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Posted: 8/12/2005 12:36:04 PM EDT
What is the most "American" gun of all time?

When seen by someone anywhere in the world, evokes images of the United States?

Link Posted: 8/12/2005 12:36:22 PM EDT
easy, M1 Garand.
Link Posted: 8/12/2005 12:37:14 PM EDT
Colt Peacemaker.
Winchester 94.
Link Posted: 8/12/2005 12:37:16 PM EDT
1911
Link Posted: 8/12/2005 12:37:24 PM EDT
Garand
Link Posted: 8/12/2005 12:37:31 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 8/12/2005 12:37:55 PM EDT by sae057]
Well, when I was growing up, I wasn't exposed to those "evil" things called guns...so all I saw were BB guns and M16's (G.I. Joes + movies). So I would have to say Red Ryder BB gun or the M16A2.

JMHO
Link Posted: 8/12/2005 12:38:01 PM EDT

Chicago typewriter
Link Posted: 8/12/2005 12:38:01 PM EDT
Colt.
Link Posted: 8/12/2005 12:38:42 PM EDT
But Garand was born up in "Eastern Russia"

(or as we like to call it in Wisconsin; "Canada")
Link Posted: 8/12/2005 12:38:49 PM EDT
Suprised to see that noone has mentioned the Winchester 30-30 lever action yet.

-Storm
Link Posted: 8/12/2005 12:39:19 PM EDT
You didn't ask which one I "love" the most.

The obvious answer is the Colt Single Action Army, the Peacemaker.

Worn by true American "buckaroos".
Link Posted: 8/12/2005 12:39:34 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 8/12/2005 12:40:08 PM EDT by PBIR]

easy, M1 Garand.


I disagree. The case is not so clear cut, what about the 1911, the M16, the Colt Peacemaker etc
Link Posted: 8/12/2005 12:40:15 PM EDT
The Yankee Fist -1911
Link Posted: 8/12/2005 12:40:16 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 8/12/2005 12:41:04 PM EDT by 3rdStreet]
I would have to say the 1911. If you ask anyone who knows anything about guns they know the 1911.
Link Posted: 8/12/2005 12:40:28 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 8/12/2005 12:45:56 PM EDT by TexasSIG]
SAA, the Peacemaker is by far the essential American gun.

Everyone should have one.

I have the Cimarron replica in .45 LC among others. Love to shoot that thing.
Link Posted: 8/12/2005 12:40:38 PM EDT

Originally Posted By The_Stormrider:
Suprised to see that noone has mentioned the Winchester 30-30 lever action yet.

-Storm



ummm look at my post above?
Link Posted: 8/12/2005 12:42:30 PM EDT

Originally Posted By PBIR:

easy, M1 Garand.


I disagree. The case is not so clear cut, what about the 1911, the M16, the Colt Peacemaker etc



It's all perspective, it can also depend on how old you are as well. For me it would be the Garand though.
Link Posted: 8/12/2005 12:48:32 PM EDT
Winchester Model 94 .30-30

1911 .45

Colt SAA

M-16

M-14

M1 Garand

There's a whole bunch of Model 94's out there....

HH
Link Posted: 8/12/2005 12:49:55 PM EDT
how about them shotguns?
Link Posted: 8/12/2005 12:50:06 PM EDT

Originally Posted By Old_Painless:


Worn by true American "buckaroos".



buckaroos????


Just how old are you?


Sgat1r5
Link Posted: 8/12/2005 12:51:20 PM EDT
Link Posted: 8/12/2005 12:53:05 PM EDT
The Colt SAA, the Winchester lever action, the M1 Garand, the 1911 and the Thompson all define American and the course its taken.
Link Posted: 8/12/2005 12:54:33 PM EDT
Winchester 94.
Link Posted: 8/12/2005 12:54:40 PM EDT
The 1911 is the most copied and popular handgun in the world. We introduced it to the world by carrying it into battle.

Name one other gun that has that type of reputation.
Link Posted: 8/12/2005 12:55:31 PM EDT
Model 94

Colt SAA

M1911

My List.
Link Posted: 8/12/2005 12:55:52 PM EDT

Originally Posted By Dolomite:
But Garand was born up in "Eastern Russia"

(or as we like to call it in Wisconsin; "Canada")



Dat's funny right dar I don't care who you are!

Funny and true!

BigDozer66
Link Posted: 8/12/2005 12:57:52 PM EDT
Colt .45 baby, they even make cartoons around the gun!
Link Posted: 8/12/2005 12:57:55 PM EDT

Originally Posted By TexasSIG:
SAA, the Peacemaker is by far the essential American gun.

Everyone should have one.

I have the Cimarron replica in .45 LC among others. Love to shoot that thing.



If it ain't a Colt it's just a copy!

I am going to get me a Cimarron someday!

BigDozer66
Link Posted: 8/12/2005 1:04:58 PM EDT
1911 by a long shot
Link Posted: 8/12/2005 1:19:14 PM EDT
Garand.... But damn those were some tough choices!
Link Posted: 8/12/2005 1:19:29 PM EDT
I'd have to go with the levergun. As far as I know there were revolvers, automatics and semi autos all over the world, but the Winchester was born in the USA. Other counties had prototypes of all other types of firearms except for the lever action rifle that I know of.

Honorable mention would be the Gatling Gun.
Link Posted: 8/12/2005 1:22:17 PM EDT
man, that was a tough choice but in the end it came down to the colt saa. everyone has subguns, semiauto battle rifles and pistols, and select fire assault rifles. but who else had the sixgun? especially in the same period?
Link Posted: 8/12/2005 1:24:20 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 8/12/2005 1:24:52 PM EDT by vito113]
Link Posted: 8/12/2005 1:24:40 PM EDT
Lever actions are considered to be a "american" style gun by foreigners.

My vote would be the 1911.

The Pennsylvania (kentucky) rifle is definitely in the running.
Link Posted: 8/12/2005 1:24:57 PM EDT
I have no idea which one to vote for, but this is a cool idea for a thread.
Link Posted: 8/12/2005 1:27:56 PM EDT
colt saa. was just looking at a pic of teddy roosevelt carrying one when he went west. whats more american than that
Link Posted: 8/12/2005 1:39:09 PM EDT
i'm way to young to appreciate the western era (born in '84) but knowing what my dad watched when he was a kid, i'm surprised there arent more answers geared towards that.
Link Posted: 8/12/2005 1:44:12 PM EDT
Tommy Gun is the most "Chicagoan" gun of all time.
M16 does not identify America.
M1 Garand is historically an amazing rifle, but has no American ID issues.
Colt SAA is definitely my pick...there is no other country with a "Wild West" or cowboy image to it but the USA!
M1911 is adored by us and my other American men, but show one to any "normal" person and they'd have no clue.

Colt SAA has my pick for sure.
Link Posted: 8/12/2005 1:53:47 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 8/12/2005 1:56:52 PM EDT by BSheppard]
Could some one post a pic of a Colt SAA. I want some one at my work to see it. Thanks
I found a pic of one to show them.
Link Posted: 8/12/2005 1:55:58 PM EDT

Originally Posted By DK-Prof:
Chicago typewriter



+1
Tommy gun = Americans to many
Link Posted: 8/12/2005 1:59:08 PM EDT
buckaroos! yikes "I" am that old...30-30 & 1911 tie, maybe 30-30 not known outsid US (except s. america), so probably 1911...YEA!
Link Posted: 8/12/2005 2:00:21 PM EDT
Colt SAA. Thanks to all the Cowboy movies, it's the gun even a peasent in darkest Africa could ID.
Link Posted: 8/12/2005 2:04:04 PM EDT
Link Posted: 8/12/2005 2:05:47 PM EDT


Link Posted: 8/12/2005 2:17:31 PM EDT
Colt single action army. M16 s are used by alot of countries. Unless ya know your guns a Garand looks like every other wooden rifle out there. Thompson just says MOBSTER. Colt SAA screams old west and old west screams America to me. BTW I dont own any of the choices except the 1911 and the AR.
Link Posted: 8/12/2005 2:23:16 PM EDT
Tennesee Long Rifle or Lancaster Pennsylvania style Muzzleloder of Course.
Link Posted: 8/12/2005 2:27:16 PM EDT

Originally Posted By sharpknife:
Tennesee Long Rifle or Lancaster Pennsylvania style Muzzleloder of Course.



+1
Link Posted: 8/12/2005 2:31:52 PM EDT
Colt SAA.
Winchester lever actions (all models).
Link Posted: 8/12/2005 2:34:55 PM EDT

Originally Posted By thedoctors308:

Originally Posted By DK-Prof:
Chicago typewriter



+1
Tommy gun = Americans to many



Another vote here for the Thompson.
Link Posted: 8/12/2005 2:38:24 PM EDT
Anything in the hands of a United States Marine
Link Posted: 8/12/2005 2:42:36 PM EDT
+1 for SAA
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