Guns with a history


December 16, 2005, 06:27 PM
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December 16, 2005, 06:32 PM
I have a Chinese Factory 26 SKS. It was given to my Uncle by my father. I inherited it when my Uncle died a couple of years ago at the age of 39. The gun itself isn't particularly remarkable, except for the fact that before Dad, it belonged to a VC sniper that my father killed and brought the weapon home.

It's the one longarm I won't take hunting. Last SOB that carried that thing up a tree got his butt killed! ;)


December 16, 2005, 06:39 PM
The only firearm that I own that really has a history, is just personal history.

Bought a .357magnum Ruger Blackhawk as my first handgun.

A little over a year after I bought it, it was stolen out of my truck while I was at work.

I was told by the Police that I would never see it again, if it was ever recovered, it would be after it was used in a crime, and it would be melted down.

But then the FBI raided a drug house, and recovered it, and it hadn't been used in a crime.

So after a few years of being without it, I actually got it back.


December 16, 2005, 06:41 PM
My 1908 Iver Johnson breaktop .38 S&W was used by my Great Grandmother to shoot a burglar in the leg back in the 30's. I have a soft spot in my head for that little gun. Great Grandma was way too cool............

December 16, 2005, 06:41 PM
I have a Mosin Nagant 1937 that I sort of picked up in the land of the Green Giant. Funny thing. The front sight has been knocked out of alignment. The former user failed to notice this. After firing it he found he no longer needed it. Now it's mine and I still haven't adjusted the sight.


December 16, 2005, 07:04 PM
I was raised in Tucson, Arizona during the late 60's. Pap, my paternal grandfather, owned a 4 Bay Chevron Service Station at the corner of Campbell Avenue and Blacklidge. It was, then, the northen opening to the Catalina foothills...kind of the "last gas" on your way north.

Quite a few celebrities lived in the foothills back then.

Lee Marvin was one of them. He came to Pap's station several times weekly. He would buy his Lucky Strike smokes, and get his car serviced there. He would always have coffee with Pap. They went to Rotary together, and he came to our home for dinner on more than one occaision. He was a really nice man.

Pap was "sort of" a gun guy. He had old Winchester rifles and Colt revolvers from his father and grandfather. He carried a Smith & Wesson Model 10 snubby at his station, and had an OLD side by side hammergun in his statio office.

Lee was also "sort of" a gun guy. He shot with us a few times at our place out on East Speedway. Back then, it was mostly ranches and horse people, and you could shoot off your back porch if you wanted to.

He gave Pap a Colt Detective's Special .38 as a gift back in 1973, or 1974. It was a little honey. It had a glossy blue finish, and stag grips with a Tyler T-Grip adapter. It had an S.D. Myres holster and matching six-round loop carrier with some floral carving.

When Pap passed, it went to my Dad, and in 1994 when my Dad came to me.

It lives in my safe with my four NEVER SELL guns. Dad's 1911 he carried in Korea, and later as a deputy in Pima County, Pap's Model 10 .38 snubby, my Series 70 Wilson Commander I carried for 2 years with the county, and Lee Marvin's Detective's Special.

A lot of my other guns can be sold, replaced, and sold again. Not those 4!

Now if I could just get me one of Bill Jordan's or Skeeter Skelton's guns!

December 16, 2005, 07:04 PM
have a Chinese Factory 26 SKS

I have one too.

I picked it out of a barrel for under $60 in 1988.

Once I cleaned the goop off of it I discovered a repaired bullet hole in the stock.

Small world

December 16, 2005, 07:17 PM
That's great. Did you read the REST of the post? :rolleyes:

Seriously, that's pretty cool about the bullet hole. Any idea what size round put it there?


December 16, 2005, 07:29 PM
There's a Springfield 1903 with a 1918 serial number on it in my gunsafe that was passed on to me when my grandfather passed in 1995. With it, I got the original sales order from then Director of Civilian Marksmanship, Colonel James F. Strain, dated 29 August, 1952. The cost? A whopping $17.50, including shipping and handling.

Oh, wait; here's another one. It's the sales document for his 1911 (also now in my gunsafe) dated 14 May, 1948. Research so far indicates this is actually a commercial model manufactured in 1926 or so. Grand total for this one: $22.50.

Somewhere around here I have a picture of him with a Colt lightning. It's a double exposure setup of himself, catching himself cheating at cards.

Not much in the way of stories, but how times have changed.

December 16, 2005, 07:37 PM
That's great. Did you read the REST of the post?


I would hate to be a sniper with an SKS no optics and 3 to 5 MOA at best.

Glad your dad made it out with a souvenier to boot :)

My dad had a ruck sack full of guns and memorabilia to bring back but unfortunately he got shot before he could ship it back.

Luckily, he came back ok but his possesions mysteriously disappeared.

December 16, 2005, 07:39 PM
Seriously, that's pretty cool about the bullet hole. Any idea what size round put it there?

Looks to be 5.56 from the size of the patch.

They used a strange orange putty. Strong stuff but fugly on a gun stock.

December 16, 2005, 07:47 PM
That is sweet!

Any pics?

Bummer about your Dad's stash, glad he recovered from his wounds ok though!


December 16, 2005, 08:10 PM
I have a Winchester 1897 12 guage that belonged to my great uncle. It passed to my grandfather who didn't know about "leading" a target. The barrel is 6" shorter than it started out with! I also have a picture of my Great Uncle Pink with the shotgun and his bird dog.

I have a Winchester 1906 that is WELL worn. Very little blue left and scars on the stock. One of the scars came from my grandfathers Model T. He kept it under the seat when he traveled back and forth to GA Tech. I still remember my grandmother knocking walnuts out of the tree with it.

I have my fathers pre '64 Winchester Model 70 featherweight in 30-06. He bought it at the base PX in the 50's. I have all of the papers and it is the first large caliber rifle that I was allowed to shoot and was allowed to carry into the field hunting.

December 16, 2005, 08:11 PM
Got a new Digital camera wrapped and under the tree.

Will post some pics.

December 16, 2005, 08:18 PM
I have a S&W J-frame .38. Dad killed a pimp with it back when he was a cop. A couple of cruisers tried to pull the dude over, and he jumped out and started blasting away with his Star .45. So, dad put a round through his left temple. I have the report on the incident somewhere. I think this was around '79. A pretty good shot at 25' with a 1 7/8" bbl, IMO.

December 16, 2005, 08:33 PM
I've got a Colt Commando (war version of the Official Police, parkerized), made in 1942.

The serial number shows it was an OSS (Office of Stategic Services- wartime predecessor to the CIA) gun. It's in fine shape, so it probably was a desk jockey's, but one never knows...

How it ended up in a Denver gun shop, at a bargain price, is unknown.

December 16, 2005, 09:01 PM
A couple with history...

#1. My great-grandfather's 1863 Tower (Enfield) .577 Musket he carried in the War of Northern Agression. The rifle has seen lots of use.

#2. Colt's commercial 1911 made in the first year of production. Used by my grandmother to defend the home and family against a burgular while my grandfather was away in World War I. Fired eight shots, reloaded but had scored six hits. No further hits required. She was quite the celebrity in the little town they lived in.

#3. Not yet confirmed beyond question, but I think I have a S&W Heavy Duty used by one of Huey Long's bodyguards when they shot the assasin of the Kingfish in the Louisiana capitol.

Just history... no great things.



Tell us about your guns with a "history" behind them.

December 16, 2005, 09:07 PM
Being partial to "older" weapons, I imagine a few of mine could tell some interesting stories if they could talk. There are a couple I know a little about, though.

One is an old top-break Iver Johnson. Off the top of my head, I think it has an 1888 patent date on it. It was owned and carried by my great grandad when he was a prison guard. That would have been at San Quentin circa 1900, when he was running chain gangs and building roads in the bay area. It's well worn and I wouldn't attempt to shoot it, but it's interesting to hold it and imagine what things were like back in those days.

The other is an all original Winchester M1 Carbine. This one was carried in the Pacific by my Uncle's brother-in-law. He was a navy corpsman who saw a lot of action. I've been told he used this particular carbine to take out a couple of the enemy at Bougainville. Apparently he was a fighting corpsman. :eek:

December 16, 2005, 09:09 PM
Nothing famous, but I have Hunter Arms double, that I obtained from my 82 year old uncle 3 years ago. My grand father bought it in 1909. All 5 of my uncles, and my Dad, grew up and hunted with it. I had been trying to buy it for 30 years. When I came home for my Dad's funeral, my uncle said it was time for him to pass it on. It's priceless to me.

Sheldon J
December 16, 2005, 09:22 PM
I bought a very expensive gunsafe to protect my dad's shotgun. Why becuse it has a history but little value other than senitmetal. Dad's gone now but when he was 16 he traded his dad's pocket watch for a 16ga Mississippi valley arms double and a hunting outfit. I still have the whole deal, no one wears that stuff any more, the gun never gets shot but it still reminds me of him when I hold it.;)

Bob F.
December 16, 2005, 09:25 PM
Stripped down a Model 96 Carl Gustaf a couple weeks ago. I've had it5 or 6 yrs and shot it a few times but it's too long for my gun cabinet and was stored in a closet. It got mildewed last summer during a rainy spell so I decided to strip and thoroughly clean it. Used some stripper on the stock and discovered (re-discovered?) 4 notches carved into the forward end of the comb. The gun was one of several bought by the shop from the importer who presumably got them from the arsenal. Dunno! Maybe Bubba offed a few squirrels with it.

When "Poppy" died, Granny gave my son first choice of the guns. None of them great but son was 10 or 11 at the time. He looked at me and I said: "It's gonna be yours, you pick what you want." He picked a darned RG .22 snubbie! Poppy's Dad had carried it in his pocket (presumably illegally) while he was a security guard in the coal fields. Son wound up with several other descent guns anyway but a nice nickle/stag S&W .38 went to one of the other grandkids.

We have a nickle or chrome Kimel .22 SA w Mother-of-pearl grips that was supposedly used in a murder years ago and came into the family by way of a constable at the time.

Stay safe.

December 16, 2005, 09:26 PM
not as good of a story as the others here, but its my story. When i was 13, my oldest brother got into guns, and for his first gun, he bought a s&w 686 6". Quite the hand cannon, but accurate as hell, and very controllable recoil. It was the first gun i ever fired, and loved it instantly. Fast forward 17 years. I start buying my own guns having moved to a free state, and my brother wants to sell the 686 because he has gotten black rifle disease and needs fundage :p So he sells it with a pile of ammo to me for 400. So now its not only the first gun i've ever shot, but its also the first pistol i've owned (have gotten a pair of glocks since then).

I dont plan to ever let go of it, its too nice of a revolver and means a lot to me.

December 17, 2005, 04:48 PM
My grandfather gave me his old .25 browning pocket pistol... bought it in Algeria during ww2. Lots of corrosion, and missing the original grips, but a good memory.

December 17, 2005, 04:54 PM
Have a Browning Auto5 with family history because its been around so long and I have a 1911 with lots of history dating back to : (I think everyone knows that story)

December 17, 2005, 05:18 PM
I have a Mosin Nagant 1937 that I sort of picked up in the land of the Green Giant. Funny thing. The front sight has been knocked out of alignment. The former user failed to notice this. After firing it he found he no longer needed it. Now it's mine and I still haven't adjusted the sight.


Land of the Jolly Green Giant? Where's that? Vietnam? :scrutiny:

December 17, 2005, 07:55 PM
Lets see whats in the safe:

1894 Winchester rifle 38/40cal, Belonged to my Granddad who was a part time sheriff in Mississippi, 1895-1905. There is a matching Colt revolver, a New Service, 61/2" in 38/40.

Sharps Patented Rifle, 45/120cal, in fitted case w/loading gear, sight accessories and cleaning gear. From the other Grampa who was a target (Shultzin?) shooter. German silver bound, leather covered, hardwood case. This rifle has it's own insurence policy!:what:

Tokorov pistol in 7.62 Russian, war trophy of mine, removed from dead NVA in 1972. The only thing I brought back that I don't carry with me everywhere!:D

Livin in Texas

December 17, 2005, 08:42 PM
My son serving in Afghanistan shipped this Martini back to me last year as a Christmas gift. Picked it up in a gun shop in of the rifles used by the British for the battle of the Khyber Pass. (read more here: ) One can only imagine the battles that this rifle participated in during the last 100+ years.

Also have a 10/22 rifle worked on by Tom Volquartsen before he became famous for his .22's, it was later signed and autographed by Charlton Heston.....but that's another story.

December 18, 2005, 04:00 AM
A small-town gunshow brought me one of my most-treasured guns. It's a near-new-condition S&W .357 magnum, an N-frame from about 1956, before S&W used model numbers....hence, it's a "pre-27". On the sideplate is a factory-engraved presentation inscription, indicating the gun was a Camp Perry prize gun for the High Law Enforcement Officer at the 1959 National Matches. S&W Historian Roy Jinks has confirmed the above info in a "factory letter", calling it a "Special Presentation Model" (his capital letters) and detailing its shipment to a Lt. Col. Carpenter at the National Board for the Promotion of Rifle Practice, Department of the Army, Washington D.C., in June of '59.

'Nother one....some years back, I had a well-used British Snider single-shot .577 military rifle. It had a pair of DEEP indents in the top of the comb, just ahead of the buttplate. My dentist identified those dents as the imprints of some poor soul's INCISOR TEETH...driven at least 1/4" deep into hard walnut (courtesy of a very well-applied butt-stroke, I'd imagine). Betcha that hurt! A friend who happened to be the local RCMP "lab tech" also identified human blood in the lockplate recess and under the buttplate as well. I REALLY wished that rifle could talk.

My third "history" gun is a 1960-vintage commercial 1911A1. Sadly, the 11-year-old son of a co-worker got this gun out of his Dad's lockup by removing the hinges from the cabinet, and then committed suicide with it. His father didn't want the gun around any longer, after it came back from the RCMP, so I took it off his hands. I view guns as inanimate metal and don't "blame" the pistol in any way, but I also fully understood the parent's wishes.
This .45 has served me well for many years.

December 18, 2005, 10:02 AM
.32ACP single action from SOG for $ 99 - sort of the Saturday Night Special in my collection (pic attached).

LOTS of holstera wear although few scratches. this gun was CARRIED - not some safe queen.

So I hope it didn't execute any civilians in the multitude of unpleasantness that went on in the former Yugoslav area!

December 18, 2005, 11:03 AM
I don't have this one, but at least it's still in the family. My cousin has the 1911 that our great grandfather carried in WW1. Then my grandfather carried it as an officer in an artillery unit in WW2. My grandfather died when my dad was 12, and my great uncle ended up with the 1911. He actually offered it twice to my dad in later years but was turned down, I love my dad but sheesh, and it ended up going to his grandson upon his recent death.

I'm planning on calling my cousin and telling him if he ever thinks of selling that 1911 to call me first. What kind of price can you put on family history like that?


December 18, 2005, 05:15 PM

Loads if History!

December 18, 2005, 05:47 PM
I have a Winchester 1906 that is WELL worn. Very little blue left and scars on the stock. One of the scars came from my grandfathers Model T. He kept it under the seat when he traveled back and forth to GA Tech. I still remember my grandmother knocking walnuts out of the tree with it.

Hey, is that a .22 pump?

Ive got the same gun (type) myself. Passed down through the generations. I got it for my 16th birthday.

Its probably the most accurate gun i own too, especially considering its got the same type of sights that pellet rifles use. (Due to the very heavy barrel for a .22 load?)

Still, tin cans fear that thing :evil:

My brother has a 1896 (or therabouts) Savage lever action.

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