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Forgotten Surplus Guns of the Philippines

Not exactly on the same note, bu it's interesting this should come up. My nephew brought me a .22 rifle he picked up at a pawn shop for $70.00 a few weeks ago. It's a "Squires Bingham - Phillipines", which apparently is under license from Armscorp. He wanted to know if I could clean it up as the bolt would barely even cycle and it looked like it had been left out in the weather for about 10 years....lol. I haven't ran across a rifle in quite a while that I'd never heard of the maker, but this one of those times. I took a couple of days to take it apart, clean out the barrel, breach, bolt, and it was, without a doubt, the dirtiest rifle I've ever put my hands on. Once we got it all cleaned up and oiled, it actually shoots very well. It has a ten round magazine and we rapid fired several mags thru it without issue.
 

Talyn

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The M1G's that CMP brought in from there are/were beat up abit, with some rust/piiting issues with the receivers.

But that's to be expected because of the climate & storage conditions, vs the Garnds that were stored in other countries before they came back to the USA via CMP.
 
Found the article about the forgotten guns in the Philippines most interesting since I was involved at the very beginning. I was assigned to the Joint US Military Assistance Group (JUSMAG) in the Philippines from 1972 to 1974. Shortly after my arrival there, is when President Marcos declared martial law and began the collection of all weapons in the country. I don't know the politics involved, but in a short time, at least five dump trucks were full of weapons that had to be destroyed. I believe they were collected by the Constabulary. Anyway, I was tasked to escort these trucks and confirm that they were dumped into the blast furnaces at a local steel mill. Most of the weapons were US WW11 vintage. It was a sad day to see these iconic firearms destroyed.
 
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