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#1 Hawkeye_Joe

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Posted 29 March 2006 - 01:13 PM

You live in a great country some guy posts his legal fully funtional armory from another country:

From Belgium ohmy.gif

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#2 Chopper28

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Posted 29 March 2006 - 01:24 PM

Since those are all U.S. property, I think he should have to give them back!
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#3 Mike Hammer

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Posted 29 March 2006 - 03:04 PM

Yer just makin' me mad, I'd like to do this to him! buttkick.gif nutkick.gif

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Posted 29 March 2006 - 03:30 PM

At least the .45 isn't a Singer cool.gif

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Posted 29 March 2006 - 08:12 PM

The weapons collection above belongs to Johan Willaert who is an active duty Belgian NCO. He is an avid WW2 US militaria collector and a really great guy! Going to spend a few days with him this June in Normandy and Belgium.

Seems the gun laws in Belgium are much more sane than in other European countries. A private collector can own full auto weapons with a simple "collectors" license.

Here are some pictures of another Belgian collection. The owner is a good friend of mine that I visited in 1999 in Belgium. All weapons are active.

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#6 Hawkeye_Joe

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Posted 29 March 2006 - 08:25 PM

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Seems the gun laws in Belgium are much more sane than in other European countries. A private collector can own full auto weapons with a simple "collectors" license.


That's what I meant by having a great country.....
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#7 Junebug

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Posted 29 March 2006 - 09:03 PM

Dear God, I think one of those mannequins has a Johnson Light Machine Gun back there!!!!! I don't think I have ever been jealous of a mannequin until now. Jeez.....
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Posted 29 March 2006 - 09:19 PM

The one is the side car with teh FG-42 is the one that drew my eye!!

Those do not circulate here at all know of one fella who has 10 of them complete with bipods and scopes but they are not for sale and they would be steep indeed.

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#9 philasteen

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Posted 29 March 2006 - 09:19 PM

The other gun in the Johnson picture is an FG-42.
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Posted 29 March 2006 - 09:28 PM

OY!
Man o Man... Perhaps I'm going to spend some more time there!!

bfryar44,
Where abouts are your friends in Belgium?
I work over there about once a year in Antwerp. Great place, best memory was shooting my friend's
10/22 with the "Legal" silencer, so as not to disturb the people next door!!
Lot's of Naval Lugars, PPK's P-38's, like a german pistol dump!
Best, Zamm
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#11 bfryar44

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Posted 29 March 2006 - 09:52 PM

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Where abouts are your friends in Belgium?


Johan lives in Bruges and the other collector Mike, lives in Brussels.
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#12 Waffen Und Bier

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Posted 29 March 2006 - 10:04 PM

Very nice collection. Can he shoot them anywhere?
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Posted 29 March 2006 - 10:16 PM

Sounds like a plan. US property MUST be returned to the US.

Love that BAR!!!
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#14 bfryar44

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Posted 29 March 2006 - 10:26 PM

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Very nice collection. Can he shoot them anywhere?


I really do not know?

I'll shoot Johan an email and have him join the discussion (he's a registered member). He can answer your questions better than I can.
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#15 Johan Willaert

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Posted 30 March 2006 - 06:36 AM

Hi all,

As Bryan says, I've been collecting WW2 US Army militaria for over 25 years.
About 12 years ago I obtained a License that qualified me as a Registered Fire-Arms Collector.

As far as shooting goes; it's become harder and harder to find ranges which allow for long distance and full auto firing of these guns...
I rarely shoot these guns... I'm a professional Army NCO with nearly 25 years of service.... I've spent a considerable amount of time at the ranges....

For a small sample of my collection, feel free to check out my site at:

http://users.pandora.be/theliberator

Enjoy,

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#16 giantpanda4

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Posted 30 March 2006 - 06:49 AM

Johan,

Thanks for sharing that with us!

Fantastic collection!

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Posted 30 March 2006 - 08:26 AM

Johan,
Thanks, great stuff!
Brugges is one of the most beautiful places on earth.
You got it all!
Thanks for sharing, Z
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Posted 30 March 2006 - 11:36 AM

Very cool site Johan! hail.gif Awesome collection you have, it is nice to know someone over there still remebers what the U.S. did to help in the "big one." smile.gif
Do live full auto Thompson items command the same prices in your country as they do here?
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#19 Johan Willaert

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Posted 30 March 2006 - 11:58 AM

QUOTE (Motorcar @ Mar 30 2006, 11:36 AM)
Do live full auto Thompson items command the same prices in your country as they do here?

Actually no....
Registered TSMG can be bought here for about 750-1000USdollars, provided the buyer has a license too...
De-activated TSMG sell for about 750-800USdollars...

M1928 is generally more expensive than M1(A1) models...

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#20 philasteen

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Posted 30 March 2006 - 12:19 PM

Johan, how much for a FG-42?
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