully automatic firearms are prohibited so the bolt actions would be allowed but you would struggle with the rest unless they were inoperable and you had a collectors license.
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Postby EAO » Thu Sep 09, 2021 9:04 pm

Ah the "good old days" indeed, Herman!

I particularly like the SVT40, MP38, and the MP44 (the Great Grand Father of all selective fire weapons). I don't know what I'd do if I ever had to "surrender" my collection of firearms?! At least here in the States it hasn't come to that....yet. :/

Cheers and thanks for posting,
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