Guns and family history

Guns and family history

This is a discussion on Guns and family history within the General Firearm Discussion forums, part of the Related Topics category; During one of my father’s tours of Vietnam, a friend of his carried a Smith & Wesson Airweight Chiefs Special. When the soldier returned home, ...

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    Guns and family history

    During one of my father’s tours of Vietnam, a friend of his carried a Smith & Wesson Airweight Chiefs Special. When the soldier returned home, he handed off the little revolver to my father. It never left my father’s side until his own trip home, at which point he handed it off to another friend. The .38 wasn’t as important to my father as his 1911 (which he brought home and never gave up), but he clearly appreciated having the BUG around.

    Ever since I heard that story, I wanted a Model 37.

    The other BUG my father carried for a little while in Vietnam was a Colt Vest Pocket .25. Knowing that he didn’t have both at the same time, I once asked him if he’d gotten rid of the Colt because he had the Smith. “No, I just decided to sell it,” he explained. “I was afraid that someday I’d have it, when what I really needed was a gun.”

    At a gun show this weekend, I saw examples of both firearms—a Model 37 and a Model 1908—in the same small display case, only centimeters apart. The nice guy behind the counter, not realizing how badly I wanted them, let me have them for much less than the asking price.

    The S&W is in pristine condition. The Colt is not in pristine condition, but the serial number indicates that it was made in 1914. For a hundred-year-old pistol, it’s pretty good. Disassembling it showed me that it seemed to be in perfect mechanical shape.

    This has been a good Fourth of July weekend. I wish I'd been able to share it with my father when he was alive. I'm at least glad I can share it with others who know what it means to feel a connection to a firearm for reasons like this.


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    I am glad you were reunited with the weapon models that your father had while he served in such a dangerous conflict. It is something special to see and hold the guns that you know have served overseas. Nostalgia and heirloom is important. Stress that importance to your children as well.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SigIsTheAnswer View Post
    Stress that importance to your children as well.
    We're in complete agreement here.
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    You might consider writing down the story and keeping it with the guns. Over time the meaning behind things gets lost as they move form hand to hand.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Caertaker View Post
    You might consider writing down the story and keeping it with the guns. Over time the meaning behind things gets lost as they move form hand to hand.
    That is an excellent idea. And the same for a number of other guns. When my father died, my stepmother didn't know that his SKS had been brought back from overseas. I'm glad she didn't sell it off for whatever they're going for these days.

    We've had a .38-caliber Forehand & Wadsworth revolver in the family for as long as anyone can remember. (It hasn't worked for as long as anyone can remember, either.) It seems to have been made in about 1890. I would have loved seeing some documentation about where it came from or who first bought it.
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    Glad you have found the guns that were used by your Dad and thousands of others. Good idea on writing your story and keeping it so you're kids and their kids and on thru the generations know what they mean.

    My Mom's Dad ran a post office and store in a small community that I grew up in and he always kept his 1908 .38 Colt Police Special with him. He has pasted on to me and will be my son' some day. It shoots as well today as it did then. Not bad for being 106 years old.
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    "The best we can hope for concerning the people at large is that they be properly armed." Alexander Hamilton

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    You're right, spclopr8tr. Let me take another look at "How to photograph your firearms...," then borrow my daughter's camera (hers is better than mine), and I'll see what I can put up.
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    Quote Originally Posted by spclopr8tr View Post
    Ok spclop8tr. Here you go.

    Sorry I was standing on my head when I took pic. It is a little old but dang if it doesn't shoot straight. You just can't beat a six shooter.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Navydude View Post
    Ok spclop8tr. Here you go.

    Sorry I was standing on my head when I took pic. It is a little old but dang if it doesn't shoot straight. You just can't beat a six shooter.
    Your location says WV, but you are obviously in Australia.

    I wasn't expecting a long barrel for a BUG.
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    Welcome here Arete. Nuff Said. May your Father always have 'Fair Winds and Following Seas'!

    Thank you for sharing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by spclopr8tr View Post
    Your location says WV, but you are obviously in Australia.

    I wasn't expecting a long barrel for a BUG.
    Yea, for some reason if it is right side up in the little pic it becomes upside down when you enlarge it or vice a versa. Or how ever that is said.

    My BUG is a 38 +P LCR. This is my family room gun. Among others at different places in the house.

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    My own Grand Dad purchased a shotgun that was handed down to me from my dad. It's a Fulton Hammerless Double Barrel of L.C. Smith origins. The story behind it is that he purchased it while working on his uncles farm in Illinois from a "drummer" or street vendor that set up from a horse drawn cart. He purchased the double barrel for a staggering.......$12 and reportedly a box of shells thrown in. From the early 1900's through today that scattergun has won countless turkey shoots and taken game from goose to squirrel. It sits in honor.....waiting for me to pass it down with the stories I was told and those I will add to its history from my own experience.
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    Let's hope this does it. Nothing complicated ... I just set some things down on my bedside table and pushed the little button on top of the camera.

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