Jerry is posing with an Italian 6.5mm Carcano. The gun was brought in to us with three layers of shelac, laquer and stain on it's stock. The barrel and receiver were rusting and the rifle was as dirty as a Comedy Central comic's mouth at 3am on a Friday night.
This gun is an exact copy of the gun Lee Harvey Oswald used (allegedly) to shoot President John F. Kennedy in Dallas. The scope and mount are the exact same make and model as the assassin's bolt action rifle. After putting in some serious work to remove the layers of gunk and funk, we started sanding and smoothing. The customer wanted a hand rubbed oil finish and that's just what he got. The rust was removed without harming the original finish and then given a good coat of Barricade to keep it from rusting so soon. The gun is going into a special glass case for display. The customer was very pleased with the results and is coming back with more guns from his collection of WW2 firearms. We'll be waiting for the chance to get our hands on some more primo history!
Great job on the 6.5mm carcaon, no rust and a new clean finish on the gun. I'm sure that the customer was very pleased. It went from funk to awesome. Its nice to see an old Italian gun like that restored to a working gun and a pretty finish. Keep up the great job On Target.
Meredith... you really are developing a good eye for weaponry. I am very happy with your high interest and proud of you for seeking more knowlefge. It is a very commendable thing indeed. The Carcano was a lot of hard work and we are looking forward to more vintage war rifle projects. We have a few in the works now. They are fun and interesting mainly, I think, because of the history involved.