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Old November 8, 2009, 09:53 PM   #1
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Rare Guns - Pics and Info!

I'm a sucker for rare things. (except for meats, I like my protein cooked)

Show us your handguns that are unique or very hard to find and tell us about it. (if it's readily available on an auction site, it doesn't belong in this thread )

Here's one of my personal favorites:

Astra Constable Sport .22 LR



- I don't know exactly how many were produced and imported but I have never seen another. Add on top of that the construction and action on this pistol is akin to a single action Astra A-50 and yet is marked "Constable" on the slide. An all steel Spanish PP series clone, it is remarkably accurate and reliable.
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Old November 8, 2009, 10:28 PM   #2
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OK, maybe not as rare as that but I have only ever seen two for sale and I have one of them. They aren't made anymore and not many were made when they were. I have yet to meet someone that knows what it is or hard of it.
Alchemy Spectre .45

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Old November 8, 2009, 11:23 PM   #3
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Interesting. How does it shoot?
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Old November 9, 2009, 12:37 PM   #4
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Probably not rare as they've made thousands, but rare in this condition. Its a Smith & Wesson 3rd model Double Action .38 made in 1889. My dad gave it to me after cleaning out his safe. Its been in the family for years and it just sat in there on the back shelf for years. Its a beautiful gun, the craftsmanship they had back then just amazes me. I always wonder who originally carried it and how it was used in the early years, apparently not very much.

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Old November 9, 2009, 12:43 PM   #5
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Man I wish I had something that I couldn't find on an auction site for this thread. Unfortunately I do not have anything so rare that its not on any auction sites.
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Old November 9, 2009, 12:48 PM   #6
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Ruger Bisley Single Six .22 ............Blue with SS frame only 750 made (maybe not rare, but not common!)
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Old November 9, 2009, 01:25 PM   #7
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Ruger Bisley Single Six .22 ............Blue with SS frame only 750 made (maybe not rare, but not common!)
Very cool gun - and certainly fits the bill - rare enough that it will be hard to find any of the 750 owners willing to part with it!
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Man I wish I had something that I couldn't find on an auction site for this thread. Unfortunately I do not have anything so rare that its not on any auction sites.
Don't sweat it, the point of this thread is to learn about cool unique and hard to find guns. If you have something that fits the mold, post!
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Old November 9, 2009, 01:39 PM   #8
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Alchemy Spectre .45
Interesting. Half 1911, half Glock, is the way it looks externally.
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Old November 9, 2009, 01:51 PM   #9
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Only a few hundred made:

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At the least, 1000 of one model, at the most, less than 2000 of another: (two are consecutive #'s)

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One of 79:

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Old November 9, 2009, 04:11 PM   #10
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I do have one for this thread afterall...

About 2 years ago S&W came out with the 460XVR Whitetails Unlimited Special edition. These were made for the amount of members for WTU for each state. Some states had 100 revolvers made, some 300, a few 500 and 1 state had 1000. They only wanted $799 at the time, so I called and asked for PA and they said they had none. I then asked for a 1 of 100 state. So they had New York, and I figured that would be as good as any. Ironically, a PA 460 WTU would be 1 of 300 anyways so really I got the better one by default. I've shot it, its awesome. Only 100 like this one Sorry the pics aren't great...

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Old November 9, 2009, 04:30 PM   #11
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Liberator .45acp pistol.


A pair of convertible Ruger Vaquero.40 S&W/.38-40 revolvers, but not just a pair, a consecutively numbered pair. As near as I can tell, 753 5 1/2"ers were made and 674 4 5/8"ers. I actually have three of these, but the third one is 77 numbers away from these two.


A pair of Ruger .22's with factory Ruger roll marked muzzle brakes. Unfortunately, a previous owner of one of the brakes had it industrial hard chromed.


An unfired COP 4 barreled .357 "derringer", complete with box.


A Savage model 101 single shot .22 "revolver".


My first .480 Ruger SRH was roll marked ".475 Ruger", but it had to go back for warranty work and a new revolver, marked .480 Ruger, was sent back to me. If I had known it would be replaced, I wouldn't have sent it in. Here's some of the first fifty cases anyway.
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Old November 9, 2009, 04:43 PM   #12
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two hand engraved (done with a gavel and chase) three inch barreled square butt 60 ss smith and wessons in 38 spl., one with ivory grips and a ruger old army with a 4 didgit serial number with no prefix and stag grips, eastbank.
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Old November 9, 2009, 04:50 PM   #13
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I do not know if I would call it "rare", but...

...I know it sure is hard as heck to find one.

Beretta 92 Compact in stainless
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Old November 9, 2009, 07:22 PM   #14
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jbar4ranch, where did you get the liberator?
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Old November 9, 2009, 07:40 PM   #15
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WOW some very nice guns! It's always nice to see when people care enough about something to keep it in nice shape and not beat it up.

Lee and Predecessor as you guessed the Spectre is a Glock upper on a 1911 frame. Alchemy Arms used to make Glock parts and decided to build their own gun. Like many things about the time they got it right they went under. This one looks to have been fired very little maybe just at the factory. I have no idea how it shoots although I have seen posts from owners and people that have shot them that say they are very nice. I do not want to shoot it because there is no repair or parts support if anything goes wrong.
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Old November 9, 2009, 07:43 PM   #16
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Playboy that Beretta is beautiful, wish I could find one like it. There was a Cougar in stainless with wood grips like that on Gunbroker a while back, I should have bought it!
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jbar4ranch, where did you get the liberator?
The Philippines back in the 70's when I was a swabbie. Fortunately, our bags weren't checked very carefully. I picked up another one, half of one anyway, from a man in SLC in the early 80's who was in poor health and liquidating a lot of his personal firearms - a lot of real oddball stuff. His name, George Hyde, didn't mean much to me at the time, but it turns out George Hyde was one of the original designers of the Liberator and this particular pistol turned out to be one of two cut downs that were used at the factory to show military liaisons and plant workers how the thing was assembled and worked. A collector in Iowa made me an offer I couldn't refuse, and it's now in his collection.
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Here's my S&W 646, .40 S&W, only 300 made:


My AMT Backup DAO in .38 Super:


My S&W Performance Center 586 L-Comp:
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Old November 9, 2009, 09:16 PM   #19
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First pistol I ever bought was this Remington Model 51 .380acp. Gave $75 for it in about 1973 or '74.

Serial number 1537, it was made in 1918, the first year of production, before Remington began putting their name on the right side. Remington made 65,000 in .380 & .32acp. The only semiautomatic handgun Remington Arms ever designed.

These are one of the most natural pointing pistols you'll ever handle.

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Old November 9, 2009, 09:17 PM   #20
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Colt Gold Cup Elite .38 Super, reverse two tone

About 20 years ago Colt made a special run of Gold Cups called the "Elite" models. These were two tone guns with blued slides and stainless frames, made in .45, 9mm and .38 Super calibers. I bought the .38 Super shown below about 10 years ago from the original owner. It is unfired and serial number 16. I don't think many were made, and it is a safe queen.

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Old November 9, 2009, 09:22 PM   #21
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Old November 9, 2009, 09:42 PM   #22
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Can you tell us more about it?
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Old November 9, 2009, 10:14 PM   #23
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I learned about the Semerling from the Repairman Jack series of novels (anybody else read them?). It held four shots but you had to manipulate the slide yourself for each shot. Billed as the smallest .45 acp. If I'm wrong, blame it on Repairman Jack.
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Not very rare but the rarest that I own - a WWII vintage Webley in .38 S&W.
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Old November 10, 2009, 09:13 AM   #25
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This is a great thread! I love looking at rare guns. I don't know if I have anything that you can't find somewhere on the internet if you look, but here are a few of my pistols that aren't all that common:

EAA Stock 10mm

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Steyr GB



Megastar .45

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