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The rifle I learned to shoot with. (DONT LAUGH!)

Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by retnav05, Mar 16, 2006.

  1. retnav05

    retnav05 Well-Known Member

    I have an old Mossberg Model 152k (semi auto 22). I know its not worth much monitarily, but this is the gun my dad taught me to shoot with and I wouldnt part with it for the world. I remember spending many a Saturday afternoon (1968, 69)walking down the railroad tracks knocking off wayward sparrows from their perch atop of the telephone lines. Thats when I realized how much I love the smell of burnt gunpowder! Anyway, it doesnt have a serial # and I understand that they (Mossberg) werent required to have one before 1958. I'm taking it in to a gunsmith this weekend to have a s/n stamped on the barrel. I figure if Im not at home and some thug burglerizes my house, I'll have a way of getting it back if it ever turns up in some lame pawn shop, or police custody. Is this a good move? I figure it shouldnt ruin the value of it too much, and you cant put a price on sentimental value. Whatcha think? :confused:

    P.S. It didnt have a scope on it back then. Is it me, or does 22 LR powder smell differently than all others?

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  2. shermacman

    shermacman Well-Known Member

    My Dad won a shooting contest as a 14 year old in Oregon in 1943 with a Winchester .22lr rifle. Yes, I have that rifle. Yes, it means the world to me.
    Are you sure it doesn't have serial number? I also have a 1881 S&W Frontiersman in .44 Russian, 125 years old and it has a serial number.
  3. Third_Rail

    Third_Rail Well-Known Member

    Don't have a SN stamped on it. That would certainly be a shame, as there is a finite supply of pre-1968 firearms out there.
  4. smokemaker

    smokemaker Well-Known Member

    No laughing here. Heck, I learned how to shoot with a Marlin single shot .22. That Mossy is an heirloom now. Probabaly a not a bad idea with the S/N, and like you said, it's not a high dollar gun, so you aren't going to hurt the value of it. Besides, it sounds like that gun is going to be with you a long time, so who cares about the depreciation?
  5. Lupinus

    Lupinus Well-Known Member

    doesn't really matter, the gun isn't getting sold in your life time so who cares what it does to its dollar value? So long as it doesn't hurt its sentamental value to you have it stamped if you like.

    I'd put it someplace it wont be an eyesore and seen everytime you pick it up, but also not somewhere that someone looking would miss it.
  6. Creeping Incrementalism

    Creeping Incrementalism Well-Known Member

    No serial number! I think there is something very antique about a firearm not having one--a sign of the days of freedom. If it gets stolen your chances of ever getting it back are probably low even with one..
  7. ArmedBear

    ArmedBear Well-Known Member

    I'd skip it. There's no need for a serial number.

    If you're concerned about proving it's yours on the off chance that it is actually recovered after being stolen, just have your name engraved on the bottom of the receiver where it's covered up.

    I have the tube-fed version of that gun, the 380. It was my first cartridge firearm. I learned on muzzleloaders.

    And no, I didn't grow up in Tennessee 150 years ago.:)
  8. Chipperman

    Chipperman Well-Known Member

    Count me in the "Don't" group.

    What are the chances of it being stolen? If it is stolen, what are the chances of getting it back, even with the SN?

    Leave it alone I say. I have a few guns without SNs and appreciate that part of their history... Back when you could walk into the town hardware store and walk out 5 minutes later with a new rifle. No NICS, no paperwork.
  9. MarshallDodge

    MarshallDodge Well-Known Member

    Nice little rifle!

    I would put some kind of identifying mark in a hidden spot under the stock. The chances of you getting it back are pretty slim but if you had some kind of identifying mark on it you could claim it as yours.
  10. Soap

    Soap Well-Known Member

    Why would we laugh? I save the laughing for people who think they need to learn riflecraft on a .300 Winchester Short Mag.
  11. retnav05

    retnav05 Well-Known Member

    300 WSSM

    I agree Dan. Im bored to death with reading about these new BS ctgs. My fav hunting (not JUST deer) gun is a 7x57 scout sprg '03 sporter. If WDM Karamojo Bell can kill 300+ elephants with one, whats in a mulie? Or even a Bullwinkle for that matter? :)

  12. Infidel

    Infidel Well-Known Member

    I'm another who would not have a number added. I still have the first firearm that I ever owned,-- a J.C. Higgins .22 (Marlin 81 in Sears dress), which does not have a number. It will stay that way.
  13. 4v50 Gary

    4v50 Gary Moderator Staff Member

    The first gun doesn't need to be an Anschutz, engraved, stocked in fancy walnut. It just needs to shoot accurately enough to stir fond memories of your first shots under the watchful eye of your dad.
  14. Soap

    Soap Well-Known Member


    You're a man after my own heart! If one is a true hunter, long shots are something to be ashamed about!
  15. Soap

    Soap Well-Known Member

    Double tap!
  16. Sistema1927

    Sistema1927 Well-Known Member

    Why not pull the butt plate, put your name on the butt with a Sharpie, and screw the butt plate back on it.

    That way, on the off chance that it is stolen, and the even slimmer chance of it being recovered, you could prove ownership.
  17. Seven High

    Seven High Well-Known Member

    Consider buying a gun safe. That way you won't have to put a serial number on the rifle, and you will have a means of safe storage and won't have to worry about it getting stolen.
  18. depicts

    depicts Well-Known Member

    Why not have your Dad's initials Lasar engraved on the receiver above the bolt in a monogram style. That would certianly make it distinctive enough. Check with some of the guys here about the safety issues, but I think there is more than enough "MEAT" at the receiver of that gun as I remember it, to put a pretty good etch into the metal
  19. HanksterV

    HanksterV Member

    I have a Remington Single shot with no number either. Leave it be. Someday, in a world where everything, including PEOPLE today have a darned number, the fact it DOESN'T may mean something! Put an indentifying mark in an obscure place, under the receiver in the stock, for instance.
  20. MagnumCaliber357

    MagnumCaliber357 Well-Known Member

    I think he makes a valid point about serializing. If it were my rifle i would lie to put some kind of identifcation on it in case of said burglary or other reasons . On the legal side your fine but i would suggest doing so. I would even go as fr as getting my name engraved on it instead of a serial. It kina add that certain personalization that is laking in firearms.

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