Musclecars of the gun world


March 12, 2012, 11:25 PM
I've always liked muscle cars, good old fashioned steel and power.

Let's talk about the muscle cars of the gun world... you know, the guns that did the heavy lifting before the wondernines like the Glocks, XDs, M&Ps, Steyrs, etc...

I recently discovered S&W semi-autos that have started flooding the market. Stainless, solid steel, and sweet ergos....

I've also found Ruger Sixes...

What have you discovered?

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March 12, 2012, 11:30 PM
I think these two fit the bill.

March 12, 2012, 11:38 PM
I'd say the Colt 1911 is very much like any chevy small block from the sixties. A workhorse with lots of options made to make it run sweeter.

March 12, 2012, 11:43 PM
Holding strictly to a muscle car being a full sized vehicle engine in a mid sized vehicle (and later a compact as well) I would submit what I feel to be a "carbine" round in a hand gun and a full sized handgun round in a compact.

March 12, 2012, 11:44 PM
Pistol, Caliber .45, Automatic, M1911A1

United States Rifle, 7.62 mm, M14

Old Dog Man
March 12, 2012, 11:48 PM
This is my choice Colt 45

March 12, 2012, 11:54 PM
I think a few of these might count. At least in terms of power.

March 13, 2012, 12:46 AM
Second the 1911 as a small block chevy. But I'd have to say Winchester Model 70 is the Pontiac Superbird

March 13, 2012, 01:44 AM
S&W 13/65 for one pony car option.

Deus Machina
March 13, 2012, 02:16 AM
Nice Colts, Colt.

I'm putting another vote on the 1911's for small-block Chevy's. S&W's and Colts--especially the full-lugged models--and M1's and M1A's sit in there with Camaro's and Mustangs and GTO's

I still see AR's as the new-school imports. Light, small, and emitting more sound than power. Perfectly useful and a good tuner can make it more than respectable, but for most it's all bolt-on power that might do the job well enough, but only when it's being run hard as they can. :D

March 13, 2012, 06:30 AM
I discovered that, though there were no musclecars in Russia or the former USSR, at least one "muscle-gun" was born there, and carried on for at least eight decades. Of course, I'm referring to the Mosin-Nagant 1891 bolt-action rifle in 7.62x54mm. Like our musclecars, it's big, clunky, impractical, unrefined, and damn good at what it was designed to do, when it was designed to do it.

March 13, 2012, 08:47 AM
Colt "Python"--'69-'70 Ford "BOSS 302" Mustang.
Colt "Anaconda"--'69-'70 Ford "BOSS 429".
S&W Model 29--Pontiac "GTO" '65-'70.
I could keep going...going...and going with this one so I will stop.:evil:

March 13, 2012, 09:35 AM
I'll put the Tokarev as a Porsche. Small, but powerful.

March 13, 2012, 09:41 AM
Hi-Power, and 1911A1, Smith and Wesson Model 10, those three come to mind. I listed the Hi-Power because it has seen more military contracts around the world than just about any other 9mm.

March 13, 2012, 09:57 AM
Its funny that this topic came up when I was at my local gunsmith yesterday. He says the AR is the Chevy small block of the gun world. Almost everyone has or wants one and you can build it mild or wild! I tend to agree with his analogy.

March 13, 2012, 10:02 AM
I agree with 56hawk. While muscle cars eventually became "about" detail stripes, air-scoops and rear foils (that did nothing), what the started "about" was power.

I absolutely love the old Mercedes 190SL hard-top convertibles...but it is a pretty car, not a muscle car.

So I'm not sure if (for example) the .50 Desert Eagle is best considered a muscle car, or a monster truck. But this would qualify as whatever your favorite muscle car is, IMHO:

And this, as whichever was your least favorite:

March 13, 2012, 11:09 AM
That first one looks like the "88 magnum" Joe Piscopo used in a movie. Man that looks huge.

March 13, 2012, 12:33 PM
Browning Hi power
Smith model 25, 27, 29 ,686, 625
Ruger BH, SBH
Coonan 357 auto

March 13, 2012, 12:42 PM
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She's real 409:D

March 13, 2012, 01:04 PM
Here's my contribution to raw power and keeping with the theme.

DSA SA-58 FAL SBR in the front seat of a '68 GTO with a 428 in it. Both built to scream.

March 13, 2012, 01:10 PM

Here's a classic!

March 13, 2012, 02:08 PM
First the all time classic, Colt 1911.
If I remember the first muscle cars were mid-sized sedans with Big motors, so my next vote will go to the S&W .357 magnum K frames'.

The Lone Haranguer
March 13, 2012, 06:49 PM
Since the claim to fame of muscle cars, past and present, is more power than the norm, including 9mm Luger is a little curious. :p I would say "muscle guns" start at .44 Magnum and go up. Perhaps .357 Magnum could be a "pony car." :D

March 13, 2012, 06:53 PM
Muscle cars were every day cars with big engines and lots of power. Those 1911 are nice, but I think that if you were to hot rod JMB's design you might end up with something like this-

Automag V .50AE

.50ae next a .45acp - big block vs small block
.45acp = 230gr JHP @ 850fps
.50AE = 300gr JHP @ 1475fps

March 13, 2012, 08:35 PM
Second the 1911 as a small block chevy. But I'd have to say Winchester Model 70 is the Pontiac Superbird
That would be Plymouth Superbird.

Fu-man Shoe
March 13, 2012, 08:58 PM
I think a good contender for "hot rod" of guns is the Saiga-12.

It's a shotgun. But it's a magazine-fed, semi automatic shotgun built on the AK-47 platform. They can and have been tricked out with all sort of high-speed crap, and definitely have some power.

March 14, 2012, 12:14 PM
The marlin guide gun reminds me of the 69-70 mustangs, you can load a wide variety of power, as with the mustang, which had a 200ci at the bottom and the 429 at the top.

March 14, 2012, 05:59 PM
What would you guys consider the 426 Hemi-Cuda of rifles.I sold a 68 Chevelle SS 396 a few yrs ago when I needed cash but regret it everyday.I wonder how that would rate ?

March 14, 2012, 07:11 PM
the m1 garand is the 428 cobra jet 68' mercury cougar

Ole Humpback
March 14, 2012, 07:27 PM
The Browning Auto-5 Sweet Sixteen is the 67 SS/RS Camaro of the gun world. Highly prized, instantly desirable, rare to find.

The BAR is the 65 Mustang of guns. Its a point and squirt go getter.

Steve CT
March 14, 2012, 07:59 PM
Easy one for me, S&W Model 59,the original WonderNine.

How many LEO's have carried this gun, of one of it's offspring?

March 14, 2012, 08:47 PM
Easy one for me, S&W Model 59,the original WonderNine.

Almost but not really.

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