The gun you own which are proudest of..


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The Grand Inquisitor
March 26, 2005, 06:14 AM
Do you have a certain gun that you have that whenever you are showing someone your collectionthat you always save for last and absolutely beam whenever anyone say's: "wow...that's beautiful". Post if you have one that you absolutely will never sell and cannot stop looking at.


I have a Norinco 86S new in the box with a ridiculously low serial number that I cannot help but be proud of. It is the center of my growing AK collection and my most expenisve purchase yet.

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Estela216
March 26, 2005, 06:31 AM
MY Knight's Armament SR25 match preban always raises an eyebrow when it emerges from my safe. That or my Wilson CQB.

Ric
March 26, 2005, 07:58 AM
Can I have two
S&W 627 with engraving and a red dot scope

http://img138.exs.cx/img138/4941/dscf05802so.jpg


SA Target model tricked a little bit for bullseye


http://img42.exs.cx/img42/2600/SpringfieldTarget.th.jpg (http://img42.exs.cx/my.php?loc=img42&image=SpringfieldTarget.jpg)

Chad
March 26, 2005, 08:20 AM
I don't have a large collection...4 rifles, 5 handguns...
My 2-tone Delta is by far my favorite, for shooting or looking at...or showing off. :)

http://people.delphiforums.com/SHEAR2/elite10.jpg

SnakeEater
March 26, 2005, 08:27 AM
Although the picture stinks and she's a recent addition, I can't wipe the smile off my face. LRB M14SA

http://img.villagephotos.com/p/2005-3/975911/m14sa005.jpg

Husker1911
March 26, 2005, 08:28 AM
Waited over a year for my DS Arms SA-58. An American made FAL that rivals the Belgian manufactured rifle in quality. Yes, I've got my handguns, and a Beretta 1201 riot, and a forged AK SLR-95 and Colt AR, but (assuming my Commander holstered on my hip), if I had to "grab one and run", it's my DSA FAL. As much firepower as one man can hope to carry, like Jove I can cast down thunderbolts upon those who would oppose me, in the name of truth, justice, and the American way.

GD
March 26, 2005, 08:42 AM
Finnish M28/30.

armoredman
March 26, 2005, 09:16 AM
Po1

Redneck Revolver
March 26, 2005, 09:38 AM
my 91/30 sniper. its the only one in my collection net to my m48. everyone who see's it just stares...like their looking into its history. almost makes me cry sometimes. :)

jsalcedo
March 26, 2005, 10:34 AM
Garand and SPAS 12 are the ones I'm proudest of.

SHOOT1SAM
March 26, 2005, 11:38 AM
I have three: A Les Baer, two-tone 10mm, a Shansei Arsenal .45 ACP Broomhandle Mauser, and a cherry Winchester '94 Big Bore in .356 Winchester (had 4 rounds shot through it when I got it).

Sam

jefnvk
March 26, 2005, 11:43 AM
The A5 that my grandpa give me. It is a nice old gun.

The M1 gets the most looks, though. Probably followed closely by the Jap Arisaka, esp. when the bayonet gets stuck on.

Vitamin G
March 26, 2005, 12:14 PM
Proudest? Colt Delta Elite :D
Most "OH MY GOD!"s? - AR-15 or SAR-1 :evil:

Some of my friends just dont know quality...

Sergeant Sabre
March 26, 2005, 12:17 PM
Colt's Government Model

firesafety3
March 26, 2005, 12:24 PM
Kinda fond of my HK USP45 Tactical. One of those you enjoy shooting AND cleaning. Not rare or fancy by any means, but I am proud of her.

itgoesboom
March 26, 2005, 12:26 PM
My favorite is my CETME sporter that I recently painted. Just an overall fun rifle, very accurate, very reliable, and looks good to boot.

http://www.thehighroad.org/attachment.php?attachmentid=21985

P95Carry
March 26, 2005, 12:29 PM
Most probably know this one .... the M27-2 in 5". For me it is pretty much N Frame perfection.


http://www.acbsystems.com/boards/thr/cb_gun2/m27-2_s.jpg

Parruthead
March 26, 2005, 12:36 PM
My two are My Grandpa's Thompson Muzzle loader he built and the Possibles bag that he hand made out of a deer he shot and taned himself. Guess the other one would have to be my dad's Browning Sweet 16. Both have more meaning than any of my other guns.

Harry Paget Flashman
March 26, 2005, 12:39 PM
I am proudest of my S&W Model 1917. Still has 99% blueing. Runner-up would be the Browning Model 1910 .380 in the same condition. (Then there is the .30-40 Krag carbine...so in reverse order there is proud, prouder, proudest.)

GRB
March 26, 2005, 12:41 PM
I have one pistol that is sort of beat up looking, or acutally more well used looking than beat up. It is missing the off side safety lever yet I will not replace it any time soon. It was not a gift, not something special to look at, not engraved or anything like that, not customized except for pachmeyer grips, I rarely show off except maybe to close friends. It does not fit into the pretty gun stereotype for sure. Yet I would not part with it unless someone offers enough to put my son through college for at least a couple, maybe even all four, years.

The pistol is a Beretta 92-SB. The things that make it special are that it survived the collapse of the World Trade Center (it was in the Customs Range in 6 WTC when 1 WTC collapsed atop number 6.That makes it a bit dear to my heart, maybe someday I will get to use it on a terrorsit for abit of payback - who know.s. I also had three other guns recovered with no damage so while the recovery makes it special that does not make it unique. What makes it most special and unique among my guns is the fact thsat this was the pistols I used to shoot a guy who tried to mug me. Five holes, one bullet - two of those holes in the family jewels - entry and exit. So yeah this is one spcial gun, it played a part in saving my life life as far as I can tell.

So I don't beam when they tell me it is beautiful, because no one looks at it and says that. I do smile a little grin each time they tell me nice shooting or whatever along those lines. It was the right thing to do at the time...

Someday my son will inherit it.

Best regards,
Glenn B

dev_null
March 26, 2005, 12:43 PM
Didn't we already have this thread this year?

Anyway, my answer is my 1899 Krag Carbine. That and my '66 sunburst Stratocaster are staying with me till they put me in the ground.

Hkmp5sd
March 26, 2005, 12:59 PM
Colt M16A1
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v495/Hkmp5sd/M16A1.jpg

bpisler
March 26, 2005, 01:54 PM
One's a 3" S&W 24-3 lew horton
chambered in 44 special

The other is a 3" 625-7 chambered
in 45 colt.

gobabygo
March 26, 2005, 03:40 PM
I'm most proud of my FAL since I built it myself:
http://www.kywon.com/Guns/FAL/FAL1s.jpg

natedog
March 26, 2005, 03:56 PM
M-1 Garand. It's the only real outstanding rifle in a hodge podge collection.

armoredman
March 26, 2005, 03:58 PM
Glenn, nice story. Hang onto that one....that needs to be passed down the family line...

moby clarke
March 26, 2005, 04:56 PM
I have a Winchester '94 30-30 that is an Illinois Sesquicentennial Commemorative from 1968. Since I was born in Ill in '68 it is my pride and joy. I am working on a Shadow Box for it to mount over the fireplace. That is the only way the wife would let me hang it for all to see. :)

Bacon
March 26, 2005, 05:43 PM
Texas Longhorn Arms - Grover's Improved Number Five (2 digit serial number).

http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y40/Bacon51/TLA/GroversImproved507.jpg

LHB1
March 26, 2005, 05:46 PM
For a shotgun lover, I show them my Grade VI Browning Citori Lightning over/under in 20 gauge with unbelievable wood, engraving, and inlays. For a rifle lover, I show them my Winchester M70 in .25/06 with custom classic stock of highly figured French Walnut by Larry Feland. For pistol lovers, I will show them my Wilson Classic stainless .45 ACP whenever it finally gets here. (Waiting is such torture for people with little patience.)

Good shooting and be safe.
LB

Mark in California
March 26, 2005, 06:32 PM
A orginal 1852 "John Browning" type dropping block Sharps carbine. It was handed down to me through my family. This is the most historic weapon in my collection. It was very probley used in the Cival War. Holding it is like holding a piece of history.

TexasRifleman
March 26, 2005, 06:36 PM
1952 B.A.R A2

Got it in 1985 when I turned 21, right before the big bad Class 3 ban.

Paid $850 for it.

Dionysusigma
March 26, 2005, 08:02 PM
TexasSIGman, I am immediately jealous. :eek:

All five of my guns get different reactions--
Marlin 60: Meh.
SAR-1: Oh my God! Is that an AK-47?!?
Mossberg 590: Meh.
Swede Mauser: Okay... (as I tell them more about it) WOW!
Vektor SP-2: Weird... can I hold it?

I guess the one I'm most proud of is the Swede. Granted, someone did a bunch of "custom" work to it before I got it, but whomever it was knew what they were doing and its spirit is still there. Most accurate gun I've ever fired... but no stories for any of them yet. :(

Chut1st
March 26, 2005, 09:03 PM
Pistol: S&W Model 10 that my father bought before I was born (51 years ago). It's still in cherry condition and has the original box, oiled paper and owners manual.

Shotgun: Browning Citori Sporting Clays

Rifle: Ruger M77RS in .416 Rigby.

viking87
March 26, 2005, 09:06 PM
My Garand
http://i3.photobucket.com/albums/y85/Viking87/Rosie7CroppedReduced.jpg
She's one of the new ones from Springfield

1911ginmaster
March 26, 2005, 09:17 PM
This is a SA GI 1911a1 that I did a few things to. It's a shooter too. :)
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v284/ginmaster/newgi3.jpg

rugerfreak
March 26, 2005, 09:39 PM
Proudest of??

My first AR build----which I assembled both the lower AND the upper all by myself.

Its not my prettiest---most expensive---or even my nicest AR for that matter----I'm proudest of it cause it was my first and taught me many things I didn't have a clue about before hand.

DWS1117
March 26, 2005, 09:39 PM
Mine would be the least expensive in my small collection. My Mosin M38. Nothing abnormal about the rifle. Built in 1940. I'd like to think it saw some action in WWII. What I am proud of is this was my first attempt at refinishing a stock. During the initial cleaning I messed up the original beautiful finish. I think it turned out quite nice.

Here is the result:

http://webpages.charter.net/leko/Mosin0008.JPG

sheepdip
March 27, 2005, 01:40 AM
Colt signature series 1861 general custer commemorative. it is engraved in the old nimschke style used by colt in the mid 1800s. the finish is called antique silver which gives it a rich dark patina as it ages. the grips are also engraved.
I wanted this one the first day Colt put them out but didn't want to spend the money at that time.
Years pass and Colt stops making it (at $1,200.00).
Now I start looking. Some months later I find this one in a small gun shop NIB for $750.00. I grab it and never looked back.
This was my first and probley my last fancy gun.
So what do you think ?

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v338/sheepdip/bedroll600pix.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v338/sheepdip/ccc-17.jpg

sheepdip
March 27, 2005, 01:44 AM
Colt signature series 1861 general custer commemorative. it is engraved in the old nimschke style used by colt in the mid 1800s. the finish is called antique silver which gives it a rich dark patina as it ages. the grips are also engraved.
I wanted this one the first day Colt put them out but didn't want to spend the money at that time.
Years pass and Colt stops making it (at $1,200.00).
Now I start looking. Some months later I find this one in a small gun shop NIB for $750.00. I grab it and never looked back.
This was my first and probably my last fancy gun.
So what do you think ?

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v338/sheepdip/bedroll600pix.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v338/sheepdip/ccc-17.jpg

Clean97GTI
March 27, 2005, 02:05 AM
Proudest of?

There is my Springfield Model 1899 Carbine (wow factor from age and smooooooth bolt)
Mum intact 7.7mm Arisaka with bayonet
Near-perfect 03A3 from 1942
Colt DA-38 (yes, thats chambered in .38 long)
best part is pointing to all the old stuff and telling people it was free. GUn-nut grandfathers are cool!!!

My favorite one though is my pump type Crossman airgun. I caught a squirrel through the ears while it was running. One of those shots you could never duplicate...ya know?

FitchHall
March 27, 2005, 02:25 AM
THR,

For a number of years now, I have been shooting a lot of different weapons for competition, for fun, and for carry. I have had many that were great weapons... but I wanted to change the sight or the magwell or the....etc.

In 2003, I spent six months in Iraq during Operation Iraqi Freedom. After making it from Kuwait City to Baghdad and back, I had some time design the "ultimate pistol" in my head while I was waiting for a flight home. It also helped that I was collecting 6 months of combat pay, hazardous duty pay, and was in a Tax-Free zone. When I got back to the states, I treated myself to a premium gun, a Les Baer Monolith heavyweight. The only change I made was to have a Smith & Alexander 1 piece magwell installed and blended. I also had Conrad at GunGrips make me a set of USMC grips to personalize the pistol for the occasion.

When I relinquished command and left my unit, the Marines from my company presented me with a gift - a felt-lined wooden presentation box for my pistol with our company logo etched in the glass window on the lid of the box. I cherish that box as much as the pistol in it. Whenever I have guests visit, I include the Baer and the presentation case in the tour of my home.

It shoots like a dream. It also gets quite a bit of attention on the occasions that I do take it out to the range. As you mentioned in the first post for this thread, I beam with pride when I shoot it and when I show it off to friends and fellow shooters. I hope to pass this to my son someday (when I get around to having children).

Now, I'm back in Iraq as an Advisor to the new Iraqi Army and am trying to design another "perfect weapon" to buy when I get home. Any ideas?

Semper Fi,
Howard F. Hall
Major, USMC

Zeke Menuar
March 27, 2005, 04:05 AM
Grandpa's Savage M99-R

A Mosin-Nagant M38. Nothing special about this gun collector-wise. This gun was bought for me by my wife and got me started down the slippery slope of milsurp madness. This is one I'll never sell.

Ishapore No1 MkIII. First gun I did a ground up restoration by myself (Thanks Cabinetman). Looks almost presentation grade. Real proud of it.

ZM

GunWares
March 27, 2005, 07:30 AM
Fitch,

Nice looking pistol. How about adding one of Les Baer's fancy ARs? Another thought would be one of his Commander sized pistols for carry use.

I own a couple of Baer 1911s and really love them. Here's one of them, with some fancy cocobolo grips by Esmeralda. I call it my "pimp gun." ;)

http://www.gunwares.com/images/c8-1.jpg

enfield
March 27, 2005, 08:35 AM
That would be my kit-built TC Hawken in .54 percussion.

absolute0
March 27, 2005, 10:22 AM
a near perfect '67 Colt Python

mainmech48
March 27, 2005, 11:03 AM
Kind of a toss-up between three strange bedfellows:

Replica Le Mat 'Navy'. The most finely made and finished C&B replica revolver I've ever had. Extremely high "Gee Whiz" factor for having been Rube Goldberg's personal sidearm :D

Smith & Wesson #3 Schofield from the Performance Center limited run. IMO the finest fighting revolver ever made for mounted cavalry use. Will stay gorgeous because I have an Uberti replica to shoot. I may be "proudest" of this one, as it's the only thing of any real value that I've ever won in a raffle.

Shansei Broomhandle in near-excellent shape. Given its extraordinary condition, it may well be one of the reputed recently manufactured copies. Still, I paid less than a grand for it at an estate auction, it's a gas to shoot, and it never fails to elicit a "Wow!" from .45 ACP fans.

tusk212
March 27, 2005, 11:17 AM
My grandfathers Luger.

racenutz
March 27, 2005, 07:09 PM
Right now, this one http://www.thehighroad.org/showthread.php?t=130970

That might change after I get my father's Pre-64 Model 70 220 Swift restored.

A Mosin-Nagant M38. Nothing special about this gun collector-wise. This gun was bought for me by my wife and got me started down the slippery slope of milsurp madness. This is one I'll never sell.

My wife did the same thing except it's a 1928 Izhevsk hex receiver 91/30.

Mine would be the least expensive in my small collection. My Mosin M38. Nothing abnormal about the rifle. Built in 1940. I'd like to think it saw some action in WWII. What I am proud of is this was my first attempt at refinishing a stock. During the initial cleaning I messed up the original beautiful finish. I think it turned out quite nice.

I did the same thing on my 91/30, I hope it comes out that nice.

asleepinTucson
March 27, 2005, 07:19 PM
My LNIB original Clackamas, oregon Kimber Custom Royal. Bought it from a woman whose husband passed away 5 years earlier. He had bought it and only had it to the range once. It wasn't even broken in when I got it.

Robb
March 28, 2005, 02:39 PM
My H&K USP .45 Full size Variant 1. I love mah baby! :)

Black Snowman
March 28, 2005, 02:48 PM
Hmm, well, I traded off my big contender back to my Dad for some more interesting items. It was a Weatherby 340 with some beautiful wood. Also there was the Browning High-Wall in .30-06 with some truly gorgeous walnut.

Now my top contenders are my A-Bolt Eclipse w/BOSS in .308 and my S&W 646.

win71
March 28, 2005, 03:41 PM
1994, first and only trip to Europe. Drove from Frankfurt to Eibar,Spain. Wifes passport stolen in France, the whole family detained by the Federal Police in Eibar. Were finally escorted to the AYA factory. Bought a 20 ga. SxS with detachable side locks. Left town and drove to the CZ Republic. Two weeks later landed in SF and the gun was waiting for me in the United Airlines custom warehouse. It hasn't been out of my sight or gun safe since and I've killed just about everything that flies with it.

Pebcac
March 28, 2005, 03:58 PM
The M1A1 Carbine my grandfather gave me several years back. He's gone now, but his flag sits on my mantle and the rifle he gave me will be handed down alongside that flag for generations to come.

Deputy25
March 28, 2005, 05:36 PM
Any one of my 6 CMP M1 Garands :)

30Cal
March 28, 2005, 05:51 PM
I got lucky in the last of the CMP lotteries.
Yeah, it didn't come new in the wrapper, but I can shoot it!

http://webpages.charter.net/tyoberg/upload/DSCN1781.JPG

rust collector
March 28, 2005, 08:56 PM
That'd have to be Dad's 1920's vintage AH Fox Sterlingworth double 12. It's killed more pheasants than I can possibly visualize, and it's great fun to take it out every year and drop a few more. Then, when I'm at the counter back home swabbing it out with Hoppe's #9, I'm transported back 40 years to the kitchen in my folks' home, watching Dad thread the old brass rod together and getting a lesson on taking care of your equipment so it won't let you down.

Zeke/PA
March 28, 2005, 11:00 PM
In my gun cabinet resides, a, Pre- war Winchester Model 70, .30-'06 that I purchased at least 45 years ago for the price of $80.00.
The glass is a humble 4x Redfield.
To date, I have taken 31 Pa whitetail BUCKS with this rifle.
My Grandsons will inherit some legacy.
Regards, Zeke

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