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I am a amateur collector from Telemark, Norway.
Been in the forum for just a few weeks - great forum:D
I love to shoot my German guns from WWII.

And there are some experts here, and sombody like - me :)

Thank you so far!

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Another welcome; We look forward to international perspectives!
 

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Collecting in Norway...

Thanks!
Welcome aboard! (I hang around the US Navy alot.)
Tell us about collecting in Norway.
I'm just a shooter from North Florida, my range is: Florida Outdoor Shooting Range | American Tactical Training Arms Center | A.T.T.A.C.
usually called "Ancient City Range"

Geoff
Who tries to shoot more but ends up working longer.
To collect in Norway is wery exiting, there are a lot of guns around here, not only from last war, but much further back...
From last war there are many guns around, not only German - english, american, italian etc...
There is a lot of crapguns, but there is a lot of the opposite too...
I got two stories for you - 100% true!
1: The Germans drifted a big mine called Knaben mines in southern Norway. One day during the war one of the officers staying there took a long trip to the mountains further north. Some mountain farmers killed him, dug him and his uniform down at the spot. They did indeed took the gun, with holster and belt. They still got this rig at the farm...
2: A college of me came to me a few weeks ago and told me that he had torn down an old building on the farm next to his. In one of the walls inside there were hidden a submachinegun with 200 rounds. He asked me if i could take a look at it - i did indeed, it was a Sten gun from WWII - i could just load it and fire away...
A lot of neat stuff layes around still, exiting.

Today i got a phone from a another collector - he knew about a Sauer 38H, I dont have this - but i want it. I contacted the owner and suddenly i got myself a nazi millitary marked Sauer, havent recieved it yet, but soon i will :)

It is hard to get wery nice pieces, but they are out there. I must say that my 1940 Luger is one of those, my 1940 PPK and my 1940 G.33/40 Gebirgskarabiner (and my C96)...
I put in a link from Finn.no - a gun collector selling his guns, prices in Norwegian kroner.

Våpensamling! - FINN Torget
 

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Welcome aboard Gebirg, your posts have been very interesting. I would love to see some pics of your Sauer once you get it. Do you have any experience with the Lahti L-35?
 

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L-35

Welcome aboard Gebirg, your posts have been very interesting. I would love to see some pics of your Sauer once you get it. Do you have any experience with the Lahti L-35?
Thank you!
Sorry but no, i dont know the L-35.
Check the link below, it is nearly the same gun - Swedish Husqarna m/40 for sale.
All number match with holster - 175 us dollar for this one...

Husqvarna M/40 - FINN Torget
 

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gebirg,

WELCOME, WELCOME & again WELCOME.

Should you run up on any 9.3x57mm or 9.3x62mm, pre-WWII, Scandanavian hunting rifles such as LEFT-hand bolt-actions, hammer drillings, "Cape rifles" or other combination guns that are for sale, I would be interested in hearing from the owner.
(YES, I have a C&R license & can import antiques.)

yours, sw
 

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Thank you!
Sorry but no, i dont know the L-35.
Check the link below, it is nearly the same gun - Swedish Husqarna m/40 for sale.
All number match with holster - 175 us dollar for this one...

Husqvarna M/40 - FINN Torget
Gebrig,

First - WELCOME, what a treat to have someone from Norway; I'll bet you could teach us a lot about gun ownership in Europe. Sounds like you have some GREAT guns too. That M/40 pistol is just awesome, that would go for between $700-$900 here. And they're great pistols, shoot well, very reliable, and a really interesting design. Best of luck to you on the Sauer.

Love the story about the STEN, those are great little sub guns. I worked for a small arms importer in the '80's and we imported thousands of Stens (at that time the were almost all MK-II's). I had always heard they were a very second rate sub gun. But after going through thousands and testing them, they all worked, all the time. I couldn't say that about MP-40's and Thompson's. STEN's were ugly, but they were very effective...absolute stroke of brilliance considering the time.
 

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Kevin Gibson; all,

My brother-of-the-heart has a friend in Italy, who is in the building demolition business. - Last spring he tore down a 1920s building near Modena & found over a hundred Stens in the walls. -Those subguns must have been "a dime a dozen" in WWII.

The local police believe that that cache of brand spanking new subguns was "smuggled in for" the Italian resistence but never used.

YEP, the Sten is UGLY but it works every time.
(I can remember when an "as new" one could be bought for less than 200.oo & the tax.)
There were LOTS of them in the hands of The Gardia Civil in one place that I was OCONUS.
(In case you're wondering, the Carbinieri ended up with the Sten guns.)

NOTE: When he finds antique weapons, they are HIS to keep & Ed tells me that his collection is HUGE. - One of the things that he found in a demolished building was a fully-engraved British-made hammer double rifle in .450 Nitro Express for BP.
(No telling what that one is worth.)

yours, sw
 

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about the Stens, some of them where built in different factories her in Norway during the war. Some parts here and some parts there. At the end, completed somewere and used by the resistance.
I have heard that the Sten suddenly could "go off", i dont know if that was a big problem, but i have heard it...
 

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Gebirg, your stories just get better and better. Are you allowed to have fully automatic guns in Norway?

P.S. FYI, though they are often called that, Schmeisser is a misnomer for the MP38/40.
 

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fully automatic in Norway

Gebirg, your stories just get better and better. Are you allowed to have fully automatic guns in Norway?

P.S. FYI, though they are often called that, Schmeisser is a misnomer for the MP38/40.
NO, only collector - fully automatic for sivilian use in Norway is not legal...
I know about several US carabins from WWII - sivilian dont get the permission to buy these either.
Thanks Ed for the correction, i have heard that Schmeisser is misnomer - but i just love the name;)

I removed the article - you never know...but its a great story!
 

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My dad:)

Gebirg, your stories just get better and better. Are you allowed to have fully automatic guns in Norway?

P.S. FYI, though they are often called that, Schmeisser is a misnomer for the MP38/40.
Yes great story. My dad 20 years ago came to me and said, if i could choose a rifle to wish for i would like a M1 Garand sniper.
We got hold of one, from Canada. Outstanding example, laying in a original wooden box, with all equipment. The one to lower the muzzleflame, original optic and the pillow for the chin, it is made around WWII...
It plings when its empty - outstanding rifle...
 

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Thank you all, and Kevin i must tell you another story - 100% true.
Some years ago my father came to me and said - i got 60% of a MP40, got it from a bachelor farmer up in the highlands in southern Norway, not far from Stavanger. The farmer bought a wooden box in an auction with lots of different parts, including the non complete Schmeisser. My father paid 20 dollar for it and i got it from my father. The partlist was ok, i found that here: Welcome [Mp40.nl]
I took some phones, and in just a few months it was completed, with sling, barrell, mag and some smaller parts that i missed - and it shoots like h...
Very cool...most would cringe if I were ever to reveal how many of those I've cut up with a bandsaw to turn into parts kits. Others were made transferable for civilian and law enforcement sales. Now day's a parts kit for an MP40 goes for over $1,000 around here.

Although I worked for one of the biggest machinegun importers in the nation, I have to admit, I have never really been into machineguns. I have an admiration for the STEN...for something that cost the Brits $9 per copy at the height of production, it was really impressive. And the final evolution, the Sterling is the finest SMG I've ever handled.

But I would have much more interest in that Sniper Garand than any machinegun.
 

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about the Stens, some of them where built in different factories her in Norway during the war. Some parts here and some parts there. At the end, completed somewere and used by the resistance.
I have heard that the Sten suddenly could "go off", i dont know if that was a big problem, but i have heard it...
It was said that to clear a room with an early mark Sten, you just threw it into a room; it would supposedly go off full-auto when it hit the floor, and you can imagine the rest...:p
 

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Its kind like a drone the old sten gun then :-D
I would not been in that room...
 

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Kevin; i will have a chat with my brother i think that he got the sniper Garand at this moment - he did the job and i had the papers needed to import it...kind of teamwork;)
 
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