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The body of Samco keeps giving

A couple years back, one of the largest military surplus outfits since Bannermans shut its doors– SAMCO, leaving a huge cache or rare and hard to find guns, ammo, and gear up for grabs. How large? Well the auction inventory ran 475 pages.

While some of their impossible to find vintage ammo in exotic calibers made it to Old West Scrounger such as .303 Kynoch loads, 30-06 Iranian marked with the Shah’s headstamp, and Dog Bone boxed .45 ACP, other items have gone ’round the world.

OWS has since run a number of deals on surplus Spanish Mausers, including a batch of $99 sporters last year.  Now it looks like they are hitting the bottom of Mauser pile and are offering 1916 Mauser 7x57mm barreled actions parts kit for just $24.99 if bought in quantity.

Via OWS

According to OWS:

“This item consists of a 1916 Mauser barrelled action in 7mm Mauser (7×57), with the following parts: All parts except for recoil lug, bolt stop, bolt stop screw, magazine spring and follower, trigger guard screw, extractor, firing pin screw boltstop screw, ejector blade, dust cover pin. Short firing pins may or may not hit the primer. A stock is included but the stocks are badly damaged/broken and likely unusable and missing the metal parts and handguard. They are ONLY provided to make them C&R legal.”

Holy milsurp crap, Batman

A couple months back, one of the largest military surplus outfits since Bannermans shut its doors– SAMCO, leaving a huge cache or rare and hard to find guns, ammo and gear up for grabs. How large? Well the auction inventory ran 475 pages.

While some of their impossible to find vintage ammo in exotic calibers made it to Old West Scrounger such as .303 Kynoch loads, 30-06 Iranian marked with the Shah’s headstamp, and Dog Bone boxed .45 ACP, other items have gone round the world.

The thing is, the reason why a lot of the crap was left over at SAMCO, left to rust away and molder, was that it was just junk. The truth was, in a lot of cases they had already sold the good stuff.

Case in point, Precise Shooter bought a lot of 55 SAMCO Spanish Mausers, and when they got them found they were largely unshootable with bad wood, mismatched parts, cockeyed sights, terrible headspacing, etc.

Here is an image:

Many handguards seem to not match the rifles on which they were installed, and were crudely jammed into the rifles, resulting in bent and sometimes broken metal housing...

Many handguards seem to not match the rifles on which they were installed, and were crudely jammed into the rifles, resulting in bent and sometimes broken metal housing…

From PS:

All in all, of the 20 7x57mm Mausers and 35 7.62NATO Mausers that I bought, only one 7×57 and two 7.62 rifles did not have some disabling defect which would make it possible for me to sell it – and most had more than one problem (for instance, both dangling rear sights and incorrect headspace were present in almost every 7.62 rifle).

Read more of the horrors here, and be warned about any milsurp that suddenly comes on the market in the coming months!

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