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The Priceless Warehouses of Addis Ababa

By nature of the past 130 years frequented by conflict in the Horn of Africa, Ethiopia has tons of vintage military arms up for sale.

One European importer, based in the Czech Republic, has been detailing their shopping trips to the African country where surplus firearms are stacked deep and priced cheap. Zelený Sport Defence’s mononymous globetrotting buyer, Schuster, has been sending snaps back from his trip to Addis Ababa, Ethiopia’s ancient capital, filled with historic firearms.

The old Ethiopian Empire fought several wars against Italy (in 1887–1889, 1895-1896, 1935-37), a cycle that was only broken after liberation in World War II. This left the country with not only stacks of guns both bought to fight off the Italians– M1874 Gras rifles, Gewehr 71s and 88s, Remington Rolling Blocks, FN-made Mausers, British Lee-Enfields, Russian Berdan and Model 91/30 Mosin-Nagants– but also those captured from the Italians including Vetterlis, and Carcanos of every stripe.

And that’s not even scraping the surface…

More in my column at Guns.com.

Stopping in at the Navajo Lodge, 80 years ago

In April 1940, Russell Lee, a 37-year-old prolific shutterbug who worked for the government’s Farm Security Administration, crisscrossing the country to document American life, stopped in at the Navajo Lodge along U.S. 60 in Datil, New Mexico.

Pretty cool looking place. A rustic relic of the Old West filled with Navajo rugs, trophies, furniture crafted long before the days of pressboard IKEA junk, and guns. Oh, the guns.

Speaking of guns…check out this gun rack.

How many can you name?

More details after the jump to my column at Guns.com.

146 Year Old Rifle Used by 93 Years Old Sharpshooter Takes Deer

In rural Minnesota, there lives a wise old hunter by the name of Ken Felt who still gets out on these bitter cold mornings during the season, looking for bucks. This year, he brought with him his grandfather’s gun. Both Felt and the vintage rifle still work perfectly.

Nestled in the rural community of Shevlin, population 176 or so is the Felt family. The paterfamilias of which is Ken, age 93 or so. After looking at his grandfather’s old gun, which had been a family heirloom for more than a century, Ken decided to hunt down some shells for it. You see the gun, a Husqvarna Remingtongevar Nr 7, came over from Sweden in 1885 in a bag with his immigrant grandfather. While he had brought the rifle with him to the New World, its supply of cartridges was left behind in Scandinavia. This left the gun as a wall hanger, long held and passed on but never fired. Until this winter.

Ken Felt, rural Shevlin proudly holds his grandfathers blackpowder Husqvarna Model 1867 Rolling Block rifle which he successfully shot a deer from 100 yards away, first shot. Not bad for a 93 year old hunt who jumped on his four wheeler and harvested his doe shortly after that.

Ken Felt, rural Shevlin proudly holds his grandfathers blackpowder Husqvarna Model 1867 Rolling Block rifle which he successfully shot a deer from 100 yards away, first shot. Not bad for a 93 year old hunt who jumped on his four wheeler and harvested his doe shortly after that.

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