Tuesday, March 06, 2012

I feel like a piker.

Shootin' Buddy sent an email with a link to this TeeWee news report on a huge collection of antique firearms in LaPorte, Indiana.

If you watch carefully, you'll see a pinfire centerfire cartridge LeMat.

(Oh, and speaking of neat guns, Zercool links to a guy who makes sweet little custom double rifles on .410-sized actions that weigh in under six pounds and can be had in pistol calibers like .357 Magnum. Do want. It'd be just the thing if there was a problem with a pygmy Cape buff tearing up the herbaceous border...)

27 comments:

Anonymous said...

squee!

Chris

Anonymous said...

Umm, referring to the double rifle.

Chris

DirtCrashr said...

My problem is that the teeny-tiny pith helmet makes me look like even more of a pin-head, but I want the mini-double. I once saw a Lancaster miniature rook double rifle that was very similar with incredible scrollwork and carving, but the price tag was hauntingly exquisite too.

og said...

357 is a deer legal rifle in the Hoosier State. And it's not a bad round for it, either.

Tam said...

Og,

Oh, I've got some 180gr Partition Golds and some 170gr Gold Dots around here someplace...

Anonymous said...

Or mayhap in .44 Mag o num for those miniature Rhino/Wild Boar...... John in Md.(help)

Robin said...

Tam, just the thing for rabid chihuahuas.

Dwight Brown said...

Diana, Texas is a far piece from me (close to the Louisiana border, it looks like) and he doesn't have any photos up on his website.

But I bet one of those double rifles in .357 or .22 Hornet would look swell in the gun rack on a Chevy Volt...

Tim Ellwood said...

I have always wanted a double rifle in 22 or 22 mag. I had a little Nickel s/s 22 pistol from somewhere in South America that I thought would make a great base gun, then remembered that whole "can't put a stock on a handgun" crap.
Don't see any use for one, it would just be way too cool.

Critter said...

a double gun in .357/.410 would be a great all purpose varmint gun. and it would be purty.

fast richard said...

Pretty guns, way beyond my means. The pictures on the site take a little while to load. His suggestion of .357 Maximum, with extra barrel sets in .22 Hornet and .410 sounds quite versatile. It better be at over twelve grand before you pay for the engraving that such a piece would deserve.

Ken said...

Holy petunia, those doubles aren't even my thing and I want one anyway. Very nice.

Mr.B said...

SO when you come up to see the collection, Me and Midwest Chick will take you to dinner...

Let us know when yer gonna be there. iendsful

RHT447 said...

"Captain Jack, the Modoc Cheif..." caught my attention. I went to high school in Tulelake and tromped through Captain Jack's Stronghold more than once.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Captain_Jack%27s_Stronghold

RevolverRob said...

Do want in .357 Max.

$8k base price means, I will never own one though, ouch.

-Rob

WV: shmag funday <-The day when your double rifle in .357 Max is delivered.

Mikael said...

Heck I'd go for .45 LC, since they're based on .410 anyway...

+P LC will outperform .44 magnum.

Kristopher said...

Or how about a european double rifle chambered in .22 Hornet?

Warning, music autoplays at link ... of button is upper right

Ed Foster said...

Did you see his double Farquarson? My life is ruined until I can either get one or build a copy. Lust!

Anonymous said...

I do believe that thar was a centre-fire LeMat, due to the absence of pin-holes, the saw-handle grips and the muzzles being flush with each other. For those times when a hatfull of .44 just isn't enough ...

MJ

Tam said...

MJ,

I stand, or rather, sit, corrected. :)

Matt G said...

Double.22HornetSqueeeeeeeeee!!!!

B. Lahey said...

That museum is cool as heck, and it's just a ways down the road from the Kingsbury DNR range. I stop at both regularly.

They also have an exhibit on the creepy as all getout lady-serialkiller Belle Gunness, a LaPorte native.

Davidwhitewolf said...

I recall a gunwriter some years back made an inexpensive double rifle out of a 20-gauge double-barreled shotgun by shimming cheap .45-70 shotgun barrel inserts to hit at the same point of aim. Sounded like a fun project. Anybody make .410 inserts in .357? Anybody make a .410 double-barreled shotgun?

Tam said...

Davidwhitewolf,

Stoeger.

Angus McThag said...

He also seems to have adopted something familiar to many married gun acquirerers: Hiding how much the purchases cost.

Lergnom said...

Something like that might be a good outlet for my vanishingly small supply of IMI Samson 170 grain +p .357 ammo. When I first saw it, the crates were labelled "Desert Eagle only".

Stay safe

Will said...

@Lergnom:

Twenty years ago I was talking with an ammo (re)manufacturer about the .44 Desert Eagle. He told me that he had to load 5 grs of powder over MAX to get the DE's to cycle reliably. He was not thrilled. He was a big police practice ammo supplier for the Western US. Can't recall the name.
So, it would seem the design philosophy was consistent in the caliber range of the DE.