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TH44
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Alaska DR shoot
      #316464 - 17/05/18 03:43 AM

Hi Everyone
Just a quick post on the DR shoot in Alaska

As an Englishman it was an eye-opener for me to see such rifles and shoot many of them

Everyone was friendly and helpful and my thanks to all for their advice and use of rifles including two 4 bores (ouch), .600, .577, .500 Nitro Expresses as well as other (slightly) lighter calibres

The Thompson and Broomhandle Mauser were a nice extra




Some of the bigger ones


The single 4 bore was most impressive


The Hotchkiss was interesting but did not want to play much


Cal's monster

Musk Ox stew for lunch went down well

Especial thanks to Cal Pappas for the organisation and his excellent hospitality

I certainly hope to return to the U.S. soon

Tony TH44


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Re: Alaska DR shoot [Re: TH44]
      #316480 - 17/05/18 03:56 PM

Excellent. And many a fine double there. Plus some stuff not expected.

Where is all the snow? I always see the place covered with white stuff in the ALaskan photos! Must be all the hot air, global warming etc.

Melting from carbon ... or cordite!

Good stuff. Thanks for the photos.

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Re: Alaska DR shoot [Re: NitroX]
      #316482 - 17/05/18 04:16 PM

TH44 thanks for posting. Some nice firearms there. I like the 4 bores-not if I am going to shoot one - Every shot gives you a 1" group.

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Re: Alaska DR shoot [Re: Rule303]
      #316486 - 17/05/18 07:51 PM

Thanks for the report. It is a great annual event.

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Re: Alaska DR shoot [Re: CptCurl]
      #316505 - 18/05/18 03:05 AM

Excellent report and pictures - thanks.

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Re: Alaska DR shoot [Re: Daryl_S]
      #316507 - 18/05/18 04:38 AM

Did the .577 2" Howdah pistols come out for the day too?

Looks like a great time!



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Re: Alaska DR shoot [Re: tinker]
      #316508 - 18/05/18 06:11 AM

Would have been a 'blast' for sure!

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Re: Alaska DR shoot [Re: TH44]
      #316521 - 18/05/18 04:26 PM

Photo 3. Looks like a silenced 45ACP? SMLE. A very rare beast indeed if it is.

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Re: Alaska DR shoot [Re: Rule303]
      #316523 - 18/05/18 07:18 PM

Is that a Tommy Gun in the third photo? Was is full or semi auto?

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Re: Alaska DR shoot [Re: crkennedy1]
      #316532 - 19/05/18 02:30 AM

The Thompson Gun - model 1922 or 1928?

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Re: Alaska DR shoot [Re: Daryl_S]
      #316543 - 19/05/18 10:09 AM

tinker - there were 2 "Howdah" pistols, Cal's in .577 Snider.

I shot it holding with 2 hands to control the recoil but younger (and tougher!) guys than I shot it one handed with more control than I could manage

Rule 303 - the silenced .303 was a copy of a deLIsle carbine, a rare rifle used by British commandos in WW2

A shortened MK 4 .303 bored out to .45 ACP for the subsonic round to make the built in silencer more effective

IIRC the one at the shoot was made to take the standard 1911 magazine.
It was very pleasant to shoot with little recoil and noise
A friend in the UK has both, a good copy and an original which he paid a lot of money for

Daryl - I am not familiar (without references) with the difference between the 1922 and 1928 models, only the wartime M1 version had a side cocking lever

It was, however, fully automatic and a real blast to shoot!!

Unfortunately the Hotchkiss with its strip magazine was a little temperamental

Again, many thanks to all involved

TH44


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Re: Alaska DR shoot [Re: TH44]
      #316575 - 20/05/18 08:00 AM

TH44 thanks for the reply. I had forgotten the DeLisle Carbines name. Your friend with an original is a lucky man indeed.

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Re: Alaska DR shoot [Re: Rule303]
      #316577 - 20/05/18 08:04 AM

tks TH44.

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Re: Alaska DR shoot [Re: Daryl_S]
      #316669 - 22/05/18 10:40 AM

Would love to see some videos of the big stuff getting touched-off!

Looks like there was even some sunshine!

Glad for everyone who could make it.

One day....



Tim


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Re: Alaska DR shoot [Re: tarbe]
      #316753 - 24/05/18 05:28 PM

One of the howdahs pictured here, a Wilkinson 577. Also the Delisle replica by special interest arms in NV, a Tolley 5 dram 10-bore roundball rifle, and a Fausti 410 fitted with a set of 25-20 Win barrels from Ellis Brown and a 2x Leupold.



The Thompson is a 1928AC made in early 1942. From what I can gather the AC models were put together during and after the war from parts left over when the much cheaper to make M1 (w/the side cocking charging handle) was adopted.The costs dropped from around $225 to $70 with the M1 and then to $40 with the fixed firing pin M1A1, and as a result about 1.5M of the ~1.7M Thompsons were M1 or M1A1 versions.

When they put together the "AC" model they ground and overstamped the receiver markings "US Model 1928A1" to say "Model 1928AC" with the last "C" overstamping the last "1" and standing for commercial, but they were sold to law enforcement agencies. This one went to the Tennessee Highway Patrol where it remained until the early 1970s. It was blue printed and restored to like new by Paul Krough a few years back.

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Re: Alaska DR shoot [Re: Omnivorous_Bob]
      #316833 - 26/05/18 10:13 PM


Thanks for sharing.

It must have been a blast(as always) when doublerifle nuts meet up for a rally.

I am particular interested to hear how the Tolly 10bore 5drammer shoot with roundballs.


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