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    I did have a German Luger that was made in 1910. It had matching serial numbers and was in excellent condition. My wife's mother bought it in the late 1970s from a woman whose husband took it off a dead German officer in the First World War. I sold it to a collector for $2500.
    Charlie

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  3. Well I usually just lurk and read post but all my firearms have history.
    1. My first shotgun is a Winchester 14 ranger. Received on my 21 birthday. Never needed one before then always had access to my dads.
    2. My franchi I12 was a gift from my brother after seeing how much I loved duck hunting and the model 14 only shot 2.75 shells
    3. My great uncles Winchester model 70, 1936 first year production.
    4. Same great uncle's 8mm lebel, wwI war trophy.
    5. My grandfathers Winchester model 12 20ga. He traded a truck load of feed for it.
    6. My dads first shotgun, given to him on his 21st birthday, savage 12ga. Over/ under shotgun.
    7. My moms Remington 1100. This one is extra special to me. I learned how to hunt with this gun. My dad bought it for her as an anniversary gift, big mistake. I would ask dad to use it and every time I'd walk out with it mom would say "you didn't ask my permission"
    8. My grandfathers, on my moms side, wwII war trophy Luger
    9. Same grandfather went to turn in his ruck sack after the Korean war, officer said we already have your stuff and let him walk off. His stuff included his 1911. He pinned the grip safety down himself shortly after receiving it as issued.
    10. My dads colt huntsman, bought when he worked for jc pennys. Paid 20 bucks for it.

    It would seem the war guns would have more meaning, but they don't. All these guns have more of a story to tell than I can type. I only hope my first handgun has stories to tell when I hand it down. NIB STI Spartan III 1911.

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    This thread is reminding me of the American Pickers commercial. Reading the History of so many weapons and knowing that each of us has become another step in the lineage of these weapons. In some cases we may be the first step. I can only imagine my son telling the story of my weapons that will become his, and hopefully his son or daughter after him.
    When I bought my first home one of the neatest things about it was the Mirror in the Bathroom. The home was built of Oak all cut on site some time in the mid 1800's. The rafters all ran full length of the home and you could still see the saw marks down the beams.
    The Bathroom Mirror on a Medicine cabinet had the History of the Mirror written on the back. The Mirror had been a wedding gift in 1886, the exact date was written and the bride and grooms names upon it. Some time later another couples names were listed and the date they received the Mirror.
    The list ended with the man who owned the home before I bought it and when he had taken possession of the Mirror. I then added my name and the date the home became mine. I can only hope the people I sold the home to added their names to the Mirror.
    I hope that as you recall the History of your weapons you have it written down or have shared it with the next owner time and time again so that its history is as much a part of the weapon as the chamber is.
    A well regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free state,
    the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed.

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    I still have the Stevens single-shot 20 Ga that I bought at the market/liquor store/sporting goods/gas station when I was twelve (1958). I rode my bicycle on the shoulder of Route 66 (no freeways then) six miles with my paper route savings in my pocket to buy it for $23. In the rural southern Missouri community where I grew up, no one gave me a second glance as I rode back home with my gun across the handle bars.

    Now, some billion years later, I've owned/sold/traded dozens of firearms; but that old gun serves to remind me that the US was once a sane place.
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  6. What's your firearms history?

    I have a S&W .38 that my dad's grandfather gave to him. I think it was made in the late 1800's. Then I have a Champion single shot 12 gauge that was given to me by my wife's grandfather. I had never heard of the Champion brand, and after doing some research, I found that they quit making them in 1956.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lowjiber View Post
    I still have the Stevens single-shot 20 Ga that I bought at the market/liquor store/sporting goods/gas station when I was twelve (1958). I rode my bicycle on the shoulder of Route 66 (no freeways then) six miles with my paper route savings in my pocket to buy it for $23. In the rural southern Missouri community where I grew up, no one gave me a second glance as I rode back home with my gun across the handle bars.

    Now, some billion years later, I've owned/sold/traded dozens of firearms; but that old gun serves to remind me that the US was once a sane place.
    The Mindset of the masses at that time in our history, that a young boy riding his bicycle with a rifle across the handle bars had no bad intent and must be taking the rifle some place. End of thought process.
    Today, the thought process begins with "That rifle is loaded and he's going to kill someone", and sadly, it may be true in some cases.
    I remember when we didn't lock the doors ever, or close the windows. Why would you lock the doors? Your neighbor might need to get in to get something.
    I also remember the fear I felt as a child when my parents were desperately searching for the keys to the house. The Black Panthers had purchased a house miles from our house and were building block walls around it with gun slits in the walls. My dad was freaked!
    A well regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free state,
    the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed.

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    Long and varied.

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    The 'historical' weapons I own are:

    -1954 T53 Mosin, brought back from Vietnam.
    -1943 Enfield No. 4 Mk 1, shady history but it shows wear and may well have seen use by the Brits around the globe.
    -1945 barrel/receiver M1 Garand w/ Italian .308 stock converted back to .30-06 length.
    -S&W Model 15 .38Spl, USAF Security Police issued in the '70s.
    -American Knickerbocker 12ga coach gun, no idea the date of manufacture as the gun is in workable but rough condition... I just think it's cool.
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    Quote Originally Posted by CharlesMorrison View Post
    Long and varied.
    That's what she said...?
    Quote Originally Posted by Deanimator View Post
    [*]Don't be afraid to use sarcasm, mockery and humiliation. They don't respect you. There's no need to pretend you respect them.
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    My first and current 22lr target pistol is a 1960 vintage Ruger MKI. Pain in the ass to reassemble compared to current models but the pistol, purchased at a pawn shop about 3 years ago was obviously lovingly used or very rarely used and almost new looking. I just get a kick out of target shooting with something that is over 50 years old and as good as new.

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