Not to offend you in any way, but I would not convinced that the rifle would be what you said it would be until I could hold it in my hands.When it arrived I was excited and apprehensive about even pulling it out of the box.Marc, as silly as it sounds, when I unwrapped it and saw how beautiful it was, I danced a little jig around the room (yeah, I know I got a serious problem, but it's fun!!! When it comes to rifles, I'm definitely a "wood" man, and this one is as nice as any in my collection.
There are some excellent buys and rare goodies that have been posted for a while but overlooked.
See them all right here are at "It is the curs in the media who cannot stand victory that can defeat us. Some of my friends have said that I spent to much for this rifle, so I went looking...found them ranging from 150 to 500 dollars..the low end guns were not as nice as this one and of course the high end guns were out of sight..
Take another dose of CAVEAT EMPTOR before getting one of these.
On the other hand, a collection of Afghan or "Khyber Pass" copies of guns made elsewhere would be an interesting specialty, even if a lousy investment.
Just to make sure, we pulled the barrel and action from the stock and were surprised to find 90% original blue hiding underneath with no pitting.
The outside metal has 30% original blue mixed throughout a smooth brown patina overall.
But then I had to wait until it arrived to see if it was REALLY as nice as the photos and description portrayed.
Unfortunately, as I have found, there are those in your business whose integrity is less than admirable.
So impressive were these rifles that captured specimens were used by the Springfield Armory to develop the Model 1903 Springfield Rifle.