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What's the holy grail of firearms?

Discussion in 'General Gun Discussions' started by Axman, Oct 18, 2006.

  1. Axman

    Axman Well-Known Member

    I've been thinking of this because collectors of all kinds have a holy grail in their hobby. Baseball card collectors call it a Honus Wagner. Coin collectors may call it a 1955 doubled die penny. Car collectors may call it a gull wing Mercedes. But for those who collect guns what is it? A true Browning Colt 1911? A Dirty Harry .44 Magnum S&W? Maybe the Thompson sub-machinegun?
  2. Gord

    Gord Well-Known Member

    Baseball cards and stamps are one thing; guns are a much more varied medium and I suppose it'd depend on what you collect - Civil War firearms? Lugers? Mosin-Nagants?
  3. Biker

    Biker Well-Known Member

    For me? The Thompson sub-gun. I have dreams in which a Thompson sporting a 60 round drum is running down a sunny beach toward me much like Bo Derek did in "10", only with AC-DC's "Whole Lotta Rosie" playing in the soundtrack instead of Ravel's "Bolero".


  4. Axman

    Axman Well-Known Member

    Personally, I wouldn't mind getting ahold of an M-3 "Grease Gun". Just because!
  5. Texas Moon

    Texas Moon Well-Known Member

    Depends on the collector and his/her tastes.

    A Walker Colt, or coffee mill Sharps are WAY up there $$$$ wise.
    Any firearm with provenance to famous people also way up there.
    Can you imagine what Pat garrett's SAA would be worth?
    It was auctioned a few years back.
  6. Correia

    Correia Moderator Emeritus

    I'm guessing that one of the items that would be sought after would be one of the legendary .45 Army test Lugers.
  7. Starter52

    Starter52 Well-Known Member

    +1 on the .45 Luger and the Walker Colt. I would add the Colt Peacemaker serial number 1, but I've heard it was located in Vermont a few years ago.
  8. Dr.Rob

    Dr.Rob Moderator Staff Member

    Georg Luger's 6 shot 'baby.' One only known to exist.

    The 45's are down right plentiful in comparison.

    Walker Colts are probably one of the most sought after American arms.

    For me it's a Colt marked BAR or an 1878 Colt DA Revolver with a London barrel adress.
  9. DogBonz

    DogBonz Well-Known Member


    You beat me to it.

    Although, being a bit of a history buff (actually more like Dork), the Hamilton & Burr dueling set would make a great corner stone for any collection.
  10. Axman

    Axman Well-Known Member

    Bonz, that'd be a good set to add. I've seen exact replicas but are the originals around somewhere?
  11. Zundfolge

    Zundfolge Well-Known Member

    Followed closely by the HK P7M7.

    Thing is neither gun is "sought after" as they are all accounted for and not for sale.
  12. Harry Paget Flashman

    Harry Paget Flashman Well-Known Member

    A 100% reliable KelTec P3AT right out of the box. I tried two and gave up. I'm sticking with the J-frame.
  13. Geronimo45

    Geronimo45 Well-Known Member

    A Colt Thompson, pre-mil model, 100 round drum.
  14. 1KPerDay

    1KPerDay Well-Known Member

  15. DogBonz

    DogBonz Well-Known Member

    I found the dueling pistols

    The Pistols
    Others have attributed Hamilton's apparent misfire to the hair-triggered design of one of the Wogdon dueling pistols, both of which survive today. One of the pistols has a flint-lock firing mechanism and the other has been converted from the original flint to a percussion firing mechanism. When asked by Pendleton before the duel if he would have the "hair-spring" pistol, Hamilton reportedly replied "not this time."[23]

    The pistols belonged to Hamilton's brother-in-law, John Barker Church, who was a business partner of both Hamilton and Burr. He purchased the pistols in London in 1797. They had previously been used in a 1799 duel between Church and Burr, in which neither man was injured. In 1801, Hamilton's son, Philip, used them in a duel in which he died. In 1930 the pistols were sold to the Chase Manhattan Bank, now preserved by JPMorgan Chase & Co.
  16. hso

    hso Moderator Staff Member

    Finnish marked GP-35 "Browning Hi Power"!
  17. TexasRifleman

    TexasRifleman Moderator Emeritus

    A genuine Colt Walker Revolver is #1 on my list, not that I'll ever have one.
  18. db_tanker

    db_tanker Well-Known Member


    MY Unicorn would be this...

    Winchester model of 1894 with a serial number of 1

    Not much in some eyes, but the Winchester will always be THE rifle. :)

  19. expvideo

    expvideo Well-Known Member

    A nice looking glock. That would be a find! :D

    Actually, i think an HK G11 would be the holy grail of guns
  20. Kentak

    Kentak Well-Known Member

    I'm not that kind of a collector, but you'd have to narrow it down to a historical period, country, manufacturer, or designer, I suppose.

    I once saw a case of Confederate pistols at a Civil War show that contained some beautiful specimens. Some had sequential serial numbers. They were not for sale by the older gentleman who was displaying them. They represented a lifetime of collecting.


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