Unissued condtion K-31 from Samco

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Unissued condtion K-31 from Samco

Carl Gustav
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04 Aug 2014, 16:23 #1

http://picturetrail.com/sfx/album/view/24576475

My brother, the novice C & R collector, recently purchased this K-31 from Samco Global Arms.  These are images he took.  We got together at the Experimental Aircraft Association's EAA Airventure this past week and he took this rifle along so I could see it "in person".  It's better than what these images convey and is indeed unissued.  Image  Carl
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Guisan
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18 Aug 2014, 13:41 #2

Check that stamp on the tang, it's a refurbished rifle that was sold as unissued.
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Carl Gustav
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18 Aug 2014, 23:01 #3

Well, they did one heck of a job refurbishing it and must have replaced quite a few parts based on the "crispness" of the metal edges!!  I guess it was "unissued" after being refurbished; semantics.  Image  Carl 
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Guisan
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19 Aug 2014, 14:56 #4

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Yes they look like new but I don't think this to be a arsenal refurbished one that was never issued, check the pics above of Reto Noser's gunshop in Hombrechtikon as that is a place where they do all kinds of restoring. Your barrel is not new as that one only does cost twice what you paid for the rifle.
Fight to your last cartridge, then fight with your bayonets.
No surrender. Fight to the death.

Gen. Henri Guisan, Switzerland, July '40


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Carl Gustav
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22 Aug 2014, 02:21 #5

The finger grooves on the stocks in the pictures you've posted show the rounding on the edges that is typical of a refinished stock.  The stock on my brother's rifle has some minor dings and thus is less than perfect.  The edges of the finger grooves are crisp and very sharp and that's the first thing I looked for.  My opinion, which is not entirely ignorant, is that the stock is new and likely a replacement.  The cartouche is crisp.  The finish when seen "in person" is not like Herr Noser's.  It has a duller sheen.  I own in excess of 400 firearms mostly military with conditions that range from fair to almost new to unissued so I have some basis for comparison.

I have 12 K-31s that have seen varying degrees of use.  The safety ring on his rifle looks new.  It's devoid of any wear whatsoever.  I spent years working in a machine shop so I have some sense of metals and finishing.  The same goes for the rear sight.  I agree that this rifle is not as issued in the year of original manufacture based on serial number but I also don't believe it was refinished privately or if it was whoever did it did a fantastic job on the metal detailing and refinishing to make it appear as if it had been totally refurbished with many new parts.  Maybe there are still a lot of new parts for K-31s floating around Switzerland.  I have no idea. 

I believe my brother took those images with his cell phone.  I saw the rifle in person when we camped at the EAA AirVenture campgrounds in Oshkosh in late July but I didn't dare take it outside and photograph it with my Pentax K-30 where someone else or the EAA authorities might have seen it.  The next time we are together I will photograph it with quality optics.  We live about 600 miles away from each other.

I hope I'm not coming across as defensive because I have nothing to defend!  I don't own this rifle.  To me it's a mystery with much that doesn't add up.  Many years ago I bought a 1908 Brazilian Mauser long rifle from Springfield Sports with a matching bolt.  The condition of the bolt and receiver is like new and simply astounding.  (I had to post the link separately because it wouldn't work here.) That's how the unblued steel on my brother's K-31 appears. FWIW  Carl
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Carl Gustav
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22 Aug 2014, 02:25 #6

http://picturetrail.com/sfx/album/view/5980168

Not all the steel on this rifle is perfect but the bolt is exceptional.
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quinnbrian
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01 Feb 2015, 17:47 #7

Guisan, Where would a guy get one of those stocks on the very top pics ,you posted?
Very nice, would like to have one.
Cheers
Brian
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Hammer47
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13 Sep 2017, 12:50 #8

Need a complete rear sight, where might one be found?
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