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About Nestor

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  • Birthday 04/13/1975


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  1. Lee Enfield No1 Mk3 full wood in like new condition...but I found one (as it left the factory in 1953), so nothing more right now.
  2. In case anybody wondered...it turned out decently...I think. Got myself a spare mag as well.
  3. We did that last Winter. God it was cold for a couple of hours, but the old one was rotten.
  4. I'll be sticking around visiting on-line on regular basis. Nearly 500 days of Spanish on Duolingo now Alberta is no land for old man (in the winter anyway).
  5. Winter is here for one month already. I did a lot of painting and fixing before the first snow this year...and there is more, but it can wait till the spring time. We were ready for the snow and cold, probably more so than usual. I stopped watching any TV, except for the history and nature shows, so with some extra time on my hands I discovered the pleasure of working around the house (small projects mostly). I love the winter and I hate it at the same time. However, as I'm getting older the disliking part is getting stronger and the dream about our retirement in Southern Spain is getting more and more attractive. Even though it means no guns...but in 15-20 years the Canadian liberals will probably ban every, single firearm there is here anyway...
  6. hank you. That's kinda what I had in mind. JIC rifle capable of putting a lot of harm downrange if necessary. I'm going to call her Betty, but only if she shoots straight. I will find out soon. In the meantime I've got her an expensive leather. Made in Canada, so $50 CAD. It look classy now Just a touch of the orange nail polish on the front sight and we are all set...
  7. The only thing that I did performance wise is this. Whoever put the front sling swivel in, decided to do it at the weakest point of the forend, where the lightening cuts were made. I was afraid that upon impact on the swivel the forend may simply crack and the swivel will pop out. So, I poured some epoxy into the lightening cuts and reinforced the weak points securing swivel in place at the same time. Gasket cork got glued up front as I'm reading everywhere that the free floated Lee Enfield is just not that accurate and that piece of cork should be up front to support the barrel and improve its harmonics. I guess time will tell if that's true You can also see why the forend was so wiggly - that whitish stuff is my attempt of filling out the forend ring cut that created excessive space and the action was sitting loose in the wood. Not any longer...I may paint the front post in orange, but that's about it. She's ready
  8. She was sitting ready for sale for over a year I believe. Nobody wanted it. Price was coming down, every 2-3 months, yet there were no buyers. Metal finish was even, but covered with shallow, surface rust. Forend was loose and wiggly, same with the buttstock. Wood was covered with scars and the finish was spotty. It could not be restored to military configuration, because someone, long time ago cut the barrel in front of the bayonet lug. So...no love from the buyers. The only thing going for this, ugly girl was the excellent bore and bolt head stamped with number 1 (Lee Enfield No4 rifles all have the bolt heads stamped with numbers 0-3 indicating the head space size...0 brand new, 3 shot a lot...and you can change them as your rifle is getting older). I wasn't sure if buying would be a good idea, but I was after a designated iron sights rifle. 10 rounds magazine and ability to top up with the stripper clips is always a plus for me. So I made the offer and brought her home for $200 CAD ($150 US). Took it right away to the gunsmith who checked the head space and said it's excellent. So... over the last couple of months I've spent some time taking it completely apart, removing the old finish, bathing it in the rust removal fluid, refinishing with the high heat BBQ paint, fitting the wood and making it completely weather proof (sanding and staining the wood, soaking it with the pure tung oil, drying it for a couple of weeks, then covering the wood with probably 15 coats of Minwax Antique Oil Finish (sanding it down after each coat, so in the end the finish is in the wood and not on it). I sanded the brass and left it overnight sitting over the vinegar & salt mix to age it nicely. Then spray painted the butt plate with couple of coats of the transparent, protective finish. There is no more wiggling with the wood. It's tight and the barrel is free floated (will experiment with the groups as I was told I may need to put a piece of cork under the barrel to improve the harmonics). So, here she is, ready to live again. Not the prettiest of the girls, but perfectly capable. Factory refurbished in 1945, decommissioned in 1950 I believe. Back to live in 2020. High quality steel everywhere. Slick and fast action. Not too bad for $150 US I guess. I just got the leather sling for it. .303 ammo is available nearly anywhere here BTW. Some of the pictures from the bench made couple of months back. Now Cheers!
  9. We have the old, 21" tv only. Toshiba. It's not that flat. I can hardly see anything on such a small screen, but since we are being treated with hundred of chanells about nothing it's ok.
  10. Love those ex military rifles. Had some, but sold most of them. Usually forced by the circumstances. Life. I still have the minty Mosin Nagant. I invested a lot of love, time and knowledge into the rifle. I would like to believe that now it's the way it was supposed to be. No rough surfaces where it counts. This thing is now as smooth as a well manufactured Mauser. Never malfunctioned on me. Whoever tries this thing...is like...wow! I think I love this boomstick a lot. Made in 1943 when the battle of Stalingrad raged. I want to think that this rifle put down a Nazi or two. I want No4 Mk1 now. Minty preferably.
  11. Yes. It's a modern re-creation of the nearly forgotten style from the 19th century. My favorite Thanks!
  12. Yes. All these homes were built just South East of Warsaw in the forested areas known for its healthy micro climate. Style was nearly forgotten till about 25 years ago when it became popular again with the local home builders. They all had verandas covered in glass, so even during the winter months one could just chill out and enjoy living in the forest. Very elegant architecture IMO. Thanks.
  13. Google "świdermajer". That's my favorite style. Local to the area near Warsaw, Poland. Comes back to the 19th century.
  14. Please accept my condolences Eric. I'm so sorry to hear that. Rest in Peace Bill. You'll be missed.
  15. I can see that happening. As usual, the regular folks going about their own lives paid the highest price.
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