Discussion in 'General Gun Discussions' started by sxshep, Sep 24, 2010.
Eli whitney 1852 mississippi musket
english Tower brown bess flintlock
1903 Springfield sporterized by grandpa
inherited guns just reek of the history of those who came before us.
if we want to keep them we will vote and elect a more pro freedom govt.
i have my fathers ithaca hammerless double 12 and colt agent .38
and my moms raven .25acp she bought when we moved from florida in 1981.
but truth to tell id be ecstatic if they still protected their former owners.
i miss them and hope to see them again someday
C96 Broomhandle matching serial #s indicate mfgr, date apx. 1917 Brought back by my great uncle, 6th armored division, 3rd army, under General Patton at the Battle of the Buldge. After this picture was taken, I took the gun to a gunsmith, who cleaned and lubed it and pronounced it safe to fire. I have about 100 rounds through it in honor of my great Uncle. It is now retired to the safe.
The story is that at the age of 18, my dad was with a group of friends outside the town tavern. It was during deer hunting season in central Michigan. An older imbiber staggered out of the bar in need of a few dollars for some more beer. Dad asked if he had his rifle in his car and did he want to sell it. The guy accepted dad's offer of $5.00, gave him the rifle and happily went back into the tavern for his fill of ten cent shells.
Dad has been gone for a year(died at 90). I still have and will use the Marlin if I hunt again. I got my first 8 point with it in 1958. Haven't used it much but I think my grandson might.
I was also handed down a Smith & Wesson Model 1 1/2.
My Dad's 30-40 Krag
My dad gave me his 30-40 Krag when I turned 13 and passed the NRA Hunter Safety course. It was my right of passage. I cherish that rifle, more so now that he has passed on.
If I recall, he bought it after he got out of serving in the Navy in WWII. He said a local business owner had just put it in the front window of his shop with a $12 price tag on it as my dad was walking into the store. (Man, how things have changed!!)
I remember getting "looks" and comments from hunting buddies when I showed up with my Krag for a day of hunting. It's kind of heavy & not very pretty, but it'll knock down deer like nobody's business, as long as I do my part!
I haven't been hunting for too many years, but I think it's time for a change. Guess I better start learning how to reload.
Everything is gone...
...I inherited from Mentors & Elders and Special folks I worked with
What I do have are "replacements", or "reminders". I still miss the miss folks these are all attached to.
So much is gone and I have accepted the fact, I never can or will be able to replace these firearms, that said:
-Marlin 60. When my lady partner was dying, she made me promise to go buy myself one, and I did.
-Colt Detective Special, circa 1928.
-H&R ".22 Special" seven shot revolver.
-H&R Topper Jr., 098, Youth 20 ga single shot shotgun.
This is all I have left, period! Except one more handgun used for CCW, and this one has no sentiment, or soul. Hell, the damn thing is plastic!
I still habe another much more worn Springfield from my other grandfather (who I never knew) along with a couple turn of the century cheap double hammer 12 ga. From his collection, I also have a Harper's Ferry 1855 rifle which becomes my favorite.
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