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Sunday, August 19, 2018

Canada retires the Lee-Enfield after 114 years of service.

I shamelessly cribbed this from the "National Post".  I didn't know that the Enfield was still in front line service with the Canadians.  I really like the Enfields, I have 2 of them.

They are from front to back, my 303 Enfield, my Springfield 03A3 and my 308 Enfield. 
My Enfield was made at the Ishapore Royal Armory in India in January 1945, She is a  Number 1 Mark III.  My other Enfield is a "308" enfield made in 1968 for the Indian Police.  Both were made in the same arsenal.  I thought that was pretty neat.

I have copied the entire article through the magic of "Cut and Paste".  I thought that this was a really cool article for us people that like history and rifles.  I am using "Chrome" to do this article. so the fonts are a bit different.
It has killed Germans in two world wars, shown up on both sides of the Arab-Israeli conflict and has turned up in the hands of Taliban fighters. Easily one of the deadliest rifles in history, it once protected nearly 50 national armies.
Canadians carried it on D-Day, at Vimy Ridge, through Ortona and in the defence of Kapyong.
Now, after 114 years, the Canadian Armed Forces is becoming the last national military in the world to retire the Lee-Enfield rifle from front-line service.
They even put the gun on their official badge. Wikimedia Commons
Since 1947 the Lee-Enfield has remained the main service weapon of the Canadian Rangers, a part-time force mainly devoted to Arctic patrols. This week, the Canadian Rangers began replacement of their Lee-Enfields with the specially commissioned Colt Canada C19.
Unlike many other antique items in the Canadian military, the Lee-Enfield didn’t hang on for so long out of apathy or tight budgets. Rather, it’s because it’s still one of the best guns to carry above the tree line.
The Lee-Enfield’s powerful .303 cartridge was famous for killing enemy soldiers with one shot, and it’s equally good at stopping a charging polar bear.
Its wood stock makes it uniquely resistant to cracking or splitting in extreme cold. The rifle is also bolt-action, meaning that every shot must be manually pushed into place by the shooter. This makes for slower firing, but it also leaves the Lee-Enfield with as few moving parts as possible.
“The more complicated a rifle gets … the more prone you are to problems with parts breaking or jamming in a harsh environment,” said Eric Fernberg, an arms collection specialist at the Canadian War Museum.
“It might seem old-fashioned … (but) the retention of the Lee-Enfield by the Canadian Rangers was a wise choice for their role and environment.”
In this 2016 photo from Whitehorse, Yukon, Prince William, Duke of Cambridge is greeted by Canadian Rangers and Junior Rangers carrying Lee-Enfields. Photo by Mark Large - Pool/Getty Images
The Lee-Enfield was developed as a standard-issue British infantry weapon at the close of the 19th century. Given that this was the height of the British Empire, the gun was soon being used to arm troops in virtually every corner of the globe.
“It has been used in every conceivable theatre of war … and its high build quality and tough construction made it all but indestructible,” wrote the historian Martin Pegler in a book about the Lee-Enfield.
And while it can’t shoot as fast as modern automatic rifles, a well-trained British soldier could fire and reload quick enough to squeeze off 30 rounds per minute from a Lee-Enfield.
Two First World War Canadian soldiers wearing gas masks examining a Lee-Enfield rifle.Library and Archives Canada
Canadian militias first picked up an early version of the Lee-Enfield in 1896 and Canadian volunteers would carry them in the Boer War. The more familiar short-muzzled Lee-Enfield came out in 1904.
When the First World War broke out, Canadians initially went into battle carrying the Canadian-made Ross Rifle. However, the Ross was so prone to malfunction that Canadians were soon scavenging Lee-Enfields from dead British soldiers.
From then on, the Lee-Enfield remained the weapon of choice for Canadian soldiers right up until the 1950s. Of the more than 118,000 Canadians who have been killed in foreign wars, most would have been issued a Lee-Enfield.
Although Brits stopped using the Lee-Enfield right around the time they dissolved the Empire, the Lee-Enfield became the English-speaking world’s version of the ubiquitous Soviet-made AK-47. With thousands of the rifles turned over to the surplus market after the Second World War, they were soon making cameo appearances in dozens of conflicts, skirmishes and civil wars.
Canadian Ranger Ernestine Karlik armed with a Lee-Enfield in 2014. Pamela Roth/Edmonton Sun/QMI Agency
Lee-Enfields were wielded by IRA terrorists in The Troubles. They were among the mish-mash of guns that Israelis used to fend off Arab armies in 1948. Bangladeshis used them to gain independence from Pakistan.
In the 1980s, the United States funnelled massive shipments of antique Lee-Enfields to Afghanistan for use by Mujahedeen fighters against the Soviet Union. It’s for this reason that Lee-Enfields continue to show up in the hands of Taliban fighters, often as a sniper rifle.
In 2010, writer C.J. Chivers analyzed a cache of weapons seized from the Taliban and found a British-made Lee-Enfield from 1915.
And while they were no longer taken by uniformed soldiers into battle, Lee-Enfields are still in the arsenals of several police forces in the developing world.
In Canada the guns had a more peaceful afterlife as a hunting rifle. Cheap and able to fell large game, Lee-Enfields are responsible for the antlers and taxidermied animal heads on countless Canadian roadhouses. “No other rifle could be more reliable,” reads one glowing review of the Lee-Enfield published in March.
Orillia Legion Public Relations Officer, Colin Wackett sit with a Lee-Enfield rifle that was donated to the Legion by the family of WWI veteran Joseph Leyland. Postmedia File
This was part of the reason why the rifle was an easy choice for the Canadian Rangers in the first place; it was a gun that most Northern hunters already trusted.
“A lot of us grew up using the old .303s … it was a good gun, it was a gun you could depend on,” Northwest Territories MP Michael McLeod told CBC this week.
It’s a testament to the Lee-Enfield’s reliability that replacement is strikingly similar.
The Colt Canada C19 is still bolt-action, still has a wood stock and still fires 10 shots. The main differences are that it’s lighter, more accurate and has several cold weather modifications, such as a larger trigger guard to accommodate gloved hands.
Although the Lee-Enfield spent years as one of the cheaper offerings in Canadian gun shops, the rifle’s advancing age and increasing rarity has recently caused it to climb in price.
Some current listings for used Lee-Enfields put the gun at between $700 and $900 — a price comparable to a brand new higher-end bolt-action rifle
However, the gun’s retirement from the Canadian Rangers will mark the final time that a major batch of Lee-Enfields will be released to the private market.
According to the Department of Defence, some 9,500 will be turned over to cadets for use in target practice while 5,000 will be offered as gifts to Canadian Rangers holding valid gun licences.
Prime Minister Stephen Harper shoots .303 Lee Enfield rifle’s in Gjoa Haven, Nunavut on Tuesday, August 20, 2013. The Canadian Press/Sean Kilpatrick

Friday, August 17, 2018

Went Garand Shooting

I finally found time to go shooting with the Garand I picked up from the CMP a month or more ago.

    I went to the range at the next town over, the nice range near where I lived was in bankruptcy proceedings.  I was asking the owner of the small range I was using if he knew anything,  Apparently the really nice high speed gun range was in trouble in the court system, the owners are involved with 102 counts of bankruptcy fraud, and theft of weapons "stolen" in two separate robberies that were believed to be "Inside jobs".  That is a shame, because ranges are hard to find, even in "Gun Friendly" Southern States.

     I decided to bring the M1 Garand and my 03A3 "Springfield", actually made by Remington.  I thought that it was ironic that both weapons were made in 1943.  The Garand made by Winchester and my 03 made by Remington.

   I got to the range and set up the rifles, I had some ammo I had already prepared
I used some ammo from Academy, it is 150 grain "Monarch" brand and I was told not to use any thing heavier than 150 grains because it will mess up the sequence of the "OPROD", which makes the Garand do its thing.
Well I was shooting the rifles at the range and really enjoying the fact that I had a Garand that worked and it shot well, the Garand digested the ammo without a hiccup and it was a real joy to shoot.
This pic was my taking a break for a moment and decided to shoot a pic of the rifles.
  I think it was more me than the rifle, I still was a bit nervous, the target were set up at 35 years, the farthest distance the range had.  I didn't change the sight settings of either rifle.  This was more familiarization than accuracy.  I will plan another trip and sight in the rifles.
    I was stoked to shoot the Garand finally and I should have bought more ammo.

Thursday, August 16, 2018

Looking forward to shooting tomorrow :)

Quick note, I am going to the range in the morning,  The bullets are 150 grain, and that was what I was told will work well in the Garand.   I will post tomorrow on the results.

  I would go to the usual range that I go to near my house...the nice one...well they are in bankruptcy proceedings.  The range made money but they had several break ins and guns were stolen each time and one of the owners basically shanked the others so the nice range is closed.  I will be going to the one at the next town over, it is a bit farther away and not as nice, but I will see how it goes.

I finally put a couple of dog collars and sling for my mosin-nagant.  The rifle looks different, I an considering putting a folding bayonet on the rifle to further dress the rifle.  I haven't decided yet.

Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Monday Music "On the Dark Side" from Eddie and the Cruisers"

This is the latest edition of my Wednesday Monday Music, I had this song loaded into the scheduler thingie but I forgot to hit "Publish"  , eh it happens.
     I heard this song and the movie in the early 1980's while I was in High School but never saw the movie, kinda like "Streets of Fire", I rented the movie while I was stationed in Germany and really liked it.  I bought the soundtrack at "Robinson Barracks" in Stuttgart at the big PX.   I liked the soundtrack, it had the "Old School" feel and I liked it.  I also bought the soundtrack sequel and it was a good album.  I am continuing my "Movie" theme thingie that I am running.

"On the Dark Side" is a song by American rock band John Cafferty & The Beaver Brown Band, though they were credited as Eddie & the Cruisers. The song was written and recorded for the 1983 film Eddie and the Cruisers, and appeared on the film's soundtrack album. The song originally was a minor hit when released in 1983, peaking at #64 on the Billboard Hot 100, though a 1984 re-release of the song helped it gain more fame. The song peaked at #7 on the Billboard Hot 100, #19 on the Canadian Hot 100, and spent five weeks at #1 on the Mainstream Rock Tracks

Martin Davidson has said that the inspiration for the film came from a desire to "get all my feelings about the music of the last 30 years of rock music into it."He optioned P. F. Kluge's novel with his own money and at great financial risk. He wrote the screenplay with Arlene Davidson and decided to use a Citizen Kane-style story structure. He remembered, "That was in my head: the search."
Davidson made a deal with Time-Life, a company that was going into the movie-making business. However, it quickly left the business after making two films that were not financially successful. He was understandably upset and a couple of days later he went out to dinner and met a secretary who had worked on his first film. He told her what had happened to his film, and she gave his script for Eddie and the Cruisers to her business partners. In a relatively short time, a deal was struck with Aurora and Davidson was given a $6 million budget.

Vance asked Davidson to describe his fictitious band and their music. Initially, Davidson said that the Cruisers sounded like Dion and the Belmonts, but when they meet Frank, they have elements of Jim Morrison and The Doors. However, Davidson did not want to lose sight of the fact that the Cruisers were essentially a Jersey bar band, and he thought of Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band. The filmmaker told Vance to find him someone that could produce music that contained elements of these three bands. Davidson was getting close to rehearsals when Vance called him and said that he had found the band--John Cafferty & The Beaver Brown Band from Providence, Rhode Island.
Davidson met the band and realized that they closely resembled the band as described in the script, right down to a Cape Verdean saxophone player, whom he cast in the film. Initially, Cafferty was only hired to write a few songs for the film, but he did such a good job of capturing the feeling of the 1960s and 1980s that Davidson asked him to score the entire film.

Eddie and the Cruisers was originally intended to open during the summer, but a scheduling error resulted in a September release, when its target audience - teenagers - were back in school. The film had its world premiere at Deauville. Embassy Pictures threw a promotional party for the film at a West Hollywood dance club in September, 1983 where Cafferty and his band played.
The film was a box office flop, receiving many negative to mixed reviews from critics (see below). The film was released in theaters on September 23, 1983 and grossed $1.4 million on its opening weekend. It would go on to make a paltry $4.7 million in North America. The film was pulled from theaters after three weeks and all of the promotional ads pulled after one week.
In the fall of 1984, the single "On the Dark Side" from the soundtrack album suddenly climbed the charts, as the film was rediscovered on cable television and home video, prompting the studio to briefly re-release the album.

Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Busier than a one legged man in a.....you get the picture...

Yep, it has been one of those kind of days...My Monday Music will probably go up on Wednesday and a post that I have been working on will be pushed off until Friday.   What can I say...it is real life.  I suppose I could cut sleep more than I already do..........

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