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Who Prefers New Tactical Firearms Over Classic

  • New Tactical Firearms

    Votes: 1 6.3%
  • Classic Nostalgic Firearms

    Votes: 8 50.0%
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    Votes: 6 37.5%
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    Votes: 1 6.3%

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When I got into firearms a couple of years ago it started with a Walnut stocked bolt .22lr. Every firearm I seem to buy are classic in style. My rifles have all wood stocks with blued metal, the same goes with my shotguns. I have old mechanical designs like lever guns and bolt guns, single shot shotguns, and revolvers. The market over the years has become more and more tactical. Most guns now come with synthetic stocks, pic rails, and with semi auto capabilities. When I shot my first AR I said this was easy to shoot and fun but not as fun as getting to unload with a crisp lever of a lever gun, or manipulate the sweet Mauser bolt action. The new guns have their place for CC and home defense, but if I had to go to the range I would pick a classic. My question here is who prefers the look and feeling of classic 20th and 19th century firearms over the new stuff today, and why?
 

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No option for "Both"?
 

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I have more old guns than modern guns, but I like and carry both. My favorite guns to shoot are Colt SAA revolvers and Winchester lever-action rifles. I usually carry a government steel 1911 in either .45 ACP or 10mm. When I feel the need for more capacity, I carry either a Glock G35 .40 S&W or Springfield XDM in .40 S&W or 10mm.
 

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There are certain 60/70's era guns that I keep an eye out for, but for the most part I'm pretty much done buying.
 

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it does seem a shame, when you can honestly opine that the best thing about modern guns is when you buy them, you have warranty coverage...
 

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I lean toward blued steel and hardwood but I can tolerate limited amounts of polymer and some of the newer coatings look okay.

I enjoy a 1911 and other hammer fired handguns, but strikers make a pretty dependable carry that is light weight.

And I like SA Revolvers...big bore, but again, blued steel and wood please...

I am sorta old so I like older guns, but I am not so old to not appreciate new stuff too.
 

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I like blued too and wood furniture. When i look for a new rifle i'll spend the extra money for wood. I love my classics too. I think they are better quality. A time when folks took pride in their workmanship. Also new technology incorporated into the old styles can be nice as well. Semi auto handguns the 1911 platform is my favorite. Wheel guns single action or double it like. I shoot my D/A's single action most of the time.
 

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I like old and new shotguns, rifles, surplus guns, single action and double action revolvers and most semi auto pistols. I have just about every gun I’ll ever want,......till I see one I don’t have and even some I want to have two of. I could see myself being a Ruger Mark series pistol collector. So many variants.
 

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Old guns are my favorite with a special nod to the various Mauser models. How many hobbies allow you to use a piece of history who's mechanical function is so well designed it's still considered a benchmark 130 years later? Yes, I like modern rifles but in extreme heat or cold a wooden stock is more comfortable to handle.
 

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I limit my purchase of black plastic to my SD guns; otherwise give me walnut and blued steel in my revolvers, rifles (bolt) and shotguns (O/U and SxS)
 

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I have blued, stainless, browned, wood, polymer, plastic, etc. Most all of them are tools to do whatever job there is to do. Only with the blued steel and wood (real wood: walnut, mesquite, etc) will I just sit and look at them, following the lines of the stock and grain of the wood, the blending of metal and wood, the delicate lines of some modest engraving....Other stuff hold no such fascinating for me.


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My favorite gun, hands down, is an old bolt action, 121 ga shotgun. Don't quote me, but I think may even be from somewhere like a Woolco or Woolworth's. (BTW- If our respective work schedules go as planned this week, I will actually be taking this gun on a hog hunting trip with my oldest brother this weekend.)

Little background: He bought it new in the early to mid-70's and while we were skeet shooting one day he ended up promising it to me as soon as he bought another pump or auto 12 ga to replace it. This shotgun was the first ever 12 ga I had shot; moreover, it was the first 12 ga that I ever shot 00-buck out of as well.

Unfortunately, it was taken and presumed lost forever when someone broke into where he was staying and stole all of his guns. Long story short: It was like 25 or 30 years later that he gets notified by the cops that they had found his stolen shotgun. (It had been pawned and by that time all guns pawned here in Florida were being checked against a database for stolen weapons.)

He paid $30 to the pawn shop owner and took the shotgun back. He remembered his promise to gift it to me. (After I reminded him. :sneaky:) Although it still works reasonably well*, I know for a fact that I would NEVER pay $30 for one like it; however, the sentimental value of this particular shotgun is off the charts as far as how I feel about it now.

I will post some porn of this old shotgun Sunday night or Monday afternoon. (Whenever I or we decide to come back.)

For the record: I seriously doubt we'll get a hog, or even get a shot at one as we are going to hunt on public lands and did not have anytime to scout the area prior. Even so, I do foresee a good time in the woods with my brother and a belly full of BBQ pork when we stop for BBQ on his (or our) way back Sunday or Monday.
 

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one gun I have that is one of my favorites is a remengton mod 51 in 380. they quit making them in 1929.
 

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Wood, steel and iron here.
Pennsylvania long rifles to lever rifles and old school shotguns are a preference.
My only exception is the venerable 1911.
 
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