My name is William, I’m 55, from Alabama and formerly owned my own business as a Real Estate Appraiser before becoming disabled and having to close my business. I have been interested in firearms all my life but only got “very interested” about 15-20 years ago. It was at this point I began to carry daily and started going to the range fairly often. My interest level and participation in the hobby stayed at that level until about 5 years ago when I started watching more videos online related to firearms. My disability prevents me from being very physically active and in fact on some days prevents me from hardly getting off the bed at all, requiring me to spend most of the day with my feet elevated.
Due to this situation, I have been watching lot of videos and many from some of the better known creators and have a bit of a list of content creators I want to watch after working my way through the library of some I am currently viewing. I have watched quite a bit of material from Paul Harrell, Forgotten Weapons, C&Rsenal, Mark Novak, IraqVeteran8888, Hickok45 and to a lesser extent about 2 dozen others. As far as online involvement in the hobby is concerned, I hope to find a creator, or several creators, putting out quality gunsmithing videos. I would love to find videos on the disassembly / cleaning/ conservation of mil surps (keep reading and you’ll see why) and then getting more and more involved and detailed. As for real world involvement, I am currently working on a collection of firearms for the first time. I am trying to collect rifles from the most significant participants in World War II. My definition of significant participants is far from fixed at this point and I’m fairly certain it will continue to change as I add to my collection until I start to include rifles from some rather minor players.
So why am I here? Well, I heard of the site from watching some of the creators listed above and came to see what I might be missing. I’m looking for a few things I guess you would say. First, to expand my general knowledge of firearms. Secondly to increase my knowledge in the specific area of mil surps from roughly the time of the American Civil War (War of Northern Aggression ) through 1970’s or so with a focus on World War II for now. My area of interest continues to expand somewhat but my primary focus is pretty solid on World War II firearms. So I will be posting questions all along that will usually be focused on mil surps but will often include many general firearm related questions and probably some that will be quite basic and beginner, but we all started new at this at one time and this is my time. So I’ll be asking things like what should I be buying? What are some “sleepers” that would be good to add to my collection now before they become more sought after? What variants or types are good to grab up, for example, when I buy an Enfield, should I first get one from one of the British armories or a Savage or a Long Branch, what would be your opinion and why? As I said, I’ll post this type of stuff all along, mostly as it comes to me to ask or when it’s highly relevant to me currently but that said I will ALWAYS welcome any and all information on these subject lines and would welcome private messages offering information any time.
I look forward to getting to know everyone!
respectfully and with best regards,