Pleasantly surprised.


April 24, 2003, 07:09 PM
Ok how about a thread on guns that we were pleasantly surprised buy. No matter the cost of the guns or the name on the gun. Hand guns or long guns. For me it would have to be a Steyr m9 and a Enfield No.1 Mk III. I would name another pistol but I cant remember the name, I think it was a high-point .22 but I’m not sure. It shot like a tack driver. Most disappointed would be a Savage striker .243, loud and hard on the hands.


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April 24, 2003, 07:25 PM
A full sized Witness P 45. Shoots great and was fairly inexpensive.

Standing Wolf
April 24, 2003, 07:58 PM
I expected my Walther PPK, the only gun I've ever bought because it was irresistibly cute, would be accurate to about ten feet. In point of fact, I once shot a two-inch group with it at fifty feet, and suspect I could have halved that if the gun were equipped with target-style stocks. It's never jammed or failed to extract fired cartridges.

Wayne D
April 24, 2003, 07:59 PM
1918 Spanish Mauser .308, Bersa Model 23 .22 Cal., S&W 3913 9mm.

All were much more accurate than I expected them to be.

April 24, 2003, 09:14 PM
My SKS. When I first got it, it was pretty rough. I had read how "combat accurate" they were and cheap to shoot. I really like shooting it, it's a lot of fun.

April 24, 2003, 09:20 PM
Any of my SIG Sauer pistols!:D

April 24, 2003, 09:44 PM
My Walther P-99 was a pleasant surprise. I expected it to be pretty smooth, but it is pretty much perfect. It is a violent work of art.

April 24, 2003, 10:01 PM
Marlin 1894CP. I bought it on an impulse, and now it's the last gun I'd part with.

April 24, 2003, 10:07 PM
CZ75 pistols. Best dang shootin iron for the money!

Ruger P-series of semis come distant second.

April 24, 2003, 10:58 PM
Savage 111 in 25.06, one of the combo deals that came with a Tasco scope and a carry case.
It'll shoot 1/2" groups at 100 yards with my reloads. I figured on changing out the scope but after two deer seasons, a Texas hog hunt and numerous varmit patrols it's still holding zero and clear as a bell.

April 24, 2003, 11:16 PM
... between a Bersa model 85 .380 ACP and a CZ40B.

The Bersa 85 was supremely reliable and more accurate than it's modest price would ever lead anyone to expect.

The CZ40B is the same(not design, of course), only in .40 S&W. I'm quite sure that it is much more accurate than I can shoot it!

April 24, 2003, 11:16 PM
I like my Ruger, and my SKS, but I can't say they actually surprised me...

The Bersa I just picked up surprised me. Hopefully it'll surprise me even more when I take it to the range

April 25, 2003, 12:22 AM
The first Savage 99 in .300 Savage astounded me when it shot 1/2" groups at 100 yards.

The second one I owned did the same thing. 1950's lever actions rifles aren't supposed to tdo that, are they? :D

April 25, 2003, 12:27 AM
SKS surprised me on how reliable it is for such a cheap gun

Neal Bloom
April 25, 2003, 12:30 AM
SIG P220 and S&W 586 were pleasant surprises whe I got them a few months back. Great guns and they make me look better than I am in terms of accuracy.

April 25, 2003, 12:49 AM
Bersa Thunder .380

I'm not sure what I expected, but I really got my money's worth, and I really enjoy it.

April 25, 2003, 03:45 AM
Mine would be the TZ99 I got for $250 new. I thought it might be a cheapo Sig 226 knockoff, but it's actually an improved version. More accurate than my 226, and reliable as all get out. What a great gun.

Speaking of which, how can anyone be pleasantly surprised by a Sig?? That's like being surprised a Ferrari is fast, isn't it?? ;)

Matt G
April 25, 2003, 04:16 AM
About 10 years ago, when I was but a poor college student, my girlfriend (who would years later become my wife, but I had no clue of that then) moved away, and had an intruder wake her up in her apartment. She told me of this, and I went to get her a gun. Having very little money (I worked part time as a fry cook at the time), I went to a gun show with $50 in my pocket, and picked up a nasty old grey (there was not one speck of blue left on it) 5-shot Iver Johnson revolver in .38 S&W, with a 3" barrel, cracked brown plastic stocks, and a cylinder that had to be removed by pulling out the center axis pin. I loaded up some backwards-loaded 148g hollow-based lead wadcutters over a little too much Unique powder, in an effort to creat a man-stopper load out of a rather aneomic caliber.

Now, the backwards-loaded LHBWC is a most unstable projectile, and this pistol's fixed sights were mighty rudimentary. But just for fun, I took a seated position at 25 yds, and tried to shoot my best single-action group. To my amazement, the group went under 3"! 4 of the shots were under 2.5"! I was shocked. I went back to 50 yards, and laughed to find that, of the half that hit the paper, all bullets had tumbled, and keyholed. Somewhere around 30 yards, the bullets decided that they wanted to turn around.

But a $50 piece-of-crap turning in <3" groups??!? Who'da thunk it?

(BTW, we still have that old gun, gathering dust and rust.)

April 25, 2003, 04:19 AM
The Grizzly LAR .44 magnum. It is the most accurate pistol I have ever owned. We are not allowed to shoot .44 magnums on the inside range so I just use .44 Special brass and the Grizzly feeds them just as well as the .44 magnum brass and the action works everytime! Defies logic, they aren't even "warm" .44 Special loads. When I let my son shoot some full house magnum loads for the first time with it and warned him about the recoil, he was unimpressed. The Grizzly soaks-up the felt recoil so that its more like a .45 ACP. Its a shame LAR quit making them, they are built to last SEVERAL lifetimes.

April 25, 2003, 04:31 AM
1950's lever actions rifles aren't supposed to tdo that, are they? this when those two were made?

i ask b/c the Savage 99 is a turn of the century design, it's actually a contemporary (time of design wise) of the winchester 1895 and IIRC a COMPETITOR (in the Army trials) of the Krag-Jorgenson. ( i know that Savage designed the original for use as a cavalry repeater). looks a HECK of alot more modern don't it?? :D seem to remember seeing an example of Bill ruger's early gunsmithing work that was a Savage 99 converted to a Semi-Auto (looked like an overgrown prototype 10/22), and that the conversion was done prior to WW2

as for the gun that surprised me the most. have to be the Savage 110FP i bought in '97. thing shot better than any non-custome gun i've EVER seen.

April 25, 2003, 04:25 PM
My Rem 700 w. SA govt scope. Bought used from another range buddy, and can shoot golf balls easily at 100 yards, borrowed it from him once, and beat him in the match. I hate that when that happens:evil:

April 25, 2003, 05:07 PM
Gotta be my Trapdoor Springfield 50/70. It had been hanging on the wall at my folks house since I was a kid. Barrel nickel plated and trigger, hammer and bands, brass plated by a long since gone plating shop in Knoxville. I was told it was used as a parade rifle by the VFW. Bore is cherry. Gunsmith gave it the OK. It is an absolute scream to shoot and always attracts a crowd at a gunshow or the range.:)

April 25, 2003, 05:42 PM
You guy's dont laugh but...

The Pheonix Arms Raven .25 auto in stainless. Not only did I qualify CCW with it (dont ask), it will shoot 2" groups at 7 yards. My Kel-tec P-32 wont even do that!

Brian Williams
April 25, 2003, 07:15 PM
NEF super light handi rifle in 243 I have 2 and they are both tack drivers mine will consistantly put 5 shot in 1 to 1.25 at 100 and my son's will be inside .75.

also my S&W's all great guns never thought I would be a revolver man Models 60-4", 586- 4", 13-4 3"

April 25, 2003, 07:24 PM
Well, I was very surprised w/ my 1st USP. I still wasn't totally on board w/ the whole polymer thing. Now, 4 USPs later, I'm totally hooked! Most recently, my S&W mod 19 has made me appreciate what a revo is truly capable of :)

April 25, 2003, 08:50 PM
A S&W 1066 I got as substitute standard because I couldn't get a Witness 10mm before the Kaliforny drop-test extortion law went through. It has proved to be an excellent gun worth every dollar I paid for it. I still want a Witness, though. That's unlikely to happen, as they are not listed with the Kali-DOJ, and no-one here seems to want to get rid of theirs.

The Glock 32 that got ordered out of frustration due to a lack of success at ordering 4 or 5 other things ahead of it on my list of "Gotta-get-it's" has proved to be an amazingly great gun. Before then, Glocks were very ho-hum, ugly, and unimpressive. This is one of the few guns I've purchased brand-new, and it has elicited no regrets for it's not insubstantial cost. In fact, buying the G-32 has convinced me to get a G-29 since they actually exist in this state, and I STILL can't get a Witness 10mm. I just wish the 29's cost a bit less.

The MAS 49/56 .308 conversion has proved to be an excellent rifle, despite it's French origin. Cheapest full-power battle rifle available at the time, it's accurate, reliable, and easy to shoot. I prefer it over pistol-grip guns like the FAL, and I couldn't afford an M1-A.

April 26, 2003, 06:24 PM
CZ-75 B in .40 S&W.

Love it much!

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