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Old August 11th, 2015, 06:46 PM   #46
 
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..... I personally won't own anything I am not willing to shoot. Don't care how rare, or how much it's worth. If I buy it, I AM going to shoot it. ....
^ What he said



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Old August 11th, 2015, 07:43 PM   #47
 
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I have three that could be the flagship.

M1 Garand built in February of 1943

M1 Carbine (don't have a build date yet)

1898 Krag built in October of 1903, the second to last month they were built.

However, I would lean towards the M1 Garand as it was built during WWII.
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Old August 11th, 2015, 08:03 PM   #48
 
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1st my MK678US. Only about 2 dozen in civilian hands.




Then my Great 8s. Only 902 made.
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So now...........how many of you shoot your "flagship" guns, or do they just stay in a box in the safe? I personally won't own anything I am not willing to shoot. Don't care how rare, or how much it's worth. If I buy it, I AM going to shoot it. That said, I also don't have anything that can't be bought. You want it bad enough, I WILL sell it to you
I agree. I shoot what I have and buy. I haven't shot either my Garand or M1A in a while but they've both rung gongs at 200 yards. I've been having a hankering to take the M1A out lately so it'll probably go with next range session.
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its simple, not expensive, accurate, reliable, and to me it looks pretty darn good!
perfect blend of form and function
thats what i look for in a firearm, so my blued GP100 is my flagship.

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My flagship is a Winchester Model 37, 12 ga, full choke, single shot, well used shotgun. It was my Grandpas. It was used by family (6 brothers) and friends. My dad handed it down to me a couple of years ago.
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Mine =

Mine: Ruger= Montado .357 Magnum
S&W= Model 58 .41 Magnum

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Looks like I am not the only one that scored when Grice Gun shop had these on sale in March with a limit of 20 per customer
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With such a diverse collection, thats a hard decision. However the top contenders are my engraved ruger red label all weather, my browning 1919a4, and my barrett 99. Below that my m1a national match, scout, garand, dcm rra a4, and lr308 (m110 derived build). As far as pistols, my 29 smith 8&3/8's" and my DE 50ae.
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For me it is the Mossberg 500. I have nicer shotguns. But the 500 combo with a rifled barrel can be configured to hunt any kind of game.

I got the Mossberg 500 combo in the mid 90s due to all the crazy laws being put on the books regarding rifles. In NC we have local game laws that vary from county to county. One place I love to hunt straddles 3 counties. One county you have to have written permission from every landowner to hunt with a rifle. The next county you have to be at least 8 feet in the air to load a rifle. You would think it would be easy to get permission to hunt with a rifle but few landowners will give permission to hunt with a rifle.

We used to be able to hunt with dogs from the roadside. Everyone hunted with a shotgun and buckshot. Landowners have killed a bunch of deer with a shotgun. They do not realize that hunting from a blind is a different game.

Now the area is getting populated we cannot use dogs at all without running into problems. The county I live in now had 12,000 people scattered over 100 square miles when I moved here. Now we have over 60,000 and most of the population is near my home. The northern part of the county is still all farmland with very few subdivisions.

The shotgun keeps everyone happy and with sabots getting better all the time the shotgun is not really a handicap. The Mossberg 500 has kept me deer hunting at a time when everyone else refused to adapt. The 500 has to be the flagship when it kept me participating in my favorite sport.
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A few years ago I drove from AZ to my Dad's house in Illinois and picked him up and then made the trip to the CMP South Store in Alabama to pick out my first M1 Garand. We found a nice one (with the help of Leon and a few others at the store) and brought it home.

My Dad was in the midst of a long battle with cancer (lung, then brain, then lung) and though it was a tough trip for him we made some great memories and truly enjoyed our last trip together. He made it through another year and then he was gone. The rifle that we picked out together has simply gained enormous sentimental value for me in a short time and I really enjoy shooting it and thinking about the memories that it helped me to make.

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A few years ago I drove from AZ to my Dad's house in Illinois and picked him up and then made the trip to the CMP South Store in Alabama to pick out my first M1 Garand. We found a nice one (with the help of Leon and a few others at the store) and brought it home.

My Dad was in the midst of a long battle with cancer (lung, then brain, then lung) and though it was a tough trip for him we made some great memories and truly enjoyed our last trip together. He made it through another year and then he was gone. The rifle that we picked out together has simply gained enormous sentimental value for me in a short time and I really enjoy shooting it and thinking about the memories that it helped me to make.

thats more than just a gun.
the memories make it priceless.
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A few years ago I drove from AZ to my Dad's house in Illinois and picked him up and then made the trip to the CMP South Store in Alabama to pick out my first M1 Garand. We found a nice one (with the help of Leon and a few others at the store) and brought it home.

My Dad was in the midst of a long battle with cancer (lung, then brain, then lung) and though it was a tough trip for him we made some great memories and truly enjoyed our last trip together. He made it through another year and then he was gone. The rifle that we picked out together has simply gained enormous sentimental value for me in a short time and I really enjoy shooting it and thinking about the memories that it helped me to make.

This is exactly what I'm talking about! The rifle itself has a great heritage and gained more with your memories. Thanks for sharing!
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Mine is a simple gun. It is a Remington Model 572 Fieldmaster 22 pump rifle. I got it when I was 15 years old. Next year I will have had it for 55 years. It has had "THOUSANDS" of rounds shot through it. Mostly Winchester 22 Shorts. We could buy them from the local variety store for $3.20 a brick. We split at least one brick every week when we we were out of school. If we could get an extra yard or two during one week we might shoot two or more bricks.
I recently refinished the walnut on it and have not decided what I will do with the barrel and other metal. There is no blue left on the rifle except on the magazine tube, and very little on it.
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