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Posted: 9/16/2009 10:38:19 AM EST
I was just wondering what other "Retro" firearms you guys might be interested in. Based on many of the threads here, it seems that many who frequent this forum have a stronger interest in history than other AR owners.

For me, my "retro" obsession began with World War II firearms. I now own an M1 Garand, M1903 Springfield, M1A1 Carbine (replica, not original), and a Springfield Armory "GI .45" 1911-A1, in addition to my 604 replica.

The poll is not intended to be so much a poll of what you actually own, but it can be.

Also, this is not meant to be a "petition" to open up the forum to more non-AR specific discussion. Just curious, that's all!

Link Posted: 9/16/2009 10:52:30 AM EST
[Last Edit: 9/16/2009 11:29:39 AM EST by 44Echo10]
Where is the box marked all the above?

ETA: I like apple pie
Link Posted: 9/16/2009 11:10:13 AM EST
[Last Edit: 9/16/2009 12:00:59 PM EST by AKARS]
M1 Rifle, Carbine, 1911s and pretty much anything else C&R.



Link Posted: 9/16/2009 11:17:48 AM EST

Originally Posted By 44Echo10:
Where is the box marked all the above?

Damn, that's what I should have listed as the 10th option...

Link Posted: 9/16/2009 11:24:28 AM EST
[Last Edit: 9/16/2009 11:24:42 AM EST by TexSquirrel]
NO, number 10 should have been: I like Pie!

M1 carbines keep calling my name, but I've resisted so far.
Link Posted: 9/16/2009 11:32:49 AM EST
I have a December 1944 M1, IIRC an August 1943 M1903, a best guess September 1943 M1 Carbine, a 1914 M1911 and a few other C&R bolt guns/pistols from other countries including a couple of Nazi proofed guns. I also have Colt WW1 and WW2 reproduction 1911s and I want an original Colt M1911A1 badly.
Link Posted: 9/16/2009 11:36:06 AM EST
Oh, and my dad has an LRB M14 built with mostly all USGI parts and a birch USGI stock that I absolutely love.
Link Posted: 9/16/2009 11:52:36 AM EST
I voted for all of them. I'm all about USGI firearms and clones. The only non USGI firearms I own are my and my wife's carry pistols (Hi Power and Model 36) and a shotgun for home defense. The M14 is first followed by the M16, M1, and all others after that. Anything used by the US Army Infantry has a place in my collection. I'd appreciate an 1861 Springfield as much as a SCAR 16.
Dustin
Link Posted: 9/16/2009 12:01:02 PM EST

Brace yourselves ––- i like to go back even farther than an '03 Springer ––- leverguns are my other passion. I hope to add a Winchester 1895 and a Shiloh Sharps Quigley rifle (it technically has a lever) to my collection one day. Also like all sorts of other wheelguns and other firearms from the late 1800's . I dont really have the geedus to own a bunch of originals though, and since i love to shoot, i would hate to have a 125 year old smokepole thats too valuable to shoot anyway –– so mine are modern versions




Link Posted: 9/16/2009 12:12:24 PM EST
Garand(s), M1 Carbine(s), 1903, 1903A3, 1911A1 being built on a Colt slide, hunting for a Springfield 1898, and I think there's still a 1917 (Eddystone) in the box waaay back there. The K98k mauser just went to a new home along with one of the Tokarev TTC's. My C&R license has been a lot of fun.

My trips to the range usually include a lot of .30-06.
Link Posted: 9/16/2009 12:22:19 PM EST
Originally Posted By 45FMJoe:
Oh, and my dad has an LRB M14 built with mostly all USGI parts and a birch USGI stock that I absolutely love.


That would be my dream gun! I have always loved the M14 rifle and will own one someday with a forged receiver and usgi parts.
Link Posted: 9/16/2009 12:32:29 PM EST
[Last Edit: 9/16/2009 12:35:56 PM EST by m1sniper]
Hi Bro,,no offence but only one of the above are considered "retro" the rest are "vintage".That was the determination last winter/spring by members here. A retro was defined as putting together one that is similiar to xxx model using some new made parts to acheive the look and feel of the original weapon.So actually only the M1A falls into the "retro" catagory as it's a semi auto only (new made) receiver made to look and feel like the real thing as are semi only lowers for the ar15/m16 series..Not my ruling,but a rather large discussion held sometime back in Feb or March..
I love all the above tho,,my 1st love was the 1903,then M1 Garands (heavy love for the M1 sniper versions).
ETA you are 110% correct about our members being very interested in history.After I had posted pics of our living history display at Pres Roosevelts mansion last Memorial Day weekend,I was surprised at how many members wrote that they were also involved in living history groups.
Link Posted: 9/16/2009 12:32:43 PM EST
Kind of forgot the 1917 Eddystone rifle and trench guns didn't ya? I had to check off the M-14, Garand, Carbine, Springfield and 1911A1 since I own these models already but I also have a 1917 Enfield as well as a Norinco 1897 Trench gun that would fall into the combat shotguns that were left off this poll.
Link Posted: 9/16/2009 12:39:50 PM EST
[Last Edit: 9/16/2009 12:42:33 PM EST by Essayons]
Since I was stationed near Czechoslovakia during the cold war, I'm interested in getting a VZ 58 to go with my M16A1 clone

If I had more money, I'd buy a nice copy of every weapon issued by the U.S. Army. I've got two A1 clones, a Springfield GI, a Garand, and have been fighting the temptation to get a CMP Carbine. I'd love to have a 1917 and a 1903 and so on, all the way back

Link Posted: 9/16/2009 12:51:27 PM EST
Originally Posted By streetstar:

Brace yourselves ––- i like to go back even farther than an '03 Springer ––- leverguns are my other passion. I hope to add a Winchester 1895 and a Shiloh Sharps Quigley rifle (it technically has a lever) to my collection one day. Also like all sorts of other wheelguns and other firearms from the late 1800's . I dont really have the geedus to own a bunch of originals though, and since i love to shoot, i would hate to have a 125 year old smokepole thats too valuable to shoot anyway –– so mine are modern versions


http://i211.photobucket.com/albums/bb285/streetstar707/206.jpg

http://i211.photobucket.com/albums/bb285/streetstar707/005-4.jpg


I like those too! I don't have too many, but mine are all antiques. I have two 1894's and 1873's, and one each 1892 and 1886, as well as an antique '97 shotgun. I shoot them, I don't think you can blow up a lever-action Winchester. I've always wanted an 1886 in 50-110, but I should have bought one of those first. I can't afford them now, even if I sold one of my 601 replica's.

Link Posted: 9/16/2009 2:30:19 PM EST
Originally Posted By VAAR:
Originally Posted By streetstar:


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I like those too! I don't have too many, but mine are all antiques. I have two 1894's and 1873's, and one each 1892 and 1886, as well as an antique '97 shotgun. I shoot them, I don't think you can blow up a lever-action Winchester. I've always wanted an 1886 in 50-110, but I should have bought one of those first. I can't afford them now, even if I sold one of my 601 replica's.



If you have a couple of 1873's and an 1886, you are in an entirely different economic class than me ! unless you have had them for 40 years or something ––- any of those would be the centerpiece of my entire collection regardless of condition. It is kind of cool that you can still get a turn of the century (100 years ago, not 8 years ago) Model '94 for about the price of a nice AR with some serious looking around though

Link Posted: 9/16/2009 2:39:34 PM EST
I was into the C&R thing until I had a whole pile of guns that didn't really fit any category. Not that there was any thing wrong with that. I just needed to focus on one area of collecting. I like AR's it's like Lego's for big people.
Link Posted: 9/16/2009 3:02:03 PM EST
Pretty much all military small arms intrest me, mainly US Martial Arms, WWII rifles and pistols from all over, WWII training rifles in .22 cal., some NFA stuff.
AK's and HK's. But M1 Carbines, or just Carbines as I call them, really do it for me. I get just as exicted over parts too.
Link Posted: 9/16/2009 3:11:28 PM EST
[Last Edit: 9/16/2009 3:14:41 PM EST by postino]
M1896 Mausers, Lugers, and my dream is to someday own...a Borchardt...

(I already own a repro 1872 Colt "flattop" in 38 Special - the top one)

Link Posted: 9/16/2009 3:35:10 PM EST
Anything USGI (weapons and related) from about Span-Am through the adoption of the M9.
I've become more focused in recent years...Armalite in particular.
Formerly a hardcore collector but now just a dabbler and a shooter.
Link Posted: 9/16/2009 3:57:14 PM EST
1911s
and sniper versions of US rifles, including comercial procured ones i.e. M70 with unertl
Link Posted: 9/16/2009 7:59:21 PM EST
Well, this is AR-15.com, after all, but pretty much any U.S. arm from either World War up through now would be of interest to this bunch!

Link Posted: 9/16/2009 8:20:36 PM EST
I like all of the military firearms. Started with garands. I wish you would have put a slot for military shotguns. I have a Model 12 trench and may soon be the owner of a Stevens 520-30 riot. If alll goes well.
Link Posted: 9/16/2009 8:42:13 PM EST
Retro police firearms.
Colt revolvers, S&W revolvers, M1 Carbines, Colt Monitor, etc.
Link Posted: 9/16/2009 8:50:28 PM EST
Almost all C&R.

I'm a big BAR guy (what my grandfather carried)
A1 of course (what my father carried)

M1 Garand and M11
Link Posted: 9/17/2009 5:16:58 AM EST
I would defininetly vote for all of the above and then some..........



Link Posted: 9/17/2009 5:35:03 AM EST
Originally Posted By thedoctors308:
Retro police firearms.
Colt revolvers, S&W revolvers, M1 Carbines, Colt Monitor, etc.


Most definitely.

So far I have a '68 Colt Official Police, a best guess '62ish S&W Model 36, a 1974-1977 (who knows) S&W Model 58 and a third issue Colt Detective Special. My dad has his Godfather's Colt Official Police (1932 or 1933 IIRC) revolver that was his duty weapon.

I still want a Python, 5" S&W 27, 6" 28, 8 3/8" 29 and 4" 19 Combat Magnums. Oh plus a Colt Commando and a S&W Victory... My wish list is endless.

I look at it this way, I'll be 28 in exactly one month. I have plenty of time left to collect everything I want in my life.
Link Posted: 9/17/2009 5:59:26 AM EST
I was looking for the Retro Shotgun choice, too. But I gotta admit, everything mentioned trips my trigger.
Link Posted: 9/17/2009 6:40:49 AM EST
Link Posted: 9/17/2009 6:53:41 AM EST
Looking for a S&W Victory Revolver to go along side my M-1 Carbine.

Though to be honest, I could live with a tapered barrel Model 10 as well.
Link Posted: 9/17/2009 11:43:08 AM EST
+1 on the Retro Shotguns for me as well.

Link Posted: 9/17/2009 2:53:40 PM EST
I had to vote all. Just like everyone else, though, that list is a little short. Most of my firearms are either used (and older than me) or they are repros (of guns that are older than me).
Link Posted: 9/17/2009 6:20:42 PM EST
Ya gota love the BAR from WWI to Vietnam.



I also have this thing for WWII British Commando firearms.

Link Posted: 9/18/2009 7:14:42 AM EST
I knew this thread would result in lots of retro/vintage gun pr0n.
Link Posted: 9/18/2009 7:33:26 AM EST
Originally Posted By GI-45:
I knew this thread would result in lots of retro/vintage gun pr0n.


Yo.



Link Posted: 9/18/2009 8:22:02 AM EST
[Last Edit: 9/18/2009 8:27:03 AM EST by Hetzer1]
You guys make me feel like a turd in the punch bowl! The only U.S. military (type) firearms I own are my M16A1 clone and a Bushmaster A2 (and a 604 clone "in progress"). My tastes tend to favor foreign weapons, particularly Swiss rifles. I do have an M1 on my wishlist, though.

EDIT - Mike's post reminded me - I've alo got a U.S. property marked Mossberg M44US. I have (once) fired a 1' 5-shot group at 100 yards with this rifle. Incredibly accurate for an iron-sighted rimfire.
Link Posted: 9/18/2009 9:04:25 AM EST
Wow I think we have adifferent disease than BRD. Ive owned an M1 Carbine, Three Garands, 4 Mausers , 6 91/30s ,4 sks's 6 AKs
Link Posted: 9/18/2009 4:06:43 PM EST
Originally Posted By PrivateSnafu:
Ya gota love the BAR from WWI to Vietnam.

http://i240.photobucket.com/albums/ff160/nosepiece/IMG_04521-1.jpg

I also have this thing for WWII British Commando firearms.

http://i240.photobucket.com/albums/ff160/nosepiece/IMG_2656.jpg


How does one come by a Delisle Carbine

I have only ever seen one, and that was a museum exhibit.

Link Posted: 9/18/2009 4:57:01 PM EST
I can be found lurking/posting on most of the C&R boards.
Link Posted: 9/18/2009 8:32:02 PM EST
[Last Edit: 9/18/2009 8:39:15 PM EST by Hal143]
Cheap Thrills

Top down:

Standard Products 8-43
Underwood 10-44
Inland 1-44





Inland carbine 1-44
and
Springfield Garand 1-45



ETA: Middle carbine looks all tweaked, but it's just photo anomoly. Weird.
Link Posted: 9/18/2009 11:00:27 PM EST
Originally Posted By thedoctors308:
Retro police firearms.
Colt revolvers, S&W revolvers, M1 Carbines, Colt Monitor, etc.


+1!
However, I voted for the BAR. I got to run a few mags thru one at the Hot Springs machinegun shoot about 15 years ago.
STIFFAGE!!!

Link Posted: 9/19/2009 6:29:19 AM EST
[Last Edit: 9/19/2009 6:36:24 PM EST by HenryKnoxFineBooks]
If the Army used it, I'm interested in having one.



Working on making a "retro" 1816 and the 1835 will eventually go away, and some stuff is not pictured, but you get the idea.
Link Posted: 9/19/2009 8:44:33 AM EST
[Last Edit: 9/19/2009 8:50:57 AM EST by hk45shooter]
What no option for A2's? Just kidding, A2's are still not Retro. Never will be in my book.

All joking aside, M1 Carbines have always intrigued me, but I have yet to get one, or do enough studying on them to know what to look for in buying one.

I don't know if these would be considered for your poll/post, but Marlin 39A's are another one of my interests. Both were made in 1953, bought by me from 2 different people at different times. I thought that was a kinda odd coincidence.

Top: standard 39A w/24" barrel.
Bottom: 39A Mountie w/24" barrel. (From what I've been told over at RimFireCentral.com, 1953 was the first year for Mounties, & a 24" barreled Mountie is pretty rare.)



ETA: After voting in the poll, I see you meant other "Military" firearms. So my Marlins don't apply, but I'm gonna leave them here anyway cause they are old at least. That is part of the definition of Retro isn't it?
Link Posted: 9/19/2009 4:04:40 PM EST

Originally Posted By hk45shooter:
ETA: After voting in the poll, I see you meant other "Military" firearms. So my Marlins don't apply, but I'm gonna leave them here anyway cause they are old at least. That is part of the definition of Retro isn't it?

Sure, any "old" firearms qualify.


Link Posted: 9/19/2009 4:39:45 PM EST
I also seem to like H&Rs
Link Posted: 9/19/2009 5:41:32 PM EST
[Last Edit: 9/19/2009 5:42:37 PM EST by Blanco_Diablo]


1917 Colt M1911 rearsenaled for use in WWII.

ETA: Oh and a 1918 all matching DWM Luger with a Nazi eagle on the back of the pistol, below the sight, and a WAA stamp next to it..very strange.

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