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Old May 9th, 2006, 03:19 PM
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Old May 13th, 2006, 05:24 PM
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Now I've seen everything. Peep this:


http://www.hollandandholland.com/~ne...8989896644.htm


Forget the ugly ass Diavari and the hideous Griffin & Howe telescope mount. Peep the chambering on that rifle.

Some turkey with lots of money and zero brains went to John Rigby & Co. (the real John Rigby & Co. in London and not Paso Robles) and had Rigby's make him a magazine rifle chambered in .416 Rem Mag instead of .416 Rigby.

Unbelievable. I don't know which is worse: this guy asking for such a chambering or Rigby's willingness to make the rifle.
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Old August 2nd, 2006, 03:17 PM
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Doug Goff told me today that there's a new Planet Ocean Chronograph slated for release later this year.

Check out:





Kinda pimp, but I dig it.
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Old August 7th, 2006, 07:35 PM
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So what's the verdict on Breitling? I saw an Aerospace this past week that a float plane pilot was wearing and I like the looks and features. Initial thoughts were that Breitling was all bling, but closer look indicates some cool features. Any thoughts?
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Old August 7th, 2006, 08:01 PM
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Yuck.
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Old August 8th, 2006, 09:18 AM
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Sweet.
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Old August 8th, 2006, 09:51 AM
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Yuck.

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Sweet.

And that, my friends, pretty much sums it up. lol
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Old August 8th, 2006, 11:49 AM
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Is that a speedmaster?
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Old August 8th, 2006, 12:07 PM
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I think it is:


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Old August 8th, 2006, 05:45 PM
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I don't know, I kind of dig the Breitling. The digital windows do sort of remind me of this.
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Old August 8th, 2006, 06:57 PM
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I don't know, I kind of dig the Breitling. The digital windows do sort of remind me of this.


So do the bracelet and color:




Look closely at the links. The bracelet doesn't even match the case body in color. And is it just me, or do the links in that bracelet look like mill-finished investment castings? Actually, they don't even look mill-finished. They look as if someone took the rough castings to a sanding wheel to try to smooth out the patently visible portions. Reminds of the TAG bracelets, which also look like sanded investment castings:




The links in both of those watches look cheap shit. They remind me of PING golf clubs. They're certainly not even in the same league as something like this:







If a company is going to use sanded investment castings to cut production costs, that's fine. Just don't market those watches as premium products when they're clearly not.
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Old August 8th, 2006, 08:16 PM
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But are they waterproof?
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Old August 8th, 2006, 08:29 PM
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Depends on the watch.
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Old August 9th, 2006, 07:24 AM
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That might be a Titanium bracelet on that Professional Aerospace.
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Old August 9th, 2006, 02:02 PM
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It might be a Ti bracelet. The case body certainly looks like Ti in that pic. I prefer stainless but I'm not against Ti at all. I kinda dig Ti in fact.

What jumps out at me is the color mismatch between the case body and the bracelet. The two aren't even close in color and finish type, at least in the pic. From the pic, it looks as if the case body might be bead blasted and the bracelet brushed. It looks as if someone at Breitling tossed on that bracelet as an afterthought.

And I still can't get over the links in that bracelet. They look like little chunks of shit.
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Old August 9th, 2006, 02:18 PM
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John, assuming that watch had all of the colors perfectly matched and the finish was perfect, that would still be a hideous watch.
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Old August 9th, 2006, 02:28 PM
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Agreed. That watch is ghastly.

It's not even so ugly it's cool. It's just plain ugly.
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Old August 9th, 2006, 02:33 PM
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It looks as if someone at Breitling tossed on that bracelet as an afterthought.


Actually, the statement above is wrong. I think Breitling was inspired by the comic books. That bracelet is a ringer for this guy:


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Old August 9th, 2006, 02:38 PM
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It's way cooler than the Planet Ocean...
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Old November 13th, 2006, 07:18 PM
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Speaking of Magnum Mausers, there is still hope. Check out this outfit:

http://www.golmatic.de/Waffen_EN/waffen_en.htm

Those have to be the nicest copycat Mauser's I've seen. And this firm will even build them with the single square bridge, thumb slot, military trigger, original flanged bolt sleeve, and even copy the Rigby's-style bottom metal. Even the copycat Rigby's cocking piece aperture is a stock item for these guys. I'm guessing too that they would be willing to machine in the charger slot and the bullet tip slot as well. If they did that then the only thing missing would be the "WAFFENFABRIK MAUSER - OBERNDORF a/N" on the side.


These Golmatic Magnum Mauser reproductions are starting to filter down into the gun trade. Here is a "Mauser" .416:


http://www.cabelas.com/cabelas/en/co...rarchyId=10473


This looks to be a very solid and very nice rifle. I wish it it didn't have the double square bridge and the forend tip, but it's undoubtedly a very nice rifle. $8300 for it is very reasonable as well.

This rifle is from the company that bought the Mauser name is doing business under the Mauser name. Note the barrel reinforce is stamped with the modern Mauser logo.

This rifle is fitted with an adjustable trigger, but Golmatic offers the two-stage military trigger as well.

John Rigby & Co. (Paso Robles) is also using the Golmatic action on its .416's:


http://www.cabelas.com/cabelas/en/co...rarchyId=10473


Leave it to the clowns at Paso Robles to fit an adjustable trigger, Model 70 safety, and claw mount on this monstrosity. What a pile of shit. I can't believe these suckas own the prestigious name, "John Rigby & Co." Unreal.

This rifle is getting me pumped up:


http://www.cabelas.com/cabelas/en/co...rarchyId=10473


The maker is J&L Wilkins & Co. of Birmingham. I had never heard of this firm before, but this rifle has potential.

Wilkins are specifying their Golmatics with traditional wing safety, two-stage military trigger, thumb slot, single square bridge, and slotted receiver ring. This action is some seriously nice shit. It's basically perfect.

It's a shame the rest of the rifle is all bling bling. I love the shorty forend with sloped tip, but I hate the ebony forend tip. The Silvers recoil pad is nice, but the edges should be rounded to facilitate speed mounts. I wish the action weren't case colored; that's such a wannabe double thing to do on a repeater. And I can't stand the three folding leaves on the rear sight. I much prefer a single fixed rear sight and maybe one extra folding leaf just for decoration. I also don't like how the pores are filled completely on the stock and the wood is left in its natural color. I would prefer the London Oil Finish.

But this rifle has great potential. The wannabe Rigby's bottleneck taper is there. The wannabe Rigby's engraving on the receiver ring is there. I'm sure this weapon could be specified with a traditional finish. I can't believe the cost on this weapon is only $8,000. That's ridiculously low. I would think it would cost even less if I had them make the rifle to my specifications.
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Old November 14th, 2006, 09:41 AM
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This rifle is getting me pumped up:


http://www.cabelas.com/cabelas/en/co...rarchyId=10473


The maker is J&L Wilkins & Co. of Birmingham. I had never heard of this firm before, but this rifle has potential.

Wilkins are specifying their Golmatics with traditional wing safety, two-stage military trigger, thumb slot, single square bridge, and slotted receiver ring. This action is some seriously nice shit. It's basically perfect.

It's a shame the rest of the rifle is all bling bling. I love the shorty forend with sloped tip, but I hate the ebony forend tip. The Silvers recoil pad is nice, but the edges should be rounded to facilitate speed mounts. I wish the action weren't case colored; that's such a wannabe double thing to do on a repeater. And I can't stand the three folding leaves on the rear sight. I much prefer a single fixed rear sight and maybe one extra folding leaf just for decoration. I also don't like how the pores are filled completely on the stock and the wood is left in its natural color. I would prefer the London Oil Finish.

But this rifle has great potential. The wannabe Rigby's bottleneck taper is there. The wannabe Rigby's engraving on the receiver ring is there. I'm sure this weapon could be specified with a traditional finish. I can't believe the cost on this weapon is only $8,000. That's ridiculously low. I would think it would cost even less if I had them make the rifle to my specifications.

I think the Wilkins is excellent.

Furthermore I think it's time for you to pull the trigger on this weapon and then start getting vaccinations.

Do it now before the lung cancer and heart disease.

Africa is calling...
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Old May 25th, 2007, 04:00 PM
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I found this fantastic early "talkie" Africa Speaks and I wanted to add it here since this was my favorite Africa thread.

enjoy.

(just a warning, parts of this little clip are seriously fucked up)


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