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Do any of you have your Grandfather's service revolvers or pistols?

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  1. strangelittleman

    strangelittleman Member

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    I was looking at the little Colt .25 auto my Father handed down to me. It was my Grandfather's back-up pistol when he was a Chief Deputy Sheriff.
    My Father has Grandfather's service revolver, a S&W nickel 4" M&P revolver, chambered for .32-20, as well as his old holster, both of which will be passed on to my brother and I one day.
    Anyway, it got me to thinking...How many of you guys have your Grandfather's service revolvers or pistols and what are they?
     
  2. searcher451

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    I own two of my grandfather's guns, although he didn't serve as an LEO. The first is a Remington New Model Army .44, the other a Reid's Knuckleduster 7-shot .22, sans barrel. Both are in like-new condition and are breathtakingly beautiful.

    My father was a police officer in New England. I'm very proud to have his top-break Iver Johnson .32 caliber 5-shot revolver (in pretty good condition, I might add). Hard to believe, given the state of firearms advancement today, that he would trust his life daily to a model like that.
     
  3. JesseL

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    The M1911 in this picture belonged to my Great-Grandfather, who was a Colonel in the U.S. Army Air Service.

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    This Smith & Wesson M&P belonged to my Grandfather, who was a Lt.Col. In the USAF.

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  4. The Bushmaster

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    I still have my grandfather's .38 short rimfire pocket revolver...He called it his "Saturday dancing gun"...
     
  5. Ddamn

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    I have my Grandfathers S&W Victory .38 special. He carried it as a peace officer in South Dakota. It spent most of it's life in a holster and a drawer. It shows the wear to the finish, but its essentially perfect, mechanically speaking. I shoot the heck out of it. I'm tossing around the idea of replacing the barrel, due to the sights being god awful. I'm not grinding down or replacing the front blade. We'll see I guess.
     
  6. sigp6

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    Walther P-38 (AC43)
     
  7. RyanM

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    No. I do have his hard hat somewhere, though. He worked in a steel mill.
     
  8. MCgunner

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    Got my Grandpa's M10. He traded a sheriff friend for it, wasn't an LEO himself.
     
  9. Doc Savage

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    I've got a S&W .38 topbreak DA 4th Model that belonged to my grandfather. I've heard that my Grandfather got it when he served in WWI, and I've heard that he my have used it when he served as a sheriff in Hornbeak TN.

    Robert
     
  10. lee n. field

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    Nope. Grandpa was primarily a rifle and shotgun shooter. Supposedly he had a pair of Colt 45s, but nothing turned up after he died. Hmmmm.:scrutiny:
     
  11. zigz

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    CZ-27, its never been fired since the war
     
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    got a sears side by side 16 gauge that my great grandpa bought for my grandpa as part of a humerus story ill leave out. Ill never shoot this one.

    got a niclkle plated smith model 36 that my grandma kept close. I shoot this often and keep it loaded by my bed... its what my grandma would have wanted.

    the only other memorable guns have been stolen or burnt when my grate grandmas house burnt down.
     
  13. 51Cards

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    Late father-in-law's. USAAC, Papua-New Guinea (Wewak).
     
  14. Sun195

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    My in-laws have an early (WWI?) 1911 that one of their relatives carried. It sits under the mattress, rusting away. It just makes me sick.

    We have a G33/40 that my grandfather brought back from WWII - but it's been converted into a 30.06 hunting rifle, so...
     
  15. CypherNinja

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    I have a Colt Police Positive in 32-20 that my Great-Grandfather bought from the Cleveland PD in the 20's.

    He was one of the PD's mechanics that "up-armored" Eliot Ness' personal car when he came to town. :D
     
  16. chieftain

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    My Grandfather was in the Imperial German Army. First world War. IF he carried a service pistol it would have been probably a Luger.

    I do have several different photo's of him with his Mauser 98, not a K model either.

    I do have my fathers Victory S&W revolver though.

    Does that Count.

    Go figure.

    Fred
     
  17. ChristopherG

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    I don't have Grandfather's gun, but I do have the one that he passed on from his Daddy.

    Great-Grandfather joined the Kansas City MO Police Dept in 1884, 10 years after it was created. The serial number on this Colt Lightning (.38 Long Colt, double action) indicates it was manufactured that same year. He kept this weapon through 30-some years of service with the dept, retiring as a Captain. The badge is from his 33rd year of service, and the holster has seen a lot of use.

    When my dad passed away and I inherited it, I fired two cylinders through it with my son, cleaned it, and put it in this shadow box.
     

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  18. Cosmoline

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    I wonder if he knew anything about the torso killing investigation.
     
  19. John4me05

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    Here is some pics of my Gpas gun he brought back from WWII.. This one was made in early 1921 by the serial number vs year of manufacturing
    Its a Fromer Stop 32ACP
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    I learned my Gpa paid 1 dollar for the gun from a German officer sometime back in WW2.. Apparently the guy needed money to get drunk on...
    It sat in a leather holster since then til a couple months ago... I tore it down and cleaned it last night and it is in surprisingly good shape with just the tiniest small specs of surface rust... May have even been there when Paw Paw got it... Gun cycles beautifully... It doesnt work too well with modern ammo but in research the 7.65 is a hotter cartrige than the 32 ACP modern day ammo
     
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    I've got my great-grandfather's Colt SAA Army.
     

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  21. Ala Dan

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    I don't know much 'bout either of my grand-father's; but I do have my now
    deceased fathers Smith & Wesson 2" barrel, blue steel 30-1 in .32 S&W Long.
    I bought it for him back in '71 NIB for the sum of $92.00 + 5% sales tax~! ;)
     
  22. strangelittleman

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    Guys, these are some great responses and pictures! The histories behind these old guns are fantastic!
     
  23. woad_yurt

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    Dad buying firearms like some folks buy crack....

    My father's service weapon was a .30 caliber carbine. But he left that with the army when he was discharged. However....

    My father is a very late bloomer gun-wise; he got his first one at age 73. He was 7-12 years old during WWII, so his childhood was dominated by the war. As long as I can remember, for 35+ years at least, he's looked towards the heavens & wistfully said how he's always wanted to have a Luger and a K98k. So, one day, after hearing this at least once a week for my whole life, I just got on his case, told him to get his Visa ready and to wait by the phone. I found him a K98k online, and then gave him the phone number. Since then, in the last two years, he's gone on a whopping buying spree. Aside from the K98k, he's bought a perfect P08 w/2 (!) numbers matching magazines, a cherry WWII P38, a mint Mauser HSc with original holster, mags & capture papers, and a nice .30 caliber Carbine. All of them are correctly numbered WWII items. Also, he's bought a dozen helmets, 15-20 German dress daggers, a Japanese battle flag, etc, etc, etc. And, every time he gets something else, he tells me "You know, no one else in the family cares about this stuff so it's all going to you when I die." He's said it so often that I even asked him if he was trying to make his death seem like an attractive prospect.

    He also has a Yugo SKS that he insisted buying from me, 2 Marlin .22s, an H&R 949 & a Russian Makarov, also gotten from me.

    Note: I visited with the SKS and he fell in love. He said "Leave it here and find a replacement. Here's a check. I want this! Just take the check and fill it out when you find what you want. I don't care, just leave the rifle here when you go back home. I'll pay; just leave it with me."

    Dad has even gotten a CT carry permit and has said that the 949 or the Makarov are good night time dog-walking sidearms.

    And my mother just sits, rolls her eyes, and says "I never thought that I'd be one of those people with 20 guns in the house and 5,000 rounds of ammunition. Well, it makes him happy & it gives him something to do now that he's retired. At least he's not hovering around me in the kitchen as much as he used to...."
     
  24. bps3040

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    I have my Dad's( handed down) Winchester 1894. Sweet gun.
     

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    I have my late father's Smith and Wesson Model 65 3" that he carried as a Sergeant with Topeka PD. He bought it from the dept. when he retired, carried it as a plainclothes security guard for another 10 years until his death.

    I'd have liked to have had his Model 15-3 he carried when he was on the streets, but my dirtbag brother has it now, or some pawnshop does :mad::mad::mad:

    I've also got my great grandfather's M1911 and 1903. He was a Marine before and during WW1, they both date around the same time but whether he brought them home from the Corps or not is a dead family mystery.
     
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