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Old 01-26-2017, 08:17 PM   #1
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Guns that you just go nuts for

So what's the gun that just makes you go weak in the knees every time you see one, or makes you instinctively reach for your wallet?

For me it's classic pump action Winchester .22's. (Model's 1890, 1906, 62A, & 610)



Of that list, the only I don't have is the 1906. My very first .22LR was an 1890 in .22 Short. My next purchase was a nearly mint condition model 61 (hammerless pump action). Then I found a 62A that was a former shooting gallery gun from the 1920's & 30's. Mine has the logo of the shooting gallery company engraved in the stock, the company was called "5 Spot".


Lastly, I picked up a mint condition, made in the 1970's Rossi 62A which is a direct copy of the Winchester 62A. And I must say, it's a VERY nice copy and a first rate .22lr in every way.


Every one of them is wickedly accurate, fast action, and just a TON OF FUN to shoot. And further icing on the cake, they're all takedown guns also.


I'm also a sucker for Winchester 94's.
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Old 01-26-2017, 08:25 PM   #2
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Thompsons, GI 1911s, genuine Colt Model M's (not that new abomination whose resemblance is only skin deep)...

Not so much on the reachin' for the wallet, there's just not much wallet to reach for. lol (Seriously, as a freelancer I have to cut a check to the IRS every month... and from what they tell me it COSTS them more to process my payments than they get out of me making 'em, I'm that small-potatoes in cash-flow.)
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Old 01-27-2017, 01:47 AM   #3
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A Browning 1910 in .380 or .32 the problem is the price is equal to a new SIG or higher.
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Who notes there is one really bad one with a coat of ceracoat that goes from shop to shop..and still overpriced.
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Old 01-27-2017, 06:23 AM   #4
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Oh my the list is long:

1911s
Anything with King sights
Winchester Model 92s
Remington Model 14 1/2
Remington Model 25
Winchester Model 43
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Old 01-27-2017, 07:34 AM   #5
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I like the Colt prewar Autos, 1908, 1903, etc.






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Old 01-27-2017, 10:32 AM   #6
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A Browning 1910 in .380 or .32 the problem is the price is equal to a new SIG or higher.
Geoff
Who notes there is one really bad one with a coat of ceracoat that goes from shop to shop..and still overpriced.
Yeah it's as much as a new Sig, but it's worth it. First, you already have a good full sized pistol. But more importantly, you need to fill that void!!

So there's the 1910 in .32, but most .380's are the model 1955 which is the re-issue of the model 10. Most 1910's will have a good deal of it's finish missing. Most 1955's are mostly .380's and typically are in excellent+ condition.

I've owned both and they're just damn cool pistols. Sight's are horrible due to the preferences of that time period.

So go get you one Geoff, you only go around once.

But a 1910/55 is a downright decent pocket auto. Always wondered what they'd be like with good sights, a more prominent safety lever, and an aluminum frame...that would be a cool pistol indeed!
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Oh my the list is long:

1911s
Anything with King sights
Winchester Model 92s
Remington Model 14 1/2
Remington Model 25
Winchester Model 43
Oh man, a Remington 14 1/2 in .25-20...oooh, I'd get downright irrational over one of those.
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So the photos in my original post are just what I found online. Here's a "Family Portrait" of my pump action Winchester .22's.

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Ditto for John Browning's early autos. Aesthetically, mechanically, and functionally pleasing. What's not to love?
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Old 01-27-2017, 12:20 PM   #10
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Just for the record the model 14 1/2 was chambered for .38-40 (my fave) and .44-40.

The Model 25 was chambered for .25-20 and .32-20. my pet is the .32-20.

Strangely there seem to be more .25-20s than .32s
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I seem to have a soft spot for Colt Pythons and Diamonbacks, .22 Smith K-frames, and Smith 28s.
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I seem to have a soft spot for Colt Pythons and Diamonbacks, .22 Smith K-frames, and Smith 28s.
But Python's will go out of time if you just look at them funny
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Old 01-28-2017, 04:29 AM   #13
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A gun show here in FL last year had someone closing out their collection.

A three gun Browning Pistol Box set was available at $2,500.00, the Renaissance Engraved set had a current bid of $5,999...and was listed as open for another 30 days.

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Who notes the 1910 / 1955 .380 Browning compares favorably to the Ruger LC9s Pro and the Pro has better sights and trigger and lacks the very strong grip safety.
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Old 01-28-2017, 11:50 AM   #14
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I'm developing a lever gun fetish, too much Chuck Connors early in the a.m. I reckon.


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Old 01-28-2017, 03:42 PM   #15
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To All,

Model 760 Remington pump-rifles in the "oddball calibers" & the Colt's Model of 1908 pistols.
(One of these days maybe I'll have collected them all??)

yours, sw
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Old 01-28-2017, 11:07 PM   #16
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Being cool doesn't come cheap

Renaissance 3 gun set


Some random thoughts on the Browning Renaissance sets...

1 - They really are off the charts cool!!

2 - I have seen a grand total of 3 full sets up close, and a couple of just the Hi Power with Renaissance engraving. From that sample size, every one that I personally saw exhibited somewhat amateurish engraving. From a distance they look stunning, but inside of say...3 feet...then the quality of the engraving, or lack thereof really stands out.

Of the one's I have seen, I was left with the impression that whomever did the engraving had to do a high volume of engraving, because the hole gun looked VERY hurried. Lots of mistakes, rough edges, very rough inlet flats.

Now the one's I saw were all made inside a time window of around 1960-1975 if I had to guess. I have no idea if they were an anomaly, typical, or just typical for that time frame. For all I know, every other set out there could be museum quality, I really don't know. But having seen 3 sets, and a total of 5 Hi Powers, I'm very much NOT impressed with the quality of embellishment that went into those guns. Still, even with so-so engraving; they're still really cool guns.
Now all if I were offered one cheap, I wouldn't turn it down...which leads me to random thought #3.

3 - A former friend of mine (he's gone now) was a captain at the sheriff's department and the man responsible for organizing and training the SWAT team. I knew his reputation for qualifying with unique weapons for off duty (at that department if you could qualify with it, you could carry it either off duty or as your BUG)*. So one day I asked what he was carrying and he produced a Renaissance model Hi Power. And despite the fact that the engraving was as flawed as any other Renaissance Hi Power I had ever seen, it was easily the COOLEST off duty/CC pistol I had ever seen. This was around 1983-ish, and even back then that was a $1,500-$2,000 pistol. I don't know, I was just awe-struck with how cool it was to carry a Renaissance Hi Power as your daily CC gun...I still think it's kinda cool.

Okay, that's all I have to say about that.

* His was a 3 gun Renaissance set, and when doing plain clothes he would have the Hi Power in his hip holster, the Baby Browning .25 in his front pocket, or in the pocket of his suit coat, and the 1910/55 in an ankle holster.

Other guns I saw him carrying concealed (which means he qualified with them at the Sheriff's range...) included:

Colt SAA 3" Sheriff's in .45 Colt with elephant ivory grips.
A nickel/engraved Colt Cobra Fitz-Special with elephant ivory grips.
Seventrees Ltc. ASP 9mm (kinda plain in comparison to his other guns)
CZ-75 - Now understand this was around 1979 and it was the only CZ-75 I had ever seen in the flesh. It was a short rail model, and one of the coolest things I had ever laid eyes on...I still think short rail CZ-75's are cool.
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I'm developing a lever gun fetish, too much Chuck Connors early in the a.m. I reckon.


Walt,

No doubt about it. The Lever Action rifle is uniquely American, and you'd have to go out of your way to build a lever rifle and have it not be cool. Oh, and there are some who have accomplished such a feat, but we won't talk about them.

There just aren't very many lever rifles that don't get my immediate attention. My first centerfire rifle was an extremely rare Winchester 94 and I still have that rifle. And even though there are only 10 like mine, I will still hunt with it, and I still shoot it from time to time (isn't that what they were made for?). I love the Winchesters (all of them), the Marlin's and the Savages...old and new, common and uncommon.
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I have another one: Walther P.38s. These came to my attention at about the same time as Corvette Sting Rays and Barbara Eden, and all three deeply and permanently imprinted themselves on my adolescent conciousness.

I only have two P.38s--a WWII parts gun and another that literally began life as a cigar box full of random P.38 parts and now lives as a semi-dedicated .22LR conversion (and uber-fun shooter). But I've been collecting P.38 toys, replicas, models, squirt guns, etc since I was a kid, and I don't see myself stopping anytime soon.

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Kevin I've only seen one Renaissance set but didn't study the engraving. Couldn't afford one when they were new and probably still can't.

I was never attracted to the 73 Winchester until I shot one of the repops that was slicked up for cowboy shooting. Was forever scarred by the M94 when as a teenager shot a .30-30 and it kicked the you know out of me. Same for the .45-70 Marlin when I shot one of Garret's nuclear loads.
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Here you go Snake. This is a chopped P1, I do have a real factory P38K in the safe.
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