This question is for all the firearm owners (the members with the Garands, Carbines, M1911s, 1903s, and EVERYTHING else that goes bang)...
Do you all actually take your guns to the ranges or backyards and fire a few rounds through them? OR do you all just buy them to complete the wonderful displays that i have been seeing over the past few months OR just for collectors items?????
I only ask because I have always wanted a Garand or 1911 and am thinking of getting one for myself as a graduation present. But I am having a difficult time trying to justify myself spending 500 to 1,000 dollars on a rifle or pistol that I will probably *rarely* have the opportunity fire.(which is why i have been posting all the other questions and trying to learn about the 45s and Garands). So any input, thoughts, personal experiences would be appreciated.
Own a few firearms, and shoot and enjoy them regularly. Here are the historical ones:
Here is my M1 rifle; receiver is 1944, barrel is 1946. Don't forget, an M1 rifle is a main battle rifle. It's designed to take abuse. I don't put "a few" rounds through it; I have no manner of concern for my safety or the rifle's well being whether I put 8, 32, or 120 rounds through it at the range. A lot of collectors treat M1 rifles as if they were made of glass in my opinion
Here is my Spreewerk manufactured P.38 9mm pistol. It was made in 1944, all original all numbers matching, even the magazine, with the exception of the grips, which are wartime Walther production but may possibly
be original to the pistol; I can't prove or disprove it. But all
metal is original and numbers matching. As you can see, not only do I shoot it, it is a good shooter. The most rounds I've put through it at one time is 150
I also own two reproduction forearms; a repro 1862 Colt .36 blackpowder, and a repro 1911A1 .45. I don't treat the old ones any different than the new ones- they all get cleaned lubed and maintained to whistle-clean and I have no problems
That is how I enjoy my historic firearms. Others may disagree or object; but these are my possessions and this is how I personally enjoy them. if the slide on my P.38 were to break tomorrow, I would weld it together and make a static display; my logic is: what's the difference? If it breaks I can't use it, but if it's not broken, I can use it. To me I cannot see the difference at all- if it's broken and 'ruined' then it is just as useful as a pristine one that is perfect in every way but is not used for worry it will break. if I were worried it would break, I'd get it magnafluxed, just like my engine block and crank http://www.usmilitar...tyle_emoticons/
Edited by Chris_B, 18 October 2008 - 06:42 AM.