Sunday, October 07, 2012

New Grandson, Asher Levi

Nana and sister meet Asher for the first time.

Big sister is holding him while big brother and Nana look on.

Now it's big brothers chance to hold his little brother.

Mom sure looks healthy only hours after the birth.

The hospital room with all but Cheez who was taking the picture.

Two brothers!

Nana holding bink training.

Could there be a more proud Nana?

Nana got the first dirty diaper.

I think she enjoyed this one, they may get old after the first hundred.

The chair makes a handy lunch table and place to play.

Instructions from the nurse on day 1.

Dad and his newest son.

Another shot when dad is concentrating on his new son.

A family group requested by mom.

And mom and dad with the newbie.

Showing off the tattoo she put on just before we headed to the hospital.

A shot of big brother watching TV.

Big sister was giving dad her crackers so he would have a snack when he came back to spend the night. However, when we left she grabbed the crackers and said she was "just kidding."

Mom talking to her big sister

Brotherly love.

Another family group picture

There was a lot of that brotherly love,

Nana crocheted the little cap. Actually she made three, one for the baby and two others for the big sisters American dolls.

Mother and son, today before I left.

A closeup of our newest grandchild.

Sunday, September 30, 2012

September 2012, A nice G.R.,1918, B.S.A.Co., Sht. L. E. III*

What a great month this has been! Another find, a 1918 BSA No I MkIII* Enfield Rifle. The bolt, receiver and barrel serial numbers match, but someone sporterized it by cutting the stock thereby removing the up front hardware. The bore is dark but the rifling is still shiney.
The other side view. It doesn't look so bad from this angle.

But from this angle it looks like the missing stock was gnawed off by a rabid beaver.

The original front sight is an indication the barrel was not cut.

The barrel is blued with very little rust or wear spots.

The sight has multiple numbers stamped, but not the same as the bolt or receiver which do match.

Very little rust or wear as you can see.

Looks good.

The stock has a large S stamped on it, it means the butt is a short one. It has a brass butt plate but no unit disc on the stock.

The butt needs a through cleaning.

The forward stock will be replaced as soon as I can repair some cracks in the one I have available.

The metal still had some cosmoline in the internals which I cleaned before these pictures.

The top of the receiver.

Closeup of the rear sight top.

Closeup of rear sight port side.

My replacement stock that needs a few repairs on the butt end.


A careful look will reveal the area that needs repair.



Wednesday, September 26, 2012

September 2012, A Early War Winchester M1 Carbine

Another great find, a Winchester M1 Carbine dressed in "early war" motif.

Right side view overall, you can see there is no bayonet lug.

One of the bad spots, someone has ground the ears off of the front sight.

I believe the wood is what is known as "high" wood.

The rear sight is an early L type rear sight. Safety is the push button type

The stock sling cut is of the early "I" type. However, this is the second bad spot as someone has filled the sling cut in. How they did it is to be determined later.

Left side, front sight with wings removed.

Early type bracket missing the sling loop.

Lefts side view of breech area,, trigger guard and sight.

Another view of the filled sling cut.

A full view of the left side.
So far, I have had this totally apart, cleaned it thoroughly with 0000 steel wool and Hoppes #9. Every part that I could identify is a Winchester part. So in the near future I will be looking for a Winchester front sight and trying to determine the best way to clean out the stock sling cut as this is an early stock. However, the stock has been scrubbed of external markings.