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What's the holy grail of firearms?

Discussion in 'General Gun Discussions' started by Axman, Oct 18, 2006.

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  1. Axman

    Axman Member

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    I've been thinking of this because collectors of all kinds have a holy grail in their hobby. Baseball card collectors call it a Honus Wagner. Coin collectors may call it a 1955 doubled die penny. Car collectors may call it a gull wing Mercedes. But for those who collect guns what is it? A true Browning Colt 1911? A Dirty Harry .44 Magnum S&W? Maybe the Thompson sub-machinegun?
     
  2. Gord

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    Baseball cards and stamps are one thing; guns are a much more varied medium and I suppose it'd depend on what you collect - Civil War firearms? Lugers? Mosin-Nagants?
     
  3. Biker

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    For me? The Thompson sub-gun. I have dreams in which a Thompson sporting a 60 round drum is running down a sunny beach toward me much like Bo Derek did in "10", only with AC-DC's "Whole Lotta Rosie" playing in the soundtrack instead of Ravel's "Bolero".

    Ahhh...

    Biker
     
  4. Axman

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    Personally, I wouldn't mind getting ahold of an M-3 "Grease Gun". Just because!
     
  5. Texas Moon

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    Depends on the collector and his/her tastes.

    A Walker Colt, or coffee mill Sharps are WAY up there $$$$ wise.
    Any firearm with provenance to famous people also way up there.
    Can you imagine what Pat garrett's SAA would be worth?
    It was auctioned a few years back.
     
  6. Correia

    Correia Moderator Emeritus

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    I'm guessing that one of the items that would be sought after would be one of the legendary .45 Army test Lugers.
     
  7. Starter52

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    +1 on the .45 Luger and the Walker Colt. I would add the Colt Peacemaker serial number 1, but I've heard it was located in Vermont a few years ago.
     
  8. Dr.Rob

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    Georg Luger's 6 shot 'baby.' One only known to exist.

    The 45's are down right plentiful in comparison.

    Walker Colts are probably one of the most sought after American arms.

    For me it's a Colt marked BAR or an 1878 Colt DA Revolver with a London barrel adress.
     
  9. DogBonz

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    DAMN!!!

    You beat me to it.

    Although, being a bit of a history buff (actually more like Dork), the Hamilton & Burr dueling set would make a great corner stone for any collection.
     
  10. Axman

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    Bonz, that'd be a good set to add. I've seen exact replicas but are the originals around somewhere?
     
  11. Zundfolge

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    Followed closely by the HK P7M7.

    Thing is neither gun is "sought after" as they are all accounted for and not for sale.
     
  12. Harry Paget Flashman

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    A 100% reliable KelTec P3AT right out of the box. I tried two and gave up. I'm sticking with the J-frame.
     
  13. Geronimo45

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    A Colt Thompson, pre-mil model, 100 round drum.
     
  14. 1KPerDay

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    LOLOLOLOL :D
     
  15. DogBonz

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    I found the dueling pistols

    The Pistols
    Others have attributed Hamilton's apparent misfire to the hair-triggered design of one of the Wogdon dueling pistols, both of which survive today. One of the pistols has a flint-lock firing mechanism and the other has been converted from the original flint to a percussion firing mechanism. When asked by Pendleton before the duel if he would have the "hair-spring" pistol, Hamilton reportedly replied "not this time."[23]

    The pistols belonged to Hamilton's brother-in-law, John Barker Church, who was a business partner of both Hamilton and Burr. He purchased the pistols in London in 1797. They had previously been used in a 1799 duel between Church and Burr, in which neither man was injured. In 1801, Hamilton's son, Philip, used them in a duel in which he died. In 1930 the pistols were sold to the Chase Manhattan Bank, now preserved by JPMorgan Chase & Co.
     
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    Finnish marked GP-35 "Browning Hi Power"!
     
  17. TexasRifleman

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    A genuine Colt Walker Revolver is #1 on my list, not that I'll ever have one.
     
  18. db_tanker

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    heh...

    MY Unicorn would be this...


    Winchester model of 1894 with a serial number of 1


    Not much in some eyes, but the Winchester will always be THE rifle. :)


    D
     
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    A nice looking glock. That would be a find! :D

    Actually, i think an HK G11 would be the holy grail of guns
     
  20. Kentak

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    I'm not that kind of a collector, but you'd have to narrow it down to a historical period, country, manufacturer, or designer, I suppose.

    I once saw a case of Confederate pistols at a Civil War show that contained some beautiful specimens. Some had sequential serial numbers. They were not for sale by the older gentleman who was displaying them. They represented a lifetime of collecting.

    K
     
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    I'm sure there have been more expensive guns, its fun to go to the greg martin auction site to see the highlights and top lots from their auctions. Frequently go into 6 figures. Next auction is Nov. 6.

    http://www.gmartin-auctions.com/gma/archive.html :what:
     
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    I think a registered mag, short barrel, NIB with all the goodies would be about perfect, at least for me. Joe
     
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    Gas trap Garand.
     
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    I have several "holy grails".

    1. A Colt Monitor, which is a version of the Browning BAR automatic rifle that
    was sold legaly to civilians before the passage of the National Firearms Act.

    2. A new in the box, unissued MG-42 GPMG with it's issued tripod and optical
    sight. And a pallet of linked 7.92X57 ammo. :)

    3. One of the few Australian Lithgow L1A1s with coachwood furniture that
    were imported just before Pappa Bush banned further importation by Presidential decree.:mad:
     
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    There is nothing rare or exotic out there that I wouldn't rather have the cash equivalent for to burn on my rod & gun club, ammunition or other pursuits with my family, even if I had a spare half million laying around.

    I'd rather collect skills or memories than objects.
     
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