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Gift for my Father's 50th.

Discussion in 'General Gun Discussions' started by knotquiteawake, Jul 18, 2011.

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  1. knotquiteawake

    knotquiteawake Member

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    My dad just recently got into guns in this last year and I want to get him something special for his 50th birthday which has actually come and gone and I've still not gotten him the "perfect" gift.
    He lives out in the country-ish and its just a short drive for him to get into some national forest land to go shooting where a lot of others do the same.

    Currently he has a Beretta 9mm, a S&W Glock-knockoff, and a Remington 870 shotgun. He's already got a big safe, extra mags, tons of ammo, lots of targets (i got him those neon glow targets for F-day), a trap launcher for the clay, lots of clay targets, home-made backstops to post targets onto, hearing protection, eye protection, a range bag, and pretty much anything else I can think of.

    Anyone have any suggestions that I could get him? It seems like he's pretty much all setup to shoot paper targets all day long and can shoot clay all day long too.

    My thought was maybe getting him a .22 rifle? Its the only thing he's lacking and personally I would want one if I were shooting out where he goes.

    He lives in California, and I'm in Texas so buying him a rifle seems complicated but not impossible.

    Any suggestions for a cool "new shooter" gift or .22 rifle suggestions (something classic looking). I can spend maybe 100-200 without too much pain.
     
  2. XM855

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    Marlin Model 60. It was my first gun, got it for around $140. I still love it.
     
  3. blakeci

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    I'm going to agree on the .22 rifle, lots of good ol' fashion fun for very little money.
     
  4. InkEd

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    He needs a revolver!
     
  5. Toforo

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    Which sports stores are in his area of California... BassPro? Cabellas? Academy - think "Gift Card"

    or...

    Worse comes to worse, you could buy him one of those Visa Gift Cards and send it to him with a suggestion of where and what you wanted to get him....
     
  6. duns

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    He lacks a revolver and a rifle. Do you know which he would prefer? Also, how much do you want to spend?
     
  7. chhodge69

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    Sounds like all he needs is you - go hunting with him.
     
  8. MistWolf

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    As he is 50, I'd get him a 50 caliber Sharps
     
  9. SharpsDressedMan

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    Find him a gun on ebay that was made in the year he was born, and have it shipped to a dealer near him (rather than to you...they have to ship it somewhere, right?). It could be a rifle, shotgun, or handgun (if it possible in CA.) At 50 years, a lot of guns qualify as curio & relics, but your dad might have to get a C&R license for those, and then he bypasses CA restrictions. I have a Colt .38 Super, Colt Det. Special, and Winchester Model 12 from 1952 (my birth year), all obtained from gunbroker and located there with a search for "1952" in titles and descriptions.
     
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    Good idea, look for a .22 rifle (Marlin is good, I have one (model 80) from 1930 that still functions perfectly) and try find a nice one manufactured in his birth year.

    You choose wether he would like a ss, auto, or bolt action. They made them in all those type actions.

    A nice High Standard 22 revolver from his birth year would cover both bases.
     
  11. whetrock

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    If I were you I would get him a nice nostalgic single action revolver in a fun and affordable cartridge such as the 22 lr my personal pick would be either the Ruger single six or the smaller Ruger Bearcat.
     
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    I'd get a Marlin or Henry .22 lever, a Ruger Single Six in .22, or a double barrel coach gun in 12 or 20ga. The last one is kinda different but I think they're cool and "old timey" so it would make a pretty nice gift.
     
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    I change my vote to the Henry Golden Boy!
     
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    Cablea's 50th Anniversary

    One of the Cablea's 50th anniversary models such as the Ruger Single Six!
     
  15. knotquiteawake

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    Ok, I think I was on the right track with the .22 rifle. I really liked the way the Marlins look there with the wood stocks. I Think he would really like a lever or bolt action (instead of a semi-auto) but I think the most I am going to be able to spend is around $200 and it looks like the retail for the Marlin lever actions are a bit higher and the bolt action one i see if black instead of wood. Any other lever action .22's I can look at as well?
     
  16. Yo Mama

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    I know we're in Gen Gun Discussion here, but I'll throw in a suggestion for a nice shiny knife. Engraving is easy, and if he already owns firearms he may appreciate a knife more.

    In CA, folder laws are less restrictive than fixed blades. I'd go with something classy like a Case stockman and have his name put on it.
     
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    Was he in the military? Maybe something he used when he was in. My dad served in the 1950's and he had an M-1 Garand so I got him one for Christmas about 20 years ago. Or did your dad have a favorite gun while growing up?
     
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    SharpsDressedMan is on the money with the birth year idea....I'd look for a 1952 Remington 550 .22 semi-auto. They have 100% metal parts with real a real blue finish and good solid hardwood stocks compared to a plastic and painted big box store rifle of today's vintage...They are a classic.
     
  19. knotquiteawake

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    No Military service. When he was 18 and working at an auto parts store he had a sawn off shotgun pointed at his face and had to empty the register. Ever since then he's been very anti-gun, I was never allowed to have toy guns growing up. Only now in the last few years he's finally come around (and come around a lot! with two hand guns and a shotgun).

    I'll have to snoop around for a 1952 gun, seems like a tall order to find a specific gun made in a specific year. Worth a try though because it will have that much more significance.
     
  20. HD Fboy

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    I think you need to look for a 1962 not a 1952!!
     
  21. SpentCasing

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    everyone needs at least one milsurp rifle! :cool:
     
  22. knotquiteawake

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    right... math... morning... not mixing.
     
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    I think the gift of you would be the best. If you show up with a nice 22 rifle and a brick of ammo, that will provide memories to last a lifetime.

    As I get older with a job and young family, I find it harder to find quality time to spend with my father. He has COPD and is now more limited than he was 10 years ago. I try my hardest to spend as much time with my parents as possible these days. My fondest memories are just spending time with him. I'm sure the same could be said for him.

    If you could make it possible, I'd urge you to go visit him and bring along a little something like a Marlin Model 60 with a brick of ammo to just go plink with. I'm sure that will make his 50th birthday something very special.
     
  24. Cal-gun Fan

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    Howabout one of the Cabelas 50th anniversary 10-22 rifles?
     
  25. MikeNice

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    A Heritage Rough Rider in the .22 combo would be a nice revolver for not much money. The combo comes with the .22LR and .22WMR cylinders. It is a small bore single action. I have put many rounds through one and it is nothing short of fun. The Heritage teamed with a lever action .22LR rifle would be a cool and low cost get up for Saturday plinking.

    Get one for his b-day and one for Christmas if finances permit.
     
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