Northtide, The Colt DA .45ACP/AR revolvers new in wrappers were $18 bucks. The S&W Revolver Milsurp was $22 dollars. My $18.00 "War Baby" M-1 .30 Carbine was fed hundreds of free National Guard .30 Carbine rounds. Shhh!!
Northtide, When my brother and I were skinny runt Pups we had a .30-06 kind of? We had a .30 Jap Arisaka rifle chambered to fire the .06. We found a few hundred rounds of surplus .30-06 rounds. We knew nothing about tracers. We were alone on the place and a windrowed hay field. We saw a Big Rock Chuck in the hay rows. I fired a few rounds and the hay meadow went up in flames. I never told anyone that it wasn't summer lighting that set the fire. :wink:
I have a thirst for World War One infantry rifles. I have a M1903, M1917 Eddystone (and a M1903A3), SMLE of the First World War type (rear sight on barrel). I'd like to find a French rifle at least, perhaps one or two others.
The 8mm Lebel is a goofy looking and obsolete round among modern rounds, but it was the first smokeless military rifle round adopted by any nation. That deserves a little respect at least.