This is a discussion on New James River Armory BM59 within the Steel and Wood forums, part of the Rifle Forum category; 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 ...
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.
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.
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??