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Old January 14th, 2017, 03:41 AM   #1
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New James River Armory BM59

I recently received a BM59 from James River. This is their new cast receiver rifle built on kits being imported from Italy. I'm very happy with the rifle! I haven't gotten to the range or broken it down yet. I'm looking forward to taking a peek under the hood of this receiver. The action feels great. There appears to be a lot of as cast surfaces on the exterior of the receiver. These rifles are retailed through Classic like their Rockola M14's. The Italians have a very interesting take on muzzle devices. 19" barrel and 10" whatever it is on the end. I'm not typically a cast receiver kind of guy, but I think they've done well on this. Having a collection that contains M14's and Garands, this one was a must have.




















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Old January 14th, 2017, 03:59 AM   #2
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crappy looking serial number stamping.could have at least engraved it like the mfg engraving.
how come they didn't have you forge a receiver for them?
other than that,looks good

looks like they just scraped the number in the wax

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Old January 14th, 2017, 04:18 AM   #3
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Thanks Jeff. Been reading about these. Now it looks like I will have to get one for the heck of it.

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crappy looking serial number stamping.could have at least engraved it like the mfg engraving.
how come they didn't have you forge a receiver for them?
other than that,looks good
That's probably my only hangup too. When JRA was serializing the original forged Rockola receivers they did them this way too. I can't answer as to why. Some people like it others don't. We CNC engrave all the serial numbers on them now and I like the cleaner look.
I couldn't make the economics work for a forged version. That certainly doesn't mean it won't ever happen, but the driving forces behind bringing these to market had a price point I couldn't come close to.

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Old January 14th, 2017, 06:09 AM   #5
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I am going to wait for a forged receiver.

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Old January 14th, 2017, 06:28 AM   #6
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Jeff, for the record, the muzzle device you have is called a "tri-compensator". Many moons ago I think is was Mr. Kokalis (spel) that used to do evaluations and write ups in the shotgun news. I remember him evaluating the Springfield Armory BM59s when they came out, and he got into the tri-comp. His final word on them was that they are the ONLY ones that actually do everything they claimed to do. Because of his write up I went out and bought one. He was dead on... Shooting that BM59 .308, the kick was not much more then a .223, very little flash, and it has the ability to fire off grenades, which is what that wire ring (grenade retainer spring) is for. I do believe you will enjoy shooting that rifle!!!
It is the ONLY rifle I regret selling, but construction was slow and had bills to pay... : (

PS,, you DO know, now you just have to spend the coin and pick up a real deal Alpine/para folding stock,,,right??

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Old January 14th, 2017, 07:41 AM   #7
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That is a great looking rifle!! Very interested in a range report too. Thanks for sharing

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Old January 14th, 2017, 11:52 AM   #8
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I think there an alpine folder for sale in the pxbeatufulnrifle !

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Old January 14th, 2017, 12:11 PM   #9
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Pretty wood!

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A nice addition for a collection, however, the receiver and heel stamp would bother me personally..... At $1,299 retail the heel stamp and overall receiver finish should look better etc.

I am a perfectionist by omission - but some small quality changes would make this a much better looking rifle IMHO.

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What's the notch in the stock below the op rod for?

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What's the notch in the stock below the op rod for?
It facilitates a portion of the select fire functioning.

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What's the notch in the stock below the op rod for?
Full auto parts.

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Old January 14th, 2017, 05:31 PM   #14
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Jeff , if you need help testing it , I think I can help with that !
Are magazines going to be available at a reasonable price for it ?

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Interesting position for the handguard clip.

The M14/M1A clip is located in the thinnest part of a wooden handguard which tends to crack.

The BM59 designers apparently figured a way to move the clip to a thicker location.

The S/N is obviously hand stamped.

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