Monday, March 06, 2006

Boomsticks: Today's trivia question.

The first commercially successful firearm sold in the US to use plastic for major structural components debuted in what year?

A) 1994
B) 1985
C) 1970
D) 1963
E) 1959


Dr. StrangeGun said...

I'll go with D...

Anonymous said...

(E)1959 with the Remington Nylon 66.

I had a model 10C with the 10 shot mags that inserted in front of the trigger guard instead of the ones that loaded through the buttstock. I took my first rabbit with one of those with the 3rd shot as he ran right to left across a dirt road. I'll never forget my first ;-)


Ben said...

(b) Glock 17

Of course I only scored 79% on the gun nut test.

Ben said...

I stand corrected.

"The term nylon 66 refers to the DuPont synthetic material, also called Zytel, out of which almost the entire gun is made. The rifle's forend, receiver and stock are made entirely of two pieces of nylon, first cemented together and then bonded under high heat and pressure to form one piece. Many of the gun's smaller parts - such as the trigger and triggerguard, operating handle for the bolt and the manual safety - are also made from nylon."

Dr. StrangeGun said...

Hey now, you changed the quiz after I answered! :-D

theirritablearchitect said...


The G17 wasn't even the first handgun to use synthetics for the reciever/frame. That honor goes to the HK VP70, which was, surprise, introduced in 1970!

Hideous, I think. To each his own, however.

Fairlane64 said...

Yep, the answer is the Nylon 66. My Dad purchased one brand new sometime in the late 60's for about sixty some dollars if I remember right. It was a sweet little shooter, as reliable as any .22 cal rifle I've ever shot. Dang I wish he still had it....

Anonymous said...

I remember wanting one of these when they first came out. There were 3 or 4 for sale at the gun show outside Denver/DIA over the weekend, and at least one was in very good shape - don't remember the price.The Firing Line gunshop in Aurora (Colorado) has one for sale, although it's showing a lot of wear. My wife didn't like the balance; what she did like was a 20-guage coach gun. OldeForce

Anonymous said...

Good 'ole Tam gently coerces me to learn something yet again.

My guess about "Nylon 66" was accurate but I had thought it was named for its year of introduction rather than product description.

1959 - go figure.