Old creepy headstamp

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  1. Lefty Trigger

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    1938 8mm but called 7.5 French (so I was told) with German swastika logo

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  2. X-47B

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    Looks German to me
     
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  3. Dusty Stevens

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    Man id love to have one of those with that logo
     
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    +1
     
  5. garandman

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    Thats an amazing piece of history.
     
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    Awesome. Do a side profile photo please?
    Very nice!
     
  7. Twicepop

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    The eagle is NAZI German, but France didn't fall to Germany until May 1940. The French had two different military rounds for their service rifles in the last century, the 8MM Lebel (8X50 Lebel) introduced in 1886 and used in WW I and still in some use until 1944, an odd looking rimmed cartridge with a lot of body taper and a long neck. The second was the 7.5 MAS (7.5X54 MAS) a rimless modern looking cartridge introduced in 1924 for the then new MAS rifle.
     
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    <inset joke re: French rifle, dropped once, here>
     
  9. Meangreen

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    Germany annexed Austria in March 1938. That looks like an 8x56mmR (8x56 Steyr) to me.

    Having loaded for the 7.5 French at one time, I can tell you that the 7.5 French is literally the 6.5x55 Swedish necked up to 30 caliber with few other changes.

    A single pass through a die and you are done.
     
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  10. joshb

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    I have a K 98 with those eagles stamped all over it. It also has the duffel bag cut stock and the bayonet. What’s it worth?
     
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    The head is not flat, only cart. I'm familiar with that has a rounded head is the Lebel.
     
  12. 1shot

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    I've got one of the french Lebel rifles. My uncle carried it in WWII.

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  13. Meangreen

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    Here is one (8x56 Steyr) with exactly the same date markings and lines, but different arsenal markings.

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  14. Lefty Trigger

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    The one I have appears to have a longer taper to the shoulder than the one pictured above?

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    Josh,
    Depending on condition, the rifle is worth between $1500 and $2500 with the bayonet. But hard to fix without seeing it.
     
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    Heres a couple of 45 acp round from WW1. the left one is US CCO 4-17 and the right one is F A 2 14

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    Thank you for that. I have wondered about it. It had sat propped in the corner of a closet for 50 years. I bought it from a guy who said his uncle had brought it back from the war. I fired a box thru it, oiled it up and put it away. It’s not in great shape finish wise. Lots of mild surface rust . I paid $400 for it after my LGS turned their nose up at it. I followed the guy outside and made the deal in the parking lot.;)
     
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    In line with Creepy”
    I had ( can’t remember what happened to it) a 1941 Nazi swastika stamped Luger.
    IIRC the barrel was pitted badly but still shot OK not great, anyway as I would hold it and think to myself who might have died or been executed bye this weapon.
    Creepy!!
     
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    A couple of years back at a gunshow I mentioned to my wife I might start a collection of military rifles and she said something to the same effect. I was looking at a nice Mauser when she said it. I still don't own any military rifles.
     
  20. joshb

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    Find an old Swede M38. As I recall, not many of them killed anybody.;)
    Then look at Swiss K31s. They didn’t, either! Both great shooting guns!
     

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