What's in your arsenal??

billy backstay

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I haven't been shooting in years, but I maintain a small collection of long guns, in a locked glass fronted display case.  And while I have had a CCW for nearly 10 years, I have yet to purchase a handgun. Starting from longest to shortest, is my Grandfathers Belgian Browning 12 guage semi-auto that he hunted timberdoodles and pheasants with.  It would be of some value, with its' Belgian steel barrel, except he installed an auto turning choke, at the barrels end, which I am told diminishes collectors value.  Next longest is a Sears JC Higgins pump, 20-12 that I acquired from a real estate client when I sold her deceased fathers house, and she didn't want anything to do with guns.  Her brother bent up the bumper on the Missus Pickup Truck when he made a dump run, so I figured keeping his Dads 3 guns was a fair trade.  Next is a Savage 22-.410 single shot from a woman Rehab Psychiatrist,  renting a house, who was also creeped out having a gun in the house. Next is a Winchester model 190, 22 semi-auto from same first client, as is the next longest Marlin 30-30 lever action.  Shortest long gun I purchased myself, with a 20 round clip, 6 months before the clip became illegal in CT, and I have a permit for the clip, although the Ruger Mini 14 in Stainless, is NOT illegal, unlike the scary black gunz, aka the AR-15, which are no more deadly, than the Mini-14.  When I can retire, in another year and a half, I will probably do some target shooting, on a 125 acre piece of woodland that's been in the family for nearly 70 years....  I am told the Mini 14 in SS, is a good boat gun for cruising, being of short barrel length, and rust resistant material.  It's not real Stainless according to my magnet, but should prevent corrosion better than a normal steel barrel and action....

 
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foamy1946

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In the Army, I had a 45 pistol, then rode around with  30 cal and 50 cal machine guns, and  a 90mm long gun.

Now I only have a H&K 40 cal pistol, Winchester model 52 with 16X Unertl scope (from my SB silhouette days), and my dad's 22 Mossberg from the 30s.  Can't hit squat with any of them now days.

 

mad

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I haven't been shooting in years, but I maintain a small collection of long guns, in a locked glass fronted display case.  And while I have had a CCW for nearly 10 years, I have yet to purchase a handgun. Starting from longest to shortest, is my Grandfathers Belgian Browning 12 guage semi-auto that he hunted timberdoodles and pheasants with.  It would be of some value, with its' Belgian steel barrel, except he installed an auto turning choke, at the barrels end, which I am told diminishes collectors value.  Next longest is a Sears JC Higgins pump, 20-12 that I acquired from a real estate client when I sold her deceased fathers house, and she didn't want anything to do with guns.  Her brother bent up the bumper on the Missus Pickup Truck when he made a dump run, so I figured keeping his Dads 3 guns was a fair trade.  Next is a Savage 22-.410 single shot from a woman Rehab Psychiatrist,  renting a house, who was also creeped out having a gun in the house. Next is a Winchester model 190, 22 semi-auto from same first client, as is the next longest Marlin 30-30 lever action.  Shortest long gun I purchased myself, with a 20 round clip, 6 months before the clip became illegal in CT, and I have a permit for the clip, although the Ruger Mini 14 in Stainless, is NOT illegal, unlike the scary black gunz, aka the AR-15, which are no more deadly, than the Mini-14.  When I can retire, in another year and a half, I will probably do some target shooting, on a 125 acre piece of woodland that's been in the family for nearly 70 years....  I am told the Mini 14 in SS, is a good boat gun for cruising, being of short barrel length, and rust resistant material.  It's not real Stainless according to my magnet, but should prevent corrosion better than a normal steel barrel and action....
The Belgian FN shottie sounds interesting, what’s an auto turning choke?   Does it thread into the existing choke threads? 
With a 125 acres, a decent berm/backstop, I’d set up a nice little range and a clay trap or two. 
 

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28 inch, fixed choke Browning Sporter, Grade 6. A special treat for myself a few years ago.  

 
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Happy

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Never had much interest in guns. 

 

billy backstay

Backstay, never bought a suit, never went to Vegas
The Belgian FN shottie sounds interesting, what’s an auto turning choke?   Does it thread into the existing choke threads? 
With a 125 acres, a decent berm/backstop, I’d set up a nice little range and a clay trap or two. 
 

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28 inch, fixed choke Browning Sporter, Grade 6. A special treat for myself a few years ago.  


The choke screws onto the end of the barrel, so you can adjust for pheasant, or whatever shot you are hunting with.   Mine doesn't have the beautiful engraving, like yours, but one of our mates at the local pub, does high end rifle engraving for a living, and his work is fucking awesome, but very expensive, when it's highly detailed.  He engraved our brass door knocker, with "The Final Cafe".  For 30 years when we lived on South Cove on the CT River, we had the "High Tide Cafe", because your boat could only come to our dock at high tide.  Then our small walk-up apartment in Chester Village center, for 3 years was the "16th Step cafe:, due to the steep steps needed to walk up from the street....

EDIT.. On our property, there is a south facing hillside, near the entry, where my cousins target shoot after Thanksgiving or Christmas dinner.  Very safe.  Used to ride dirt bikes over the miles of trails that my Grandfather used to maintain, and go fetch firewood, or stones for dock cairns, but haven't been there for years, and I expect that most of the trails are impassable now.  Another fun retirement pursuit....

 
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warbird

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30 years ago my realestate agent gofted me a Marlin lever .375 Winchester.  Son made up some rounds 5 years ago. Nice flat shooter to maybe 150 yards. Picked up a Rossi lever in .357  25 years ago. When mom sold grandpa's farm I grabbed the pistol box my dad made for grandpa. Safely retained wothin are a Colt dogballs revoler and the best of all, a 1917 Savage Arms .32 auto with maybe the most interesting action ever engineered.

 

mad

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The choke screws onto the end of the barrel, so you can adjust for pheasant, or whatever shot you are hunting with.   Mine doesn't have the beautiful engraving, like yours, but one of our mates at the local pub, does high end rifle engraving for a living, and his work is fucking awesome, but very expensive, when it's highly detailed.  He engraved our brass door knocker, with "The Final Cafe".  For 30 years when we lived on South Cove on the CT River, we had the "High Tide Cafe", because your boat could only come to our dock at high tide.  Then our small walk-up apartment in Chester Village center, for 3 years was the "16th Step cafe:, due to the steep steps needed to walk up from the street....

EDIT.. On our property, there is a south facing hillside, near the entry, where my cousins target shoot after Thanksgiving or Christmas dinner.  Very safe.  Used to ride dirt bikes over the miles of trails that my Grandfather used to maintain, and go fetch firewood, or stones for dock cairns, but haven't been there for years, and I expect that most of the trails are impassable now.  Another fun retirement pursuit....
If it’s just a screw in choke into existing threads? It shouldn’t make any difference to the value. Chances are it was pretty open choke or nothing beforehand, so it needed it anyway. 
 

Have you got a model or picture?  I’m trying to avoid buying a new toy, but I’m always slightly tempted by the unusual.  :p

 

billy backstay

Backstay, never bought a suit, never went to Vegas
If it’s just a screw in choke into existing threads? It shouldn’t make any difference to the value. Chances are it was pretty open choke or nothing beforehand, so it needed it anyway. 
 

Have you got a model or picture?  I’m trying to avoid buying a new toy, but I’m always slightly tempted by the unusual.  :p


I'm no expert, but I was told that it was a modification to the original barrel that diminished collector value.  It was to allow the hunter to change choke settings for different size shot for different size birds.   Beyond that, I have no clue, as I have never hunted birds, like grandpa did....

 
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