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What is the favorite in your collection?
« on: January 26, 2017, 01:56:44 PM »
Actually they are all my favorites, but my Shorty Forty would have to be the cream of my crop. Performance Center perfection when the Masters of gunsmithing still ran it my Shorty Forty was famously "the gun that couldn't be made" of Smith and Wesson historical lore.





Rarely carried because I couldn't bear for it to spend time in an evidence locker but when I do it's usually with a suit or sports coat so this custom shoulder rig takes it and two mags along, the weight of the mags balance it nicely especially when I carry the 11 round capacity mags.



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    Re: What is the favorite in your collection?
    « Reply #1 on: January 26, 2017, 04:44:29 PM »
    Easy. Even if none of them fire any more.





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    Re: What is the favorite in your collection?
    « Reply #2 on: January 26, 2017, 05:10:01 PM »
    My favorite is a mismatched Mauser in 8mm.  Nothing special, but I like it.

    It has a Spanish M43 receiver, and while the other numbers all match, I suspect that they are 'fake' numbers put onto a Czech barrel, and sights.  The stock is not original either, but I can overlook that on account of the figuring in the wood.
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    Re: What is the favorite in your collection?
    « Reply #3 on: January 26, 2017, 05:18:09 PM »
    Right now...



    Light enough to carry all day.  Chambered in 358 Winchester to handle anything I encounter. Nothing on it to break, especially since I have replaced that MBUS rear sight with a steel sight.
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    Re: What is the favorite in your collection?
    « Reply #4 on: January 26, 2017, 06:16:26 PM »
    Easy: my CZ-75b. Apologies for the crappy picture.



    Laser-beam accurate (seriously, mount it on a shark's head and Dr. Evil probably wouldn't be able to tell the difference), fits my hand like the proverbial, and felt recoil is nearly non-existent. I could shoot it all day and not get tired.
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    Re: What is the favorite in your collection?
    « Reply #5 on: January 27, 2017, 12:58:09 PM »
    It's a tie for me. In the past 12 months I've picked-up a couple of Unicorns that are exactly as good as I had hoped and remembered:

    H&K P7:




    S&W 686 no-dash no-M 2nd year production, a.k.a. the Python killer:




    This one is extra-cool to me as it has the original buyer's warranty registration card still in the box where the Officer filled it our. Even has the gun store's address where it came from! Oh, and it has the patridge front sight which was special order at the time versus the red-ramp insert version.

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    Re: What is the favorite in your collection?
    « Reply #7 on: January 27, 2017, 06:27:42 PM »
    Easy: my CZ-75b. Apologies for the crappy picture...

    Well that really is a crappy picture Raptor. I like CZ's though.

    stephendutton ~ Could you label those?  I see a bullpup that looks more British than Israeli, and a water cooled machine gun (are those pads to protect the floor or protect the tripod?), and a top break stocked and bayonneted, must be a Webley

    sqlbullet ~ Could you extol the .358 and it's advantages over 7.62?  I can see the advantage of light, my SR762 requires a gun bearer 9~10 lbs depending on what magazine is in. What does you ar10 variant weigh with a full mag?

    Kuma ~ That 686 wins this round, would that be called a registered magnum?

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    « Last Edit: January 27, 2017, 06:46:53 PM by digiroc »
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    I guess I should have defined categories ...
    « Reply #8 on: January 27, 2017, 07:02:28 PM »
    My favorite EDC (Every Day Carry) combo:

    Primary weapon AISW:


    S&W 360PD AirLight Scandium / Titanium

    The scale says it all. I don't mind a five shot as primary weapon as it is fastest to get out and the laser helps with a snap shot or two.

    Back-up carry (NY reload)


    4040PD AirLite also Scandium frame.

    Bigger is better. .40 S&W &+1 compact and light enough. Usually belted on @ the 4 O'clock position high ride pancake, but when solo can also go AISW. If I only take one this great shooter usually comes with.

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    « Reply #9 on: January 27, 2017, 07:06:43 PM »
    My favorite EDC (Every Day Carry) combo:

    Primary weapon AISW:


    S&W 360PD AirLight Scandium / Titanium

    The scale says it all. I don't mind a five shot as primary weapon as it is fastest to get out and the laser helps with a snap shot or two.

    Back-up carry (NY reload)


    4040PD AirLite

    Bigger is better. .40 S&W &+1 compact and light enough. Usually belted on @ the 4 O'clock position high ride pancake, but when solo can also go AISW. If I only take one this great shooter usually comes with.

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    I'll admit that I don't care for the snappiness of the .40 S&W, so much, but I really like your style digiroc. You have a good taste in guns and what some may consider to be a more vintage palette. Your daily carry is sensible without going overboard.

    I wish more people would carry a BUG or at least a reload. Preferably both  :cool.
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    Re: What is the favorite in your collection?
    « Reply #10 on: January 27, 2017, 07:42:14 PM »
    Favorite? Probably my 1957 Remington 725. Chambered in .280 Remington.  Scope is original to rifle QD Bausch and Lomb Balvar 5.  Note that adjustments are in the scope base.  Real hand checkering.  Checkered metal buttplate.  All original.  Whelen one hand adjustable sling.  Entire package with loaded magazine is 8.0 lbs on the nose.

    Some respected collectors consider the 725 to be the zenith of off the shelf Remington bolt guns, being superior to its famed successor 700.  The 700 is actually a less expensive to make compromise.  The 725 has a 3 position safety and better wood, checking, metalwork and fit and finish.  The action carried over into the 700.  So, this the 700, as it should have been before Big Green cut corners This was also considered by most respected sources at the time to be a better rifle than its closest direct comparison, Winchester's Pre-'64 Model 70.
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    Favorite? Probably my 1957 Remington 725. Chambered in .280 Remington... Some respected collectors consider the 725 to be the zenith of off the shelf Remington bolt guns, being superior to its famed successor 700.  The 700 is actually a less expensive to make compromise...  The action carried over into the 700.  So, this the 700, as it should have been before Big Green cut corners ...

    Very nice rifle. They don't make 'um like they used to is common across brands. Smith and Wesson came out with "value" models towards the end of the 3rd gen pistol production. One of my favorite shooters is the model 411, plain jane version of the 40xx series.

    In the bolt gun category I've got a Shaw custom based on a Savage action chambered in .243, but my favorite has to be my Ruger Precision Rifle also in .243.

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    « Reply #12 on: January 27, 2017, 09:15:13 PM »


    Kuma ~ That 686 wins this round, would that be called a registered magnum?

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    Unfortunately not. The 686 is an L-frame and the registered magnum is an N-frame and the Original .357 magnum. They are literal works of art. My local gun store is owned by a true S&W collector and he deals in high-end early Smiths. He bought a collection of 8 pre-war Registered Magnums before Christmas that all had the original boxes and had letters from Smith with full details.

    The closest I have to a Registered is this '72 Model 28 Highway Patrolman:


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    « Reply #13 on: January 27, 2017, 09:20:16 PM »
    I'll admit that I don't care for the snappiness of the .40 S&W, so much... I wish more people would carry a BUG or at least a reload. Preferably both ...

    In my opinion reloading a revolver in a gunfight is a good way to get shot, so my reload strategy is NY style, drop it and go for my backup gun. Being so light the J frame's recoil, even running .38's, is way more than the 4040. I'm not very recoil sensitive it's all about a solid hold and a very tight grip.

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    « Reply #14 on: January 27, 2017, 09:28:25 PM »
    ... The 686 is an L-frame and the registered magnum is an N-frame and the Original .357 magnum. They are literal works of art...

    Hard to tell the frame size from a photo but the 686 should have told me it was an L frame. My L frame is a modern classic, chambered for the first time in .44 Mag. :


    Model 69 L frame in .44 Magnum

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    « Reply #15 on: January 27, 2017, 10:01:27 PM »
    In my opinion reloading a revolver in a gunfight is a good way to get shot, so my reload strategy is NY style, drop it and go for my backup gun. Being so light the J frame's recoil, even running .38's, is way more than the 4040. I'm not very recoil sensitive it's all about a solid hold and a very tight grip.

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    I understand that, I have a little 642 j frame as my BUG and the recoil is uncomfortable with even standard pressure loads. My primary is either a 686+ or a Sig P228.
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    Do we forget that cops were primarily still using 6 Shot Revolvers well through the mid 80's? It wasn't until after 1986 that most departments then relented and went to autos.
    Capacity wasn't really an issue then... and honestly really it's not even an issue now.
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    « Reply #16 on: January 27, 2017, 10:05:46 PM »
    Well that really is a crappy picture Raptor. I like CZ's though.

    Yeah, cell phone cameras suck. I bought the gun shortly before moving and my real camera was already on the other side of the state at that point (it was a slow-mo relocation) and I've just never gotten around to taking better pictures of it.

    Probably the favorite gun I've ever owned (though this may be partly nostalgia talking) is actually the gun I traded in towards the CZ, a German-made SIG-Sauer P228.

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    « Reply #17 on: January 27, 2017, 10:26:50 PM »
    Yeah, cell phone cameras suck. I bought the gun shortly before moving and my real camera was already on the other side of the state at that point (it was a slow-mo relocation) and I've just never gotten around to taking better pictures of it.

    Probably the favorite gun I've ever owned (though this may be partly nostalgia talking) is actually the gun I traded in towards the CZ, a German-made SIG-Sauer P228.



    You can always save up and buy yourself a P229  ;).
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    Do we forget that cops were primarily still using 6 Shot Revolvers well through the mid 80's? It wasn't until after 1986 that most departments then relented and went to autos.
    Capacity wasn't really an issue then... and honestly really it's not even an issue now.
    Ray Chapman, used to say that the 125-grain Magnum load’s almost magical stopping power was the only reason to load .357 instead of .38 Special +P ammunition into a fighting revolver chambered for the Magnum round. I agree. - Massad Ayoob

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    « Reply #18 on: January 27, 2017, 10:31:42 PM »
       Absolute favorite is my Sig 226 .40.    I have a LOT of guns I like......but this is my FAVORITE.

      I don't even carry it anymore because I'd......be very unhappy if it ever went into an evidence locker.

      It's laserlike accurate for me.  I shoot, I hit.   At absurdly long ranges.    It fits, I can shoot it fast, accurate, it's an extension of my hand.

      Gotten 3 deer with it, one dropping in his tracks, the other two running less than 100 yards.

       It is seriously the one gun I'd ever carry if I had to rely on ONE GUN, either traveling or whatever, for self-defence, acquiring food, etc.etc.   

    P.S.  It's the upper one of the two.   The lower is a Sig 220 that is nice, but not the same level of attachment
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    « Reply #19 on: January 27, 2017, 10:43:56 PM »
       Absolute favorite is my Sig 226 .40.    I have a LOT of guns I like......but this is my FAVORITE.

      I don't even carry it anymore because I'd......be very unhappy if it ever went into an evidence locker.

      It's laserlike accurate for me.  I shoot, I hit.   At absurdly long ranges.    It fits, I can shoot it fast, accurate, it's an extension of my hand.

      Gotten 3 deer with it, one dropping in his tracks, the other two running less than 100 yards.

       It is seriously the one gun I'd ever carry if I had to rely on ONE GUN, either traveling or whatever, for self-defence, acquiring food, etc.etc.   

    P.S.  It's the upper one of the two.   The lower is a Sig 220 that is nice, but not the same level of attachment


    I've been looking at the P220. I typically only shoot 9mm, but...  :hmm.

    I've been thinking to contribute to this thread, but I'm not sure I have a favourite gun. I really like my Sig P228, my 686, and my 642. It may be a draw between the Sig and 686.
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    Do we forget that cops were primarily still using 6 Shot Revolvers well through the mid 80's? It wasn't until after 1986 that most departments then relented and went to autos.
    Capacity wasn't really an issue then... and honestly really it's not even an issue now.
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    « Reply #20 on: January 28, 2017, 04:13:38 PM »
    Very nice rifle. They don't make 'um like they used to is common across brands. Smith and Wesson came out with "value" models towards the end of the 3rd gen pistol production. One of my favorite shooters is the model 411, plain jane version of the 40xx series.

    In the bolt gun category I've got a Shaw custom based on a Savage action chambered in .243, but my favorite has to be my Ruger Precision Rifle also in .243.

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    I'm also partial to 6mm because of the high BC for long distance.  I have a Sako L-579 action with a Douglas match barrel in 6mm Remington.  I know that round is virtually obsolete, but it holds more powder than the .243 and can push heavier bullets a bit faster.  It's basically a necked down 7x57 or .257 Roberts (same case).  My Douglas barrel, while extremely accurate with my handloads, does not have quite fast enough twist to shoot the really long, heavier VLD bullets, so, I may be in the market for something that can.  1:9 twist will stabilize 105's but not the longer 115's I'd like to try.  That means going all the way to 1:7, I think. 

    I am fascinated with the RPR and its "out of the box" readiness.  If I bite on that, it will probably be in .243, as I have a strong suspicion that it will be a better long range rifle than the current darling 6.5 Creedmoor.  You made the right choice by going 6mm IMHO.
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    « Reply #21 on: February 02, 2017, 12:39:10 AM »
    My favorite of all time in my collection is this baby:..
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    My favorite is the last M14 Smith Enterprise built for me in 2010, this CQB-16 type SEI... it made it's world debut at SHOT 2011 in a SAGE EBR chassis with a folding but stock.  Over the years I have moved it in & out of several different stocks including a bull pup conversion kit. Today it is in a Blackfeather RS with the Mossberg butt stock adapter.

    This was the first civilian CQB-16 SEI built, it was built along side a military prototype for a special forces group based in North Carolina. The CQB-16 uses a 16.25" (SOCOM length) GI profile barrel with a 1:10 ROT, and it's set up for a sound suppressor. The military program was canceled by our last president...




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    « Reply #24 on: February 03, 2017, 10:12:44 PM »
    Rifle, pistol, revolver, or shotgun?

    My favorite rifle is probably my Savage sorta-scout.  Doesn't do any one thing well, but it does everything pretty darned good!  My favorite autoloader is the Kimber Pro Carry that is with me whenever I have pants on.  Revolver?  Either my Ruger Bisley Vaqueros, or the birdshead version of same.  Lots to be said for a 300 gr. WFN bullet at 1200 fps.  Shotgun? Eh, I'm not a really good wing shooter, so probably either the Ruger Red Label 12 ga. O/U or the Ithaca/SKB 12 ga. S/S.  Although the home defense Mossberg probably gets more work that either of the 12-bores.  It's a 20-ga. Youth Model M-500, and it's usually the "turn-to and repel boarders" choice.

    And let's not get into the .22LR guns.....
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