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GUNS Magazine February 2012 Digital Edition - Page 22

STORY: Mike “Duke” Venturino PHOTOS: Yvonne Venturino Duke firing his Swedish Model 1896 6.5mm with the Leupold 2.5X Scout Scope installed via the Accumount system. Anyone can install them. Even Duke! s with many of you readers, my eyesight is deteriorating normally with age. Unfortunately for me this is happening precisely when my interest in shooting vintage military rifles is at its peak. In fact my eyesight is poor enough that in order to tell if my handloads are delivering sufficient precision I must test fire them from my scoped sniper rifles (and replicas thereof) of the same calibers. Then by accident on the Internet I encountered a small company named Accumounts. Their primary products are replica mounts for vintage sniper rifles, but it was another genre of mounts they offer that caught my attention. They are billed as “nogunsmith” mounts for fitting scopes to many types of standard infantry rifles. Usually I become very wary when something is billed as “do it yourself.” As detailed in a previous column, I am so mechanically inept that even anvils are in danger around me. But being an adventurous type (Yvonne says, “impetuous”), I ordered some of Accumounts no-gunsmith mounts, namely for a Swedish Model 1896 6.5x55mm and a Japanese Type 38 6.5x50mm. Those two iron-sighted rifles were chosen as my test subjects because the former has shown signs of fine accuracy, while the latter has shown no such signs at all. Accumounts no-gunsmith mounts are made to work in two ways. The easiest by far is as scout-scope mounts. In this manner, the rear barrel sight is taken off the subject rifle and a long eye-relief scout scope installed. The second way requires an extender bar for the mount, which then places the aCCumouNts A This Japanese Type 38 6.5mm with 1-4X Leupold Scout Scope installed with Accumounts and rings. It still did not turn that rifle into a tack driver, but it did improve its “hit-ability” greatly. scope further to the rear over the action. Then a standard scope can be mounted. This also requires an altered bolt action so it clears the scope. Not wanting to change vintage rifles, I went the scout scope route. In the back of my mind, my plan was to actually take the no-gunsmith mounts to my friend and gunsmith Tom Sargis, who lives a mere 5-minute drive from my home. However, as things played out, the day they arrived I was so busy it was evening before I got the package opened. Yvonne says besides impetuous I’m also impatient; so I decided to try mounting my nogunsmith scout-scope mounts without my gunsmith. To my utter surprise, they are indeed “no-gunsmith” mounts. In fact I got them affixed to both rifles with a mere single casualty. That was a leaf spring in the Type 38’s sight which I broke by trying to remove it in the wrong direction. (A replacement cost only $2 so it wasn’t too severe of a lesson.) Here’s how those no-gunsmith scout-scope mounts are fitted. On both the rifles which I used for test vehicles, the rear sight is held to its base by a pin. That is driven out with a proper fitting punch. Then the Accumount, which by the way is made of heavy-duty aluminum, is set onto the sight base. There are threaded holes on either side of the mount that line up with the flanges that held the original pin. Accumounts supplies small screws that then go through those flanges and into the mount. Then to cinch the Accumount up tight, a large Allen-headed screw goes in from the top. When it is tightened the mount is set firmly. All that’s required then is to put Weaver-type rings on the mounts. 22 W W W. G U N S M A G A Z I N E . C O M • F E B R U A R Y 2 0 1 2

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