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GUNS Magazine February 2013 Digital Edition - Page 34

QueSTiOnS and anSWerS JEFF JOHN Got a burning question to ask the editor? Contact him at: E-mail: ed@gunsmagazine.com or postal at: GUNS Q&A, 12345 World Trade Dr., San Diego, CA 92128. Due to the volume of mail received, GUNS cannot offer a personal reply. TraINING rIfle I have a single-shot bolt-action Mauser .22 LR that looks similar to ones Duke Venturino writes about. Why did they make a .22 single shot and what was its primary use? The serial numbers and place of manufacture are engraved on the gun but no date. I inherited it from my uncle who was a tanker Captain for Standard Oil (ESSO NJ) from the late 1930s until the late 1950s. It is very heavy weighing almost 10 pounds, and made in Obendorf, Germany. John Colbert Albuquerque, N.M. Many countries, Germany included, took current-issue A: rifles with worn out barrels and Q: inexpensively without intimidation by the recoil and noise of the fullpower service round. vINTaGe scOpe I bought used a vintage boltQ: action rifle in .222 Remington in very good condition. It has a side- converted them to .22 Long Rifle for training purposes. It allowed recruits who had never before handled a gun to shoot a full-size, service-weight rifle in the much more benign .22 LR. That way, basic firearm manipulation, sight alignment and trigger control could be learned relatively mount 1-piece base with rings affixing an old 4X power scope with 7/8" tube, and a 7/8" objective. Does anyone make scopes with a little more magnification and bigger objective end in a 7/8" tube? I would like to keep that vintage look but improve the scope a bit if possible. Do you know of any manufacturers who make scopes to fit the bill? Matthew Gutmann Warsaw, Va. I fear the 7/8" size scope is obsoA: lete. The industry has pretty much settled on the 1" tube for standard scopes for many reasons, not the least of which is better, brighter glass can be fitted into the bigger tube. One thing you might do is look at a new Leupold or similar fixed 4X or 6X scope. Such scopes, with bigger objectives and oculars were common in the 1950s, although they’ll have today’s styling. The big plus is the optics and adjustments are so much superior today. You don’t say what kind of mounts are on the rifle, or what the rifle is, but it may be a Weaver or you may be able to fit a Weaver sidemount and Weaver 1" rings, which were around since away back then too. Weaver catalogs mounts for a lot of the old guns still. With luck, if you have to buy a new mount, you can mount it without drilling any more holes. If it were me, I’d have the holes drilled in the scope mount rather than adding new holes to your receiver. Brownells has the Weaver sidemounts and rings. And do keep your old 7/8" scope as a period keepsake for the rifle. It’s nice they’ve been kept together all this time. Brownells 200 S. Front St., Montezuma, IA 50171 (641) 623-4000 www.gunsmagazine.com/brownells DeSantis Didn’t Invent Concealment, We Just Perfected It! $ 3899 Style 070 MSRP THE INTIMIDATOR ® REDUX • • • • Combat grip Trigger guard detent Forward cant/Zero cant/Cross draw Highly detail molded hybrid 800-GUNHIDE 631-841-6300 Dept #GM23 www.desantisholster.com 431 Bayview Avenue, Amityville, NY 11701 34 W W W. G U N S M AG A Z I N E . C O M • F E B R UA RY 2 0 1 3

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