What's in the back of YOUR safe?


April 9, 2005, 12:11 AM
Last night I was going through my safe, rearranging the guns if for no other reason than to handle some I hadn't shot for a while. During the shuffling I decided to put those that never get handled to the very back of the safe so I don't have to work around them. It occurred to me that most people probably have some black sheep in their collection - something that they acquired somehow and now can't pay to get rid of, or that just never sees the light of day.

I have two - one is a Crosman pellet rifle which is supposedly pretty powerful when pumped up. My Father-in-law bought it to dispatch squirrels. I inherited it when he passed and I think I've fired it maybe once. For an air rifle it's pretty decent so I keep it around.

The other is a Coast-to-Coast brand .22 semi-automatic rifle, which I understand is eqivalent to a Savage 7J. The rifle is absolutely reliable - I can count on it to jam at least once per magazine. I tried to sell it to a local FFL but he waved his hand at his overpopulated rack of used .22 rifles and said he really didn't want any more. I keep praying for the local gun-grabbers to fund a buyback program so I can turn this turkey into some cash.

So now I'm curious - what's the red-headed stepchild of your gun collection?(no offense to red-headed stepchildren)

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April 9, 2005, 01:12 AM
What's in the back of YOUR safe?

The wall?


just messing with ya.

My black sheep used to be an AMT Automag II, but it's been fixed so it actually shoots now, and has been seeing more daylight lately.

April 9, 2005, 01:15 AM
An NHM91 rests to the rear of mine... Hmm - also an old winchester pump .22 that hasn't seen the light of day in far too long...

April 9, 2005, 01:31 AM
Let's see...

There's an AKM variant (.308 Kalishnikov), that I traded for several years ago and have NEVER EVEN FIRED!

An old Yugo Mauser.

A Mini-14.

A Colt Commando (military version of the Official Police, parkerized instead of blued). Tight and nice, made in 1942, and issued to the OSS. I've never shot it.

A Kahr MK40. My job allows .45 ACP or 9mm, but no .40. Also several HK USP40's, one stainless, the others black - same reason.

A 20" bull bbl DPMS AR-15. Nice gun, ACCURATE as hell, but I find I only shoot the 16" patrol AR anymore.

Several S&W model 19 revolvers. They're just so nice, I had to bring 'em home.

An old Security Six. Don't shoot it, don't really like it, but the price was right.

A Smith 940 (9mm snubbie). Bought it not long ago, shot it, loved it, put it away.

Three Colt 1911's - one old, one tricked a bit, and one new. Love 'em, don't have time for 'em.

All the pistols have been moved to a safe deposit box, oiled and bagged. I haven't seen some for years... Thankfully, I've enough toys at home and work to play with, so I don't miss 'em, much.

April 9, 2005, 02:08 AM
I have two that seldom leave my safe, two Squires Bingham .22s. One was my first gun - a semi-auto that threw it's extractor and likes to explode rounds in the chamber - and the other is a bolt action that I got for $25 because it had no magazine.


April 9, 2005, 07:32 AM
Morgan, those Colts need to get out in the sunlight and run hard; better let me have one to feed and groom regularly. I have a nice range in my backyard just waiting. :)

April 9, 2005, 08:03 AM
Back corners of my safe have my two problem projects that I need to do. Back right corner is a enfield gunsmith special sans stock(stock needs refinishing), back left corner is a remington 592 minus trigger assembly, which i need to send back to a remington gunsmith for reassembly.

Other than that, nothing else Im trying to hide, more used stuff goes in the front, sentimental stuff in the back.

April 9, 2005, 08:35 AM
A forged Caspian officer's frame with a checkered front strap. One of these days...


April 9, 2005, 09:09 AM
My .25 auto collection....

April 9, 2005, 09:22 AM
a remington 710 30-06, never fired. i also found the amazing fold a gun, kel tec sub 2000. forgot how much fun that thing is.

April 9, 2005, 10:39 AM
I gotta fill the front first....only two guns in there! :(

April 9, 2005, 10:45 AM
A thoroughly unsatisfying rifle to shoot. It really points out how little regard the Soviet army had for the individual infantryman. Shoot it for a while, pick up a Garand, and you find yourself singing God Bless America.

April 9, 2005, 11:41 AM
i found two guns a couple days ago that i forgot i had... a springfield xd that i just got a month or so ago, and haven't fired it yet, and a remington 722 30-06 that i completely forgot i had... was doing some loading yesterday, and couldn't figure out for the life of me why i had 30-06 dies around, especially since i don't have any use for a 30-06... now i know...

April 9, 2005, 11:45 AM
None of my guns really get neglected enough for me to forget that they are there. But, the back wall of my safe consists of a couple of enfields, couple of mosin nagants, m700, and I think that's it on the back. I'd check, but that would require movement right now, which is going against my laziness.

April 9, 2005, 11:53 AM
Let's see, there are a few back there....

a German Commission Model of 1888, ammo is obselete and nowhere to be found, plus he barrel is pitted enough that I'd be nervous to shoot it

a Czech Vz52 carbine in 7.62x45mm, I've got about 150 rounds, but not a single round of the 50 I've tried would fire

a Lorcin .22, I'm waiting for a buyback for this POS

April 9, 2005, 12:03 PM
I tend to shoot all mine in fairly regular rotation.

If I had to pick one I shoot the least, it would have to be my 1006... simply because the supply of cheap ammo is not big. It won't be getting sold any time soon though...

April 9, 2005, 12:04 PM
A Remington 1100. Bought it to shoot bowling pins and did it only once.
Hunted with it a few times.
May use it for clay targets this summer.

Randy in Arizona
April 9, 2005, 12:24 PM
They are there to keep handling damage to a minimum.

SIG-AMT Like new condition, Really fun to shoot.
Springfield M1 Match, Like new from DCM, Yes I've had it a while.
1903A3 with target iron sights.


April 9, 2005, 02:29 PM
Baikal O/U 12 Ga

April 9, 2005, 04:15 PM
Oh Lord, I'm not sure what's back there! I guess the black sheep of the Blue Beast is probably my TC Thunderhawk Shadow muzzleloader.

lee n. field
April 9, 2005, 05:12 PM
My grandpa's legacy 20 gauge AYA Matador. It's pretty, but I'm not a shotgun guy and I haven't found anyone yet who can fix it's trigger problem (single selective trigger, intermittantly will fire both barrels) right.

April 9, 2005, 06:04 PM
Muzzleblast, I am sure there are a few here, or over at http://www.russian-mosin-nagant-forums.com/phpBB2/ who would be happy to take that 91/30 off your hands....

April 9, 2005, 06:08 PM
In the back of my safe is an AR stripped lower, just because it is the only thing that fits back there :neener:

Red-headed stepchild sould have to be the Steyr M95. Most guns I can deal with their problems. The M95 is still only around because of its beauty.

Non-used would go to the Jap Arisaka. I'd shoot it, but the barrel and chamber are pretty bad. Not to mention the $30/box of ammo costs. It's saving grace hopwever is that it is a vet bringback (dad's friend's dad, so I believe the story) from Okinawa, and its got it's sling and bayonet, with school markings on the rifle.

April 9, 2005, 06:29 PM
In the back of my gun case is a tuned QB77 air rifle, sorta rare, only a few were made (unlike the hugely popular QB78). It has a big nice scope on it and a custom-made air chamber. It's supposed to be pretty nice for a Co2 gun. Unfortunately, I never end up using it, as I never think to buy Co2. My springer gets much more use, even though it isn't anywhere near as accurate as this one.

Also in the back of the safe is a bolt-action shotgun, an old Harrington & Richardson with a broken firing pin. I just found one online and replaced it though, so it's gonna be back in action next time we go shooting :) My Dad still prefers a bolt action shotty over a pump any day, though once he got a sxs double-barreled Baikal, that's all he shoots now.

Harry Paget Flashman
April 9, 2005, 07:10 PM
I recently moved an Iver Johnson Target Sealed 8 .22 revolver from the back of my safe to the top of if to dispatch opposums that have been eating catfood on my backyard deck. I tolerated the catfood theft but they began defecating on my kitchen window sill and snarling at my wife when she got home from working evening shifts. Have shot 4 in the last month.

I have an Iver Johnson Cadet .38 (suitable for the bottom of a tackle box) that I may move to the top of the safe too. If it is in view long enough, maybe I trade it for a couple of boxes of ammo.

Dave R
April 9, 2005, 07:29 PM
A 16ga. Mossberg bolt-action shotgun, with C-Lect choke. Early '70s. My first centerfire firearms from my Dad. Nothing wrong with it. I just choose the 12ga. SXS for upland, and the 870 for waterfowl. I guess I keep it for sentimental reasons. No value as a trade-in.

April 9, 2005, 09:32 PM
Well, it wasn't my safe, it was my buddy's, but he found one of my guns. He was cleaning it out a few months ago and came across a early '50's vintage Colt Commander that I had asked him to hold on to for me about 15 years ago (when I didn't have a safe of my own).

I originally bought the thing back in the mid/late '70's, and in all the various selling/buying/trading I've done over the years, just sort of forgot about it. That was certainly a nice surprise!

April 9, 2005, 10:03 PM
Taurus Tracker in .45 ACP. Fired it once after I bought it and now it collects dust.

April 10, 2005, 09:30 AM
What's in the back of YOUR safe?
It doesn't quite work like that here but in the closet that's inside of the safe reside an Enfield Jungle Carbine, 4 assorted Mausers in various states of repair, and a Rossi double that currently is a single shot.

April 10, 2005, 09:18 PM
16ga Lefever "A" grade SxS made in 1935. belonged to my Paternal grandfather, i am told he bought three shotguns that day all identical except for gauge in 12, 16, and 20. it's there because it's the only thing i currently own that belonged to him, eventually i'll receive what's left of his tools (he was a Cotton Gin mechanic) but for now the shotgun is all i have.

as for why it never gets fired, well it's as built no recoil pad, and it seems that all of the 16ga fodder i can find is made so that it will run all those Browning "Sweet sixteen" auto chuckers and frankly loads that will make those things work reliably, when placed in a nice light responsive upland style SxS just plain HURT after more than few rounds.

April 10, 2005, 11:57 PM
A trio of Remington #1s, one in .50 BP, one in 7mm Remington and the third in 43 egyptian, (whatever the hell that is...) A month ago that list would have included a SA 1898 Krag, but I cleaned it yesterday and fired it today. Shoots real good.

April 11, 2005, 12:21 AM
1950's era Browning A-5

just don't dig shotguns.....

anyone wanna buy it off me?



April 11, 2005, 12:38 AM
This lil' fella is all but at the back! :p


Zeke Menuar
April 11, 2005, 01:50 AM
1906 M1897 Winchester take-down.

98/22 Czech Mauser

91/30 Mosin-Nagant

A vauled copy of Handloader with an excellent article about loading for the M99 Savage authored by Ken Waters. Too vaulable to be left out.

1858 spaghetti/Remington 44 cal cap and ball revolver.


April 11, 2005, 11:32 AM
In the back:

Plainfield M1 carbine
1915 vintage SMLE
Yugo M-48
1918 vintage Springfield 1903

1926-ish vintage 1911
Colt Lightning

April 11, 2005, 11:41 AM
Savage 65A. I started refinishing the stock about...oh, 2 years ago now. It just needs sanding sealer and linseed oil, but I never do it. It just sits there. It's on "the list" of things to do. Right behind about 5,000 other things.

April 11, 2005, 07:47 PM
Hmmmm, (Scrounging noises)

An old Chinese copy of a Browning 1900 that a got dug up out a co-workers yard when they put in a water main. He bought the house in Cicero (can you say "Al Capone"), IL, three years ago. This thing had been in the gound quite a while, so I bet there's a story behind it......

A POS $10 Chinese air rifle that I bought about 15 years ago, for no good reason other then it was $10. It was never accurate.

A old, old Winchester .22 pump, barrel has been shot out so it's wildly inaccurate. We used to lock it into a benchrest and bet on what ring it would keyhole through....at 25 yards. :what: :what:

Yep, these are "buyback fodder".

April 12, 2005, 09:11 PM
Some of you guys have nicer guns in the back of your safe, than I have in the front of mine :)


April 13, 2005, 03:40 PM
An SKS with a detachable AK mag... haven't shot it in forever...

April 13, 2005, 10:39 PM
My back corner "step headed red child" is a Mossberg bolt .22 that fired on closing the bolt last time it went on a field trip...so it is being punished. I'm afraid it will cost more to fix than its worth... :( . Maybe I just need to take it apart and CLEAN it. Might help...couldn't hurt.

April 13, 2005, 10:47 PM
Wow, I really need to get a safe. But if I had one it would probably be my muzzleloader.

April 13, 2005, 11:46 PM
I have a friend's grandfather's Winchester 270 Pump .22, my Marlin bolt action .22 that my grandfather gave me. Nice gun but the bullet guide is broken off and you need to manually feed it to shoot. Next to that I have my 1960's Browning Superposed 20 ga O/U (My Baby) and my Stevens 311 16ga SxS. They're back there because they only get handled when it's hunting time. :)

April 14, 2005, 12:41 AM
i just rearanged today and there is a never issued SKS that i bought for $99 that shoots 8/10" groups at 100" :uhoh: 2 mac 90's that accually shoot pretty well and both have sweet triggers but i guess there mostly there for if TSHTF a mosin nagent, a mod. 94 win pre 64 that i got when my gramps died. i take it out occasionally and keep it oiled up. a mohawk 600 in 6MM that i got for my wife but it kicks harder than my M1A's so that was pointless. a snubby .38 also for my wife but she never shoots it. S&W 1006 i still love her, but, with two beutifull 1911's she is feeling neglected. and a Rem. 1100 that i bought with a 12" barrel (yes it was/is legally purchased) that i put a longer barrel on, but now it doesnt eject shells.

April 14, 2005, 02:10 AM
Several S&W model 19 revolvers. They're just so nice, I had to bring 'em home ... An old Security Six. Don't shoot it, don't really like it, but the price was right ... A Smith 940 (9mm snubbie). Bought it not long ago, shot it, loved it, put it away.


Morgan, looks like you need some help there as those are some real shooters!

April 14, 2005, 10:59 PM
Browning 1919 with crank fire ,458 SOCOM,SKS , Colt SP1 , Win 12 ga , Puma 1892 45lc , Browning A bolt .308 , STG58 FAL

April 14, 2005, 11:01 PM
32 special lever action in ours

April 15, 2005, 01:47 AM
I have a bunch of Playboys back there :evil: :evil: :evil:

April 15, 2005, 10:24 AM
I have a Ruger 10/22T that I just never get around to shooting. I have a couple other 10/22s that are better shooters and more practical (i.e. lighter).

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