Wednesday, November 17, 2010

...and a pony!

Og lays out his Firearms Wish List.

I've never really given mine any organized thought. As a collector, there are certain guns I would buy on reflex if I found them and I could afford them, but it's not like there's any real method to the madness.

There are a few that don't fit the pattern, however, that I still lust after. For example, at some point, I'm going to buy a Remington Model 8. And not a minty one, either, but an honest shooter, preferably in .35 Remington.

I'll own another Ruger No.1 RSI someday, too, but this one will be in 7x57mm instead of .243 Win. like the last one was.

21 comments:

Bob said...

I wish Ruger would bring back the No. 3, myself, in .45-70. I always liked the looks of it more than I did the fancier No. 1.

Buffboy said...

My Great Uncle had one in 30 Remington that he loved to shoot and loved to share the experience with certain snot nosed 12-16 year old great nephew. He used it to kill more deer than CWD. I miss him and that old rifle so a Model 8 has been on my personal bucket list for quite a while. Hasn't happened yet, but it will. I think it a fine choice.

tomcatshanger said...

I've been drooling over falling block/rolling block rifles for a while.

I can't make up my mind about what I want, not the exact action, not the exact cartridge. It's annoying.

But I want at least one of them, and I want to shoot it.

og said...

The 8 was an amazing design.

I never did reconcile the fact that the "hand made with hand tools" rifle Carbine williams shot in the movie was clearly a hacked up Model 8.

http://ncmuseumofhistory.org/FULL/71402B.jpg

Tam said...

Og,

I like the (possibly apocryphal) tale of how the AK-47 borrowed its safety from the Model 8.

og said...

yeah, if it looks the same they MUST HAVE STOLE IT!!!!!!111ONE!!

the similarities are pretty amusing. Like the bolt & receiver on the Winchester Hotchkiss and the Nagant. Sometimes, different people DO invent the same thing.

Shermlock Shomes said...

I've a model 81 in .35 Remington with a Lyman scope. Manufactured around 1940/1941. It's a shooter for sure. If you can't find an 8, drop me note!

Tam said...

Og,

As the story goes, FN 1900s were apparently popular with the well-to-do in pre-Revolutionary Russia, and therefore stocked the hunting dacha of many a member of the nomenklatura after the revolution. It is not at all unimaginable that Kalashnikov was able to look at one. (Ditto with the M1 carbine, whose bolt the AK's somewhat resembles.)

Anonymous said...

I'll buy any S&W revolver that catches my fancy (assuming I have the cash), but the only one on my "wish list" is a K32 Target Masterpiece to complete my Target Masterpiece trio.

I really need to get some N-frames in 38, 44, and 45...

Chris

og said...

if you're gonna lift something, why not lift something good!! The russkis could have found some far worse things to copy.

And, I suppose, eventually, did.

Weer'd Beard said...

I've just started wrapping my mind around a backpacking "Bear Gun" in the shape of an M&P45 in 460 Rowland.

I'll be damned if it doesn't keep sounding like a good idea....

Matt G said...

Ah, you're well and truley bit by the 7mm Mauser bug, eh? A wonderful cartridge.

I still can't believe you got rid of that cute little .243 manlicher-stocked beaut that we stalked deer and hog in Georga in the company of. But a 7X57 would be more useful.

Anonymous said...

I have turned into a .41 Magnum collector.
Nothing is on my radar at the moment, but I'm sure another .41 will be along some day.

Seth from Massachusetts said...

I once owned a Model 8 in 35. Thing kicked like a Missouri Mule! That long recoil design bringing barrel and bolt back together packed a lot of inertia!

Gewehr98 said...

Still have my Remington Model 8 in .32 Remington, and Model 81 in .300 Savage. Tam's linked Wikipedia entry now edited to include image of former. :-)

WV = "decal" - No green safety warning decal pasted on this old autoshuckenboomgewehr, I guarantee!

Ed Foster said...

All the apparatchiki were shooting Model 8's in .30 Rem, is the story I heard.

Safety, reciever shape, makes sense. Throw in an M-1 bolt, turn it upside down to get the gas system out of the way of a big honking magazine, voila!

You're right, it does sound good. Nothing new in the gun business.

Laughingdog said...

So is it safe to say that you love having firearms in so many different calibers that you need a database to keep track of which ones you can shoot at any given time?

Wolfman said...

My cousin has his granddad's Model 8 in .30 Remington. He got it from his dad, who shot his first deer with it. It sat in a safe for probably 30 years, because it was so hard to find ammo for. I remember hearing a story involving a single box of .30 Remington at a gun show, but the seller wanted almost $100 for it, as it was an original, complete 20 round box. A few years ago, after I got into handloading, I finally tracked down a couple hundred remington brass for the thing and, for his birthday, gave my cousin a chance to finally shoot the gun he always dreamed of shooting. It misfired... we eventually got it dialed in though, and he takes it out every once in a while and blasts away. It was quite a treat to hear the old girl speak after so many years, though.

N.M. L. jr said...

factory grade 6 (F) from around 1912 in .25 Remington

http://smith-wessonforum.com/lounge/112668-rifle-no-respect-remington-81-model-8-a.html

Cybrludite said...

Saw one at a local gun store a few years back. Unfortunately, the gun store was Elliot's, and they were as dirty as the day was long. I'm afraid it was still in their stock when the ATFU shut them down. (As was the Charter Arms Bulldog I had on layaway... :-( )

WV: repati: The likely outcome of me taking a trip by airplane these days.

John B said...

I got the model 10 or 11, the old Browning Auto-5 shotgun. It's a sweetie, I learned the secret of the recoil rings, just recently.