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Vintage AND Unfired?

Discussion in 'General Gun Discussions' started by XxWINxX94, Mar 1, 2011.

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  1. XxWINxX94

    XxWINxX94 Member

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    Hello everyone,
    I would like to start sort of a show and tell thread, though this one might not have too many participants due to the subject, but it should be interesting.

    So heres what I was thinking:
    How many people have guns of a certain vintage, that you know are unfired/in original NIB condition that haven't had 1 round put through them?

    I'm not looking for the Glock you bought yesterday, but maybe a rifle you inherited, or revolver you bought many years ago that you haven't fired, or you think has never seen 1 shot.

    I don't mean to advocate not shooting your guns, I would just like to see if anyone has anything thats "older" that hasn't been shot yet, or is in Unfired/NIB condition.

    I'll start with a Winchester Model 94 Centennial Limited Edition in .30-30. I know for a fact that this gun was won by my Uncle in a shooting contest in 1994. When he past away, I found this gun in a case with the tags & safety stickers still on it and it was labeled as NIB. My Uncles old shooting buddies confirmed that the rifle was unfired because they were told by my uncle that this gun was not fired, or even touched all that much. I carefully examined the bore, chamber and other parts and determined that it had never been fired. Since I took posession of it, it has not been fired at all with live ammunition (only dry firing). So this makes this gun close to 17 years old and will remain unfired as long as it is in my possesion. I'm not sure my reasoning for this mentality, but I just think it adds uniqueness to my collection, having a gun thats kind of "old" that has never been fired.
    Check it out :cool:
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    So if anyone has any guns they think are sort of old that are Unfired/NIB lets see them!
     
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  2. Xfire68

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    Nice Winchester you have there!
     
  3. Hardtarget

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    When I was 17 my dad bought a Win 94. Brought it home, put it in the gun cabinet, and there it sat. Two months...six months...eleven months!....never moved. It was KILLING me! Then he gave it to me for Christmas!

    I just CANNOT imagine 17 plus years and never been shot! More power to ya'!

    That is a good looking rifle and one day some one will inherit a perfect rifle...and they will love it. Choose carefully. :D

    Mark
     
  4. lvalmont

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    hope youre using snap caps for the dry firing!
     
  5. XxWINxX94

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    Thank you!

    Yup, thats my goal. Hopefully one day it will go to someone who respects it as much as I do

    I actually didn't, I only dry fired it 2 times total, ever.
     
  6. SaxonPig

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    Over the past 45 years I have purchased a number of older guns that were in unfired condition. None remained that way.
     
  7. avs11054

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    I have a Model 12 Winchester 12 Gauge that my dad inherited from his dad (sorry, I still have not been able to figure out how to put pics in my posts). I called Winchester, and based off the serial number, they told me it was made in 1950. My dad always claimed it was unfired, however, I do not know his reasons for believing this. I never saw any original box or paperwork, so who knows. I do know, however, my dad never fired it, and it was passed on to me when he died, and I know I will never fire it. So I guess that's as close as I can get for now.
     
  8. PapaG

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    Got a third model Detective Special from and estate. Unfired but no box or papers. Only a very, very faint ring from the cylinder being turned a couple times.
     
  9. ColtPythonElite

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    Four Colts...I would have had a fifth one, but shot it the day after I bought it.
     
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  10. InkEd

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    Nice guns that never get fired.......sad.
     
  11. ColtPythonElite

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    I'm not shedding any tears. I've got a fired one or two, also.
     
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    I'd put a receiver sight on the Winchester and take it to the range, then to the woods. Actually, I almost bought one back then.

    Last year I bought a NIB S&W 24-3 6½" .44Spl off Gunbroker. It was 27yrs old and had never been fired. It's an excellent shooter!

    Same for a 16yr old Ruger Blackhawk Buckeye special .38-40/10mm convertible, an 8yr old Browning 53, a 28yr old Winchester 1971 NRA Centennial Rifle and a 15yr old Davidson's exclusive dovetail rear sight New Model Single Six.
     
  13. welldoya

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    I bought this Browning HP back in the 80s. Last year made and assembled in Belgium. Still has the original grease on it.

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    Bought this 10/22 in the late 90s. Never shot.

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    Also have a Browning A-5 magnum that's never been shot.
    And a Winchester 94 from the last year they were made that has never been shot.
    I just bought them because I wanted them. I have other guns that I shoot so I just never got around to shooting them.
     
  14. Manco

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    Philosophically, it seems that they're not truly guns unless they're fired, just exact replicas--mere relics from the same manufacturing facilities that never fulfilled their purpose and promise. :(;)
     
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    Nice Winchester. If I purchase something old in real good shape, it is generally because I want to keep it as a safe queen. So it would stay unfired or the condition I received it in until I died or sold it.
     
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    Here are a few of mine, all from collectors and sworn to have never been fired with no indication they have. All with box and the .30 M1 with shipping carton. The Detective Special was made in 1975 three years after Colt discontinued the 2nd issue and the .32 caliber. Colt made it from left over inventory by special order from a collector. The Colt 200th anniversary cavalry commemorative set was made by Colt and is an exact duplicate of the originals with matching serial numbers.

    Ruger Single Six Flatgate .22 cal. circa 1956
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    Colt Detective Special 2nd Issue .32 cal. circa 1975*
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    Ruger Blackhawk .30 M1 circa 1977
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    Colt Navy Percussion .44 Cal. Cavalry Commemorative circa 1977
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    I've got a circa 1966 Ruger 10/22 that a friend gave me. He said he "didn't think he ever fired it." It was in the box and appears pristine. I intend to fire it, though.;)
     
  18. XxWINxX94

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    Awesome guys! Some real gems here in such perfect condition. Its hard to just keep a gun that long and resist the urge to fire it. Thanks for the comments on my Winchester, I really like it alot and it means the world to me.

    Keep the guns & stories coming! Really good eye candy and some good stories here guys.
     
  19. WhistlinDixie

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    You should really start using that High Power, Welldoya
     
  20. Larry E

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    I've got guns I don't shoot frequently, but don't have a single one that's never been fired. Can't see much point in owning a gun that I never intended on shooting, but maybe it's the way I was brought up. :D
     
  21. welldoya

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    Yeh, I know you are right. I probably should. Maybe I will soon. 25 years is probably long enough to hold onto it without shooting it.
     
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    I have an Enfield No4 Mk2 that has never been fired. My M1D that I got from the CMP had never been fired since conversion to a D. I have shot the M1D and it is sweet.....chris3
     
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    +1 to inked's comment
     
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    Hello friends and neighbors // That is a beautiful Centennial Winchester 94 and a good story to go with it.

    Unfired firearms are not my specialty but I do have a few. With other guns of the same type I see no need to shoot these.

    1867 S&W Model 1 1/2, .32 rim fire. SWoneonhalf1867.jpg
    Of three gunsmiths only one thinks it may have been gone over. No cylinder line or discoloration, I agree with the two that say unfired.

    1937 H&R Model 299 "New Defender", .22 HRnewdefender.jpg
    This caught my eye when looking over a half dozen S&W revolvers from the 1890s-1940s.

    I just felt it was a work of art, discoloration of the cylinder indicated it was fired twice most likely at the factory.

    1958 Winchester Model 1200 RIOT, 12ga. Winchester%20complete.jpg
    This shotgun has never been assembled let alone fired.
    Not really rare or collectable but the price was right.

    1983 Colt Python, .357 coltpythons1983box1961shoot.jpg
    I also bought one made in 1961 to shoot and boy am I glad I did these babies perform.
    I wish the 61 was the NIB but the 1983 will have to do.
     
  25. PapaG

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    Picked up a 2 1/2" Diamondback a few years back from a friend...it had been sitting in a display case at his dad's gas station for years and the grip facing up was sun faded, the backstrap and the "downside" sideplate were lightly rusted and very lightly pitted. I gave him a "fair" price for it, both of us agreeing on condition and the need for careful restoration.

    Took it down to the shop, started to clean it up and found old factory oil hardened to a tan hard coating. Jeweler's loupe examination of cylinder face, top strap and barrel throat showed no use whatever. Thirty or more years old, looked not so good and unfired.

    Cleaned it up and corrected the unused part of the problem. Great shooter, accurate, and a nice CCW weapon when I'm out of the Republik where I live and can exercise my second ammendment rights.
     
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