Sunday, December 2, 2007

One of my all time favorite gun websites,, is posting new articles again, which makes me very happy.

SurplusRifle was owned by a guy named Jamie Mangrum, who both managed and wrote for the website. About a year ago, Jamie announced that the site was closing down because he had cancer. That crisis was averted after the owners of Tennessee Gun Parts assumed control of the site, but sadly, no new posts were made. All of the useful information and old articles were still available, which was great, but nothing new was posted. Beginning this month, Jamie and a couple of the other frequent contributors are now writing again, which means that for all intents and purposes, Surplusrifle has been reborn.

Jamie was pretty much at death's door, but is now cancer free. He is still recovering from the effects of chemo and a couple of surgeries, but it looks like he will be able to contribute monthly, which is good news, at least for all of us that are interested in military surplus firearms. I had tiny little dialogue with Jamie once, and I am happy to see that he is healthy, as he really did seem like a pretty good guy.

One thing that Tennessee Gun Parts did do that was very useful is make available different manuals for some of these guns, in addition to putting together some CD's containing all of the articles, tech sheets, etc.. If you happen to buy a milsurp firearm, and want hard data on it, check out what they have to offer by going to the "Store" section of surplusrifle. If not, most of the data is free and easy to get from the site itself.

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