The stories behind the gun?


March 26, 2003, 11:38 AM
What is the best story regarding your guns? Mine is the Marlin model 60 .22 that I got got from my parents when they were sure I could handle it...that was the day I felt they looked at me as a man, and not as a kid any longer. Still have the rifle.

My uncle has a revolver he bought in Australia that he carried while he was serving in the Marines in the South Pacific. (It wasn't unusual for the Marines to use non-issue weapons, he said.)

Friend of mine has an old rusted beyond recognition cap and ball revolver found when excavating for a foundation on his farm.

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March 26, 2003, 12:01 PM
My father won the 1938 Oregon State Junior Shooting championship with his Winchester 75 .22 bolt action rifle. His parents had lost their farm in Missouri at the start of the Depression and had ended up in Portland. It is the same rifle I have taught my children, now 12 and 15, to fire. It is part of a continuing family bond.

March 26, 2003, 01:32 PM
I wish I knew the stories behind the used guns I picked up, especially the S&W M37, it's been around longer than I have.

But alas, I don't know. And I never received hand me downs, 'cause no one else in my family shoots, and none are interested, at least the ones I still talk to are not interested.

March 26, 2003, 02:49 PM
I wish I could tell the story how me & my 92fs stopped international terrorists in a high rise building of Los Angeles....but I can't. :( ;) :D
My best story is that although I purchased my 1st handgun for self defense, I have never had to fire any of my guns in that purpose and I thank God for that. I have shot countless rounds in a secondary role as being fun to shoot at paper targets & compete in IDPA :cool:

March 26, 2003, 03:00 PM
All my guns are boring. No real stories came along with them. Of course, the MilSurps could probably tell their own stories but they are long forgotten.

My wife's step father has two Arisakas and a Nambu that his father brought back the Pacific. He personally got the Arisakas and got the Nambu in a trade on ship.

He also has a Ruger Blackhawk (not Super) in 44 Special he inheirated from his father. When contacted, Ruger claimed they never made a 44 Special Blackhawk. Turns out, they did. It was originally delivered to a sheriff in the El Paso area around 1963 if I recall.

March 26, 2003, 05:08 PM
I only have one gun with a story, and it’s a pretty dull story; my father is a retired deputy sheriff. When his department switched to Glock 22s, the deputies were given the option of buying their old duty guns, 4” S&W 686s. Well my dad purchased his and gave it to me along with his old leather duty belt, holster, keepers and handcuff case. (They switched over to ballistic nylon gear at the same time.)

Told you it was dull.

Oh yeah, and I have the Jack Ruby Colt... but that's a dull story too. ;)

March 26, 2003, 05:25 PM
The serial number suggests this Colt 'Lightning' model 1871 (.38 Long Colt; Colt's first production double-action revolver) was produced in 1884, and that's when my Great Grandfather (later Captain) became a patrolman for the K.C. MO police and took it as his service piece. I don't know how long he carried this particular gun; he was in the force for over 30 years.

It came into my possession after my father passed away this year. I'll endeavor to keep it in similar condition for my son.

Shown here with Great Grandfather's badge and holster.

March 27, 2003, 01:16 AM
OOooooo..........that's a pretty one, Chris! :cool:

March 27, 2003, 01:18 AM
Very nice ChristopherG. But sorry that you had to lose someone to get it. :(

March 27, 2003, 01:23 AM
I have a Daisy Powerline 860 that has taken a couple of windows. That is my only gun with my story behind it.

My Glock 17 has seen some action when it was used in the Fulton County Sherriff's Office. It returned fire from a BG.

I have a Mossberg 500 that was a police trade-in, and it looks like it could tell a few stories.


March 27, 2003, 01:50 AM
I have an Argentine Colt Sistema 1911-A1 .45 which was made in 1959. It belonged to an Argentine General who spent most of his time chasing desperados. One day a particularly bad desperado shot him dead with a lucky shot from a small caliber weapon and took this 1911 as his own. The desperado,emboldened by the 1911, commited many crimes with this gun until an Argentine police officer caught him and confiscated it. The police officer was given many awards for the arrest and became an important political figure in Argentina. At some point the 1911 was returned to the military which refurbished it and sold it to me via the importers of JLD Enterprises.

Of course, I have no documentation for this. And, no one ever told me this. But, the gun is from Argentina and I imagine that it is just the way it happened. ;)

March 27, 2003, 02:13 AM
I wish I could tell the story how me & my 92fs stopped international terrorists in a high rise building of Los Angeles....but I can't

"Who said we were terrorists?" - Hans Gruber

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