View Full Version : Surplus pistols - not my thing

May 24, 2012, 05:49 PM
For some reason I cannot explain, C&R surplus pistols have no appeal to me. I'm enamored with military surplus rifles and love collecting the usual suspects - Mausers, Swiss K31, SKS, etc. To me, those rifles have class and history. But the pistols...well...they're just "old".

Anyone else feel the same?

Don H
May 24, 2012, 05:56 PM


May 24, 2012, 06:01 PM
No, but the world is an odd place, so I am sure there are others with your POV.

Hog Red
May 24, 2012, 07:00 PM
well, i have 0 c&r pistols but have 10 milsurp rifles so i would say that i must agree with you even though i really never thought about it.

May 24, 2012, 07:25 PM
I have 3 C&R pistols and 27 C&R rifles
so it seems I feel the same way you do

May 24, 2012, 07:50 PM
Yes, actually I do. After years of "gathering" C&R rifles, I think the history and the pictures I saw as a kid just makes me like the rifles more. Just don't care for, nor been interested in the handguns.
Well, except for one-of course...a 1911, can't get along without that one.

Now B.P. revovlers and western revovlers, that's a different story.

May 24, 2012, 08:12 PM
No, the pistols are just as interesting and historically significant as the rifles.

ohen cepel
May 24, 2012, 08:22 PM
May be that the pistols are often X times more than the rifles.

Or, you just aren't a pistol person.

Sadly, I accumulate them all :)

May 24, 2012, 08:27 PM
No, They both make me happy. Old world quality is apparent in both.

May 24, 2012, 08:38 PM
For some reason I cannot explain, C&R surplus pistols have no appeal to me.

Dr. Freud: But it seems you're having a type of subconscious attraction to them... Otherwise, why even mention it? Hmmmmm... I surmise that you MAY benefit from some handgun shooting therapy... Verrrry Interrrresting....

Perhaps you may break through your "resistance" and dive into the whirling pool of mysterious surplus pistols... all in good time... hmmm?

May 24, 2012, 10:46 PM
The fewer people who are interested in surplus pistols, the more it leaves for the rest of us.

May 24, 2012, 11:00 PM
I like the pistols better than the rifles. With a few exceptions surplus rifles do nothing for me.

Bear River
May 24, 2012, 11:32 PM
Darn now these old girls feel so unloved.:D


May 24, 2012, 11:58 PM
Hmmm, send them to me, I think that they might be just the therapy i need to help me over my condition. :p

May 25, 2012, 05:26 AM
Well, I take that back. The Mauser C96 and Luger's do have an appeal, but they are usually pretty expensive.

I do like shooting handguns more than rifles, but all of my handguns are either new semi-autos, or classic Smith revolvers (and one SAA).

I don't know what it is, but those old military handguns just seem dingy, and like I said, the rifles have class.

But maybe I need to pick one up and see for myself. Which are the best 4 or 5 to start with?

May 25, 2012, 08:29 AM
I well say a lot of mil-surp pistols suffer from a bad case of the uglies, particularly east European bottom feeders.

Got to love the Broomhandles, Lugers, 1911's and S&W wheel guns.

May 25, 2012, 08:53 AM
Broomhandles, Lugers, 1911's and S&W wheel guns

Indeed. I don't consider Smiths and 1911's surplus since they are still being made today, and have several samples of both (but none are 'C&R' old).

May 25, 2012, 02:55 PM
Each to his own, but I enjoy all types of firearms. Don't have the time right now to compare numbers of C&R rifles with handguns in the safe, but kinda thinking about 60/40 or close.
By the way, does this surplus C&R 13 round 9X18 by CZ interest you at all?

May 25, 2012, 05:09 PM
What cheapshooter said....

I'm with ya on C&R pistols in general...just not my "thing" I guess...

BUT, my CZ-82 is my EDC... a modern handgun in every respect, and 13 rounds of 9x18 in a fixed-barrel, straight-blowback , all-steel construction...is IMPOSSIBLE to beat for a little over $200...

They're worth twice that. And the polygonal rifling with the fixed barrel makes them very accurate. I don't know how they got C&R status given they were the Czech M&P sidearm until 1993....but I'm sure glad they did!

And I've never had so much as a single FTF with any kind of ammo...

May 25, 2012, 09:15 PM
I don't know how they got C&R status given they were the Czech M&P sidearm until 1993....but I'm sure glad they did!

Historic person, place, or event. No more communist Czechoslovakia after 1993.

The events, known as the Prague Spring of 1968, ended with an invasion by the armies of the Warsaw Pact countries (with the exception of Romania); the troops remained in the country until the 1989 Velvet Revolution, when the communist regime collapsed. On 1 January 1993, Czechoslovakia peacefully dissolved into its constituent states, the Czech Republic and the Slovak Republic.

May 26, 2012, 12:14 PM
To each his own, as for me 26 of the pistols and 28 rifles qualify. Guess I'm just equal op. collector/gather/wacko nut job/gun crank/ what ever you want to call it.

May 27, 2012, 09:32 PM
I must say I like old surplus rifles more than old surplus pistols, but it probably has something to do with the fact that you usually can't buy newer versions of the old rifles (they are relics of another age), which isn't true for many very old pistol designs, which were made en masse long after conflicts (for example the P38, Hi Power, 1911, etc). In spite of this, a desirable old pistol can be unbelievably expensive, which is another reason.