Discussion in 'General Gun Discussions' started by Corpral_Agarn, Oct 9, 2018.
Once I get a good Garand I'll have all of the guns I need.
Then it's back to want and desire.
-Or the next gun show or pawn shop.
This is too much brain strain for an old geezer like me and I would get confused and forget what I was trying to figure out. I'm gonna pass on this one like I did the two handgun one.
Right now, right this minute: DShK-38
Just one is a hard call. The Johnson is high on my list of wants. But along the lines of MistWolf, it’d have to be the International Harvester my dad carried.
That's interesting. My father carried an International Harvester Garand in boot camp. Every now and then, he'd rattle off this number. Finally, I asked what the number was. He said "It's the serial number of the Garand I had to carry in boot camp. I had to memorize it. It was pounded so deep into my head, I'll never forget it until the day I die!"
A few years later, I came across a Garand at the gunshow, back when Blue Sky was bringing them in the country by the boatload. It was an International Harvester and the serial number brought back memories of Dad spouting off that mystery number at odd times. It sparked my memory enough to get very excited and negotiated a deal for it. I think I paid $375 for it. I took it to my father and gave it to him. I said "I think I've found your Garand- the one you carried in boot camp. Take a look at the serial number!"
Dad took it in his hands and stroked the wood in his hands. He opened the action, then studied the markings on the receiver while a far away look came into his eyes.
"Well?" I asked impatiently. "Is the same one?"
He smiled. "I have no idea, son. You can't expect me to remember that serial number after all these years."
Or a M1918 BAR. For those fans of the 30.06.
That is a good story. Interestingly enough, my dad did remember his gun’s serial number till the day he died. His story to me was that when it was issued to him his first thought was that they gave him a farm plow to take to war. And he learned, after qualifying Expert with it, that it was the finest rifle he’d ever hold in his hands. Somewhere I still have a few copies of 500 yard targets he’d shot. 10 rounds about the size of a softball.
I did know the serial number at one time. But in the 17 years since his passing I’ve since forgotten it. I need to go back through his paperwork and find it. I’ve seen it somewhere where he made a note of it. But then again, in looking, I’ve never even seen an IH for sale. I’m now just hoping to find one, not necessarily THE one.
Can’t say that I have a special gun that I want. But there’s one at the top of my want list. A Walther SP22. Don’t know why I want one, just do.
If I was going big, I'd want one of the new Mauser sporters in 9.3x62. The new Rigby's are nice too. More sensibly, a Ruger Old Model .45 convertible 4 5/8" and a minty XR3 grip frame with Sambar stag to put on it.
Apologizes for side tracking the thread, CMP announced yesterday the have refurbished IHC Garands right now.
Re-parkerized, new stock, new barrel but they may be 308W, I’ve slept since I read the e-mail.
Back to the original subject.
Unrealistically, I’d get ground towed 40mm Bofors.
Realistically, A brace of S&W K-32s
It HAS happened....here's a link. https://www.thehighroad.org/index.php?threads/man-hunts-down-fathers-war-rifle.394235/#post-4935874
My father was issued a Garand; however, that does not mean he carried one much. He stated a strong preference for the grease gun and that is what he actually carried. He has plenty of photos that show his houseboy carrying his Garand.
As I understand, he carried the Garand during the retreat (Korea); However, no one was stopping to take pictures. He once mentioned a time that he was down to fighting with a shovel; again, I do not know what he was supposed to be fighting with at that point (any situation that has modern soldiers in life and death fights, with a shovel, is an indicator that something went wrong). He did make it clear that he disliked the Garand in the war; however, he did use one for DCM competition, I now have that rifle in my safe.
I already own all of the guns I need and many more past that,,,
So I would go for something exotic as heck.
I recently saw a picture of a custom made drilling,,,
It was chambered for two .410 gauge and one .22 LR.
The dang thing had very delicate engravings of hummingbirds,,,
It was an outstandingly beautiful little gun.
That is what I would buy if I won a lottery.
I'd buy a Korraphila HSP 701. Because I'd like to shoot the heck out of one.
I have to say that would be interesting. I've owned a few British doubles but they weren't rifles. When african big game hunting went out of style and heavily regulated the double rifle and those heavy stopping cartridges like the 450 Nitro Express seemingly disappeared.
Death in the Tall Grass is worth a read.
Ruger precision rifle, ruger super redhawk, several S&W 357mag and a springfield 1911.
Ed Brown or Wilson top end build in .45ACP
Gold plated, diamond inlayed, Clint Eastwood signed, ivory gripped Hi-Point.
Would a gold inlaid AMT .380 Backup "signed" by John Wayne do?
It was in a local shop.
I think we have two very different types of answers. The first type is the "what gun do I really want." This might be for sentimental reasons, or it might be a fascination with that particular firearm.
The other group is looking at it from the point of, "what gun can I turn into the most cash, or into a steady stream of cash." The steady stream might be from having something that people will pay to shoot, or by some sort of a commission on the gun crews income.
I am not saying either is right or wrong, but it produces a very different sort of answers.
In a pinch.
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