Favorite Firearm Era


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TanklessPro
April 3, 2012, 02:22 AM
What is your favorite firearm era? With all of the styles of firearms which do you prefer the most. This poll is just for your opinion. If you would like, please tell why you like that era the most. Was it an era that you grew up in, or fell in love with later. Does your collection consist of that era?

Just been doing some thinking. Sorry if some of the Eras are little broad.

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Arkansas Paul
April 3, 2012, 02:24 AM
Why, the period from the Civil War up till the turn of the century of course. :)
Love some single actions and lever guns. Also the advancement that was made at the latter part of that time period is amazing. Many designs that we still use 150+ years later. Pretty impressive.

Dnaltrop
April 3, 2012, 03:54 AM
Model 10 / Original M&P predates WWI by 15 years at 1899... Just sayin' :D

I'm happy from the Volcanic onward however, Don't mind the modern ones, but Old steel always has my eye first.

BUCKrub91
April 3, 2012, 04:06 AM
pre ww1 is what I voted for

Deus Machina
April 3, 2012, 04:44 AM
They're all good and getting better.

I voted for WW2 era, though. That was a period of vast and impressive improvements in technique and technology.

Malachi Leviticus Blue
April 3, 2012, 06:37 AM
You forgot the future. I'm betting it only gets better.

Robert
April 3, 2012, 06:46 AM
D. All of the above.

Honestly I can find something I like in just about any era. I love firearms of all kinds and time periods.

csa77
April 3, 2012, 06:54 AM
i vote pre-wwI, becuase my favorite gun of all time was made then, the lee metford. you also get then krag the henry martini, NO1 MKI, and alot of others i cant think of atm

Robert
April 3, 2012, 07:02 AM
Ok I have to ask, why the Metford over the Enfield?

csa77
April 3, 2012, 07:31 AM
i don't know why really, its always seems to me to be the most classic of all the antique military rifles. it also reminds me of the height of the British empire
its also the gun that introduced the .303

Dr.Rob
April 3, 2012, 07:47 AM
Pre war (ww2) when it comes to collecting.

Robert
April 3, 2012, 08:04 AM
The only reason I asked is the Lee Metford and the Lee Enfield were pretty much the same rifle except for the rifling used in the barrels. The LE had "modern" rifling for use with the new cordite rounds. The LM barrel was not suited for cordite. There were a few other minor differences but that was the big one. Either way the MLM or MLE are both very cool rifles and I'd love to have a No1 Mk1 one day.

BullRunBear
April 3, 2012, 09:14 AM
Voted for the pre-Civil War period because of interest in colonial and early American history through the mountain man era, the time of frontiers and exploration. My home town was established about 20 years after Plymouth and I grew up with buildings and artifacts from the 1600s through the 1830s. Learning I had ancestors who fought on both sides of the F&I War (one in the local Quebec militia and one in a Highland Regiment) cemented the interest. Except for a replica 45-70 rolling block, my BP guns reflect the earlier periods.

I also prefer the pace of ML shooting and all the gadgets that go with it. ;)

The pre-WWI era was a close second with the SAA-style cartridge guns, lever actions (can you say Marlin?), and the bolt action infantry rifle. The modern stuff, Glocks, ARs, etc, just never got me excited. No criticism, just personal preference.

Jeff

tarosean
April 3, 2012, 09:16 AM
If it wasnt for the '68 GCA and '86 FOPA I would vote for now... However we cannot have some of the really neat guns to hit the world in recent years..

bannockburn
April 3, 2012, 09:28 AM
I would have to say my primary interests would be with the advent of the metallic cartridge era. Not to take anything away from Colonel Colt and his black powder revolvers, or from the elegant simplicity (and amazing accuracy), of a Kentucky Long Rifle.

It's just that I think firearms innovation really took off exponentially after metallic cartridges were introduced, and continues to expand and explore new concepts and designs. So if I had to choose a specific time period I would say from the Pre WW1 Era to the Present...and beyond.

Ranger30-06
April 3, 2012, 09:36 AM
I love anything that isn't black powder lol. If it shoots a cased cartridge, I'm all over it! :D

fireman 9731
April 3, 2012, 09:36 AM
I like any gun with some history to behind it. Weather it be my Mosin Nagants, Mausers, or Tokarevs. Any guns that are known to of been used in battle, especially A Russian capture German K-98 thats next on my list. Any firearm with some military lineage is always neat.

The new ones not so much... to me at least. I wouldn't take a Glock if somebody gave it to me, BUT, if it was Saddam Husiens's Glock, thats a different story.

Loosedhorse
April 3, 2012, 09:49 AM
The era just before the NFA. Even thought the S&W Registered Magnum came a year later.

Still, there were two bursts of firearms creativity in the 20th Century: the development of assault rifles after WWII (leading to everything from the FAL to the AUG), and the development of police/SD pistols in the 1970s and '80s, after Munich (leading to the P5, P6, P7, Glock 17, and all their children and cousins).

4v50 Gary
April 3, 2012, 10:03 AM
BullRunBear. Which Highland regiment?

Regarding the question, I like them all. The last few years were devoted to black powder including flintlocks and Minie guns.

happygeek
April 3, 2012, 10:17 AM
Why'd you split WWI & WWII into two different things to vote for? We're one of the few countries that was using a new rifle in WWII.

Being of the lower income type, I prefer what's cheap and available, i.e. mostly combloc surplus (WWI, WWII, and Cold War on your poll).

BTW, contrary to Call of Duty Black Ops, the AK-74 wasn't in Vietnam; it's first combat was the Soviet-Afghan War in the 80s.

Eric M
April 3, 2012, 10:44 AM
I can't pick just one, there's something interesting to me in all or almost all of them. If I had to pick I'd say the Vietnam era because of the AR-15 and legal manufacture of new full autos.

Old Time Hunter
April 3, 2012, 10:56 AM
Why, the period from the Civil War up till the turn of the century of course. :)
Love some single actions and lever guns. Also the advancement that was made at the latter part of that time period is amazing. Many designs that we still use 150+ years later. Pretty impressive.
Ditto,

The time period beginning with the use of cartridge firearms, right up until WW1. OP has some of the best rifles in the wrong era though. The K98, 1903, Mosin-Nagant, Lee-Enfield, and the such were all pre-WW1. But the Spencer's, Trapdoor's, Mauser 71/84, Berdan's, Snider's, which led to the Commission 88's, the Enfields, M96 Swedes, and our own Krag's. The icing on the cake for me was the prevelance of the leverguns, from the Sharp's, Winchester's, to the Marlin's and Ballard's.

Still think it is pretty impressive to read about the Sandy Hook's trials were the venerable Trapdoor was still effective at over a couple miles. Especially a guy hitting a target that far without the aid of optical enhancers and off hand!

valnar
April 3, 2012, 11:30 AM
I chose the WW1 Era, but that's because those firearms have become available to me. I suppose if I was allowed to buy genuine M14's and M16's, I may have voted differently.

pockets
April 3, 2012, 11:39 AM
(D) All of the above.

I currently have a number of guns from each of the mentioned categories.
Over the decades I've owned and shot most everything from matchlocks to modern polymer.

Note: IMO, The poll is missing some 'eras'. There were a few hundred years of firearm development before the 'Civil War' and the change to self-contained cartridge ammunition. I know folks tend to lump it all into 'muzzle-loaders', but there were several eras within that lump.


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scramasax
April 3, 2012, 11:49 AM
Tough choice for me. You skirt around the time frame that I have had the most fun. The beginning of the auto pistol era. From around 1890 to 1939. There were so many different designs of semi auto pistols that it was an engineers acid trip. Rube goldberg was the inspiration of the day. The rifles were stodgy by comparison. They were designed by old soldier commities, still stuck in the singleshot era. While pistols were desiigned for the fashion public.

Good thread btw.

Cheers,

ts

Prince Yamato
April 3, 2012, 11:59 AM
You guys are all old fogies! The early 1980s is where it's at: Mac-10s, Uzis, Spectres, Steyr Maadis, and cheap Chinese ammo.

Darkbob
April 3, 2012, 02:40 PM
I can't vote because I really like (and own) guns from most of the categories listed. My favorite one is the one I'm shooting! If there was an "All of The Above" option, I'd pick that!

BullRunBear
April 3, 2012, 05:09 PM
BullRunBear. Which Highland regiment?

4V50Gary: My ancestor was the equivalent of a noncom in the 78th Fraser Highlanders. The regiment was raised in Scotland in 1757 and disbanded in 1763. He stayed in Canada after the war. If I recall correctly, they fought against the local Quebec militia, among others, on the Plains of Abraham. He ended up marrying the daughter of the militia captain, my other ancestor, his unit faced in battle. I always liked the irony in that. Bet it made for some fun family get togethers.

BTW, If you follow these things, there was a 78th Regiment of Foot that was formed at the end of the century. Aside from the regiment number, the units were not related.

Jeff

TanklessPro
April 4, 2012, 01:22 AM
Why'd you split WWI & WWII into two different things to vote for? We're one of the few countries that was using a new rifle in WWII.

Being of the lower income type, I prefer what's cheap and available, i.e. mostly combloc surplus (WWI, WWII, and Cold War on your poll).

BTW, contrary to Call of Duty Black Ops, the AK-74 wasn't in Vietnam; it's first combat was the Soviet-Afghan War in the 80s.
WW1 and WW2 were split because of the WW1 was mainly bolt actions and WW2 is when semi-auto's took center stage.
The Eras were broken,IMHO, by technology changes. I did not want to choose years and start the whole "gun came out in ---- year not ----" fiasco. I came up with the names on the fly, maybe should have come up with something else. Maybe the post-post WW2 Era? :)
The "Vietnam Era" was for the era that moved away from the .30 and to the .20.

Also I do not know anything about Call of Duty, glad you do. Were MP5's used in Vietnam?

Swing
April 4, 2012, 01:41 AM
Dang, I'm going with "Vietnam Era" because, well, it swings. ;)

postalnut25
April 4, 2012, 01:46 AM
Having a problem voting, because I like firearms from all the different eras. I own stuff from most of those eras, too.

I'll throw my vote towards the late modern era, since most of the stuff I own is from then: Glocks, SIG 226, Beretta 92, etc.

BLACKHAWKNJ
April 4, 2012, 01:48 AM
The poll is too biased in favor of military firearms IMHO. A dedicated hunter may say an era came to an end in 1964 when Winchester changed their designs-the M-70, e.g., while for hand gunnners a new era started in 1965 when S&W introduced the M-60. Or ended when S&W started making revolvers with locks.

allaroundhunter
April 4, 2012, 03:03 AM
WW1 and WW2 were split because of the WW1 was mainly bolt actions and WW2 is when semi-auto's took center stage.

Semi automatic rifles did not take center stage in WWII. They did not become mainstream until afterwords. While most of the US forces were outfitted with semi-automatic rifles, most other military forces were still primarily issuing bolt-action rifles. Hitler was partial to the 98k and did not want to replace it, and Japan did not have an advanced rifle that they could make in large quantities. The Russians did not arrive at a semi-automatic battle rifle until 2 years after WWII ended (AK-47)

Were MP5's used in Vietnam?

I don't believe so. They were made in '64 I think, so they were not exactly operational by Vietnam...but I could be wrong.

ETA: Forgot about the Russian SVT-40....did see service in WWII
(Thanks, Sergei)

Sergei Mosin
April 4, 2012, 06:07 AM
My preference is for the period roughly 1891-1945 - the weapons that equipped the armed forces in both world wars and sundry other conflicts before and after.

allaroundhunter, you are quite right to say that the US was the country arming its troops primarily with semi-automatic rifles. However, the Soviets had a reasonably successful semi-automatic rifle during WWII, the SVT-40, which was produced in mass quantities beginning in 1940. It was supposed to replace the Mosin-Nagant, but the German invasion changed things: the 91/30 and PPSh-41 were more suitable for an army of conscripted illiterate peasants and an industrial base under immense pressure to turn out weapons as quickly as possible and SVT-40 losses in the early part of the war were very heavy, so SVT-40 production was scaled back and production of other weapons was ramped up.

TanklessPro
April 4, 2012, 08:53 AM
Semi automatic rifles did not take center stage in WWII. They did not become mainstream until afterwords.

Sorry for the confussion, I meant the technology changed and started the move to semi-autos



I don't believe so. They were made in '64 I think, so they were not exactly operational by Vietnam...but I could be wrong.
I'm don't think they were either, just a little sarcasm:)

Dr.Rob
April 4, 2012, 12:53 PM
While I own several black powder arms (4 I think) They don't have the appeal as cartridge arms. I certainly don't shoot them as much.

Bohemus
April 4, 2012, 03:04 PM
I like them all from early 15. to 21.century, the modern are more usefull, the older more "fun" (http://youtu.be/ponMTsNbQUA).

ol' scratch
April 4, 2012, 03:24 PM
All eras. I think that every firearm ever created is interesting. I may prefer some more than others, but I am a constant study of all eras.

allaroundhunter
April 4, 2012, 03:25 PM
Sergei, thanks for reminding me of the SVT....I knew I was missing something but I just couldn't put my finger on it :o

wannabeagunsmith
April 4, 2012, 03:35 PM
Well, Glocks didn't exist till after the 80's and some of the new stuff is pretty darn cool. so I chose modern era.

brnmuenchow
April 4, 2012, 05:10 PM
I have to say that was the best poll in a long while, as much as I love guns I never really thought about which era I liked the most. It was a very tough choice, as much as I like my modern day and WW2 era guns I had to choose "Pre WW1--- Colt SAA, Winchester 1894" type guns. For me there is something too this technology stage of guns that appeals to me. The first time I actually held an early model 1873 Colt SAA I was hooked. It was well out of my price range and was still able to be fired according to it's condition, but I held it for a while and dreamed of a different time and place. Then I woke up and realized I love air conditioning, and driving a GT Mustang instead of jumping on the back of horse that could at any minuite decide he has had enough and throw me or bite me again! (Long story...) :D

Nushif
April 4, 2012, 09:55 PM
Tough choice! I do like the era that produced the SKS and the AK47 ... but there is something t be said about the era that produced the Webley revolver.

jeepnik
April 5, 2012, 06:20 PM
Couldn't vote. I like the inter-war years. I particularly like Smith revolvers from this time. I think they are without a doubt the best made and finished handguns ever.

Roadkill
April 5, 2012, 08:46 PM
WWI/II for me

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But I do tend to stray into other eras

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buckeye8
April 5, 2012, 09:02 PM
At the risk of blaspheming, I had to vote for the 'Modern' era. I love history, but guns just get better and better. I'm guessing our forefathers would have thrown their guns in the mud with a smile for the chance to pick up an M4 and a Glock.

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