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How cool would it be?

Discussion in 'General Gun Discussions' started by Warners, Mar 23, 2011.

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  1. Warners

    Warners Member

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    When I was in St. Louis last fall for one of my daughter's many soccer tournaments, we spent the better part of a day at the "city museum" in downtown St. Louis. VERY cool place. Here's one of the coolest things that I saw there....an old time shooting gallery. How cool would it be to have one of these? What would you shoot at one? A .22 rimfire? I wonder how difficult or feasible it would be to try to build one of these things today?

    Warner


    Here is a picture I took with my phone:

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  2. txhoghunter

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    Um....try to get me to leave my room for anything other than ammo if I get one of those ;)
     
  3. Warners

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    Hahahaha....exactly!

    Warner
     
  4. Manco

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    While the gallery is indisputably cool :cool:, I think I understand why the bald eagle became an endangered species at one point. :eek: What, no American flags on the bald eagle targets? ;)
     
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    Yeah but if you have one of those you HAVE TO shoot from the hip.
     
  6. grumpy66

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    I remember those when I was a young'un.

    .22 shorts, Remington (I think), ejected out the bottom, fed from the buttstock.
     
  7. Ala Dan

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    Yep, I remember those type targets as fired from "Gallery Guns" at the
    Alabama State Fair; many moons ago~! :cool: ;) :D
     
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    I went to The City Museum the last time I visited St. Louis. It's a tremendously cool place, like what would happen if Tim Burton got brought on to an episode of Junkyard Wars.
     
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    I believe most shooting galleries used a 22 short that was topped with a bullet made from graphite.The bullet would shatter on impact.
     
  10. Warners

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    Cool museum....I messed the hell out of my knee on that crazy 10 story slide though...almost all the way down the slide my knee must have been dragging against the edge and I hit a rivet or something. It still hurts today, in fact. But a very cool museum. My daughter wants to go back there this Spring or Summer with me and bring the wife this time.

    Warner

    PS - I'm seriously thinking about what it would take to build a simpler version of this type of thing......but it would have to be made in a way that would be able to handle 22 rimfire rounds....
     
  11. MattTheHat

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    Not to thread heist, but you know what I remember?

    Those fully automatic BB guns at the Texas State Fair. If you shot the star out of the center of the target you got some kind of prize. I recall they had an air line attached to them, which I assume ran to a compressor behind the booth.

    Now, one of those would be really fun with the above mentioned shooting gallery!


    -Matt
     
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    I believe most shooting galleries used a 22 short that was topped with a bullet made from graphite.The bullet would shatter on impact.

    "Gallery Short" at least that's what the box on the rounds I have says (have about 1000 rds someone gave me). They will splatter on something hard and will barely stick in a piece of soft pine.
     
  13. Larry Ashcraft

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    I remember one of those at the old Lakeside amusement park in Denver. I thought they used a Winchester 90 or 62, but it could have been a Remington.

    I have a Winchester 1890 "short only" .22 rifle that was passed down to me from my grandfather through my father. I've heard it referred to as a "gallery gun", but my great-grandfather ordered them new for all seven of his sons from Sears in the 1920s. Shorts were the cheapest ammunition then ($15 a case of 1000) so I guess that's why he ordered them that way.
     
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    What type of weapon(s) did state fairs use? I always thought it was some
    sort'a Remington, that loaded from the side* or back; but I am not sure~? :confused:

    *FootNote- right side, in the butt stock
     
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    carnival shoot gallery guns

    The most common gun was a Remington model 12 22 short. They had a cut on the bottom of the stock for security chains. There was a letter designation, but I don't remember what it was. I have a 12c, but that is a takedown target version. They all used a tubular magazine and a pump action. There was always a question if the sights on the carnival guns were a little off to limit the prizes won.
     
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    I'd go to the Tenn. St. Fair every year...and spend most of my money at the shooting gallery! Couldn't spend it ALL...had to eat something! :D

    Those should NOT be in a museum! They should be at a gun club and in working order and running every day. Too cool!

    Lets start making those things again. :D

    Mark
     
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    I seem to sort of very vaguely recall that there was a special .22 short-sized ammo..."Gallery Special" maybe (???) that used what is now called a 'frangible' bullet
     
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    OH how I remember going to the county fair with my Grandfather and my Dad and spending what seemed like hours at the shooting gallery.
    The same grandfather gave me for my 6th birthday a Stevens visible loading
    pump action 22 rifle. Shorts,longs or long rifle.
    I still have the rifle(laying on the desk top in front of me.) Around 10 years ago a great friend of mine was going to school at the Colorado school of trades.
    He needed a gun to redo for his class and he asked for my Stevens.
    It looks better than it ever did. Like a brand new browning. Thanks Mike.
    On sunny summer days I take it out and shoot it with my son.
    My Grandfather and Dad and those galleries are gone now, But I still have my Stevens.
    The day I went to the fair and they had those lame cork guns, Wow this sucks I told my Dad. All he said was, Yes they do.
    I feel sorry for today's kids, They will never know just how fun it was to be a kid 45 years ago.
     
  20. Warners

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    Yeah, I found that same article yesterday. I can TOTALLY see myself building one of those this Spring/Summer. It could actually be used in the basement with a pellet gun. The only thing that sucks about that is I'd want a semi auto, and all I have is a Benjamin .22 pellet gun that is a pump up type.....that gets old real quick. I wonder if the design could be modified to handle the BB caps or CB caps out of a .22 revolver?

    Warner
     
  21. Warners

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    Do you think the colibri or super colibri would be okay to shoot in a basement? At about a 15 foot range? I may build one of these galleries and try it with my .22 revolver......the ballistics on these rounds are less than what my Benjamin .22 pellet rifle does....

    Warner
     
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    More than 50 years ago I shot in galleries like that on Coney Island, NYC, .22 shorts as I recall. Lots of fun.
     
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    Twenty years ago I bought a gallery gun at a garage sale for a buck. It was well used, or else they came with a smooth bore barrel.
     
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    $15.00/1000rounds??

    Thats not very cheap! especially in 1920s money. I used to buy 500 longrifle for under 4 bucks.
     
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