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Was out running some errands this morning and decided to drop in on my little pawn shop near the house. Got to looking around a very bare gun wall and happened to spot these three old rifles. First was a Winchester Model 74 in 22 short. It does have a unique bolt in it for a semi automatic. So got it and next to it was a bolt action 410 shotgun Model 39 A by J. Stevens Arms Co. The Bolt is very smooth and quick and will take 2 3/4 or 3 " shells. So got it. Lst was best described as an abused stepchild.Was a Winchester Model 1400 MK II that looked like had been sitting in a barn for most of its life. He just gave that one to me as he did have 75.00 on it but needs a ton of stock work and refinishing. The 74 and 39D have pristine bores and a few cosmetic boo boos expected for their age. The 74 was made in 1941, 39A about 1851, 1400 about 1969.
Interesting little bit of history thought would share.

"The Model 74 wasn't just a civilian plinking rifle. During World War II, as part of Lend-Lease, a number of
these rifles were sent to the United Kingdom. They were used for two purposes - first, for training soldiers
through the use of much cheaper .22 LR ammunition, rather than full-caliber Lee Enfields. The second, though,
was more interesting. When the UK expected to be invaded by the Third Reich, during the Battle of Britain,
British 'guerrilla forces' were set up. Each coastal county facing the Continent had a roughly 500-man force,
dubbed 'Auxiliary Units' of the British Resistance Organisation. Soldiers in these units would be hidden, along
with supplies, in underground bunkers and would wait for invasion forces to pass them by before surfacing and
beginning a harassment and sabotage campaign.
One of the weapons they were given was a consignment of some 660 Model 74 rifles, modified with telescopic
sights and silencers. These were to be used by trained snipers to kill German unit officers and sentries quietly, as
well as (if necessary) for hunting for food supplies."
The 410 Bolt is extremely smooth and fast to operate. Was reading that it was surprisingly effective on skeet so will have to try it.
The Winchester Shotgun will be a challenge to bring back but will post a completed post on it with interim pics and challenges. This gun is also left handed version and looks to be cut down. Also reading up on it seems to have been overshadowed by Remington 1100. Do not see any rust but just looks very dusty in and out. Stocks need a lot of work.

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