What's your off-the-beaten-track dream gun? - And did you get it?


July 11, 2009, 01:36 PM
I've got three levels of "must-have" guns:

1. Easy - I want a single-action revolver in .45 acp.

2. A little harder - And matching carbine.

3. Dang near impossible - a Hotchkiss 25mm anti-tank gun. Like the one I used to play with as a kid.

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July 11, 2009, 02:21 PM
Took me over 4 years to find a Colt Magnum Carry and I got it at a great price, just $425. For a used piece it wasn't used much. Definitely 'off the beaten path' as they were only made for ONE year. And yes, I shoot mine.

I'd like to get a second Ruger Vaqueo in .44 magnum in blue with a 5.5 inch barrel, its hardly 'way off the beaten path' but they were discontinued.

I've also got a strange hankering for a Savage made pocket pistol in .380. I occasionally see one at a gun show but about a year ago I saw one that looked NIB, talk about Buck Rogers piece from another era. That would be a neat conversation piece. (I KNOW I'd take a Colt 1908 .380 over the Savage if the price were the same, but those Savage pistols are just slick.)

Suggest we try to keep this to stuff that is actually available, not mythical movie guns and such.

July 11, 2009, 02:25 PM
Bren Ten Jeff Cooper Commemorative.

They listed at $2000 in 1984. Never seen one come up for sale.

July 11, 2009, 02:32 PM
That's easy, a preban Daewoo rifle, and a Mateba Autorevolver.

Vern Humphrey
July 11, 2009, 03:02 PM
I'd define an "off the beaten track gun" as one I'd carry when going off the beaten track. I have several:

A Colt Woodsman, made in 1938. This is the classic woods bum gun, and one of the most accurate pistols I've ever owned.

A 1939 Winchester Model 70 in .30-06. This rifle, aside from being rugged and chambered for the "do anything" cartridge, has a Redfield peep sight snuggled up under the ocular bell of the scope. And when the scope is off, you can clip load.

A pair of Ruger Blackhawks (5 1/2" barrel and 7") in .45 Colt. These can be loaded to shade the .44 Mag, and are good for any big game hunting task you might undertake.

A few M1911s. My Argentine M1927 wears a Colt Service Ace conversion kit, and I also have a 28-lb Wolff recoil spring for it. So it can handle .22 LR, standard .45 ACP and .45 Super. Add in shot cartridges and flares, and you have a very versatile package.

July 11, 2009, 04:15 PM
Mine is simple. I want a break open or falling block single shot rifle in 32 mag or 32 S&W long. A rook & rabbit rifle. And not heavy. Around 5-6 pounds please. With good sights.

I forgot to add that no, I haven't gotten it. I have looked at the NEF 22 hornet and I think it would clean up and could be bored, rifled and chambered. I think.

July 11, 2009, 04:24 PM
Dan Wesson 357 supermag 350.00 not a mark on it except for the turn line http://i293.photobucket.com/albums/mm51/homedepotgeorge/DSCN0928.jpg

July 11, 2009, 04:30 PM
Still workin on gettin that 9mm Luger.

July 11, 2009, 04:52 PM
Mine is a package deal:

A NIB Glenfield Marlin lever-action in 30-30 w/ deer stock, gold trigger, and factory scope


A NIB Glenfield Marlin 60 w/ squirrel stock, gold trigger, and factory scope


My father had these when I was growing up but sold them about the time I entered my teens. I would like to replace them. This is off the beaten track, as finding any Glenfield NIB around me is impossible. People purchased the guns to use them, and it seems they used them hard.

July 11, 2009, 07:37 PM
M/35 FN "GP" (BHP) with Finnish markings.

SVT rifle with Finnish markings.

July 11, 2009, 07:42 PM
semi auto m60 cant drop 8-10 grand any time soon on a gun wish i could - M60

David E
July 11, 2009, 08:42 PM
I'd like a 4" or 6" Colt Diamondback in .22......

July 11, 2009, 08:45 PM
I'm waiting for someone to come out with a lever action .500S&W.

July 11, 2009, 09:39 PM
I would like beretta to make a 92/96 sttyle gun in 45 acp

But my dream gun was a vector cp1 and I got one, uh two actually.


July 11, 2009, 09:42 PM
I would like beretta to make a 92/96 sttyle gun in 45 acp

But my dream gun was a vector cp1 and I got one, uh two actually.

Very nice.....

July 11, 2009, 09:56 PM
Thanks, they're my babies.

July 11, 2009, 09:58 PM
Guns I wish someone would make:

A replica FG-42 (maybe even one in 7.62x51, slightly scaled-down to match).

Have you all ever noticed how THICK the grips are on a WWII P.38? Each one is nearly as thick as the single-stack 9mm magazine itself! As drooled-over as the .45 ACP Luger is, I actually think it would be a relatively simple proposition for someone to manufacture a double-stack P.38 replica in .45 ACP.

A Sig 210 in .45 ACP would also be amazing.

As for a gun that actually exists, and is very much off the beaten path, I'd love a Walther P.38k.

July 11, 2009, 10:09 PM
A Remington Lee in 30-40 Crag...

Never did get one...and now...they're kinda pricey.

July 11, 2009, 10:20 PM
For me it would be a 9mm snub nose revolver. Like the S&W 642 (I think that is the one with no exposed hammer) My thinking is a 9mm is just .002" smaller then a 38, more snort then most 38s.
Second would be a H&K MP-5 SD Its been 5 yrs since I had to hand that back. Still miss it. I actually would go to $5k if I could (legally) own one in MN.

Third would be a .22lr AR, 9mm upper, 308 upper (all for AR)

Realisticly I am looking at a variety of .22lr conversion for my 5.56 AR.

July 11, 2009, 10:22 PM
My SVI Open gun in .38 Super comp.

July 11, 2009, 11:28 PM
Berthier M.1916 or the 15/17

I had my hands on two at various points.

Shot one that was like it was fitted to my personal specs.:D

Missed chances to by both of them <$75 (circa 86) grr. grr.:banghead:

If I see another one oh man,

July 11, 2009, 11:34 PM
Yes, they exist.

Yes, they are also rare.

Marlin Levermatic Model 62, in .30 Carbine.


And, no, I don't have one, and I've never gotten to hold one, either.

fireman 9731
July 11, 2009, 11:45 PM

There is just something about the M79 that I love... 40mm ammo isn't cheap though... so maybe a 22lr conversion kit to go with it :neener:


Holy smokes it actually exists!

At only $8,000 for the gun, and $500 for the conversion kit, its next on my list!!!


Anybody know where I could get one for less than 8 grand?

July 12, 2009, 12:00 AM
I want a PPSH in 7.62 X 25

I have a Mitchell Arms in .22 but its just not the same, FUN, but not the same.


Vincent Vash
July 12, 2009, 01:31 AM
PSG-1, M1 Garand, H&K SL-7... Anyone wanna toss me... $22k?

July 12, 2009, 01:47 AM

July 12, 2009, 02:06 AM
i really want a few

but to keep it simple

1 H&k sl7

2 & 3 (2)reising sub machine guns the m60 and m65 both are semi and the m65 is designed for .22lr for training

4 Boys anti-tank rifle

Vincent Vash
July 12, 2009, 02:24 AM
sl7 fan as well? props :)

July 12, 2009, 05:18 PM
An M1 Garand in .30-06, a Ruger Redhawk -or- S&W 629 in .44 mag, an authentic Russian AK variant and a platinum plated Springfield 1911 (:D on the last one)

July 12, 2009, 05:23 PM
Springfield M1A in green.

July 12, 2009, 07:08 PM
A real Russian SVD.

And I don't think it's possible to read John Ross's Unintended Consequences and not come away wanting a Solothurn.

July 12, 2009, 07:17 PM
H&R 999 Sportsman
A ww 1 Springfield Rifle in 30-06
A Classic Colt Pocket Pistol from the 1930's in either 32 or 380.

I have not either found them or could afford them when I did

July 12, 2009, 08:22 PM
1)A Daniel Defense/LMT/Colt/or Noveske M4 with an aimpoint compM3 and flip magnifier, and BUIS.

2) CZ 550 American .30-06

3) 44 magnum S&W 629 5.5 inch stainless revolver

4) 12 gauge 7 shot pump 870

Dr. Peter Venkman
July 12, 2009, 09:00 PM
1) 1903A4
2) M1D
3) G43

None of these yet...

July 12, 2009, 09:22 PM
fireman 9731 holy smokes that is awesome do they make that for the 37 mm cuz i would consider buying one big time that is bad ace

Boba Fett
July 12, 2009, 10:00 PM
Mateba Autorevolver


Yeah, that's certainly on my list. Thank you Ghost in the Shell for exposing me to such a great firearm.

July 12, 2009, 10:15 PM
I bought a pistol from GB that the owner said had problems. Little did I know the potential catastrophy this venture could have been. I cleaned it up and fortunantly it wasn't in need of anything else. It is a pistol that could pass as a SAA Colt clone if you aren't looking too closely but it actually fires both SA/DA modes. I also liked it because it shot .38 SPL. Unfortunantly due to who manufactured it I had to retire it after only a couple of hundred (about 700). Now if someone would make an SAA clone that does DA, I'm all ears.

Brian Williams
July 12, 2009, 10:43 PM
A 3" S&w model 12
A 20 Gauge 390
a Mini Mauser in 38 Special 16" barrel threaded with a suppressor and converted to single shot.

July 12, 2009, 10:49 PM
A Webley Fosberry revolver---but I'd be happy with a Ruger BH .45LC/.45ACP convertible
A Broomhandle Mauser---but I'd be happy with a Ruger P345
A Luger---but I'd be happy with a Glock 19 or an SR9

Wish in one hand; shoot with the other....see which makes you happier :D

July 12, 2009, 10:52 PM
Winchester lever action in .41 mag would be nice. A original Thompson SMG would be nicer!

July 12, 2009, 11:20 PM
a johnson and a svt 40

July 12, 2009, 11:20 PM
sl7 fan as well? props

haha i got to shoot one one time and loved it

i love the ability of having a powerful rifle with a classic look and the ability of a decent capacity (do they go higher than 10rnd?)

Vincent Vash
July 12, 2009, 11:36 PM
Not sure, I *think* they may, but I'm not sure

July 12, 2009, 11:38 PM
i know thre are 10 rounders

it'd an impressive piece of firepower with a few 20 rounders then it would be my official shtf rifle

Vincent Vash
July 12, 2009, 11:44 PM
PSG-1 > sl7 imho

July 12, 2009, 11:47 PM
psg-1 i think would be too cumbersum i think the sl7 would be perfect for short and midrange fighting not urban and now long range but i live in a rural area so no urban and my .30-06 is sighted for 550yds right now

maybe an sl6 to match a .223 would be nice in addition to the .308

Tim the student
July 13, 2009, 12:37 PM
My Granddad's carbine and .45 he carried in WWII. I'm planning on going to the CMP north store in a couple weeks, maybe I will get lucky on his carbine. Maybe I will also win the powerball.:rolleyes:

July 13, 2009, 01:31 PM
1941 Johnson Rifle. I hope to get one after the car get's paid off!

July 13, 2009, 02:17 PM
I would like a Model 24 Savage .308 upper, 12 Gauge lower in Stainless with synthetic stock. The perfect western Washington Blacktail/Ruffed Grouse combo gun.

July 13, 2009, 03:50 PM
Two more words... Double Rifle.




fireman 9731
July 13, 2009, 05:04 PM
fireman 9731 holy smokes that is awesome do they make that for the 37 mm cuz i would consider buying one big time that is bad ace

I'm not sure... I found the 40mm for sale here: http://www.autoweapons.com/products/destructivedevices.html

You might try looking around there.

July 13, 2009, 10:14 PM
My 'off-the-beaten-track' dream gun would be a Beretta 93r. I think the beretta 92 is perhaps the best looking of the auto-loaders and the 93r is just a 3 round burst 92.

I could also settle for a CZ75 auto

Or even just a glock 18, no picture necessary for that one.

Larry Ashcraft
July 13, 2009, 10:37 PM
I've been at this for a while, so I have most of what I want, except:

1. A full auto Thompson.

2. A BAR.

Paul D Hunter
July 13, 2009, 11:06 PM
I got the Remington Model 81 in .300 Savage and a Savage 99 breakdown model in .22 Savage Hi-Power, what more can any mortal want?

July 13, 2009, 11:21 PM
I had my Les Baer 1911 customized by John Harrison. That's about all the dream gun I can afford right now. I've been on a revolver kick lately. I could go for a set of Vaquero's

July 13, 2009, 11:40 PM
Anybody know where I could get one for less than 8 grand? You could make one for less and just have it registered as long as you don't sell it. Unless I'm mistaken.

For me it would be a Winchester modle 94AE Trapper in .500 S&W. NO they don't exist but a custom one would be AWESOME!

July 14, 2009, 12:03 AM
Save Mateba for me will ya? I've wanted one ever since I first saw it. Which was about a month ago.

The easy to find one: a DS FAL, which I'm getting next month :)
The moderate to hard one: g36k. I like the modern guns. Solid platform, and it looks cool.
The hard one: The aforementioned Mateba. I've only ever seen them on gunbroker from time to time.

July 14, 2009, 12:24 AM
One that would fit the "off the beaten track" either way (at least in my experience)...
A Marlin 1894 Cowboy II in .357.

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