Ever fell in love with a gun a second time?

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  1. Obturation

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    Liability , I doubt anyone associated with any organization could advocate removal of any kind of safety mechanisms- regardless of how useless .
     
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  2. indy1919a4

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    Thanks for your inputs there.. You know you really make a point in the world of Surplus weapons.. One has to compare several examples to see what is the norm.. After all by the nature of the beast these are used guns and some do not work as well as others..
     
  3. Pat Riot
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    I have a Winchester 94 Trails End in .357 Magnum. It was my first CAS rifle. It’s the most accurate pistol caliber long gun I have ever shot. After a while and buying faster lever guns for Cowboy Action Shooting the 94 ended up with worn parts, it malfunctioned often. I had replaced most of it’s internal parts a couple of times. It ended up at the back of the safe.
    A couple of years ago I took it to a Cowboy match after finding and installing what I think were the last lifter and carrier in the country. It functioned beautifully and accurately. I was so proud of my 94. And then some well meaning cowboy shooter sauntered up and started telling me how I needed an 1873 and how my 94 was a piece of garbage.
    I won’t say here what I told him but I am pretty sure his opinion is still up there somewhere the sun doesn’t shine...
    I love that gun again. I have a Marlin as my main match gun but when I want to have fun and I want accuracy I break out my 94.
     
  4. JCooperfan1911

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    Yes the SKS.

    Owned one in my younger days and sold it but recently purchased two new ones and very much enjoy them.
     
  5. caribou

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    Mosin's in general, in the early 90's.... when the cheap Chinese ammo dried up and Eastern European ammo wasn't on the surplus market, yet.

    Then the later 90's when Shotgun News advertised Cheap Czech and East German 7.62x54r, I bought me some and started shooting my Mosins again.
    Then I bought a couple m-39's in the l;ate 90's IIRC....never been the same.
     
  6. Milkmaster

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    Best I can relate to you about shooting the Star BM is that it is about the size of an Officer SR1911 in 9mm that Ruger sells now. I see it in gun stores. Maybe a commander size? The frame is a little smaller than a regular 1911. It balances really well and doesn't overpower your hand with size nor recoil.
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  7. Hokkmike

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    Does scoped bolt actions count?
     
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  8. woerm

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    ditched a Norinco 213 9mm that would not group under 5” gripe gripe my 54-1 was and is a tack driver

    Took CCW class and learned something (shock/horror, was holding gun wrong) found second 213 and it groups like the 54-1
    the 213 is now my EDC and general go to gun

    still love the P-08 (took CCW class with it ) and love my M-1 Carbine so much I got a second one.
     
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  9. Legionnaire
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    S&W 317. I bought one of the first ones: pre-lock 3-inch barrel with adjustable sights. Like an idiot, I sold it to help fund something else. The something else ended up not making me happy, so I started looking for another 317. By then, all I could find had the lock, a fiber optic front sight and a v-notch rear. Bought one of those, didn't like it, sold it for more than I paid for it. Finally found another pre-lock with traditional sights. Nice to have it home again.

    Oh, and I fall in the love with the Buckmark Plus every time I take it out, too. It's my first .22 handgun.

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  10. J-Bar

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    CZ 2075 RAMI. I won one in a raffle 10 years ago. Shot half a box for fun, but was not planning to carry concealed so I swapped it. But after carrying a J frame S&W for eight years (which I love and still carry most of the time), I decided I needed a backup. So I looked for another RAMI and found a new one in a nearby town, at a pawnshop/gun shop. I ordered a DeSantis OWB holster, which fits me and the RAMI perfectly, and a spare 14 round magazine. The new one shoots as well as the first one. I have fed it 5 different brands of 9mm ammo, ball and hollow point, with zero malfunctions. I’m satisfied, not looking for any other semi-auto.

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  11. HammsBeer

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    The old SIG P6 surplus pistols that flooded the market years ago. It's the size of a G19 with half the capacity, but there is just something about the grip and balance of it that outweighs it's drawbacks.
     
  12. Deanimator

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    My Ithaca Model 37DSPS. It was my first modern firearm back in the '70s.

    For the last twenty years, I've lived in a slum of an apartment so confining that any non-NFA long gun would have been as useless as a 15' pike.

    Due to a disastrous fire in February, I had to move to an actual decent place to live where a long gun would be an appropriate self-defense tool.

    Because of the incessant lawlessness of the last year, and my proximity to an abundance of high priority targets, I upgraded my AR15 to a modern 16" Bear Creek Arsenal upper.

    I then remembered the Ithaca, which I hadn't shot in a good twenty years. I cleaned and function tested it, and while somewhat finish worn, it worked perfectly. After laying in a large supply of 0 and 00 buck, it's now my backup to the AR.
     
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    My formerly 4" S&W 686. Never cared for the 4" bbl and don't remember now why I chose it, other than the fact it may have been the only one in the gun case that day (in 2007).

    But sadly I'm a chronograph junkie and was always comparing velocities from the 4" 686 to my 6" Ruger Security Six, which on some loads was besting it by nearly 200 fps. So in the fall I started contacting S&W to take it in and rebarrel it and they kept putting me off because of Covid ("we're only doing warranty work at this time").

    Finally got them to take it in November and had it back about 5 weeks later, sporting a brand new 7" bbl. Now I can't take my eyes off it :)

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    I've got a Savage MKII I bought a little over a decade ago. It's nothing fancy, just a plain jane squirrel rifle. I ranged it in and took it on a couple hunts but never used it much and it ended up in the back of my safe. Last year for whatever reason I decided to take it to my rifle range, as I've never really put it on a bench. That day showed me it had pretty good potential, so I did a little trigger job and brought it down from 5.5 to a touch over 3lbs. Now it goes to the rifle range with me all the time. It doesn't care for target ammo or standard velocity rounds for some reason, but it's a solid 1.5 MOA gun with cheap Aguila Super Extra HV's and Mini Mags, and often produces sub 1/2" groups at 50 yards with that ammo. I know plenty of you guys have .22's that shoot better, but I really enjoy shooting this gun. Back in the early fall when I was at the range I took a buddy who was ranging in a new .223 bolt action. When we were cleaning up he looked at the $70 he had spent in ammo, and the $7 I had spent in ammo (throwing way more brass on the ground) and went out and bought a .22 bolt action for himself.

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  15. halfmoonclip

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    I've a Rossi replica of a Winchester gallery pump; a buddy gave me a vintage tang sight for it. Sold it to a buddy, regretted it, and bought it back.
    Had a Smith 640; traded it at a local shop for a newer, magnum version. A buddy bought it from the shop; his daughter gave it back to me after he passed.
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  16. Gus Chiggins

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    A surplus Walther P1 9mm. It's one of the unissued Bundeswehr pistols from the early 80s. I got all caught up in the modern stuff and forgot all about this one.
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  17. Demi-human

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    Every time...
     
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    I do it all the time. Most of my guns get put away, then loved again some more the next time I find them and pull them back out. In fact, a Star Super B I bought a couple of years ago that appears to have previously been unissued was my latest "re-infatuation" last week.
     
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  19. Deus Machina

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    Fall in love with my Ruger 22/45 every time I my hands and eyes agree to let me have a good day at the range.
    Fell in love with my M44 several times, when I have the good ammunition and a thick enough shirt.
     
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    I was about 9 when I first saw it. A beautiful Parker 16ga my grandpa used to bird hunt with. I loved the gun the first time I ever saw it.

    Later on as i grew up, my grandpa would slowly give a gun to all grandkids. He called me one day, I think I was 16. I went to his house, we talked for awhile, some old war stories he had, he was a nose gunner in a B-24. He told me to wait there for a minute. He later came out holding that Parker, and I fell in love with it all over again. He handed it to me and said to take care of her. It was a gift from his uncle.

    The gun has a dear place in my heart. And to this day, the smoothest shouldering shotgun I own.
     
  21. hps1

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    I was issued my first Garand in 1954 have shot them in competition both in and out of the service for many years. It was with great reluctance, in the late '80s, I was forced to admit I could no longer see the sights well enough to be proficient in it's use and relegated my fine old warhorse to the safe.
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    I had accurized the old girl, purchased from DCM for the princely sum of $98, IIRC, and it had stayed the course with me while I strove to achieve Master class in NRA XTC competition, so I had developed quite an affinity, if not a love affair with the rifle.

    For the next 20 years or so, our relationship was limited to regular wiping down, fondling and reluctantly placing the rifle back in the safe, until I noticed the Burris FFII Reflex sight was about same size as the rear sight on the M1 and the wheels began to turn.

    Long story short, I designed and had a gunsmith friend make a "no drill" base that replaces the rear sight on my M1, using the existing holes in receiver through which the elevation pinion mounts for attachment. Red dot was a bit too large, so mounted the Millet red dot, which was much better.
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    Both of these optics were short enough to allow for clip loading & ejection and still have sufficient eye relief.....barely, but provided no magnification, which my old eyes really required to achieve the precision of which this rifle was capable.

    Along came the Primary Arms 3x32 Prism Scope!
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    It was love at 2nd sight!!
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    True, the old girl has lost her girlish figure, but my figure ain't what it was when we first met, either...
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    ......we both agree, function trumps form and we're happily re-united.

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  22. hps1

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    Great little rifles, ADKWOODSMAN; very versatile and built to last!

    My first firearm was a 510, given to me in 1945 by a close family friend. I learned to shoot on that rifle; years later, mounted a Weaver B4 scope and taught my wife to shoot with it. When my son was 5 or 6 YO, I cut the stock and barrel to fit him and he learned firearms safety/marksmanship on the little rifle.

    Many years later, dropped it in a surplus 513T stock, cut short and added target sights & forend stop for teaching DCM junior marksmanship club members who were too small to handle the Mossberg 144's issued by DCM.

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    Some 50+ years after being given the rifle, taught my 2 grandkids to shoot it and passed it on to them. The 510 series is a very versatile little rifle.

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  23. Micro

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    I've never fallen out of love with a gun that I loved, I just forgot I loved it and in a moment of sheer stupidity sold it. Happened more times than I'd like to remember.
     
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    I resemble your post way too much....:cuss:
     
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  25. Milkmaster

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    Yeah I have an affinity for the .22 caliber too. Like a lot of folks I have more .22 caliber firearms than anything else. Recently been shooting a Beretta 76. Kind if a unique pistol that caught my eye.
     
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