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    Local VFW funeral detail woes

    I lunch w/local Vets on Thursday. Main Man told me that their funeral details blanks refused to fire on several recent grave side ceremonial occasions. He claims the open ended ones worked fine, but they ran out & resorted to crimped tipped ones that they have had trouble with previously & now is worse.

    Can anyone direct me to a source of recent mfgr 30-06 blanks???

    Or if you have some to contribute, I will pick up the shipping cost.

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    134 Third Ave.
    Gallipolis, Ohio, 45631

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    They may want to check the condition of the rifles before blaming the blanks. Local VFW went through a similar episode several years ago and the problem was that none of them could remember the last time the rifles had been cleaned. The sad state the rifles had been left in proved what the problem was.
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    I will ask about the state of cleanliness. They had a volunteer armorer from another town who had just moved here supposed to clean & adjust everything. Dont know if that happened.

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    PJ are they looking for the bottle nose for lack of a better term ones with the red paper wad?
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    I may have some M1909 blanks, will have to dig around Monday to find them. Hopefully didn't sell them all at the last Knob Creek.
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    I have lots of these and also late mfg. (72) red card M1909. These are from Atlantic Wall and while not cheap they work every time. If you strike out, I will look to see what I actually have. J


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    What are they shooting them out of? 1903s? Garands?

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    Quote Originally Posted by heckinohio View Post
    I lunch w/local Vets on Thursday. Main Man told me that their funeral details blanks refused to fire on several recent grave side ceremonial occasions. He claims the open ended ones worked fine, but they ran out & resorted to crimped tipped ones that they have had trouble with previously & now is worse.

    Can anyone direct me to a source of recent mfgr 30-06 blanks???

    Or if you have some to contribute, I will pick up the shipping cost.

    Commander
    VFW Post 4464
    134 Third Ave.
    Gallipolis, Ohio, 45631

    PJH
    Can't they order blanks from the DOD? VFW and American Legion Posts used to be able to.

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    Contacts?

    Has any member checked with their military contacts? Had the issue of no blanks here, but were then supplied with new manufacturered 1909 style blanks.
    Also agree with giving the rifles a good going over for cleaning and condition.
    I'll patiently re-size and trim brass, re-prime, charge w powder, and seat bullets.

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    Another vote for 'clean the weapons'....I used to clean the drill guns for a local American Legion. They were filthy, rusted and loose. The 'honor guard' crew was more concerned with getting drunk than maintaining their weapons. I stopped servicing them after the guys just assumed I was their cleaning boy and they stopped oiling or even unloading them after a funeral.
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