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My Fourth Grade Yearbook

My Fourth Grade Yearbook

Working In The Armoury

What better way to spend a Saturday evening than in your friend’s basement cleaning and restoring weapons?

Meet Eva, a GEW Model 1888 German Commissioned rifle.

Eva is an heirloom weapon, a trophy of war that my grandfather pulled off a dead Nazi somewhere in France. She hadn’t been fired since 1944 and 60+ years in storage had taken its toll on her.

Eva’s disassembled bolt.

In addition to the years of dust and chemical deterioration, Eva’s bolt assembly had fallen apart. Adam did a little research and managed to find a compatible replacement.

Eva’s old, broken firing pin and her new, functional one.
Adam works on Eva’s bolt assembly.

After some minor restorative work on Eva, I needed to do a little work on my Tokarev. I purchased her at a gun show a couple weeks ago and needed to perform a little maintenance after taking her to the range.

Meet Shenyi, a Tokarev Model 238 Chinese 9mm variant. The “contour grips” are original, but I didn’t think they felt right.
This is one of Shenyi’s clips. That earwax-looking stuff on the spring is a substance called Cosmolene. It’s basically a preservative–keeps the metal from corroding while the weapon is in storage. This is why this clip hasn’t been actioning as well as it should.
Disassembled clip soaking in paint thinner to remove Cosmolene.
Look out! Naked Shenyi!
Shenyi with replaced “classic Tokarev” grips. They feel better and keep her balanced better in my small hands. Sure test will come at the range.

How to Apply Lessons Learned from the Great Depression

Some great lessons to use in the coming year.

Recent economic times may mirror what American grandparents or great-grandparents went through in the Great Depression. While this time may be a challenge, it may be an opportunity to look back and learn how previous generations coped with tough economic times. Hopefully, we’ll never need to relive their lessons learned, but at the very least we can appreciate their resourcefulness and gain perspective on our own situations.

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