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Old 08-16-2018, 08:24 AM
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I had my dad's old JC Higgins SxS 12 ga. made by AyA that dad bought for duck hunting in 1952 or 1953. My younger brother has it now and refurbished it about 10 years ago or so, as it saw a lot of duck marsh time and the small crevices were starting to show some minor rust spots after 40 years. It got black chromed and looks amazing again. It gets used by him and his son every dove season here, and it was my first hunting gun when I lived in the northeast U.S. many years ago (back in the 60's).

I still have a few of my deceased father-in-law's guns, and they will stay with me until I'm gone and will then be passed to his grandchildren or great-grandchildren.
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Old 08-16-2018, 09:07 AM
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It's a tradition in my family to distribute "passed" down firearms. I have 7 or 8 starting with both grandfathers. Not so with my wife's family. She doesn't have siblings. To get her fathers firearms for her I had to buy them from him.
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Old 08-16-2018, 09:48 AM
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Old 08-16-2018, 09:48 AM
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Originally Posted by rjinaz85308 View Post
Just one. A 1934 H&R Sportsman 22LR. It was my Dad's trapping pistol.

I love these pistols & highly recommend them. I own an identical but slightly more worn 1941 model, + a rare snubnose 22lr version. The capacity is the same as the Ruger MK1 22 that I got rid of in favor of my H&R 999 SPORTSMAN. YOURS LOOKS LIKE NEW.
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Old 08-16-2018, 10:07 AM
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Not family, but family friends saw my interest as a teen and foisted .410's and 22's on me. I haven't shot most of them in 25 years, but I'm way too sentimental to get rid of them.
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Old 08-16-2018, 10:10 AM
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I have my Grandfather's Fox Sterlingworth from @ 1910.

Family intrigue, outside interests, drama, all conspired to try to keep it from me, but it's in my safe and isn't going anywhere except my kids going forward.

I hunted with it as a kid.
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Old 08-16-2018, 10:57 AM
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My Dad's issued 1945, 1911, as new! I saw him remove it from it's original box in Frankfort in the height of the cold war in 1955. He was a young Capt. assigned to NSA.

He gave it to me for my 13th birthday. I was going to military school (JR-ROTC). There are photos of it elsewhere on this forum. I also have his bring home 43 Luger. I wish I had his P51 Mustang!!!!

Today it lives in retirement in a safe along with XX other 1911's!

I also have my grandfather's .22 Win pump, brown patina and no rifling!
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Old 08-16-2018, 06:54 PM
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I used to have my grandad's Iver Johnson .32 top-break revolver. I gave it to my uncle. Grandad died shortly before I was born, so I didn't really have a sentimental attachment to the pistol.
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Old 08-16-2018, 07:02 PM
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We have my father's LC Smith 20 Ga. double that he purchased shortly after WWII. My son has it now and he uses for upland hunting when the weather is nice. Dad had other guns over the years but, like so many of his generation, sold them to pay bills overt time. The Elsie was his first love though.
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Old 08-16-2018, 08:05 PM
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I don't have any that that were passed down to me but I've got plenty to pass down to my Grand kids and sons. Nothing fancy or high grade, just every day shooters that I liked and enjoyed.
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Old 08-16-2018, 08:56 PM
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Got my grand fathers single shot Marlin bolt action 22lr rifle. My earliest memories are him sitting in his upstairs bedroom window shooting Starlings off the bird feeder below his window, him cussing at the Starlings and laughing after each shot. Neighborhood went "Yuppie" in the 60's and the local Police Chief came by the house and told him he was gonna have to knock it off because the new neighbors were complaining. I just took it out of the safe last year and refinished the plain wood stock with 15 or 16 coats of Tung Oil. Just because I could.
Got Grandma's S&W tip barrel .32 revolver that she carried everywhere. Bore & cylinder bores are so rusted up and pitted, I'm glad she never needed to use it.
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Old 08-16-2018, 09:10 PM
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While my Dad is still with us at a spry 85, he gave me his Beretta Silver Pigeon 20 ga. It’s my favorite shotgun that has taken many birds and clays.
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Old 08-16-2018, 09:22 PM
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I inherited my father's Colt Government 1911, made in 1918, one year after he was born.......
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Old 08-16-2018, 09:38 PM
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I had my dads old iver Johnson 16 ga. single shot shotgun [he passed away when I was just 1 year old]. I gave it to my daughter last year, she will pass it down to her son when the time comes. I am 76 years old now and passed my old model ruger Blackhawk 357 mag to her son, my grandson on his twenty first birthday last November. [it was owned by me for 50 years, told him he could enjoy it for the next 50 plus years]
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Old 08-16-2018, 09:53 PM
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I have an Argentine Mauser chambered in 30-06 that my grandfather built after taking a gunsmithing course. It's has a 28" barrel with a sporter stock that he made to fit the action and barrel. It's not exactly "handy", but he made it and now it's mine. I wish I had enough foresight to ask him more about it while he was alive.

My brother was given a '68 (I think) Colt National Match 1911 from the same grandfather but my brother was careless with it. He didn't store it secretively and a no good roommate of his stole it from him. I don't think my brother knew or appreciated what he had. I'm still a little bitter at him for that.

I have started my own tradition for my son. I have built a custom bolt action rifle that will be presented to him as a "coming of age" rifle/knife combo. The serial number on the Defiance action is his initials and his birthdate.
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Old 08-16-2018, 11:15 PM
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My dad is still sharp as a tack at 93 and still avidly hunts and shots. I have had the privilege of supplying some of his want list guns to him. Quite the reverse of the op but each time I have delivered a weapon to him his comment is I'll probably see them again some time...
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Old 08-17-2018, 01:15 PM
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My Dad passed away at the young age of 62 back in 1989. I inherited the only 2 firearms that he owned; a Winchester Model 12 in 20 gauge and a Marlin 39A "Peanut" .22 lever action rifle. The Model 12 was made in 1947, and the Marlin was made in 1951.

From my grandfather, I inherited his Winchester Model 61 rifle. It was manufactured in 1933, the 2nd year of production. Chambered in .22 Short only, with an octagonal barrel. I've researched it quite a bit, and it's allegedly worth several thousand dollars.

Unfortunately, I don't have any sons or nephews to inherit any of my guns. I'll probably just sell them all, one by one.
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Old 08-17-2018, 03:01 PM
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Several long guns from my Dad. I've already started giving them to my son.
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Old 08-18-2018, 06:53 PM
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My first gun was a Stevens model 99 .22LR bolt action that I inherited from my great grandfather when I was 6 years old. My grandfather had a modest collection. I inherited all but one, including a Winchester model 1876 in .45-60, a Savage model 99 in .300 Savage, a Winchester model 12 in 16 gauge and a pair of Winchester model 94s in 30-30. A lot of fond memories with him and those guns.
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Old 08-19-2018, 08:44 AM
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I have my step father's .32 Colt Hammerless Pocket Pistol that his father bought new in 1917. I also have my mother's 20 ga. Remington 1100 bird gun.
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Old 08-19-2018, 08:54 AM
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Yes, a Colt 1917 made in 1918 and a colt Detective Special in 38 New Police made in 1951.
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Old 08-19-2018, 01:38 PM
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I was supposed to inherit one of my Grandfathers Parker shotguns. But shortly after he passed Grandma went into a facility.

That very night the house was robbed. Guns gone.

I suspect the transport people who worked for the facility were in on that.
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Old 08-19-2018, 04:05 PM
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Mike, this is an awesome topic! I have an old mossberg .22 bolt action rifle that belonged to my grandfather that my dad passed down to me. I killed my first squirrel with that rifle when I was around five years old hunting with my dad. That gun weighs a ton! Unfortunately both my grandfathers passed away before I was born. That rifle may not be worth much but to me it is priceless!
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Old 08-20-2018, 11:00 AM
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I have several from both my Grandfather and Father. They are in my will to be passed on to my Sons and hopefully my Grandsons. They are listed on my "Master" list by SN and with a few lines describing their history and ownership.
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Old 08-20-2018, 05:06 PM
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Just two, from my Mom, S&W 32 S&W Long, circa 1952 or there about, and

From my Dad, Interarms Swiss pattern 9mm

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