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There’s just little out there that can hold a candle to how tough, and reliable, the 1911’s steel frame is.It’s tough, dependable, and with care will last basically forever.There are original Model 1911 pistols made with steel frames that are still in operable condition.In fact, with the proper level of care, a 1911 with a steel frame will remain in firing condition long after smaller parts fail and the grips rot away.Shooters also love its narrow, concealable dimensions.Some models are a bit long from grip to muzzle, but most models of 1911 are very slim and easy to conceal; this also makes them practical for a number of different styles of carry.At the same time, the 1911 offers an enhanced performance through its trigger, which is interesting considering that the platform is well over 100 years old.Dual stage and other precision triggers may have taken the market by storm, but the 1911 still offers that simple, single piece steel-trigger in many models that offers basically no creep, breaks cleanly, and more importantly, travels in only one direction - straight backward.The Star BM has some of these features and was modeled after the 1911, but it offers some features in addition that many shooters would consider a decided advancement over the 1911.At the same time, the thumb safety blogs the hammer of the pistol and can easily be disengaged.
Stateside, we carry a lot of mystique for such service rifles as the Springfield M1903, the M1 Garand, the M16, and though it might not be considered a service rifle, the ever popular AR-15, among others.There is a certain affinity that sportsmen, veterans, history buffs and even collectors hold for such venerable rifles as these, whether their purposes are admiration or function.With that in mind, much of the rest of the free world holds the same high regard for a rifle known as the FAL, or the Fusil Automatique Lėger, or the Light Automatic Rifle of Belgium’s Pride, FN Herstal.The FAL is one of the most iconic rifles - nay, firearms - that has been produced in the modern world, and has a cult following of loyal shooters and collectors to prove it.America may march to the beat of her own drum and produce her own designs, but when much of the rest of the world was shouldering some variant or other of the SKS rifle, the free world - at least many of the countries adherent to the North Atlantic Treaty Organization - were carrying the FAL rifle.If the SKS is emblematic of Red Russia and the Second World, then the FAL is the golden standard of the First.Even if it were not for the fact that so many militaries around the world adopted the FAL, there is the immense weight of its performance to consider.Built around a remarkably reliable action and chambered around the 7.62X51mm NATO cartridge, the FAL may not be much of a looker, but it is built to perform.This makes it eerily similar to the SKS (no offense intended, if you love the looks of the Red Rifle)Because it is so reliable and relatively easy to maintain, the rifle is also popular enough among collectors, and because it is chambered around a cartridge that offers excellent ballistic performance and trajectory, it is not going anywhere anytime soon.
The Lee Enfield Rifle is one of the most influential service rifles that has ever been designed and carried, especially in the eyes of those across the pond.Most famously, the rifle saw widespread use during the First World War in the hands of Commonwealth Soldiers who were giving their all against the Central Powers.Its design was advanced over the Martini-Henry Rifle that it was intended to replace, and it was reportedly easier to cycle, smoother, and also more reliable than earlier models.Magazine fed, it could be loaded by hand, singly, or with the help of a charger.In addition, it held ten rounds, something that was valuable for a bolt actuated rifle of the day.In the hands of a well trained soldier, the Lee Enfield Rifle could be handled effectively and fired rapidly with deadly results.Considering the impact that Lee Enfield Rifles and variants have had on the course of history, they are immensely influential firearms.The Lee Enfield has earned its place in the annals of history, but it has also earned the right to be a living part of it.If you fall into one of those categories of those who own a Lee Enfield Rifle but also use it, then you will no doubt have a pronounced need for Lee Enfield parts from time to time.
Suppose also that you were in the running for one and were only waiting for the right deal to find you.In any of these situations, in the end you’ll be glad if you picked up a 1911 build kit.Whether the case is that you already are the owner of a 1911 or you just want to get one in the near future, a 1911 build kit is worth every penny of its asking price, and here’s the reason why.In the event that you currently own a 1911, a build kit is still a valuable investment because of the number of parts it comes with, some of which are very hard to find.Now, if you were thinking that you would never have a need for some of these parts and were only expected to ever make, at most, periodic repairs, then we have some news for you.Consider that you are a competition shooter as described above.The pistol will become less efficient and less accurate.With your build kit that you had on hand, the replacement can be surprisingly simple.That’s a pretty involved replacement, as they go.
Even with the number of  game changing platforms they have produced, today when you hear the word Springfield Rifle, there is a pretty good chance that the speaker is referring to the Springfield M1903 Rifle, which was the standard issue rifle of the United States Armed Force from its introduction in 1903 through the interwar period.Rarely have other bolt-action rifles made such an impact as that made by the M1903, and the model proved significant militarily, historically and functionally.As such, it is one of the most widely collected military rifles in the world.Accurate, powerful and reliable, the M1903 Springfield made an immediate impact in the hands of the troops carrying it and saw widespread use through much of the 20th century.Today, the M1903 is a popular rifle among collectors of militaria, among recreational and competitive shooters, and in certain circles, even among hunters.Back in the day one of the most popular deer cartridges around was the .30-06, and, well, you probably don’t need more elaboration than that.If you are the proud owner yourself of one of these fine rifles, and even more importantly, if you use it, you are going to find yourself in need of Springfield parts from time to time.All of these issues can befall any aged firearm, and a heavily used M1903 especially.The thing about this is that, despite the widespread use and popularity of the Springfield M1903 and of other Springfield rifles, it can be somewhat hard to find Springfield parts to fix and maintain them.
Colt is, and for a very long time has been, one of the most well respected and influential firearms manufacturers in the entire world.American gun owners hold a few different manufacturers in extremely high regard for their history and influence on the production of domestic firearms.Colt is not only responsible for some of the most capable and versatile handgun and rifle platforms in the world today; throughout their history they have offered numerous improvements to design and introduced cartridges like the automatic Colt pistol (ACP) cartridges that revolutionized close quarters modern warfare, and in some cases, even turned the tide back in the favor of American troops that were armed with them.As influential as some of these cartridges were, Colt’s contributions to the world of firearm manufacturing make it even more of a beacon to shooters and historians.It’s pairing with the .45 ACP made it a beast in terms of stopping power that contemporaneous handguns - and some rifles - did not match.If that weren’t enough to make the 1911 a favorite, then you can take into account the fact that it offered superior capacity to most other models at the time, was more ergonomic and shooter friendly overall, and a downright rock-solid platform.There are many old 1911 that still perform today as they did 100 years ago.Colt’s success has not, however, been limited entirely to handguns.
Any serious collector of military memorabilia from the most recent century is bound to have an interest in the Second World War.More than anything that came in the time afterward, it shaped the course of world affairs.From political boundaries and trade routes to local conflicts and senses of national identity, World War 2 had more of a formative effect than any of the conflicts - or developments that transpired since.The same could be said of the First World War, in fact even more so.Again, the same could likely be said of other farther reaching events, but the truth remains that World War Two is a recent memory in the minds of most people and so it captivates interest.The truth remains that for many people there is an intense interest in the events associated with the Second World War as well as with the equipment and collectibles that remain in its wake.Some of the more desirable collectibles take the form of historical weapons and WW2 helmets.Adding to this, some collectors specialize in finding artefacts from a specific region, a theater of the conflict or even from a specific branch of a country’s military.If you’re looking for WW2 helmets, you’d be hard pressed to find a more reputable supplier with a better collection than Sarco Inc.
Without a doubt, the M35 Stahlhelm is one of the most influential and successful designs in combat helmets ever produced.That being said and brooked, the M35 WW2 German helmet is not just culturally significant, it was also one of the toughest helmets produced during the war.The aptly named M35 German helmet designed in the year 1935 was a significant improvement over other helmets that preceded it.It was designed to offer superior resistance to fragments and projectiles and was capable of turning steel and other hazards that otherwise would have proven fatal to the wearer.In addition to the thickness of the helmet, it also was made of a harder grade of steel including nickel and and silicon that increased its strength.In contrast to the Brodie helmet, whose wide brim afforded relatively little protection to the back of the head and the neck, the M35 WW2 German helmet rolled relatively far down the sides of the head and the back of the neck.This afforded the troops that wore them enhanced protection and likely was responsible for the survival of many soldiers who would have otherwise met other ends.Today, though you can still find original M35 helmets, they tend to be relatively hard to find and those in good condition command quite a price.
These had a very short range, and were provided with only a single shot—a sort of rudimentary combination flamethrower/shotgun that was used primarily as a form of shock tactic.It was only in the first half of the fifteenth century that this changed, when the Ottoman army gave matchlock arquebuses to their elite infantry units.The arquebus is the direct ancestor of our contemporary handgun, using a slow-burning cord held in a clamp to facilitate the selective ignition of the powder.Each process involves the movement of a number of tiny parts that are intrinsic to the gun’s proper functioning.Take an extractor, for instance, which is the part of the firearm that removes the casing from the chamber.The ejector propels the casing from the firearm, making room for the next cartridge to be loaded.From rifles to machine guns to pistols, Sarco Inc. has what you need to assemble your own Colt or Browning.
The Uzi is an open-bolt, blowback-operated submachine gun.A gun is said to fire from an open bolt if that bolt is held to the rear of the receiver, such that, when the trigger is actuated, the bolt travels forward, feeds a cartridge from the magazine into the chamber, and fires that cartridge in the same moment.As with many self-loading designs, the action is cycled via gas expended from the round, which sends the bolt back to the rear, ejects the empty cartridge, and prepares the next shot.This is achieved through a blowback mechanism, the most basic auto-loading type, wherein a bolt rests against the rear of the firearm’s barrel without being locked into place.The empty case is ejected as the bolt travels to the rear, where the bolt’s motion is slowed by internal friction, as well as the force required to compress the action spring.The stored energy in the compressed action spring then drives the bolt forward, stripping a new cartridge from the magazine, and chambering the cartridge as the bolt is returned to its in-battery position.The blowback system is practical from firearms that use relatively low-powered cartridges, as higher-powered cartridges require heavier bolts to keep the breech from opening prematurely, though, in semi-automatic weapons such as the Uzi, the bolt can be made bigger and heavier, given that these weapons are themselves heavier and are designed to be fired with both hands—often with the air of a shoulder stock.These factors ameliorate the disruption of the shooter’s aim caused by the heavy bolt's movement.The weapon was submitted to the Israeli Army in 1950 for evaluation, impressing the brass with its simplicity and economy of manufacture.
Designed in 1943 by Sergei Gavrilovich Simonov, one of the fathers of the modern assault rifle, the SKS, short for Samozaryadny Karabin sistemy Simonova, 1945—or self-loading carbine of the Simonov system, 1945—was manufactured for thirteen years, resulting in a total production of almost three million carbines.Today, the SKS is used as a ceremonial firearm, and is popular on the civilian surplus market as a hunting and marksmanship semi-automatic.Its age as well as its wide availability make the SKS relatively inexpensive to purchase.At Sarco Inc., we sell SKS stocks, drums, sights, and much more.The Star Model BM, produced by Star Bonifacio Echeverria, a Spanish manufacturer of small arms from 1905 to 1997, is a single-action, semi-automatic pistol.“Semi-automatic” means that energy of a shot bullet is re-used by the weapon to chamber the next bullet.Most pistols manage this via recoil operation, whereby only a portion of the firearm recoils, while another portion is held motionless by inertia.Although it is similar to the M1911, which was the standard-issue for the US Armed Forces for over seven decades, it differs in several respects.
The SKS rifle is a popular model of rifle for quite a few reasons.Collectors of militaria appreciate them for their military significance, but target shooters will appreciate the fact that it’s so easy to find the 7.62x39mm cartridges around which the rifle has typically been built.There are better rounds out there for medium and large game, but the dependability of the rifle and the affordability of the ammunition certainly make an SKS rifle practical for a wide range of outdoor pursuits.Whether you are a fan of SKS rifles for their military heritage or historical significance or you actually put yours to use at the range, you can squeeze a lot more functionality out of the platform with some wisely chosen SKS accessories.Wood is handsome, even historically accurate, but if your SKS is more than a showpiece, you can get a lot more out of your rifle with a synthetic stock from Sarco.Take a look at their phenolic stock with a forend and say goodbye to problems associated with warping or moisture absorption.Perhaps you’re plagued by a more specific problem like a roughly used model that has a broken firing pin.Restore your rifle to operation with a new SKS firing pin from Sarco Inc.
The first successful machine gun, the Gatling Gun, was patented by Dr. Richard J. Gatling on November 4, 1862.Comparatively, the Gatling Gun offered a rapid and continuous rate of fire.The Gatling Gun used multiple rotating barrels turned by a hand crank that fired loose ammunition using a gravity feed system from a hopper (gravity feed just meaning that the feed system operated by using the Earth’s gravity to feed into the Gun).The innovative features of the Gatling gun were its independent barrel firing mechanisms and the simultaneous action of its locks, barrels, carrier, and breech.The next update to the machine gun was the Maxim Gun, from 1884.The Maxim Gun was the first recoil-operated machine gun to enter production, meaning that energy from recoil acting on the breech block is used to eject each spent cartridge and insert the next.Several men were also required to move and mount the heavy weapon.Another famous machine gun produced thirty-five years after the Maxim Gun, was John Browning’s M1919.This gun was widely used throughout the twentieth century, especially during World War II, the Korean War, and the Vietnam War.
The M14 rifle, a selective-fire battle rifle, became standard issue rifle for the US military in 1959, before being replaced by the M16 in 1968.In semi-automatic mode, one pull of the trigger equals one shot.Selective-fire promotes a more efficient use of ammunition, as the weapon can be better tailored to the needs of the individual user.Developed to replace several weapons, the M14 improved upon the M1 Garand, M1903 Springfield, M1917 Enfield, and other sundry weapons.Later, in the mid-1990s, the Marine Corps chose a modified M14 for use by Designated Marksmen.Per a 2009 US Army study that claimed half of the engagements in Afghanistan occurred from beyond three-hundred yards, a range at which America’s NATO service rifles are ineffective, thousands of M14s were re-issued.The M14 is also used as a drill and parade rifle by the US Military Academy, the US Navy Academy, the US Air Force Academy, and elsewhere.The M14 has remained in service longer than any other US rifle, while holding distinction as shortest-serving standard rifle in the US Army.At Sarco Inc., we have M14 parts kits that you can use to build your own M14 rifle.
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