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What gun(s) are you being buried with when you die and why?

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  1. bannockburn

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    Actually none of them though it's always been my wish to have a Viking's funeral (probably from watching too much TV when I was a kid with movies like "The Vikings" and "Beau Geste"). I have already asked the kids what they want and they will get them some time before so I can see them get some use and enjoyment out of them while I'm still around.
     
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  2. Sistema1927

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    As a pastor I have conducted a number of funerals over the years. To my knowledge, none of those that I officiated over had any firearms buried with them. I have seen some strange things otherwise.
     
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  3. G.E. Lee

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    After a beloved 14 year old hunting dog died, I buried her with a shotgun shell. If I had included a shotgun in the grave she would have come back to life and told me to mourn for a year, get another dog, and use that shotgun to shoot more birds, which I did...

    My mother is 94 and will be cremated. She wants me to scatter her ashes near my favorite deer hunting tree stand...
     
  4. WheelGunMan

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    Why would I want to take a gun to my grave? I would much rather bequeath them to an avid gun enthusiast such as myself where they would get range time doing what they were designed to do...shoot...and hopefully bring someone else the same pleasure as they brought me.
     
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  5. Labguy47

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    I have one old revolver not worth much with only about 40% bluing left. It’s a S&W mod 10 3” with sq butt. It is on its second hogue grip. And it rides in Galco highrise holster that is well worn. My daughter always jokes I’m gonna be burried with it.
     
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  6. bearman49709

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    I didn't twist anything. Not only did you post it you ment it!
     
  7. Kendahl

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    None. All my guns are in good enough condition to serve someone else indefinitely. Why bury them with me? After I'm dead, I'll never shoot them again.
     
  8. mokin

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    I thought it would be nice to be buried with my stainless Ruger MkII and Gerber MkII.
     
  9. WestKentucky

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    Not to be morbid, but when a person dies, the body decays and the resulting atmosphere will degrade any gun in the box pretty quickly.

    Beyond that I see no purpose in taking a fine firearm out of the hands of my family and wasting it by putting it in the ground with a corpse.

    And further more, who wants to risk armed zombies??? Even if it’s me that thevarmed zombie.
     
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  10. BWS

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    I probably should get one of those high powered,pump up squirt guns?
     
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  11. SamT1

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    Seems like someone’s always wanting to sell me some retirement account. I just tell them I’m on the rapture plan.
     
  12. armedwalleye

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    No guns in the box. I'm planning on "Eternity" being something of a friendlier place. I am, however, planning to take a particular Rapala Shad Rap and a couple favorite colored jigs with me. Being heaven, I figure I should be able to borrow a rod...
     
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  13. Deus Machina

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    In all honesty, I plan to be cremated.
    If there's one gun I'm that attached to, I'll have it engraved or have a picture and note epoxied onto the stock, or at least on a plaque attached to a sling or something.
    After all, you really die twice. That would delay the final, true death.
     
  14. JTHunter

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    None.
    If I live long enough, most will go to my nephew but he isn't even a teen yet. I have no kids and my brother & SIL are too close to my own age to make them a viable choice. I have one friend that is now out of state (he moved from Illinois to find work) and he might get one or two from me.
     
  15. Steel Hayes

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    None, my boys are getting all the handguns, my 3 rifles and my prized possession is being donated to a museum.
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  16. 460Shooter

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    I agree. I picture the afterlife being a lot less "Gimme your wallet!" and a lot more purple and bendy........ maybe with some sparkles too.

    You know, sort of like what you'd imagine Prince's living room to be like, but without the incense and uncomfortable ambiguity.

    At the most I could see having a 45 Colt or ACP tossed in my tree feeding biobag I'm dumped in. Although, why even waste that cartridge?
     
  17. Frulk

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    More than once I've been in late night discussions around a fire or in deer camp were the topic was exactly what the OP asked or along the lines of 'if you could only keep one gun and why'. We usually had a beer in hand and were always more interested in the story behind the choice because it was all being asked in a hypothetical fashion anyways. And even if somebody was dead serious about actually being buried with a gun (and a friend or two stated they were) none of us found it odd. They said why the gun meant something to them and we seemed to understand. We never got too deep into the philosophy along the lines of 'a waste of a good gun' etc.

    I'm planning on being cremated and having my ashes scattered on my wife's great grandparents ancestral homestead north of 'The Highline' in eastern Montana. Kids have explicit instructions to mix mine, the wife's and our Jack Russell /Blue Heelers ashes before doing that.

    But back to the OP's question. "IF" I was to be buried with a gun it would be a stainless, birds-head grip Ruger Single 6 in .32 H&R mag. Back in 2003 I was sitting in my commanders office (ex-Marine aviator, flew combat missions in Vietnam and on one brought back a crippled F4). After Vietnam he had a break in service, went to school and received a doctorate and came back to active duty after a service transfer. One of the most honorable and moral men I've ever met. I was his squadron super at the time. At the end of the day when everyone had gone home we would discuss the pressing issues that developed or shoot the breeze (sometimes about guns). He was close to retirement and during one of those end-of-day discussions tossed me an annual gun magazine catalog reviewing everything for the year. Stated he was gifting himself an M1 for his retirement (seem to remember it was in a wooden crate, maybe the Springfield Iwo Jima edition). Asked what one gun I would pick for myself for retirement. Looked through it a while and saw that Ruger. Explained I really liked the birds-head single actions (kinda rare at that time) and the caliber. Tossed the mag back and thought nothing more of it. Wasn't planning on retiring for 3 more years.

    At his retirement a few months later we presented him with the traditional military gifts. He was very appreciative and explained that it was his philosophy the retiree should be the one giving gifts to the people that got them to the point were they could retire. He passed out numerous gifts and eventually called me up, handed me a small gift-wrapped box and paraphrasing somewhat "You're the very last of a long line of SNCO's that got me here, so I guess this belongs to you. Open it when you get home". It was that Ruger.

    If the colonel called tonight and said he needed me tomorrow at 0500hrs barefoot, wearing nothing but a kilt and playing bagpipes to lead the unit across freshly broken bottle shards through the front gate of Hell itself I'd be 30 minutes early to ensure the formation is dressed and covered before he got there.
     
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  18. Mn Fats

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    I'll be cremated but either way my guns will remain above ground. But I don't see why you shouldn't bring a gun with if you want to. It's funny people seem amazed. You get buried in a suit you'll never use in an expensive comfortable box, but add a gun to that and suddenly it doesn't make sense? If the op had family (or other) he wanted this gun to go to then I'd imagine he wouldn't want it buried. To each thier own.
     
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  19. TheSquire

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    Most of my guns I have little emotional attachment to, they are tools or they are 'toys'. However, my Winchester '94 and my damascus barrelled sxs hammer gun will be the last to go. They were my first rifle and first shotgun and when my time comes they will pass to one of my sons, hopefully for their kids but I'll be dead so, what does it matter?
    Bury me / cremate me naked in a cardboard box, I don't mind much, save the cash for the party!
     
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  20. theotherwaldo

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    I hope to have many of my guns on display in a museum that I'm trying to get organized. It is to be within the first permanent American Legion post building in America, just down the street from my library.
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    The rest can be kept or sold by my youngest sister.
    I may take my old 1858 Remington clone with me if I'm still able to crawl into my cave and blast the mouth shut.
    After all, it was with me when I found the cave, 45 years ago.
     
  21. bassjam

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    I’d be fine being buried naked, wrapped in an old sheet and put in a plain wooden coffin. There’s no need to take anything more with me.

    I have kids that I want to be able to enjoy my guns. There's a few I hope they hang on to but I'd even be fine if they sold or traded some away, to me there's not much point in keeping something in the safe that you don't enjoy using.
     
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  22. SamT1

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    I guess trees need iron.
     
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    NONE.

    My guns (other than my wife's AR-7) go to my sons.

    The potential exception is the 5.7mm Johnson carbine. If they're not willing to pick up the torch on a wildcat cartridge, then I have asked that it go to my friend who lives "off-the-grid" in Northern Arkansas building AR-10s that actually work.
     
  24. Erik M

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    This has turned out to be a far more philosophical thread than I expected.
     
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