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Family Heirlooms?

Discussion in 'Handguns: General Discussion' started by Praxidike, Dec 15, 2018.

  1. Praxidike

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    If you had to choose a pistol to start passing down as a family heirloom to your children, their children, so on and so forth, what would you choose?

    The caveat is that it has to be something you enjoy shooting and/or carrying, moderately priced ($400-$800), and something you assume should hold it's value over time....
     
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  2. entropy

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    1911s. I gave one to my older son some years ago, though he traded it off, and I plan on giving one to my younger son soon, he turns 21 in April.
     
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  3. Praxidike

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    Just curious, which make/model? I'm guessing that he'll look back one day and will regret trading it off.
     
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  4. Good Ol' Boy

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    Out of what I currently own it would be my 1911. It's just a cheap Turkish gun, made by Girson and imported by Zenith, but it's well made and the coolest pistol I currently have.

    Unfortunately I don't really have anyone to pass it on to at the moment, unless God forbid I pass before my dad.


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    IMG_20180308_230003.jpg Probably these two, for handguns. As far as long guns, well, my daughter is pretty much inseparable from "her .410 Enfield, so that one is definitely going to be in the family a good long time-
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  6. entropy

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    Well, the older one got a GI-type RIA, and no he doesn't regret it. He never liked the 1911, nor .45 Auto, he traded away the Hi-Point .45 I gave him, too. I might give my younger son my Taurus PT1911AR, as I just noticed they now make a Commander 1911.
     
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    My daughter will be getting this one when she is old enough. Her birthday is 1-19-11 so I told her I’d get her a 1911 for when she is older. I do get to break it in for her tho.
     
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  8. Labguy47

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    I have 3 S&W model 10s, the ‘65 detective 3” I carry had about 40% finish left. The other 2 are like new but both are 4” models. All 3 go to my daughter, along with the Ruger 77 she’s laid claim to.
     
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    The one I would like to see stay in the family was my wife's father's 1967 Colt Trooper 357 which was his state police service weapon. My nephew will probably inherit it since it was his grandfather's gun. IMG_0183.JPG
     
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    Very cool!
    Prior to my Dad, I don't know of anyone in our family that ever owned a gun, sadly. Of his massive collection, there are a couple gems he is really proud of that will stay in the family, including an Argentine Mauser and Ballester Molina, Brazilian M1917, and a gorgeous sporterized Eddystone.
     
  11. Armored farmer

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    My grandson was born on 9/11, so he will be getting a 1911.
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  12. George P

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    I have my Dad's 2 revolvers he used as a cop; each boy will get one. One is pre-10 4", the other a Colt snub. Since the Colt serial number puts it about 1928, it doesn't get shot that much any more
     
  13. Tallball

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    My wife and/or kids will get all of my firearms. My daughter likes to shoot sometimes and will probably keep a few. I should talk to her about it. She should keep my nice Smiths. My wife and son aren't interested in shooting, so the rest will likely be sold. I hope they get decent value for them.

    The same thing happened with my dad. He passed from cancer about five years ago. He had 20-something guitars. My stepmom let my sister and I split them up. My sister plays guitar some and kept most of hers. I don't play guitar. I gave a couple to musician friends, kept one of his favorites just because, and sold most of them. The money became my handgun collection. :)

    I'm glad I saved the nice guitar (Martin) that he played so much. My daughter plays it now. His finger mark were still on the strings when my friend helped me change them out.
     
  14. milemaker13

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    All of them i guess.. but think about what you would have liked to receive as an heirloom. Now, it'd be great if all our ancestors would have bought and subsequently registered 1921 Thompsons or whatever you would just mess your pants over, right? But that is seldom the case in life. My grandfather had a little .22 revolver in his bedside tissue box til the end and that is the one that has been passed down. I cherish that gun not because of what it is but because of what it means.
    So in that light... maybe the muzzle loader i put together as a kid? Its certainly the one I've owned the longest and the one I have the strongest attachment to. Its definitely not my 'best' gun, lol.
     
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    1911, Sigs, S&W revolvers that at steel not scandium, Ruger revolvers.
     
  16. bannockburn

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    Easy: my Colt Combat Commander from Colt's Custom Gun Shop. Bright nickel finish, MMC rear sight, Gold Cup trigger and tuned to shoot like a Gold Cup but not nearly as fussy.

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    My trail companion for many years. Paid just under $200, back in the day. Before prices went crazy.
     
  18. drk1

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    Good question! Unfortunately, my folks disowned me in 1984, so all the stuff that my father and I had collected for decades went somewhere else. As a result, there aren't any family heirlooms. I don't have any family members to leave something to, but I have very close to friend, who passed away several years ago. I told him that I'd do what I could to care for his wife, but she has done more for me than I could ever do for her. They had 2 nephews and my will specifies that all the guns and gun related stuff goes to them. Just a week or two ago I asked one of them, the one less interested in guns, if he wanted the guns or the money and to my surprise he said "the guns!" So, I will try to push along to the end so that he and his brother can inherit. Oh, I forgot one. There is a Browning Sweet 16 that was my grandfather's. I guess that is my only real family heirloom. The nephews will get it along with the rest of the stuff... if it isn't all outlawed by then.
     
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  19. Iggy

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    I gave my Son and Grandson each a 6 inch S&W Model 19 recently. They'll get some more when I'm done with them.
    They each got a Nylon Remington .22 rifle several years ago. .
    Each of them also received a 300 H&H Magnum rifle.
    One was my Dad's and the other was mine.
     
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  20. huntsman

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    E1533B2D-F496-486A-8FE8-3FB258D712CD.jpeg #2 son has already claimed dibs on my Browning BDA.
     
  21. MedWheeler

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    George P writes:

    Same here. Ruger Police Service Six and old Charter Arms Undercover.

    Also on the list would be the newer Charter Arms Undercover I bought the day I was sworn in, back in 1987.

    From those handguns (we're in a handguns subforum) I bought new for "general fun" use, the nod would probably go to my Remington R1 Stainless Enhanced Commander. The first handgun I ever bought might make the cut, too; it's a Taurus Model 66 from 1987 (a few months before the Undercover mentioned above.)

    Well, I have a Ruger Mk-II from back then, too. Two of them, in fact.

    You know what? I can't narrow it down much beyond my dad's guns, so I'm out. ;)
     
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    Smart lad! I had it's not so distant cousin, the Beretta Model 84, and it was a great gun!
     
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  23. someguy2800

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    The first two things that came to my mind were 1911’s and revolvers. They are timeless.
     
  24. WestKentucky

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    Absolutely will be the guns I have rebuilt. I love taking trash and making treasure. When I am done, there is usually either nothing left or something that’s ugly but incredible. I’m very impatiently awaiting a couple things for my model 10 right now, and trying to find others a bit cheaper. I may just grab a mill at work to rough out the shape I want then finish up at home.
     
  25. FL-NC

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    I guess my first year Kimber.
     
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