Have you got any particular firearm you love the most?


October 4, 2005, 01:59 PM
Have you folks got any particular firearm that you love the most, maybe for it's qualities or because of a sentimental reason? I just can't depart my G36K rifle as I got this on a special occasion and it does have a little more value than just the money.

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October 4, 2005, 02:19 PM
Smith & Wesson Model 19 .357 Magnum, blued with wood 'target' grips.

October 4, 2005, 02:29 PM
M-Rex, I adore my old Model 19 so much, I dressed it up with genuine stag handles!

October 4, 2005, 02:43 PM
My Remington 700 BDL that I got my first deer with :evil:

October 4, 2005, 02:55 PM
I was just getting into shooting, and was talking to some friends of mine about getting a shotgun and doing some trap shooting. So, a few days before my birthday, I was hanging out with one of my friends again. His dad comes downstairs with a case, and says "I heard you wanted to start shooting trap, happy birthday" and hands me the case. Inside was a Browning Auto-5.
Best birthday present ever!
I Looooove my A-5! :D

Now I just need to con sombody into giving me a Beretta 686 ;)

October 4, 2005, 02:59 PM
my "loaded" 1911 springer.
It just fits me.


October 4, 2005, 03:54 PM
A couple that were gifts from my dad and a couple more I got when he passed away. All the other ones can be replaced.

October 4, 2005, 03:57 PM
without a doubt my SA TRP 1911 :D

Ala Dan
October 4, 2005, 04:11 PM
Yes, I have several that are "favorites" for various reasons:

a) 1971 Smith & Wesson model 30 in .32 S&W Long- my deceased
father's handgun.

b) 1971 Colt Detective Special .38 Special 2" nickel in pristine type

c) 1992 Smith & Wesson 37-2 .38 Special 2" matte blue, again in
pristine type condition with NO cylinder drag line visible.

d) Springfield WW-II G.I. 45ACP received as a gift from a very dear
friend and THR member.

e) Colt AR-15 Match Target II 16" Competition with Bushnell HOLO-sight
and detachable carry handle and collaspsible stock in .223

Lordy~! :uhoh: And the two I forgot: a 1990 West German SIG-SAUER
P228, and a 1995 West German SIG-SAUER P220A. Now, I can sleep at
night. :D

October 4, 2005, 04:19 PM
If the place catches fire and I have time, I'm grabbing my B.A.R. and heading for the door. She's in the safe, but I'd rather have her with me......

October 4, 2005, 04:24 PM
Model 94 Winchester

My father bought it for me when I was about 11. He passed away when I was 15. That rifle is my most prized possesion.

1 old 0311
October 4, 2005, 04:31 PM
Engraved PPK/S.


Smokey Joe
October 4, 2005, 04:41 PM
Well. That's quite a question.

Mebbe it'd be the Rem 513T that I slaved with and over so many hours on the range during my highschool days. P'raps my sporterized 1917 Enfield with which I took my first whitetail buck. Or mebbe the 1863 Welch (a contract Springfield) carried by my great-great grandfather to the Civil War. My Ithaca 12 ga double? No, my first target pistol, a Ruger Mk I. Wait, it's my new Savage M12BVSS that is turning out to be actually accurate. . . . Hmm. . . .

No! I've got it! It's whatever firearm is in my hands, THAT I'M SHOOTING, RIGHT THIS MINUTE! Yeah! That's the one I like the most!

I like 'em all, but the one I'm currently shooting trumps all the others!!!

October 4, 2005, 04:43 PM
My c1966 Dinan customized Colt 1911 and the Rock River Arms 1911 Custom Wadcutter that my sweetie gave me for Christmas. Both VERY good shooters.

Don't tell the rest of my guns that though. I wouldn't want them to feel slighted. :eek:


October 4, 2005, 04:48 PM
My Sig P-229 .40SW

October 4, 2005, 04:48 PM
The ones my dad gave me.

Those will always be special.

October 4, 2005, 05:01 PM
Browning BL-22, my dad traded his deer rifle to get it for me when I was 12 years old. I still have it and will give it to my daughter one day.

October 4, 2005, 05:14 PM
I don't LOVE any of them, but the old Winchester M-97 Riot that was handed down has great sentimental value (and utility) and I'd try like the dickens to get my all IBM M1 Carbine out, and while I'm going for it there's the officer's issue M1903 Colt and the occupation GP35 and the '57 BHP and the Finn capture Westinghouse M 91 Mosin and ... :confused:

October 4, 2005, 05:38 PM
Beretta 92SB; I shot a bad guy with it as he tried to rob me. Lots of sentimental value but then most of my guns are special somehow.

October 4, 2005, 05:42 PM
The ones that were Dad's or Granddad's....

The Winchester Model 42, that was my paternal Granddaddy's will always be my most prized possession.


October 4, 2005, 05:42 PM
my 1942 long branch lee enfield, my wife gave it to me for my birthday :D

October 4, 2005, 05:59 PM
Probably my SA loaded and park'd 1911. I waited many years to get it and it is exactly what I wanted.

Also a high one on the list is a mosin m38 my dad and me spent a lot of time putting into a handy scout type rifle.

Blue Line
October 4, 2005, 06:13 PM
I have an old A-5 that I'm partial to, a 1911A1 that I like real well but look in the back of my safe and you'll see a well used Ithaca single barrel 410 my Dad and Mom bought me about 100 yrs ago. I'd give up a lot before I'd give that gun up. Lots of memories of rabbits and squirrels hunting with Dad and Momís cooking afterwards. Thatís the gun I love.

October 4, 2005, 06:28 PM
The only gun I currently own that is NOT for sale AT ANY price is my Glenfield ( Marlin) M-60 .22. I have had that gun since I was 15 and worked most of the summer to be able to buy. Not the most valuable gun I own, nor even the prettiest, but its my first, and my dad was with me when I, err he bought it for me. :D

Ahhh the good ol days when a kid could go to the sporting goods part of the store and fondle guns.

I am anticipating aquiring a couple more when my dad passes away, I am in NO hurry, and the longer the wait the better. That ( those) will also be "forever keepers"

October 4, 2005, 06:32 PM
I love the ones that soldiers died defending the right of me keeping...


October 4, 2005, 06:34 PM
The ones i'll never part with:
10=Ruger Mini 30
8=Springfield M1 Garand. Receiver was made in late 1942.
7=Second generation Glock G17 9mm.
6=S&W 2 1/2" 66.
5=S&W 2" 60. Original no dash .38 spcl.
4=S&W 4" blued 18 .22 LR bought new in 1977.
3=Taurus 85 .38 spcl. It was my dad's gun.
2=Stainless steel 4'' Ruger Security Six bought new in 1978.
1=Dad's old S&W MP he bought used in 1941.

October 4, 2005, 07:27 PM
That took forever to get back, but it shoots way better than I do. He reamed out and linebored .44 mag cylinder, added a douglas heavy 5 1/2" barrel, bowen rear sight, action tune and hard chromed the entire shebang. The man does excellent work. I'm working on a pair of mesquite burl grips for them.

October 4, 2005, 08:11 PM
Rifle = Springfield Armory M1A

Pistol = Springfield Armory loaded 1911A1

Revolver = Ruger Super Redhawk 44 mag

Shotgun = Ruger Red Label in 12 ga.


October 4, 2005, 08:39 PM
My favorites are my M1 Garand, Marlin 25N (.22LR) and S&W 1911 Target.

Probably don't spend enough time with the Garand as I should 'cuz I'd really like to get as good with it as I am with the Marlin. Don't know why I don't but I still really like that rifle.

October 4, 2005, 08:45 PM
Pistol: Walther P88. I always thought they were cool and now I have one.
Rifle: Bushmaster A2 Dissipator, my first rifle.

Peter Gun
October 4, 2005, 08:48 PM
Yeah Lavere! I value my sig 229 .40 above all others. I've owned a number of handguns and the sig just seems like it was made for my hand. The fact that it packs a very practical amount of firepower, carrys well, is totaly reliable, and seems to have perfect balance seals the deal. I wont be giving this one up for anything.

October 4, 2005, 08:53 PM
S&W 65-3 with a 3" barrel,very
accurate with a great trigger.

S/A XD-9,very reliable and
more accurate than it should
be,pretty decent trigger too.

Remington 870,20" rem choked
barrel with rifle sights.It
shoots tight groups with a mod
choke and reduced recoil buck

October 4, 2005, 08:57 PM
I have 2 that stand out
Browning auto5 first shotgun
Ar 15 recently built I know its new but I love that thing

October 4, 2005, 09:00 PM
The only one I would not sell is my Win. 62 pump, and I haven't seen it in months.

October 4, 2005, 09:06 PM
I have two.

My favorite is the Ruger #1 RSI my gf got for me for Christmas a couple of years ago. The other is a Browning Nomad I adopted and gave a good home to this past spring. Both shoot like lasers. During hunting season, the Ruger is with me nearly all the time. The Nomad can be found on me or in my truck all the time.

Red Tornado
October 4, 2005, 09:20 PM
Well after the ones I got from Grandpa (obviously) my favorite will probably always be (all together now) U.S. Rifle, Caliber .30, M1 Garand.

And for some reason, I seem to have an extraordinarily strong attachment to my CZ-52. I can't really explain that, I just love it. :confused:

October 4, 2005, 09:49 PM
Aye, there's something about CZ52's.
My most valued arm lives in my brother's safe right now. It's a Crosman .177 C02 gas gun. My father taught me to shoot with it, in 1960. Dad passed away in 2004. What I wouldn't give for another summer evening with my Dad and that gun!


Commissar Gribb
October 4, 2005, 09:59 PM
rifle :y first AK (the mutant)

pistol: my browning HP.

October 4, 2005, 11:03 PM
I can't choose, please don't make me. :o

Which one of your kids do you love the most? :scrutiny:

October 4, 2005, 11:24 PM
Auto Pistol: My old Detonics .45.
Revolver: My S&W Model 19, 2.5" Combat Magnum.
Rifle: My old 1896 Krag NRA Carbine.
Shotgun: My Winchester Model 12 Trap.

They just don't make finer weapons than these, IMHO.

Turkey Creek
October 4, 2005, 11:32 PM
I have many favorites but the one that will never be out of the family is the German WWI mauser that my grandfather brought back after doing his part to kick the Kaiser's butt- the story from Grandpa is involved but never changed in it's retelling, which goes a long way to make me believe I was getting the straight stuff- he used this rifle to kill a couple of Germans in combat- my grandson will get my guns when I kick off, and he has been told that he may do with what he chooses with all of them but this one- if he ever lets it leave the family I'll haunt him forever!

October 5, 2005, 12:57 AM
My favorite long gun is the J.C. Higgins semi auto 12 guage my dad gave me when he got his Mossberg. It has a nice feel and is very light weight. I had to tear it down and put a couple of tiny screws back in it when I first got it. My sister was over and we were watching the movie Rob Roy when I took the Higgins apart and scrubbed it and fixed it. I have shot deer with it and my friend and I won a bet for pizza when we were shooting clay pigeons.

I also love my Kahr K40. I am getting to know it a little better at the range these days. I take it to dinner and to the picture show and everywhere else I go. Hehehe :neener:

October 5, 2005, 01:26 AM
I have many that I love, but when you buy them with your own money they just don't have the same value as a gift. my wife got me a saiga-12 a few years back and though its not my personal favorite firearm, it was a gift and I would never sell it no matter what the offer was.

October 5, 2005, 07:45 AM
I can't choose, please don't make me.

Which one of your kids do you love the most?

I have only one, yet, so no trouble in this particular area :neener:

Main point was, as usually noted, that what firearms one could not be departed from at any prize, like a grandpa's old "warhorse" or such. ;) Sometimes a piece of metal (and maybe some plastic) is not just a piece of metal (AND maybe some plastic).

And at my case my rifle (HK G36K) has some sentimental value, besides it's so cool and I believe that any of you would not decline such a piece of ordnance (yeah, it has full trigger group, single/burst/auto).

EDIT: I do note that I got this pic from the net as I have none of my own, but it is identical rifle (nearly as I lack the lamp :( )

MasterPiece Arms.com
October 5, 2005, 08:04 AM
Everyone knows what I'm going to say, and since this thread is seriously lacking in vitamin P (pics), here's my favorite close ups of my favorites:


October 5, 2005, 10:13 AM
My dad's WWII vintage Winchester 92 .30-30

Someday it will be mine... :)

October 5, 2005, 11:05 AM
Whatever Smith and Wesson Model 10 variation I happen to be holding at the time.

Travis McGee
October 5, 2005, 11:07 AM
My uncle would not let me keep this MAC.


MasterPiece Arms.com
October 5, 2005, 01:23 PM
My uncle would not let me keep this MAC.

What are you taking about Travis? How does an uncle not "let" you keep your own property? What happened to it? :confused:

October 5, 2005, 04:53 PM
The last handgun I would sell would be my S&W 625 chambered in .460 Rowland.
I'm pretty partial to my Marlin 57M (.22 mag / lever action) as well.

October 5, 2005, 05:19 PM
My Springer V10 ultra compact...first and foremost

and my dads old beat up CA 44 bulldog. thing is a glorified rock but it was his.

also my dads Springer milspec. Well it was a milspec, I sent it to the custom shop and had them turn it into a TRP with a black T finish.

I will die with these guns....the only exception is when I have my son to pass them on to.

October 5, 2005, 05:26 PM
FN Hi-Power in .40

October 7, 2005, 08:51 AM
My Dad's Remington Model 58 Sportsman 16 ga. My Grandma's S&W Model 10 .38 special. Both will be passed on to my Niece when the time comes.

October 7, 2005, 09:01 AM
Granddad's Marlin 39a :D

pete f
October 8, 2005, 01:44 AM
my savage 99 that i take dear hunting a 300 savage just a plain jane td

that or the Ithaca model 37 that was my highschool grad present.

October 8, 2005, 10:43 PM
My Glock 33

She's not the prettiest girl in the neighborhood and hardly anyone pays much attention to her.

She's small, shy, petite and does everything asked of her.......But,

when she talks, everyone listens. ;)

October 10, 2005, 07:59 PM
my 1911s :)

October 10, 2005, 09:48 PM
MY Desert eagle, .44 magnum. Lots of fun to shoot. And i just acquired an AR-30 and already have decided ill never get rid of it.

October 10, 2005, 10:32 PM
The Luger Dad brought home will never leave the family....

But this Mak hasn't been out of my hand since I bought her a couple of years ago...I don't know, it just fits.

But for pure American heavy metal...a Colt .357

And the hybrid I carried for years is like an old friend...a Smith 36/60 mix.

Hard to choose.

October 10, 2005, 11:01 PM
Smith Model 64 that my Dad gave me. It was his duty gun for 15 years.

October 10, 2005, 11:39 PM
I have quite a few I favor. But if I had just choose one as a favorite it would be my 1949 Ithaca Mod 37R 16ga.

Too Many Choices!?
October 11, 2005, 12:28 AM
It would have to be whichever one I am shooting at the time :neener: ...

PS-Seriously, the Glock 23 for pistols, and the Bushmaster M4 in .223/5.56 for rifles(and yes I know that the M4 +.223 ain't really a ,"RIFLE" :neener: )

October 11, 2005, 10:36 AM
3 come to mind:

1. Marlin 39. My grandfather's when he was a teen. Given to me when I turned 16.

2. Smith 586. It was the first centerfire gun I purchased with money I earned. It's my badge of manhood.

3. Smith 649. A gift from my father on the last Christmas he was alive. Given to me just after I became a prosecuting attorney, with instructions to keep it close to keep myself safe.

October 11, 2005, 10:27 PM
It's still my Colt Mark IV. Full stainless, it was only a half-decent shooter when I bought it new. I added a Wilson Trigger and ejector, extended slide release, Pachmayer sight, Centaur Systems Quadracomp barrel and comp system. Prettied it up also, with custom grips. It's now the most accurate of my handguns. It's also the most fun, and the gun I used to work up loads for the .45 ACP. It will always be my favorite.

October 12, 2005, 01:43 PM
I've got 3.

First place, my Browning Sweet 16. My dad gave it to me on my 21st birthday, 38 years ago.

Next, my Beretta 92FS. First pistol I ever bought. Got her '94; preban high cap. Never a FTF or FTE. If my life depended on it, she would be the one I would reach for.

Last and gaining fast, my Romania AK-47. Lucked out and got good wood and a new Russian 6X scope really sets it off.

October 12, 2005, 02:03 PM
My .357 Ruger SP 101.

October 12, 2005, 10:16 PM
Barrett M82A1

October 13, 2005, 10:52 AM
1. LRB M14SA (standard length, complete build) - absolutely love this rifle. A modern piece of art in wood and steel. As LRB's reputation and business grows I hope they can maintain the same very high standards of customer service and product.

2. Bushmaster XM15E2S A3 Carbine - the rifle that I'm most comfortable with and can use confidently without much effort or hesitation. Almost perfect ergonomically.

3. Swiss K31 - a joy to shoot. A perfect trigger and extremely smooth straight-pull action. I own about 1,000 rounds of surplus GP11 that should take care of my K31 itch for the next few years.

October 13, 2005, 11:05 AM
For me, it would be my 2 FALs and my HK USP .45 Compact stainless carry gun.

In fact, those three and a couple of 12 guages are all I'll ever need. There's nothing nostalgic or sentimental about them, they're just perfect for me and my needs.

Wish I had a cool story about them though, would have made my response more interesting.

October 13, 2005, 11:34 AM
I love all my guns, but the one I cherish the most is probably my Marlin Model 60 I bought in 1982. The first real gun I ever owned, purchased with the proceeds of mowing lawns all over the neighborhood at the age of 12. Dad said I could get one if I had the money. Well, I earned the $ and he kept his word over momma's protests. I wouldn't trade that gun for anything.

October 14, 2005, 08:22 PM
:) :) :)

What can I say, those pictures brought a smile to my face.

I am assuming that is not your ccw piece :neener:

If I owned that gun, I would HAVE to have pics like those taken.



They mention that the price for that pea shooter is $7,775.00. Sheesh, what do you pay for ammo? :)

Makes my collection look small.

October 14, 2005, 08:33 PM
I've only have three, I'd have to say my fathers Rem 870 is one I like.

October 15, 2005, 12:19 AM
Winchester Model 69, .22 bolt. My dad's, given to him by my grandfather. The one he learned to shoot with as did I.

My grandfather's M1890 Winchester .22 WRF. I don't shoot it much, but god that thing is built like a vault. Lousy sights, but the fit and sound of racking the action makes you think it was all handmade.

October 15, 2005, 10:47 AM
I currently have a customized 'Loaded' Springer Operator as my 'Favorite' but my Colt 1991A1 Govt. is out for a complete makeover. When I get it back, it will most likely be my new 'Favorite'..D:p

Nail Shooter
October 15, 2005, 07:43 PM
22's would be my High Std Victor or S&W 41 (tie)

Centerfire semi handgun would be my P228

Centerfire revo would be my S&W 629 w/ 8 3/8's bbl

Centerfire rifle would be my Bushmaster

October 16, 2005, 12:19 AM
Mine is easy. The Stevens 311 that my grandfather bought new over 50 years ago and passed onto his favorite grandson. Well taken care of, but heavily used. Death to everything from barn rats to turkey. When I look at it I don't even see the gun, I see my grandfather and hear the stories he's been telling to his children, his grandchildren, and God willing my child on the way.

October 16, 2005, 02:00 AM
If pressed to pick just one that I currently have, it would have to be a post-war P-1 that, judging by the markings, was on issue to the West Berlin Police - my birthplace and hometown. I don't even want to think of the rifles and shotguns that I have traded away and sold over the years - the pain is too great.:(


October 16, 2005, 02:34 AM
I've got a few.

M12 Winchester 16g. that was my Grandfather's.

Ruger OM Blackhawk .41Magnum that's been with me from the '60s and saved my hide on more than one occasion.

Ruger No. 1 in .338Winchester NRA Gun of the Year a long-time hunting partner gave to me before he died.

Contender in .300BS (Bellm and someone else) an older gent (retired Jarhead) I got into hunting willed to me upon his death.

These I'll will to someone starting out with a real interest in the shooting sports.

October 17, 2005, 12:18 AM
Engraved PPK/S.


love to see a picture of that!!

October 17, 2005, 12:21 AM
Mine would be my Browning BDA .380 - not the most expensive but it shoots great and its nice to look at!!

October 17, 2005, 01:47 AM
Marlin Model 60 that belonged to my dad. I also have a SxS .410 that belonged to my grandfather.

October 18, 2005, 01:05 PM
My S&W 4516-1. I carried it for 12 years in California and had virtually no problems with it.

When I moved to New Mexico I got my CCW here. After about 250 rounds of the CCW training we stopped for lunch. I broke it down to clean before the rest of the shoot I noticed that the ejector tip had broken off. I couldn't get the slide to reseat so I took a pair of pliers and squeeze the end of the ejector because it had mushroomed. I was then able to reseat the slide.

I went on to shoot another 250 rounds without a single misfire. I liked the weapon so much I did a search on the web and found another one, this time a 4516-2 and bought it!

October 18, 2005, 09:16 PM
1. The first gun I ever bought---a 4" SP101, .357 mag, bought in '92.

2. My current carry gun, a highly modified Glock 30, because we go back a long ways, and it's my IDPA gun, and because I've spent more on mods than on the gun (BarSto, grip reduction, Heinie Straight-8's, 3.5 # trigger...) Plus all the holsters I've had made for it, since I'm a lefty.

3. My STI Trojan, because it's beautiful and feels right.

4. My Colt 6" Python, stainless, because it shoots so damn well.

5. My highly modified Bushy AR-15, because I've put a lot into it, and into learning it.

6. My S&W 500. 'Nuff said.

7. My Mossy Jungle gun (semi-auto 12-gauge.)

and yes...I have many more. Those are my favorites.

October 18, 2005, 09:41 PM
My Rem 700P in .308, I bought it as a college graduation present to myself.


October 19, 2005, 10:51 AM
The three 625's get my praise and attention!

October 19, 2005, 11:40 AM
My 1911. First gun I ever owned, and I did all the work on it myself.


(Warning, huge pic)

October 19, 2005, 02:07 PM
Hands down, I'm so much in love with my Smith & Wesson 66 with a 2 1/2 inch barrel. In my eyes they don't make a better gun,I'm sure they do but just not for me, I have another 66 that has a 4 inch berrel that I'm in love with also, but not as much:)

October 19, 2005, 02:17 PM
don't know why it took me so long to develop an appreciation for S&W revos, but it's sure happening now...and the intensity is making up for the delay...;)

October 19, 2005, 03:30 PM
I have two favorite ones. My favorite pistol is my Springfield Loaded 1911 in OD. It's my nicest pistol, and I just like it.

My favorite rifle is my Remington 700P in .308. It's my second nicest rifle (I have a Winchester M70 in .300 WM that's a little nicer), but I just like it better. I've put more rounds downrange with it than all of my other rifles combined, and it makes these tiny groups, when I quit messing up and let it.

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