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    Greg and Beth

    the political and personal musings of two
    mountaineers living in west-central Florida
     
    El Cheapo Gun Porn! Comment
    Gregory Morris, 5/11/07 7:05:09 pm
    Yugo 59/66. This is my favorite plinking gun, and perhaps even a SHTF gun. It'll unload all 10 rounds in the blink of an eye (which is fun) but it is also gentle as a baby. As far as accuracy though, it is severly lacking. I can barely shoot 5 inch groups at 50 yards with iron sights. Part of that is my lousiness as a shooter, but the sights just aren't that great, and the gun itself isn't exactly in pristine condition. Out of the 4 Yugo SKSs that Dunhams had that day, this was the nicest. Some of them may have had more character (stock carvings, stickers, etc.) but I wanted a gun that looks nice. The least fun thing about this gun was de-cosmolining it. What a gunky mess!

    Ok, it's been done to death, but I'm gonna do it anyway :)
    Rifle: $100
    500 Rounds of Wolf Ammo: $110
    Scaring the Bejesus Out of the Brady Bunch: Priceless

    Soviet M44. This is mostly a conversation starter, and also something for putting the occasional hole in side-of-a-barn sized targets. Surplus 7.62x54 can still be had pretty cheap, and since I'll never use it for hunting, defense, or target shooting, I'm never going to worry about "good quality" ammo. Most of the surplus is corrosive, which I don't mind since I clean my guns every time I fire them. Oh, and it isn't like the barrel was particularly fantastic in the first place. I can actually hit a 3-inch target, offhand, at 30 yards 3 out of 5 times with it... so that ain't bad. I still want one without the integral bayonet (like my dad's.) It is also the first gun I ever bought. There is always the temptation to sporterize this guns, and in fact, Dunhams had some pre-sporterized ones for sale... but it isn't accurate enough to be a deer rifle (although a lot of them are) and the historical value is too important to me anyway.

    Again...
    Rifle: $110
    25 Rounds of Milsurp Ammo: $5
    Catching the Grass on Fire Every Time You Shoot Prone: Priceless

    [Comments are closed after a month.]

    Re: El Cheapo Gun Porn!
    Gregory Morris, 5/10/07 2:00:13 pm
    Oh yeah.... Did I mention I like commie guns?
    Re: El Cheapo Gun Porn!
    CTD, 5/11/07 11:23:39 am
    I still want one without the integral bayonet

    What you want is an M38
    Re: El Cheapo Gun Porn!
    Kristopher, 5/11/07 11:56:30 am
    If you extend the bayonet, an M-44 will start shooting decent groups.

    Re: El Cheapo Gun Porn!
    Gregory Morris, 5/11/07 1:55:44 pm
    No, it shoots lousy groups with the bayonet extended too... I just shoot it because it makes a nice BOOM.

    Yeah, an M38 or M91-30 would be great... but one of the older non-carbine original M91s would be ideal. They shoot straight :)
    Re: El Cheapo Gun Porn!
    Sailorcurt, 5/11/07 1:58:05 pm
    Last time I was at the range I had both my SKS and M44 (Range Report Here).

    I had been shooting my SKS for a while and I had a couple of off duty sailors shooting tupperware mouse guns to my right. I switched to the M44 and after the first shot I heard two enthusiastic "holy sh*t"s come from my right. I think it almost made one of them drop his rifle. After that I was chuckling so incessantly I couldn't shoot worth a darn.

    Good clean fun.

    Re: El Cheapo Gun Porn!
    Gregory Morris, 5/11/07 7:26:07 pm
    Isn't that a great feeling? KaBOOOOOOOM. Flames. Whatever the barrel was pointed at is no more. People in the lanes next to you running off to change their pants. I guess it's no louder or scarier than a 30-06... but for some reason it feels bigger.
    Re: El Cheapo Gun Porn!
    Robb Allen, 5/13/07 3:55:05 pm
    Greg, where did you get these from? I'm looking for a nice rifle and that's definitely in my price range (don't know where Dunhams is).

    I think the Shoot Straight in Brandon has cases of 7.62 for $80 or $90, but you might want to call to check my accuracy as I wasn't in the market for it and didn't really pay it that close of attention!
    Re: El Cheapo Gun Porn!
    Gregory Morris, 5/14/07 11:14:45 am
    I guess Dunham's only has stores up north (well, I don't consider WV to be "North"... but it is certainly "norther" than Florida.) I'd bet you anything there are similar places down here though.

    I'd also suggest just getting your C&R license, which allows you to buy some vintage firearms across state lines. If you do that, you can just go to Aim Surplus or Inter Ordnance and pick up a good old rifle for super cheap. AIM has M44s/M91-30s for $70. Inter Ordnance has Kar 98ks for $210 and M-38s for $150.
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