Awesome set of Colts! I just plain love those old Colts. Someday, when the research is done and the book is published, I'm going to start selling off the H&R's and get me some nice old Colts. Yep, that's what I'm going to do.
Ok SheNine. I'll do it in two posts as they will be picture heavy.
Here are the custom dueling pistols that Tim Brown made for me. They are .45 calibre and have half round / half octogon barrels. The barrels are encircled with three bands of gold and are hand engraved. The locks are also engraved. The butt caps were hand made and hand engraved. The trigger guards are engraved in a daisy pattern. The stocks include silver wire inlay and are hand carved. The fitted box includes a carved crest and a banner which is carved with five portions. The outter most postions state "Honor" and "Virtuus" which are the names of these pistols. The three inner portions state "Deo", "Veritas", and "Praevalet" (with God truth prevails - since dueling was considered to be a form of trial by ordeal). The box also includes a full set of tools complete with elk horn powder and priming flasks.
And here are some pics of the rifle I had made in memory of my friend who passed away. This rifle was also custom made by Tim Brown. It is a 1790ish Lancaster rifle with a 42 inch swamped Colerain barrel. The barrel is engraved in memory of my friend and "Vita Brevis ~ Amicus Perpetuus" (life is short ~ a friend is forever). The barrel is also encircled with 7 bands of gold and the back of the front sight is also lined with gold. The lock is a tuned Siler and is hand engraved. There are 9 coin silver engraved inlays and the patch box is made in a daisy pattern (as is the trigger guard) and engraved with my name. All engraving and carving was done by hand and no power tools were used in building this rifle.
And here's a picture of a couple more flintlocks:
From the left: .45 calibre matched dueling pistols (custom built by Tim Brown); .45 calibre Hawken (T/C); .50 calibre Hawken (T/C); .54 calibre Great Plains Rifle (Lyman); .45 calibre long rifle (Hatfield); .40 calibre Lancaster (custom built by Tim Brown); .45 calibre Fredrick Sell rifle (custom built by Keith Lisle); .36 calibre squirrel rifle (J.P. Mcoy)
WOW I can only imagine having the collections you guys carry. Hopefully one day Ill be able to look at my guns and say "I got all the ones I wanted and all the ones I didnt need" Ill get there, just hope I wont have bandaids all over my wallet Hats off to you guys
Well I have a small collection right now. Primarily military surplus-style rifles. Most of them are in pretty good shape. I have 3 Mosins (91/30, M44 and M38), an Enfield No.4 Mk1/3, I have an old model of 1917 Remington .30-06 that has been sporterized and I put on a nice Leupold scope so its my hunting rifle, along with my .308 Win Parker Hale rifle. I've got a Steyr M95 carbine 8x56R, a byf42 Mauser K98 which is in awesome shape, but non-matching. I also have a Chinese Norinco AK-47 which I really like. Also is a pic of my Springfield Armory 1911 Mil Spec one of the best 1911s I have ever shot. I also have a Kimber Pro Carry TLE II, but I would take my SA over the Kimber.
But probably my prized possessions are my two Lugers. One is a DWM 1918/1920 double stamp all matching except the mag, and I have an Erfurt non-matching that I kinda got dicked on on Gunbroker by some dumb lady who said it was matching but it wasn't. The numbers were close, but upon closer inspection the 0 looked like a 6 or vice-versa because of a slightly crooked stamp. The barrel was off of a 1939-43 byf gun and had a small eagle over swastika stamp on it. But it was relatively cheap as Lugers go as I wanted it as a shooter. It shoots pretty good. One of the nicest feeling, and most comfortable pistols I have ever shot.
Mosin M91/30 1942 Izzy w/lam stock
Mosin M38 1943 #s matching counter bored Izzy with some extra ammo I picked up.
AK underfolder w/bayo
Steyr M95 (refinished, I have some before/after pics in a different post)
Erfurt 1918 Luger
Turk Mauser (I like the dark stock color)
My 1917 Remington (I believe the serial number was made in Sept. 1917)
Parker Hale (I believe its just a Safari model) but its got a Mauser action on it.
Mosin M44 1946 Izzy #s matching
Enfield No4 Mk. 1/3 One of the nicest shooting rifles in my collection.
Springfield Armory MilSpec (With my own hand made curly maple grips on it)
Welcome to the forum, Mr. livebythegun. Nice collection. Hope you don't mind that I rearranged it so they could be viewed vertically. If you have a minute, you might go by the "New Members" section and say "Howdy". Lots of members would love to welcome you.
BTW, folks, this has got to be one of the very few threads that has been active virtually our entire year of existence -=- LBTG has posted his collection the day before the anniversary.
i have a winchester 1895 .405 cal, ser#44396.Can anybody tell me if this is an antique? collectors item? The gun is in excellent shape, I've had it for about 60 years. Haven't fired it for a while but it still works.