My Dad's Old Gun ** UPDATE w/ PICS

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    My Dad's Old Gun ** UPDATE w/ PICS

    When my Dad was growing up, he had a Belgium Browning Takedown Semi-auto rifle chambered in .22 Short. He loved that gun and used it a LOT out in the country. Well, sometime in the early 1950s (his late teens), he lost the magazine tube out in the woods. It sat in his closet for decades unused as a result. Several years ago, he gave it to me and told me all about it. I've been searching and searching for a .22 Short mag tube for it and had not been able to find one. Several people told me you could buy a new .22 long rifle tube and cut it down, but that would take some trial and error to get it right. Well, I found a period correct 22 short tube on ebay a few days ago and got it in the mail today. I loaded the gun and put the tube in and cycled them all through. The gun needs a thorough cleaning and then I'll take it on my next range trip to make sure it's 100% functional. Then, I'm going to take it back home with me my next visit and give it back to my Dad. For the first time in 60 years, his favorite childhood rifle will not only be functional again but will be back in his hands. Should I tell him on the phone or just surprise him with it? OK, cleaned it up inside and out and here's some pics. It was well used and shows it, but that's part of the character. It says on the barrel "Fabrique Nationale D'Armes De Guerre Herstal Belgique" "Brownings Patent - Depose" "22.Short.Smokeless"
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    Surprise him -- Nice

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    Surprise him!

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    Great story. It'll be worth the wait.

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    In the immortal words of Gomer....Surprise...Surprise...Surprise!!

    I gave my father a Rossi 5-shot .38 Special in the original box, all wrapped up with a bow, for Christmas. He thought it was a little bit heavy for a box of candy! The look on his face when he opened it was priceless!

    Wrap it up and have your camera ready.
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    What a great Son. I would love to talk to my Dad even though I was with him in the end there are things I would say now that I did not say then. I have his JC Higgins 30-06 built on an FN action and I gev it to my son for his 35 birthday. Funny how guns can mean so much.

    Let us know what he says when you return it. A photo of you and him shooting it would make a nice gift to your children.

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    Surprise him, do not give him the slightest hint!

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    I'd surprise him.

    I lost the tube mag from my Win 72 years ago and a GS made a replacement from another tube mag. It works fine but I'd rather have an original.
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    No brainer!!!!! SURPRISE!

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    This event requires the utmost secrecy and thus, a surprise.

    We do need pics of the browning first.

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    Definitely surprise him.
    As long as his heart can take it.
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    That is great.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rock and Glock View Post
    This event requires the utmost secrecy and thus, a surprise.

    We do need pics of the browning first.
    I'm beginning to think perhaps a surprise is in order.

    Let me clean it up and I'll take some pics and post them later tonight.
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    You have to surprise him with it.
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    Updated the original post with pics...not sure why they appear upside down when I attached them, they were the opposite orientation when I looked at them on my computer. Oh well, you get the idea.
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