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Bonnie & Clyde Whippet

Discussion in 'Shotguns' started by whitecoyote, Sep 20, 2010.

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  1. whitecoyote

    whitecoyote Member

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    Bonnie & Clyde Whippet shotgun.
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  2. c-bag

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    Nice gun. I saw on the history channel that they also put a leather loop on the abbreviated butt-stock that would go over your shoulder so the gun would hang barrel-down under your arm. Keep it out of view under an overcoat and when you need it open the jacket, raise the forearm with your off-hand and start blasting.
     
  3. whitecoyote

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    Good information, I'm working on that.
    Been searching for pictures, but unable to locate any.
    Thanks. :)
     
  4. mnrivrat

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    That is sort of puzzling to me - authentic? Interesting that the bullet casing and the bullet could be matched to say the bullet came from that case , interesting in that they call the sawed off shotgun a Browning rifle, and interesting that the authentic wipit was a Remington Model 11 and not a Browning at all.

    What am I not seeing here ?
     
  5. RandKL

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    Why? He's showing his gun sitting in front of some pretty interesting backdrops. There's no implication that the backdrop is describing the gun. The bullet and casing are in a framed presentation case and the gun is simply in front of it. A good presentation and a good read in my opinion.

    That cartridge....it could have been simply a recovery at a crime scene....or it could have been fired as a test round or a souvenir from the captured gun. The article doesn't say. I suspect the second, though. I think it was probably fired from the captured gun specifically for that limited edition presentation display.

    I'd love to know what part of the BAR was cut down, though. Stock alone? Would be interesting to see.

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    If I remember my history correctly, they lopped the buttstock off after the grip, and the barrel was cut right after the gas block.
     
  7. Ratshooter

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    If those captured guns were cut down by Clyde I wonder who reinstalled the sights and who put the bead on the shotgun? The Texas Ranger museum in Waco Tx that has a couple of Clydes guns but I don't remember which ones. I have been there once and its a neat place to go if your in the area.

    Here is a good site for clyde and bonnie reading. http://texashideout.tripod.com/bc.htm

    My grandfather was arrested once and spent several days in the Dallas jail because they thought he was Clyde. Identification was spotty back in those days.

    You can get a book written by Ted Hinton on the hunt for B&C off ebay. Its a good read. Ted was the main hunter of B&C, NOT Frank Hammer by the way and the book is an account of the year or so he spent on the road. He was a Dallas policeman and knew Clyde and Bonnie by sight.
     
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    I agree! It is a GREAT place! They do have at least one "whippet" belonging to either Bonnie or Clyde. IIRC,one that is on display there is Bonnie's A5 cut-down in 20 gauge.
     
  9. Dave McCracken

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    IIRC, Bonnie's Whippit was a Model 11 Remington, similar to the A-5.

    Thanks for posting this, I've long wanted a 12 gauge Model 11 Whippit.....
     
  10. whitecoyote

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    The question of the day....
    Is it Whippet or Whippit? :uhoh:
     
  11. mnrivrat

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    It's the letter of authenticity inside the frame . And I suppose that I didn't catch the part that it was not associated with the shotgun other than being B&C related. Just how did they recover the casing AND its fired bullet to creat the authentic prize inside
     
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    It may have indeed been a Model 11 but I'm pretty certain it was labeled a Browning.
     
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    Why is a letter of authenticity numbered 77 of 150?
     
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    Whipit. As in "whip it out" quickly.

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    Actually, there were many whippet/whip-it/whippit guns. Not only owned by Clyde Barrow, but by all of the gangsters of the period. They cut down BAR's, Winchester 351's, Model 11/A-5's, and any other long arm you can think of. They also manufactured full auto 1911's with 18 and 22 round mags (.45 and .38 super respectively).

    Baby face Nelson was the most renowned gangster "gun nut" of the period. He was always coming up with strange weapons and supplied many other bank robbers of the period.

    They had pet gunsmiths, Hyman Lebman/Lehman is the best known ( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hyman_S._Lehman ) who altered guns for the gangster trade.

    They also had pet mechanics who bored out the cylinders of large touring cars to enable them to outrun the law. They kept safe houses dotted around the country. They had people who did nothing but facilitate contact between individuals and gangs. It was a highly organized business.
     
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    i think the Rem 11 were marketed as "american brownings" whatever. same gun almost, minus the mag cut off.
    when all else fails, go NFA :evil: not mine but what my 18 incher will become if i ever figure out a way for somebody to sign a Form 1 or i move to free America
    the A5 gets no love as a quality defensive piece.

    to teh OP.. who did your barrel cut and bead install ? looks good

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    mine looks closer to this with short stock and legal barrel - not my gun
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    and of course being an outlaw means you dont have to follow no stinkin laws. heres a pic of B&C's shotguns
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  17. whitecoyote

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    I cut the barrel to 18.5".
    The barrel was then taken to Mag-Na-Port. They machined the crown, cleaned it all up, and installed the brass bead. :)
     
  18. ElToro

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    they did a good job. think theres enough meat left in there at that length to do a briley thin wall choke ? now that would be cool... show up at a skeet range and properly choked out, start busting all kinds of clays. the snobs would wet themselves. specially with your over the shoulder leather whippit sling ! even better, do it with the NFA gun. lol
     
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    I just picked up an old A-5 that I am considering making into a Whippit
     
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    I imagine they were able to pick up lots of bullets and brass after the shootout.

    The certificate is for ammo from the BAR's in the bottom picture. Not the shotgun.
     
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    Arrrrgh! Don't do it, I beg you! :D
     
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    If you're talking about the guns themselves, there wasn't a gun that you couldn't own back then. The registration of machine guns and short long guns came to be shortly after that whole ordeal.
     
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    My house gun while by no means a ''whippit'' is an original short barrel mod. 11 it appears to have been issued to a TX prison guard in the 1930's. When I bought some miscreant had painted the whole gun green, and added a +2 mag extension to it. After 2mos and a total dis-assembly I got it back to what was underneath, which was actually quite nice.
     

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    I didn't even know they made an extension for the Auto 5.
     
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