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Guns of historical notoriety

Discussion in 'General Gun Discussions' started by MatthewVanitas, Oct 8, 2005.

  1. MatthewVanitas

    MatthewVanitas Well-Known Member

    Random, perhaps morbid, thread.

    What firearm do you find interesting due to it's use in a specific notorious historical event?

    Note, "specific event", not just a firearms generally used by Communists, the Baath party, etc, but individual negative moments in history.

    I'll go first:

    Star .380: in 1951 William S. Burroughs (a compatriot of Beat poets Kerouac and Ginsberg) and his common-law wife Joan Vollmer went to an apartment above an American expat bar in Mexico, to sell Burrough's Star .380 automatic. While waiting for the buyer, the couple and a friend drank heavily. Burroughs turned to Joan and said "I guess it's time for our William Tell act. Put a glass on your head." She did so, Burroughs aimed the pistol at the glass, fired, and put one round through his wife's forehead. After being charged with criminal negligence by Mexican authorities, he fled to Morocco, where he wrote his famous Beat book "Naked Lunch".
  2. mr.trooper

    mr.trooper Well-Known Member

    Um... Oswald, in the repository, with the Carcano?
  3. Ala Dan

    Ala Dan Member in memoriam

    the old Colt snubby that Jack Ruby killed Oswald with. If memory serves me correctly, it auctioned several years ago for $225,000.
  4. Trebor

    Trebor Well-Known Member

    The most notorious gun in history has to be the FN .32 pistol used to assassinate Archduke Ferdinand and start WWI. Nothing else comes close. No other single firearm has had the impact on world history.
  5. El Tejon

    El Tejon Well-Known Member

    Trebor, good one.

    How about the Kalishnaklone that Patrick Purdy used to murder five children in Stockton, California?
  6. armoredman

    armoredman Well-Known Member

    The .22 revolver John Hinkley used to wound President Reagan and Jim Brady, triggering the Brady Bunch....
  7. jobu07

    jobu07 Well-Known Member

    Can't remember exactly what they used, but how about the guns that Klebold and the other screwy kids used in Columbine? I think one of them was a Hi-point Carbine.
  8. Quantrill

    Quantrill Well-Known Member

    The "Make my day"" .44 Clint used. (It was actually a .41 you know because the studio did not have a model 29 on hand). Anyway that gun is responsible for a lot of quotes over the years. And of course the deringer that was used to kill Lincoln. Quantrill
  9. M-Rex

    M-Rex member

    I'd like to have any of the Browning BAR's that took out Bonnie and Clyde. Either that, or my hero, General George S. Patton's S&W Model 27, .357 and Colt 1873 SAA.
  10. xdoctor

    xdoctor Well-Known Member

    I'd like to have one of the weapons used in the storming of the bastille. Can you imagine? Owning a French weapon that has actually been fired? :D
  11. GunGoBoom

    GunGoBoom member

    St. Valentine's Day massacre.....Tommy Gun. Not a specific gun, but a specific type and a specific event. Some tommies WERE used, weren't they?
  12. Kurush

    Kurush Well-Known Member

    Supposedly the Yugo AK kits that came into the country were used by Bosnian Serb paramilitaries. When I finally get around to cleaning mine off it's going to be strange knowing that the crud in the bore may have been deposited during an atrocity :uhoh:
  13. otomik

    otomik Well-Known Member

    Sergent York's 1911?
    Buffallo Bill's Peacemaker?
  14. enfield303

    enfield303 Well-Known Member

    Patton's ivory handled revos.
  15. Sleeping Dog

    Sleeping Dog Well-Known Member

    Gavrilo Princip really started a series of war, retribution, and more war that continues through today. That little pistol (Browning design?) he used to shoot the Archduke in Sarajevo should be a museum piece, if it could be found and proven to be "the one".
  16. armoredman

    armoredman Well-Known Member

    True - a magazine of FMJ started TWO World Wars, and changed the face of the world forever...and all he did was kill two people.
  17. jacobtowne

    jacobtowne Well-Known Member

    Currently on display at the MFA in Boston is part of the collections of Edward Koch (I think that's his name), including art (Modigliani) and some rare artifacts from the Old West.
    The Smith & Wesson Model 3 used by John Ford to kill Jesse James.
    Bat Masterson's special order engraved, inscribed, Colt SAA.
  18. Quantrill

    Quantrill Well-Known Member

    I think that is BOB Ford, not John. I think John Ford was a movie director.
  19. Justin

    Justin Moderator Staff Member

    At least as of a few years ago, those pistols were on display at The Patton Museum, Ft. Knox, KY. I assume they still are.

    For anyone near the area or passing through it, I highly recommend stopping in to see the museum. Not only do they have a lot of Patton's stuff there, but they also have a large collection of tanks covering everything from WWI to the modern era.
  20. smokemaker

    smokemaker Well-Known Member

    The S&W bodygaurd used by the Saigon police officer( I thought I read it was the chief somewheres) to assasinate the VC, or VC supporter during Tet, and recorded for historical record on film.

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