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GUNS Magazine June 2012 Digital Edition - Page 58
FullAutos Duke’s Duke’s friend friend Kirk Kirk Stovall Stovall firing firing the the Ohio Ohio Ordnance Ordnance Works Works Model Model 1918A3 1918A3 Browning Browning Automatic Automatic Rifle Rifle in in .30-06. .30-06. Its Its 22-pound 22-pound weight weight makes makes it it recoil recoil like like a a .222 .222 varmint varmint rifle. rifle. Duke only became fully aware of faux full-autos when he arrived at the Bozeman, Mont. airport to ride in a WWII B-17 bomber. The local Montana Military Vehicles Club had their WWII jeeps on display and some had 1919A4s pedestal mounted. Mike “Duke” Venturino Photos: Yvonne Venturino ack in december 2007, I made the leap and did something I’ve always wanted to do in my shooting career. I started buying some full-autos. all are from the World War II and Korean War years. b Like so many of you readers I was at first intimidated by the necessary government paperwork. Admittedly that was a minor thing once understood. For me and many of you a far larger stumbling block is the cost of full-auto firearms, especially the collectible types. At this writing I have eight in my collection and a couple of them cost as much as Yvonne and I paid for our first house. I sold off a good portion of my firearms collection to afford those I have and Model 1918A3 own no more guns I am willing to part with. There is another option—faux full-autos. These are But the seed had been planted in my mind and it definitely firearms physically identical to the “real” full-autos and began to germinate. Low on funds after buying my present often built using original parts except for receivers. Their full-autos, I still felt my collection needed a .30-06 BAR cost is but a fraction of the “real deal.” They are totally (Browning Automatic Rifle). The WWII version Model 58 W W W. G U N S M A G A Z I N E . C O M • J U N E 2 0 1 2 legal in a federal sense but be sure of your local and state laws before investing in one! The first time, I became truly aware of faux full-autos was the day in July 2007 when I got to fly in a WWII B-17 bomber. To help set the stage for the Collin Foundation’s B-17 and B-24 when they arrived in Bozeman, the local Montana Military Vehicles Club set up their restored 1940s jeeps and trucks at the airport. To my amazement some of the jeeps had machine guns pedestal mounted! Knowing a couple of the club’s members I asked about them. They were facsimiles of belt fed, air-cooled, US Model 1919A4s and fully functional except only in semiauto mode. I was intrigued and at home that evening I told Yvonne that I’d like to get one of those “machine guns” tripod mounted and make it the centerpiece of our living room. She sure kicked that idea in the hind-end!