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    Posted 8 years ago

    plant2ssg
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    my mother and father worked at saginaw steering gear during ww2 dad put the rifling in the 1919 barrels, and mom made trigger guards for the m1 carbine(I have one) in the 1970s two 1919s were found under a stairway at the plant 1 factory they were turned over to the atf and said to have been cut up (ya right) I was able to get down in the range at the plant 2 factory in the late 70s it was small about 25 feet long 25 feet wide with 4 test beds the barrels were put through a plex glass hole and they run a 100 rd belt into a hole in concrete. i picked up brass ID plates on the floor that were used on the guns, they also made 37mm skysweep AAA shells i also have one of them, it was fun to imagine what it must have been like to work there then. about 1978 the range was filled in with sand and concrete sealed forever.

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    1. blunderbuss2 blunderbuss2, 8 years ago
      Sounds like my childhood. I grew up surrounded by an army post, artillery range & ordnance depot that loaded ammo, refurbished weapons, scraped them, recycled tanks and all sorts of stuff. Almost every day in school, the windows rattled from artillery fire. Just got used to it. I was given a 1919 .30 when about 16 still in the wooden box & packed in cosmoline for my my birthday, Xmas or something! I guess some would consider that a strange childhood but we considered it normal & thought everybody grew up that way. LMAO!!
    2. plant2ssg, 8 years ago
      when I was 17 I went into the army where I shot many 1919s all had ssg on them felt good to know my dad helped build these guns. I then went into the U.S COAST GUARD by then all the 1919s were gone. I did not like the m60 it just was not as good a gun. 22yrs I was a small arms instructor GMC
    3. blunderbuss2 blunderbuss2, 8 years ago
      Plant, everybody has been trying to beat that basic Browning design for almost a hundred yrs.! The man was a genius in his field & everything they seem to add on or change, just gives more things to screw-up. Give me an '03 Springfield, a Swedish K & a Browning HP & I'll take on anything the world can throw at me for longer than thought. On the 8th day, God created 9 m/m. Been dead twice & not afraid since the 1st but not quite ready to feed the pigeons yet. LOL!
    4. blunderbuss2 blunderbuss2, 8 years ago
      OH! Welcome to CyberAsylum/CW!

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