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Do any of you have a gun that you just *like*? Not necessarily the coolest, slickest, or most expensive piece you have, but the one that for whatever reason (rational or otherwise) you just couldn't see yourself trading away? Mine is this Colt Delta Elite, refinished from its original marked-up condition and mildly customized (trigger, thumb safety and Novak sights mainly):



It isn't so much that it is super-slick; the additions have been functional and at moderate cost, and it isn't as refined in some respects as my old Kimber Classic Stainless Target. It is just an... overachiever. I can't help but like it. One of those guns that is better than it should be. Even with the goofy "other-than-steel" :oops: arched MSH and wanna-beavertail :eek: it feels better in my hand than any other handgun. I think $100 gave it a world-class trigger setup. And as for accuracy... if the bone-stock Colt barrel was any better I wouldn't want to put in the new Bar-Sto barrel that's in the mail for fear of making it worse! It actually makes me look good because it's so easy for me to shoot.

I've handled and shot alot of guns that were slicker, cooler, or probably even "better" than my DE: customized Gold Cup National Match pistols, custom SVI Infinities, Kimbers, etc. Heck, I can't in all honesty make the case that my Delta Elite is any more functional than my Glock 20 that holds twice as many rounds. But I don't really WANT them; they are great, of course, but just don't do it for me like the DE does.

So what are your sentimental favorites?
 

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Mine is a box stock Series 70 Gov't Model with a nickle finish. Shoots 2 inch groups at 50 feet with ball. It has saved my bacon more than once.
 

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>>Do any of you have a gun that you just *like*?<<

Yep. Two of 'em. My Colt Concealed Carry Officer (under my shirt) and my 99% 1957 Winchester 30-30 lever gun.

 

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LEEMUTLEE,

I used to have one of those concealed carry models. I sure do miss it.
I hope you're taking care of it.:smile:

Jim
 

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3 of 'em.

A Model 66 that a good friend carried in lots of bad places. The thing is simply more accurate than can be believed. His memory makes it a gun I would never sell, and the smooth trigger keeps me shooting it.

A Marlin .22 rifle that my Grandpa gave me when I turned 12. The rifle was responsible for creating the collectors market in those glass insulators found along the old railways :smile: Marlin should put it in their ads. It is still squirrel eye-ball accurate and my gawd, it has shot brick upon brick upon brick of rounds.

A curly maple stocked muzzleloader that my Grandpa built as a young buck during the depression and handed over to me for my 13th birthday. It was stolen from a wall mount in my office 6 months ago by some prick trying to feed a meth habit. Claims he threw it and several other fine pieces in the river. When he is released from jail he will swim, or, at least dive.

Many other well loved pieces, but those 3 have special memories. That is why, whenver possible, have a friend build you a gun. It means more that way over time.
 

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My God Bruce...et tu?

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>>I used to have one of those concealed carry models. I sure do miss it.
I hope you're taking care of it.:smile:<<
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LOL That gun's a keeper, Jim. That's why I paid TOP dollar for it!!

The gun I carry is the black CCO in the pic below. Ultra reliable.

My range/game gun is the full house s/s Combat Commander.
I like to give the competition the advantages of a 5" and a soft recoil :smile:
....and yours is safely tucked away...appreciating in value.

Lee

 

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My browning semi auto .22 It's the takedown model, got it new in '68 and it still looks it. Was my first smokeless gun.
 

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An old but mint S&W 5-Screw Model 17, a '86 West German P7M13, a pre-'60's Win Model 61, a Belgian Browning .22 Auto, a pair of pre-'60's Savage 99's in .250-3000 & .300 Sav. and a Novak's worked FN HP.
 

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Two Beretta Silver Pidgeon Pump 12 gauges. My Dad and I bought them when I was 12 to teach me to hunt. Dad gave his to my oldest son when he turned 12. Never saw another like them. They have Aluminum recievers. I never found a listing or reference to the guns. We bought them in 77.
 

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My sentimental favorite is my S&W Model 10 four-inch heavy barrel. This gun belonged to my father--he bought it new in 1971 (the year I was born). I still have the original box with the receipt and all the paperwork. It was the first gun I ever fired. It was my first and only defense gun and carry gun for several years. I shoot very well with this gun as I've had 20+ years of practice with it. I really enjoy using this old six-shooter to outshoot the armchair commandos at the range with their H&Ks and Glocks.
 

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Ruger MkI Standard. This is a pistol that I inherited from my Grandpa. It still works just as well as it did for him. I hope to leave it to my grandkids someday.
 
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