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Old August 9th, 2015, 09:29 AM   #1
 
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What's the flagship of your collection?

For me, it's my M1 Garand and my M1A, simply due to their heritage. Share yours!




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My collection isn't huge by any means but the media would call it an arsenal and my ammo a stockpile.

My most valuable and treasured gun at the moment has to be my first year production SP101 3"bbl 9mm Parabellum.
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Remington 721 in .270, manufactured 1957. It is well worn, shoots great. been in the family since 1957
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I'm kind of a nut for US military long arms. My flagship is probably my M1 Garand, but two other capital ships would be my M1903 Springfield and M1898 Krag (although the Krag is so old that I don't shoot it much).


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My Colt Diamondback, blue steel 38 with a 4" barrel. Second gun I've ever owned. Bought it in 1979.
On the semi- auto side is my 1969 built Browning Hi-Power...shoots as great as she looks.

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1969 Colt New Frontier .45. with original stagecoach box, manual and target. It's not perfect but drips Colt aura to me.
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Sig P220 9mm with European mag release. It's not the most expensive gun in my safe but it's probably the most collectable.
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I have two. They aren't my flagships due to value, market demand, market rarity, or antiquity. They're my flagships because they can provide a shared experience that nothing but a firearm can provide.

The first one belonged to my father. He died when I was 10. Until my mother gave it to me 3 years ago, I had no idea it existed. 1971 Colt Woodsman Series 3.







My mom also liked to go to the range. When my dad took her to buy her own, she wanted a cowboy pistol. 1972 Ruger Super Single Six.







My mom told me stories of going to the range with my dad and having a good time. They stopped going to the range in 1973. Why? I was born in 1974. Working to save for a home and raising a family took priority. My mom says dad planned on getting back to it when the kids were older, but cancer took him in 1984. Mom didn't feel like going to the range without him. The fun was gone.

On the rare occasion I shoot the Colt Woodsman, I share an experience with my long departed father. I know exactly what he felt as he fired the Woodsman. My mother has no interest in going to the range, but she did come with me one time to shoot her Ruger for the first time since 1973. She hasn't missed a single step in all the years.
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I have three of personal significance if not "value" . . .

First is the Mossberg Model 142K .22 rifle I received at Christmas, 1956.

Next is the Savage Model 220A shotgun in 28 gauge I received at Christmas, 1957.

Last is the Ruger RSS5X Single-Six Convertible I received at Christmas, 1962.

Thanks, Dad!!


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To me, heritage out strips $ value for flag ship.


First is now in my Son's safe for my Grandson. He is 3 now.
1969 Colt 1911 Government, it was my father's

An early Browning 380 in amazing shape, as my dad concealed carried it. My daughter has it, and goes to her son as time marches on.

I have a few Colt Single Action Army s I really like, they are bound to go to my Granddaughters.

Trying to figure out what to give to my wife's grandkids without starting a firestorm of PC stuff.
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1958 S&W M&P model 10, she's a real shooter!
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Mine is not old or expensive but I always wanted a simple lever action rifle. I bought a basic Henry.
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I have several. Model 70 Winchester 7X57 given to me when I retired. Before my Dad passed away he gave me several of his guns that I have special value on his Ruger M77 Mannlicher 308 tang safety model, Winchester Model 12 12 gauge and his Model 94 30/30. His instructions were to pass these on to grandkids. It is looking like the grandkids may not happen so I have been trying to figure out what to do.
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I love your collection. VERY NICE.
Mine would probably be one of my 1903's. The flagship? An original very low serial # ,Rock island Arsenal 1903 Springfield. It has what appears to be dried blood under the bayonet lug and hand guard. It was a WW1 rifle. Im sure that rifle did it duty. Sure would be neat to know the whole history on these old military guns.

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