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Old May 4, 2018, 10:51 AM   #1
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Guns that just make you smile

Not necessarily your best, most accurate, prettiest, just puts a smile on your face. Just now (changes with the weather) mine are:

Colt Army Special .41 Long Colt - No major maker does bluing like that any more, and old Sam finally got the double action right.

S&W Model 14 .38 Special - Sam got it right, but not as right as the K-frame.

Ithaca Flues 12 ga - Must use low pressure shells, but breaks clays like it's radar guided. Considering my skill level, must be a special gun. Feels special.

Ruger No. 1 30-06 - Just elegant. Shoots pretty good, too.

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Old May 4, 2018, 11:08 AM   #2
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The one handgun I get the most pleasure from is my .45 Blackhawk convertible.

.45 acp makes me smile because it’s reasonably priced and .45C +p because it’s manly recoil.


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Old May 4, 2018, 11:14 AM   #3
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One that comes to mind is a full size Colt Double Eagle Mk II in 10mm that I picked up last year.
For the life of me I can’t understand the lack of acceptance of these when they came out.
No, it’s not a 1911, but boy is it a sweet shooting sidearm, potent round too.
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Old May 4, 2018, 12:57 PM   #4
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For me the "big smile" list includes:

Belgian Browning Hi Power
Smith & Wesson M-27 .357 Mag. 5" barrel
Colt Woodsman Match Target .22LR
Winchester M-52 Sporter .22LR
Winchester M-94 Canadian Centennial .30-30 my grandfather gave me
Browning Auto-5 Light Twelve

There are others, but those are at the top of the list.
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Old May 4, 2018, 02:16 PM   #5
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You're gonna chuckle,,,

You're gonna chuckle,,,
But I love shooting these mouse guns.

Taurus 22-PLY & Taurus 25-PLY



They are surprisingly easy to hit with,,,
They are very natural pointers,,,
And very very reliable.

I always want to strike a James Bond pose when I shoot with them.

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Old May 4, 2018, 02:37 PM   #6
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My Colt Detective Special and all my SAA revolvers.
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Old May 4, 2018, 03:07 PM   #7
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Winchester 1903
Pre-war Winchester Model 70
Winchester 1885 High Wall
Mauser I.G. 71
Just something fun about shooting old iron.
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Old May 4, 2018, 03:35 PM   #8
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Colt Delta in 10MM. I have Glock 10MMs (soulless things) and if push come to shove have to admit their superiority for my uses. But every time I pull this out at the range I grin.
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Old May 4, 2018, 03:51 PM   #9
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My grin widens when I pick up my OM Ruger BH .45 Colt.
The .38spl Diamondback.
Colt Woodsman Sport Target.
S&W 686 no dash.
And my S&W M14.

And can't forget my .45 flintlock rifle.
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Old May 4, 2018, 04:09 PM   #10
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Right now, my 22/45 Lite is bringing lots of smiles to this old mug.
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Old May 4, 2018, 05:29 PM   #11
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The Browning Buckmark I bought for my son for his 10th birthday. I'm jealous. I'm trying to justify a 7" barrel Buckmark for dad.
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Old May 4, 2018, 06:27 PM   #12
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I have two. Always wanted a Colt 1911. Bought a Stainless Steel Combat commander a couple years ago. Still makes me smile every time I look at it. It's beautiful. I recently purchased an FNS-9C. I can shoot this pistol better than anything right out of the box I have ever bought. I cannot explain why, it just shoots and accurately. I'm so impressed it might just replace my Ruger SR9C that has a few thousand rounds through it as my CC pistol.

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Old May 4, 2018, 07:24 PM   #13
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My S&W M&P 15-22 Always brings a smile to my face. But lately my Beretta 1301 Tactical has been making me grin a lot.
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Old May 4, 2018, 09:29 PM   #14
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My 1860 army replica. Every time I take it to the range my hands get filthy and the center of my targets get shot out. Its just so much fun.
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Old May 4, 2018, 10:29 PM   #15
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Is "all of them" a valid answer? Whatever I happen to take to the range that day really makes me smile.

The BHP maybe most, but the GP100 too. The Model 14 and the 1937 both make me grin ear to ear. Knocking down 6" tall steel silhouettes at 35 to 50 yards with my SP101 .22 makes me giggle like a little kid. Hitting pigeon fragments at 100 yards with my Henry .38/.357 and spinners at 400 yards with my .223 RAR make me smile too.
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Old May 5, 2018, 12:21 AM   #16
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For me, definitely the M1 Garand. And yes, one case of Garand thumb did not put a smile on my face that day, but I look forward to shooting it every single time. It has so much soul, and shooting in our High Power match with it just feels right.
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Old May 5, 2018, 01:47 AM   #17
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My CZ 527M/CSR. Gets a lot of looks, and is light, handy, fun and accurate. I have fun dinging the steel at 150-175 yards from the standing position with iron sights while some of the tactical Tommy's are prone with scoped uber tactocool rifles shooting steel at 100 or less. Always brings a smile to my face.
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Old May 5, 2018, 02:59 AM   #18
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Winchester 92 in .25-20
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Old May 5, 2018, 09:54 AM   #19
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Ruger #1 in .357 magnum - I love seeing that block drop and push a round in
Beretta 92fs - Just a dream to shoot.
Sig P220 - Another dream to shoot!
Winchester Model 94 - That cowboy feel......... Mmmmmm.

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Old May 5, 2018, 03:08 PM   #20
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My pre 64 Winchester 94 in 30-30 always makes me happy. After that I just like a somewhat beat up Ruger Super Blackhawk just to smile
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Old May 5, 2018, 03:31 PM   #21
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Rossi 62SAC "Gallery". Always a favorite.
One of the most recent acquisitions - probably the most recent - a Marlin 1894 in .44 Mag.

But, overshadowing everything else for a while now...
The Marlin/Glenfield 336/30A built from the parts box, using a .30-30 barrel reamed to .307 Winchester.
Reject, damaged, ill-fitting, and take-off parts from other projects somehow turned into an ugly but sweet-shooting machine, with a little finesse and patience.

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Old May 5, 2018, 06:14 PM   #22
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I would agree with those who've said all of them! My carry gun is an SR9c that I shoot more often than any handgun I own. It is comfortable in my hand and I am very confident with it. That makes me happy. The long gun that makes me happiest is an old Enfield #4 that is as ugly as sin, but still shoots good and has many stories to tell. I don't shoot it often, but it makes me smile every time I do.
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Old May 5, 2018, 06:42 PM   #23
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My ugly as sin SW 22A-1 that shoots lights out with no mods!
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Old May 5, 2018, 07:44 PM   #24
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Generally my revolvers, all of them but I really dig these.





And you all will laugh but this here “BB GUN” always tickles my fancy.

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Old May 5, 2018, 07:47 PM   #25
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Vaquero=Big grin

My Ruger/Talo 44 mag Birdshead grip Vaquero gives me the grins!!
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