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The Barracks / Re: Care and feeding of the Krag
« Last post by Drydock on Today at 10:41:06 AM »
That does look like a shortened 2nd pattern US Krag bayonet scabbard.
STORM / Re: My newest '51
« Last post by Cheyenne Logan on Today at 10:34:40 AM »
Abilene, yeah, that's him..the one on the right! He's got a much better hat now, got it at Paris Hatters here in SA....

Crossdrawn, I ground the lug down then blended it to the barrel.
1860 Henry / Re: Lots of Henries in the movies.
« Last post by Cheyenne Logan on Today at 10:27:33 AM »
 ;D still from Ft. Dobbs
The Barracks / Re: Care and feeding of the Krag
« Last post by Major 2 on Today at 10:20:23 AM »
Resurrecting an old sticky thread, because it does pertain to the Krag.

I acquired this 1900 date Krag Bayonet. there is no history or provenance as whom or when it was cut down to a fighting/trench knife.
The grinding down left many marks & scratches, so I worked on polishing most of those out.
The scabbard is shorter than standard by a few inches, if it was cut down or is for something else is not known.  :-\
My plan is to mount it on a wall hanging display to represent WW1 trench knife at the Museum.

I also acquired a Lebel M1886 cruciform spike bayonet, it however is missing the grip/rifle attachment.
I'll have fabricate something  :-\
The Barracks / Re: H&R Trapdoor Tutorial: for those who asked.
« Last post by St. George on Today at 10:13:51 AM »
I put a wooden, checkered pistol grip on mine, and an original Rifle rear sight - looks like it should and no problems with the cam (that seemed to be an issue with the late ones when H&R was assembling the last trapdoors).

At the time, original rear Rifle sights were readily available in new condition.

I may install a Beach front sight - it's not a burning issue, right now.

Scouts Out!
STORM / Re: My newest '51
« Last post by Abilene on Today at 10:09:07 AM »
Wow, San Antone is a long commute to F'burg!  Maybe doesn't look EXACTLY like you, but pretty close!  It is a good pic.  I guess he lets you know if there are any bargain guns (well, I suppose that doesn't happen too often at TJ's  :D )

STORM / Re: My newest '51
« Last post by Crossdrawnj on Today at 10:04:01 AM »
How did you work on the barrel stud for the loading lever? Is it welded up or did you just grind it down to the contour of the barrel, and put it back in place?
The Barracks / H&R Trapdoor Tutorial: for those who asked.
« Last post by Drydock on Today at 10:00:15 AM »
(A collection of previous entries)

I blame everyone here:  Walking thru a small gunshop in a St Louis suburb today, and there sits an H&R Officers Model midst the black rifles.  Pristine condition, reasonable price, and a quarterly safety bonus in the account.

Should make a nice skirmish rifle.


  Check the set screw on the cam shaft frequently.  If it ever comes loose,  dimple the shaft then locktite the dang screw in.  Then screw a 2nd one on top of it.



Took it out to the farm today: OE and Triple 7 carbine loads.  The 8 groove H&R rifling prefers the 777, though both loads shot into 3" at 100 yards off the bench.  I intend to replace the front sight with the MVA "beach" sight eventually, but will probably keep the rear tang sight, it works better than I thought it would, and stays upright under recoil, good for Skirmish shooting.  I'll need to scribe it for different ranges when I get the chance.  It is an accurate reproduction of the original, and I understand it better having used it.  Not a precision sight, but it's not a precision rifle.

Using this bullet:

One of these really helps the recoil:

Though it does not appear to have been shot much, it seems someone did secure the locking cam with double set screws.  Hopefully they dimpled the shaft, but I doubt I'll have any problems with it.


Having said that, I ran across this:

I called Mr. Shaver, and he makes them to fit the existing mount on the rifle.  You do need to call if you want this specific pattern.  I have one ordered, be a week to 10 days to ship, will report when it arrives.


Installed one of these, standard on the original OM:,389,391/product_name/WP0700+Detachable+Wood+Pistol+Grip


Put 21 rounds of 45-70 thru my H&R this afternoon, loaded with 47 grains (By weight) 2f 777.  Getting the sights readjusted.  Nice tight 3 shot* groups at 200 yards, no cleaning until I went home.  That just fills a Starline case to the base of an Accurate 46-405c bullet.  Been running around 3 moa bench rested.  Good stuff in the H&R barrel.

I would prefer real black, but the H&R has made it clear this is what it wants.

*Steel  plate at 200 yards.  Shoot 3 rounds, walk to the plate, paint over, walk back, adjust, shoot 3 more shots, repeat.  Good exercise.


Ran the OM at the Grand Muster this past week.  Whole match, no cleaning with the above loads, including long range.  Properly set up, this is a match winning rifle.
Upcoming Musters / Re: 2022 GAF Grand Muster
« Last post by Mogorilla on Today at 09:56:08 AM »
It was a great time!!!!    Great Shoot and great seeing everyone!!!   

Scotty, considering the wind, that smoke will clear quickly.   (-:
Upcoming Musters / Re: 2022 GAF Grand Muster
« Last post by ira scott on Today at 09:45:55 AM »
Looking forward to them  :)  was there any Video taken ?

Yes!  Silver Creek Slim does a great job with his phone,  I'm sure he will be uploading them a few at a time after the smoke clears!

Major B.N. Scotty
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