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P14 in Afghanistan

Discussion in 'Military Surplus - Curios & Relics' started by Combat Diver, Jan 14, 2019.

  1. Combat Diver

    Combat Diver Well-Known Member

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    Have a late production run Remington P14 (1915-16 dated) that the firing pin tip broke off. Volley sights still on the gun.

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    Afghan Muhmond/Eddystone M1917 rifle was brought in as it was getting demilled to bring home. Got the striker assembly from it. Got both striker assemblies apart and filed/honed M1917 firing pin end to fit thru smaller P14 bolt face . M1917 striker assembly won't thread into P14 bolt. Khyber Pass striker assemble too crude without lots of needle filing on striker. Assemblies shown below.

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  2. JimB

    JimB Picking it up slowly. Benefactor Charter Life Member

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    Potentially stupid question, but why not cut the P14 firing pin back and weld on a new bit of bar stock that can then be finished on a lathe or even on a grinder if that’s all you got. Not sure what the original firing pin is made from, so heat treating could be a problem.
     
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    Correct firing pins can still be had from SARCO for $20. I just knew that there was a 1917 here on the compound that I might get. Still deciding what to do next, thanks for the suggestion however for another option. Plan on being here another 2 years before calling quits so might just order the pin so I can still play with this rifle here.

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    JimB Picking it up slowly. Benefactor Charter Life Member

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    Yeah, can’t beat that with a stick.

    I’m full of uneconomic options! My first thought was to cut it back, thread the stub and make a replaceable tip. Could stick a spare in the buttstock so in 100 years when it breaks again someone will think kindly of you. Decided quickly that it really only makes sense if you have an apprentice that has some free time and needs a project to practice on the lathe.
     
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    It is a shame it has to be demilled to bring it back home. That rifle deserves better.
     
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    Update: Ordered and received at home a new striker/firing pin from SARCO. Wife will forward later. Yesterday received another Remington produced P14 with volley sights. Gun is within 6k serial number from other one. Have it totally disassembled and soaking in the solvent tank. Will post pictures when cleaned and reassembled.

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    Two rifles side by side. Serials are 6060 off each other. New gun has the bolt, receiver and barrel SNs matching.

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    Walked out to the range this afternoon (muddy) and test fired new P14 with some unknown/unmarked .303 ammo. Using the battle sight sighting (BS, Ladder and volley sights) was hitting steel iron maiden from the standing, rested against 4x4 at 150yds.
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    Hell yeah, that's good shit bringing 'em back to life. I'm in the market for a P14 just patiently waiting.
     
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    other than the location, you have a really cool job
     
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    Wife sent me the new firing pin from SARCO and received this week and reinstalled it. Took two P14 Enfields, both made by Remington in 1917 to the range today. Ammo was half MkVII ball made 36' and 41'. The other half was AP .303 W Mk I made in 41'. Got 15 .303 stripper clips yesterday without ammo and now I've totally out of .303 ammo. Had one dud and several that refired on second attempt. Pulled the Armor Piercing projo out of the dud. You can see the comparison between the MkVII ball and AP bullets. Both bullets loaded with cordite (stringy sticks of powder).

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    Picked up a P-1913 bayonet for the P14s today. 17" blade made by Remington Arms in 9-16'.

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    The P14 is a nice shooting rifle, usually very accurate if in good condition and stocked properly. A product of mistaken lessons from the Boer war.
     
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    Have it lined up to bring these home if they change the rules?
     
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    Would love to have 27 CFR changed. Got a wall full of old bolt guns.

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