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Shot my Dad's gun the other day.

Discussion in 'General Gun Discussions' started by BamBam-31, Apr 6, 2005.

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  1. BamBam-31

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    A little Colt Diamondback .38 Special. He purchased it some time in the early '80's for home defense, so I'm guessing it's a '70's production gun (R393XX). Pretty accurate little pistol for such a short barrel (2 1/2"?). DA trigger is a bit heavy, but SA trigger is nice and crisp. It feels a bit strange in my hands (I'm more accustomed to semi-auto grip angles), but it shot well nonetheless.

    He never shot it, being the type to buy and not practice, so he gave it to me a few years back when I started collecting guns myself. I've only shot it on two or three other occasions myself, it being an older piece in near-new condition. I decided to shoot it again a couple weeks back.

    You see, my father passed away last month. He battled lung cancer for several years, living much longer than the three months the doctors initially gave him. He lived long enough to see and hold his first grandchild, my newborn son. He was a good man, hard-working, strict, and honest. I miss him so much, all I can do is hold my own son.

    I don't think I'll shoot the Colt much anymore. Just had to shoot a box through it that day. I'll probably just clean it up and oil it, then buy a nice little box for it. When my son's old enough, I'm gonna bring out Grandpa's old Diamondback and teach my son a little about shooting. And maybe a little about Grandpa, too.
     

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  2. akviper

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    I ended up with several of my father's guns when he passed away. I plan to keep them in the family and give them to my sons later. I wrote a "history" on each giving information as to how it was acquired and what he used it for. I hope that they will continue to pass through the family and the history will build. You have a pretty unique revolver that should collect quite a story over the next century. I think your son will appreciate what you are doing.
     
  3. chickenfried

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    Sorry about your Dad, Bam. Touching post. I'm really envious of you guys that have a tradition of firearms in your families. I can imagine the memories those old guns carry with them.
     
  4. Standing Wolf

    Standing Wolf Member in memoriam

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    I hope so. An awful lot of kids don't have fathers or grandfathers any more, still less any solid connections to them.
     
  5. Missouri Mule

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    Sorry to hear about you losing your Dad.
    I lost mine in '99.
    The loss doesn't get any less difficult. But it will eventually get easier to deal with. As the saying goes, Life goes on.....

    By the way, awesome little Colt!
     
  6. entropy

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    Your post made me smile a bit, then get all misty eyed. (Really, it's just the allergies... :( )
    Sounds like your Dad was a great man. And he left you a great gun! Cherish it, give it to your son when you know he's ready, and it sounds like you'd better teach him more than a little about his Grandpa!

    And now you know the legacy he left you.

    Like the Paul Overstreet song says, "I'm seein' my father in me, I guess how it's meant to be, and I find I'm more and more like him each day. I notice I walk the way he walks, I notice I talk the way he talks.....and I'm happy to see my father in me." God Bless You. :)
     
  7. Bear Gulch

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    I feel very lucky, I still have my dad. He is 84 and his alzheimer's has taken much of him from us. But thank you for reminding me to be grateful! My son has been lucky to get to know his Grampy!
     
  8. Clean97GTI

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    My grandfather's gun collection has been passed on from my father to me. My dad likes to shoot on occasion, but has far less interest in firearms than I do.

    The collection included:
    1942 03A3 built by Remington
    Springfield Armory model 1899 carbine (.30-40 KRAG)
    Colt DA-38 (yup, in .38 long colt)
    6.5mm Arisaka carbine
    7.7 Arisaka rifle (mum intact)
    FN-Herstal 1910 in .32acp
    Marlin model 39 (not a 39A)
    Yugo Model M98 (just a captured K98 action)

    I really enjoy shooting these guns and hope one day to pass them onto a son. Don't have one yet though.
     
  9. magsnubby

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    BamBam31,
    You have my sincerest sympathy. I lost my dad in January. I had bought him a Tuarus 85 .38 as a Christmas present a few years ago. Mom gave it back to me a couple of days after he passed away. Two days before his funeral i took it to the range. I only put about 100 rounds through it but, somehow just shooting it, made me feel alot better. I haven't had a chance to shoot his old S&W .38 (he bought it in 1941) yet,i guess i'm just waiting for the right time.

    Someday you're son will be awfully proud of learning to shoot "Grandpa's old Colt"
     
  10. BamBam-31

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    Thanks for the thoughts, guys. Every little bit takes a weight off my soul. :)
     
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    BamBam, that's a great and heartbreaking story at the same time. I'm very sorry for your loss.
     
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    This is the best thread I've read in a long time. Sorry about your father.
     
  13. foghornl

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    BamBam-31:

    Shoot it every once in a while for your Dad, and use it to teach the kids about 2 things...

    1. Grandad
    2. All the important RKBA things, and their personal repsonsibility for their own safety and defense...as Grandad knew about it.
     
  14. Black Majik

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    Very moving post, Mike...

    You have my sincerest sympathy. I do agree to take the gun out every once in a while to shoot a box thru in memory of your father.

    You son will appreciate the little Colt very much, very much family history and sentimental value in it.
     
  15. Fred Fuller

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    Those of us who have something passed down are lucky to have a piece of the past, a reminder of people dear to us. These things are physical connections to times and places and people now gone, keys to memories that are almost time machines in their power to evoke the past. These objects may be relatively prosaic, but their power is understood by people who place value where it really lies. They see to it that these things get passed on.

    And that is how it is done, has been done for as long as there have been treasured objects of use in the field. They have been handed down across the years and across the generations, from wrinkled hands to smooth.

    That is as it should be. I hope it stays that way as long as there is an outdoors and people to enjoy it.

    Your story brought to mind a similar piece that I have never forgotten. One of the best treatments of the theme ever written appeared in the _Field & Stream_ of my own youth many years ago. It was good enough that the editors of the much changed modern version of that magazine still see fit to keep it available in digital form. If you'd like to read it, here's the link to the inimitable Corey Ford's Lower Forty column, titled "Across The Years."

    http://www.fieldandstream.com/fieldstream/hunting/article/0,13199,394327,00.html

    lpl/nc
     
  16. Bob F.

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    Yeah, what they said; me too.
     
  17. P95Carry

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    Bam-Bam - I too am touched by this post. My Dad died '97 - and sadly had had to give up shooting many years previous due to parkinson's. Even more sad - I have no guns that could be handed down by him.

    Your experience is probably quite a common one but - somehow the gun is a link to the departed - I know it sounds crass to say it but - the gun holds ''something'' of the previous owner. Imagine if you will this scenario. You take said gun to the range and shoot it - enjoying the delightful perfection of quality engineering but - stop also and imagine. There is your dad .. a sorta ''fly on the wall'' - watching to see you enjoy and, most likely wishing you nothing but pleasure and very little remorse.

    Put it away again by all means - and for sure - pass it on later... but do your Dad a favor too - just now and again - as a salute to him and a favor to yourself. Go shoot it again - let it be a link such that despite how much you will still miss him - it helps in a way to ''connect'' ... honor a memory if you will. I sincerely hope when I am gone, my son will do just this - and embrace any grief by balancing the books with some celebration too.

    In a sorta similar vein - Take a peek at this thread - Last Range Visit - where I relate a story about a dear old friend I used to shoot with - and realize that guns do so many times, forge and cement things dear to us.
     
  18. GILROY

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    Nice piece of memory bro'. Lost my dad in 87 from diabetes complications, 3 weeks before my first was born. Nearly killed me too. Cried often for 5 years. Now just a precious, happy memory. I have his guns, tools and his old pickup in the drive. The guns rarely leave the safe. I just thank the Lord that he gave me a good dad that gave me an example of how to be one. Not everybody had that. hang in there Bro', it will get better.
     
  19. ibontop

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    BAMBAM,

    I actually been lurking for a bit, but Registered Just because of your post!

    You keep hold of that gun and remember your dad every time you touch it. Shoot it if you will. I am Very sorry to hear about your recent loss, and I know, it hurts. I am also very thankful that he got to hang on life till he held his grandchild.

    You see, I lost my father after a 4 month battle with pancreatic cancer a yr ago last february. LUckily, I was able to bring all his grandkids up to Chicago to see him before he died. One of the kids he never got a chance to meet till he was dying.

    The one thing I was able to get from his widow that means the most to me is a S&W 586. I "sold " him that gun in 1987, because he knew I needed the money. But from that, he took up shooting for fun.

    Now every time I go shoot, I will bring and shoot it, kinda like the gangsta's pourin a little out to tha brothers that dead before drinking.

    Nuff my rambling, but good show Sir, keep that Colt, no matter how broke you get. And thanks for the reminder, you made my anger that I am feeling towards my teenage son after our latest fight drop down a notch.
     
  20. BamBam-31

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    Never thought remembrance of my Dad would affect people the way it has. Just thought it'd be cathartic. Does my heart good to see it resonating with other fathers and sons. I hope you're seeing this, Dad. :)
     
  21. Don't Tread On Me

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    It is posts like these that make me so very angry when I hear of gun-banners and gun-controllers refusing to acknowledge guns as valueble family property. I would be DAMNED if I ever let some government confiscate a handgun that my father gave to me.


    I feel terrible for those people in Australia and England who lost firearms that had been in their family for over 100 years. Sad.


    A painting, a vose, a pen, a watch can all be special items of inheritance or sentimental value, OH NO, but not a gun. Guns are "special". :fire:



    Sorry to hear about your dad, touching post.
     
  22. BamBam-31

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    Happy Father's Day, Dad. :)
     
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    Father's Day bump! :)

    Hope everyone's showing love to their Dads today! ;)
     
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    Excellent post, Bam.

    Be good to your children, fathers. I wish I had a father as good as Bam's. The best I can do is hope to right the wrongs of my father when my wife and I start our own family.

    Oh, and try not to baby that Colt TOO much! If it's pristine, yes, it's worth more, but are you really going to sell a Colt revolver your dad gave you? Take it out on his birthday, Father's Day, Memorial Day (was he a vet?), opening day of his favorite sport, or whatever.
     
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    Call Your Father, Guys, And Tell Him Ya Love Him.
     
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