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Old May 25, 2003, 08:59   #1
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T48 at Springfield Arsenal Museum

Had an opportunity to visit the Springfield Arsenal Museum last week. What a fantastic trip and had to have the cleaning staff follow me around with a drool bucket. Being a gun funatic and a machinist, it was the best of both worlds. Anyway, I saw a T48 on display and didn't realize the US was toying around with FALS at one time. Realizing the ignorance brick hit me in the head, can you tell me a good FAL history book to get? Inquiring mind wants to know.
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Old May 25, 2003, 09:05   #2
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The FAL Rifle
by Blake Stevens

The US was heavily invested in the FN project, and FN modified the initial prototypes specifically for the 7.62x51 developed in the US. Sprignfield later convinced the Army they could make the M14 cheaper (they were not correct).

Anyone in the AO should look it up, and pay respects to the MA FAL Gang, too!
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Old May 25, 2003, 11:59   #3
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They even have a copy of the T48 US military operators manual in the Blake Stevens book!

That's how close the US came to adopting the FAL!
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Old May 26, 2003, 03:46   #4
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Re: T48 at Springfield Arsenal Museum

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Had an opportunity to visit the Springfield Arsenal Museum last week.
One of my favorite places to visit. Big E gunshow in the morning, Springfield Armory museum in the afternoon. May have to do it again this coming weekend.

What did you think of the "pipeorgan" of Trapdoors?
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Old May 26, 2003, 06:12   #5
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and they recently started doing tours of the second floor! I'm going tomorrow

see http://www.nps.gov/spar/pphtml/newse...etail6017.html for more details
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Great place to visit.
I think the pipe organ is 1861 or 1863 Springfield muskets though. Not trapdoors.
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They're M1861s
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Old May 26, 2003, 17:50   #8
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and they recently started doing tours of the second floor! I'm going tomorrow
Thanks for the link. I'm calling tomorrow for a reservation. I also looked at some other stats.

Their operating budget for 2003 is $940K. Last year they only had 34,337 visitors. Before that's reduced by our honor system contributions, that a subsidy of nearly $27.50 a visitor. I think more of us need to visit there (and all sites of this sort) in order to justify the money that is spent on them. Otherwise they may close the doors. I can't see the Mass. Congressional delegation fighting to keep it open. Sylvio Conte is long gone.

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I will look more closely next visit.
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Had a 32 hour layover in Springfield last year, and the SANHS was only a 10 minute walk from the hotel. WOW!!! They had to drag me out at the end of the business day. Anyone interested in military weapons should visit this historic site--remember to bring a rag to wipe up your drool. And make a donation while you're there, as they can use the money.
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I grew up in the next town over (Chicopee) and remember when they used to sell surplus parts dirt cheap at the museum. In the 60s as a Boy Scout we had a troop leader who had access to lots of surplus stuff from there for free and at one particular campout we burned burlap bags full of new 1903 Springfield stocks in our campfire. We also used to find rusted Civil War era swords down by the river behind the site of the Ames Sword factory and use them for our war games. Sure wish I had the sense to stash some of that stuff away.
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