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While you watched the debate...

...I opened the box the nice (but really scared-of-the-dogs) FedEx man left.

Which contained two new homeless vets.

First up - a factory cut-away of the Polish version of the Tokarev T33 pistol, made in 1953. 

Next - one of the Holy Grails of my collecting jones - a Winchester M1895 musket, US-marked in 30/40 Krag..  And this one has a history, one worthy of a post all it's own, down the road.

The pics embiggenate if you click on them.  And in most browsers, they'll open with your cursor looking like a magnifying glass with a "+" in it.  If that happens, click again for full size.


Sweet, I love getting boxes, especially with cool toys in'em.
For us its the UPS guy whose afraid of the dogs, at least that the excuse he uses to explain leaving boxes in the driveway, instead of the porch. Note, the dogs are in the house or backyard, cannot get to the front porch, (or the driveway :( )

Our UPS guy knows how to handle the dogs.  So does the "regular" FedEx guy.  The guy who sometimes runs this route is apparently terrified of the dogs.  He won't deliver if they're out.  Once he just tossed the box out the truck window (he didn't know we had a game camera and got a pic).  That's not happened again.  But there's now apparently an annotation for our address and any FedEx guy who isn't our regular guy basically calls ahead and they won't deliver (even a package that needs no signature) if we aren't home.


The UPS guy just gives 'em a dog biscuit.

I understand the concern - but I tell people to use UPS if there's a choice, because FedEx is becoming a PITA. 

And, I'm sure, they regard us as a PITA - out in the boonies, with large dogs.  And the city folk among 'em couldn't tell a guard dog from a livestock guardian dog.  The guardians (Molly and Buffy) bark a lot, and will attack something attacking the critters.  But they won't bother you except to bark.  If you know dog body language, they're clearly not threatening.  But if you don't know dog body language... they're big dogs.
That's one of the Rifles Brian Keith playing Teddy Roosevelt in the movie, "the Wind and the Lion" shoots in the numerous scenes of him at target practice in the movie. 
That's because Teddy was very fond of his Winchester M1895.

From the looks of the wooden bits in the full size image, that's a "been there, done that" rifle. Looking forward to the story.
 I didn't know about the 1895. I did know about the 1898 Krag-Jorgenson, however. I'm guessing the .30-40 Krag round was a bit on the high pressure side for a lever action and they might have had trouble with primary extraction. Just my guess, though.
 Actually, the M1895 was designed for the .30-40 Krag round.  It was also made in .303 and 30.06, but the 30.06 proved too hot for the steels used at the time.  The newer iterations of the gun with new steels are fine.

This has a nickel-steel barrel, and is the "second generation" model, where they had modified the reciever and bolt.  It worked just fine with the standard Krag round, which is really a comparatively low-pressure round in it's standard loadings compared to the others (he said without looking at the books).  

The Winchester lost out to the turn-bolts because of the difficulty in using them when prone, and because they *were* at the end of their useful design capacity for the higher-powered military rounds coming down the pike.
I can hear the Tokarev going "braaaaains".

When a dog's tail is going too fast to see and the back fur is not up, it doesn't matter how loud they bark. Sheesh.
The contract for U.S. military contract Model 1895 Winchesters was for 10,000 rifles, but for the quantity made, they are seen much less often than they should be, and almost always in badly abused condition.  Congratulations on finding one!

Of course, it is a John M. Browning designed gun, and if people start digging they will find that besides the "everyone knows" M1911 pistol, BAR and .30 and .50 BMGs, there were a BUNCH of other Browning designs used by the U.S. military. 

A collecting niche all by itself.... and you can go after examples of the rest of St. John's inventions later...
Another (military) disadvantage of the Model 95 is the contortionistic loading process. One round at a time, hook the rim, press down and back, rotate nose down. I think John Browning had an apprentice design the magazine/feed system, because it's the exact opposite of his usual elegance.
The Russians (Tsarists) ordered a bunch of 1895s chambered in 7.62x54R.

Both the FedEx and UPS drivers were fine with my dogs (both sadly no longer with us).  They always brought biscuits and had a cheery word for them.  Many times when they made a delivery when the dogs and I were away from home, I'd come back to find the box on the doorstep with two biscuits on top of it.