Alex C.

Alex is a Senior Writer for The Firearm Blog and Director of TFBTV.


  • Darkpr0

    Someone didn’t ask Santa for a Ross rifle!

    Which is a good call, loading that stupid thing with stripper clips is pure evil.

  • Devil_Doc

    Serious stupid question. What oil do you use on your collection? I’m always struck by how good the metal looks (even the wood).

    • I just use CLP. To keep my collection preserved, I wear rubber gloves with disposable inspection gloves over them. I spray oil on the inspection gloves and then rub the metal bits on the rifles.

      • Devil_Doc

        Interesting. Do you do anything special as far as how you store them? Humidity controls, etc?

        • I keep a small dehumidifier plugged into the wall and empty it about every other day. I also sealed off the door with a draft buster.
          I oil all the rifles about 3 times a year or when I notice the sheen has gone away.

          • Devil_Doc

            I live in Western Wa, and i’ve yet to find anything that can truly dehumidify my gunsafes. lol.. I didn’t have that problem in Tx. I’ve been trying to convince my comptroller to let me convert a bedroom into a “gun room”, but she insists that having somewhere for a child or company to sleep is more important. Why do women hate fun? Anyway, thanks for answering my questions..

          • iksnilol

            Build a man cave in the basement.

            Do it, trust me.

          • Basements arent a thing here in TX. I have seen only 3 or 4 in 27 years.

          • iksnilol

            Where do you keep your spare freezers? Your crap that you can’t throw out for sentimental reasons? Your bodies?

            Stuff like this is why we consider you weird 😛 (just a friendly joke).

          • Well, basements are rare because our sandy soil shifts quite a lot (which often causes road problems as well).

            But I suppose most people keep their clutter in their attic, spare room (if they have one), or garage. It is worth noting that typical American/Canadian garages are larger than their European counterparts in my experience.

          • iksnilol

            Ah, makes sense.

            I am from a large family so the garage, attic and basement are all necessary.

          • Devil_Doc

            Basements are fairly unusual here as well, due to flooding. The garage is my man space. Cigars, booze, project dirtbikes, dirty posters and old beer signs, etc. I thought about making the garage into a gun room, but there is no way to truly make it secure. Had a case out here a few years ago where a guy backed a pickup truck against an exterior garage wall, fired up a chainsaw and cut out the chunk of wall that the guys gunsafe was bolted to.

  • gunsandrockets

    Garand for the win? Or which?

    • In what sense?

      • gunsandrockets

        Easiest to load.

        • I can load the MAS 36 or Gewehr 98 the quickest I reckon, but the en bloc guns are not bad.

          • gunsandrockets

            And worst? The Krag? Maybe the SKS?

          • Hmm. Maybe the ag42 because if you mess up it will chop your finger off.

          • gunsandrockets

            Yep. Tricksy it is. Though my experience is more with the 8mm Hakim.

            Ever fired heavy ball from an Egyptian 8mm FN-49? In the prone position with that convex brass buttplate to focus all the recoil energy? Ouch!

          • iksnilol


            Except the crappy American version, no offense to comrades.

          • GearHeadTony

            I would have thought the carcanos would be easier. En bloc clip with no Garand thumb or Ljungmann arm.

  • wetcorps

    Nice. I would have kept the sound of the guns though.

    • The room with them in there is too loud. There is a big dehumidifier and a rack of servers that emit horrible fan noise.

      • Martin M

        That’s no way to run servers.

  • Derp

    Those were some great action shots of your right wrist.

    • iksnilol

      Kinda wish there was a camera on the other side as well :/

      • gunsandrockets

        Take 2!

      • BrandonAKsALot

        Ages 18+ only for that side.

  • Tassiebush

    Nice video Alex. It’s cool to be able to see them all alongside each other with their comparative merit.

  • GearHeadTony

    My surplus rifle knowledge is really lacking. I would love to see a written list of rifle models.

    • gunsandrockets

      Eh, not exactly detailed, but I made a list after watching the video again. My best guesses in order of appearance…

      Danish Madsen M47 bolt action, 30-06
      German Mauser G 98 bolt action, 7.9mm Mauser
      Russian Mosin-Nagant bolt action, 7.62mm Russian
      British No 4 Lee-Enfield bolt action, .303 British
      Japanese Type 99 bolt action, 7.7mm Japanese
      Japanese Type 38 bolt action, 6.5mm Japanese
      German Mauser K 98 bolt action, 7.9mm Mauser
      Swiss K 31 straight pull, 7.5mm Swiss
      French MAS 36 bolt action, 7.5mm French
      again the Danish Madsen M47 bolt action, 30-06
      Swedish Mauser m96 bolt action, 6.5mm Swedish
      Italian Carcano 1891 bolt action, 6.5mm Carcano
      French Lebel model 1886 bolt action, 8mm Lebel
      Austrian Männlicher 1895 straight pull, 8mm Männlicher
      U.S. Krag 1892 bolt action, 30-40
      U.S. M1903a3 bolt action, 30-06
      U.S. Enfield M1917 bolt action, 30-06
      U.S. M1 semi-auto, 30-06
      U.S. Johnson 1941 semi-auto, 30-06
      German G 43 semi-auto, 7.9mm Mauser
      Swedish AG 42b semi-auto, 6.5mm Swedish
      Belgian SAFN 49 semi-auto, 7mm Mauser(?)
      Russian SKS semi-auto, 7.62mm Soviet

      • GearHeadTony

        Awesome! The Johnson rifle was bugging me. I knew I had seen that before, but I couldn’t remember what it was called.

  • William

    Thanks for pushing me over the edge to order a few of those polymer K31 stripper clips from Northridge.

  • Charlez Brawnsun

    I wonder how many strippers have clips????

  • Rnasser Rnasser

    Great video!
    Alex, I see you are having a bit of grittiness loading the lee-enfield, even the mosin seemed smoother, have you tried other lee-enfields, or is it a technique thing?

    • Most of them were hard to load from the weird angles I was at. I was behind the camera and contorting my wrist in a weird way, and many of them required multiple takes. I would say that the guns utilizing rimmed cartridges did give me a little more trouble.

  • Martin M

    The only strippers I’ll watch. Beautiful.