Discussion in 'General Gun Discussions' started by D.B. Cooper, Oct 27, 2019.
That generally means Confederate gun.
I had a Mauser 93 (cocks on closing) in 300 Savage. But it was hack job of a sporter conversion so it was a POS. Traded it for next to nothing.
For wall hangers I have an 1897 Winchester pump; it was built in 1898 and a beats me how old, an Iver Johnson 12 gauge single barrel hammer shotgun. The serial is 48XXXX.
I also have a 1700s Pennsylvania flintlock and some other early 1900s family "heirlooms" which I keep in a safe. They are either too valuable or too valuable to me to hang on the wall.
To me, family "heirloom" firearms are too valuable with too many memories to be wall hangers so they belong in a safe.
I bought a 91/30 for a wall hanger/lamp gun, but it's so fun to shoot I can't do it. I bought an M-95 for decor and lost it at a yard sale to someone who doubled my money but paid 1/3 of what they go for now. Dad's old A H Fox double is too precious to risk. I may end up crafting a punt gun replica out of black pipe and pallet wood.
That’s what my Grandparents had over their stone fireplace at the ranch house. The gun had the perfect look for the room.
They ran a worm screw down the barrel expecting to find a ball but all that came out was paper. They kept digging out more paper until a load of shot came out. After the shot more paper came out. After more paper the powder came out. They put a little of the powder in a pile on the driveway and touched a match to it. It flamed right off.
My friend got another picture frame and put some heavy cloth inside. He scattered out some of the paper pieces, the shot and the powder on the cloth and has that hanging beside the shadow box. The paper was in small pieces but it appeared to come from a catalog for sheet music.
People look at mine for a while, then say something like "What happened to the lever?"
Well, it *does* have that old-school "levergun" look with the straight stock and schnabel.
For extra points, do a "Hey Rocky, watch me pull a rifle out of my hat!" by taking the pieces out of an obviously too-short bag and assembling them. I suspect many Model 8 owners never knew they owned a takedown rifle...
And finally, in most of the pictures you can find of John Browning holding a rifle, most of them seem to be a Model 8. Considering how many famous rifles he designed, it's interesting to note the one he seemed to be photographed with the most is the one few people have even heard of.
I'd say, go with the Red Ryder with the compass and sundial in the stock.
If that doesn't do it for you, go with a brace of '94 Winchesters, a rifle and a saddle carbine.
Muzzle-loader or double barrel.... or muzzle loading double barrel!
I think it is tough to come up with a long gun that says :Alaska! better than a good old Winchester model 94. I cant imagine having to worry about having a rifle stolen off of my mantle: if that was the case, I would be more worried about the rest of the house...
Find a well used / abused 94 for a good price,give it a good coating of wax and hang it. A regular wipe down will keep it clean enough, if it isn't a gun you are concerned about. At my camp I hung a single shot Stevens .32 long rimfire on a beaver skin stretching board, and it looks just fine, and up at my camp I hung a hundred year old but still operating Stevens 410 single shot, that has great patina and color to it. It actually was bought as an inexpensive varmint gun for the camp, but looks great on the wall and I just give it a good Rem Oil wipe down whenever I think of it. I insist all my wall hangars must be shooters too. An early Stevens single shot in 20 or 12 gauge would look fine, and they can be had very inexpensively (around 100 bucks here in NY).
-I try to make sure that any gun that is visible to folks either cannot be fired or is not really a firearm at all, just a decoration. Unloaded muzzle-loaders are OK, as well.
Sucker bait... .
Depends on what era you're trying to evoke or pay homage to. My own urge would be to put up a Hawken with a powder horn and maybe a beaded possibles bag.
I agree. Originally, I wanted to put an heirloom up there, but I just decided the risk was too great. The only exception being a late 40s production, refinished (so zero collector value) Mod 94 30-30.
I have a 1897 (made in 1898) Winchester pump; not a family heirloom nor would I shoot it. I have a liking for Browning designs; Ithaca M37s, Hi or High Powers, 1911-A1 etc.
Although, I don't have a picture yet; I have an old Iver Johnson single barrel hammer shotgun; SN 764XX. It used to be on my grandmother's porch to shoot what needed shot. Although, it is a family heirloom, I consider it to be unsafe.
Here's the old Iver Johnson.
In short being on an unheated porch, it has seen better days..
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