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Old September 22, 2018, 22:04   #1
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Gift guns from friends - your stories

First a couple of mine. A friend dropped by today and gave me a Crickett .22 for my daughter, complete with pink camo stock. He refused to accept any payment and instead asked me to “pay it forward” by passing along to someone else once we are done with it. This is the 2nd rifle we have received as a gift from friends for our kids. The first was a circa 1910 Stevens Favorite that has been relined from .25 Stevens to the much more available .22 long rifle. My boys have enjoyed this gun but have just about outgrown it now...time flies and pauses for no one, unfortunately.

Both rifles will be passed on once we are done with them, to give someone else an opportunity to spend some quality time shooting with their kids.

Just curious to hear some stories from the board of guns received as gifts from friends - anyone care to share such a tale (or two)?
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Old September 22, 2018, 22:22   #2
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A friend gave me this 1944 Sten MkII submachine gun. All I have in it is the $200 transfer tax. That was a nice gift.




Another friend gave me a Freedom Arms mini-revolver in .22 Magnum. I recently acquired the .22LR cylinder as well. No pics of it.
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Old September 23, 2018, 00:29   #3
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An elderly friend of mine gave me an H&R M1 Garand with about 2000 rounds of FN ammo for it about a month ago.

I bought a sweet Inland M1 Carbine from my old 1Sgt back in the 80's for about $300. We have maintained comms for years so I sent it back to him along with the same accessories that he gave me initially. I think I was just as excited hearing him get it as he was to get it.

By the way Tex. Love the Sten.
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Old September 23, 2018, 02:12   #4
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A older friend of mine had a bad wreck and I spent some time with him both in and out of the hospital.

He tried to give me money, but when I wouldn't take it have me something we knew I could not refuse.

A USMC marked Victory.
It's the only one either one of us knows about, but he had owned it since the 50's or 60's when they were a dime a dozen, so there's no way it could be faked.

I gave my buddies kid a .22 bolt gun (think Stevens) i picked up at an auction for $25, and a Wingmaster 870 to my godson.
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Old September 23, 2018, 06:21   #5
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Coworker ran across an older fellow who had gotten out of pistol competition and had a ton of components & reloading equipment he would part with. Coworker told me so I contacted the fellow and set up a meet. On the way I picked up my daughter from school so she was with me for the confab. We made a deal and while we were sorting and loading the old fellow came across a bag of pistols he had forgotten about (who among us has not?). Pulling a S&W 22A out of the bag he said "here is a cheap .22, would your daughter like it?" Moral of the story, take a cute kid on a buying spree.
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Old September 23, 2018, 07:08   #6
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A friend gave me this 1944 Sten MkII submachine gun. All I have in it is the $200 transfer tax. That was a nice gift.
I think your STEN will like this story.

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/art...d-War-spy.html
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Old September 23, 2018, 08:27   #7
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An elderly friend of mine gave me an H&R M1 Garand with about 2000 rounds of FN ammo for it about a month ago.

I bought a sweet Inland M1 Carbine from my old 1Sgt back in the 80's for about $300. We have maintained comms for years so I sent it back to him along with the same accessories that he gave me initially. I think I was just as excited hearing him get it as he was to get it.

By the way Tex. Love the Sten.
Thank you Joe! That's a great story about that Carbine; good on you sir!

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https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/art...d-War-spy.html
Loved that tale Story! Ol' Eileen was a gal with a lot of secrets, eh? Loose lips, sink ships-no ships sunk by her lips! Great tale that.
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Old September 23, 2018, 08:44   #8
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First a couple of mine. A friend dropped by today and gave me a Crickett .22 for my daughter, complete with pink camo stock. He refused to accept any payment and instead asked me to “pay it forward” by passing along to someone else once we are done with it. This is the 2nd rifle we have received as a gift from friends for our kids. The first was a circa 1910 Stevens Favorite that has been relined from .25 Stevens to the much more available .22 long rifle. My boys have enjoyed this gun but have just about outgrown it now...time flies and pauses for no one, unfortunately.

Both rifles will be passed on once we are done with them, to give someone else an opportunity to spend some quality time shooting with their kids.

Just curious to hear some stories from the board of guns received as gifts from friends - anyone care to share such a tale (or two)?
I get a bit teary eyed thinking about this subject.... and more so for the guns I lost in a fire I was given . Many of those great people I knew have left us.
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Old September 23, 2018, 10:27   #9
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I gave the neighbor kid a couple of old 22 rifles I was tired of moving around the shop.
One a mossberg that needed a mag, the other a savage that needed a rear sight.,,and he's a hunting nut and budding 14yo gun tinkerer..
Does that count ?
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Sure does. That kid will answer some thread like this and tell about those rifles.
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More of a sad tale:

A friend gave a co-worker a S&W Model 36. The recipient used it to commit suicide some 10 years later. My friend never gave, nor sold, another gun to someone he knew from that point on. Understandable given the circumstances.
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My Gpa's close friend gave me his 308 Lone Eagle because I shot it nearly every Sunday to wake my Dad up 10 miles away. A real hoot to shoot in high school. Before digital cameras I had my 35mm on self timer and took a few rolls of film before finally got the golden moment of a 3ft fireball coming out of the muzzle. My Gpa did give his son a .45 Argentinian 1911.
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A friend gave me this 1944 Sten MkII submachine gun. All I have in it is the $200 transfer tax. That was a nice gift.
You win. Shut this thread down.

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Old September 25, 2018, 12:07   #14
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You win. Shut this thread down.

That will never happen to me again! Yeah, pretty nice "gift".
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Old September 25, 2018, 12:30   #15
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Very good friend died and left me a 410 but I gave it to his grandkid at the funeral. Frank lived on a farm and that 410 was always close by.
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The day my wife and daughter came home from the hospital after the birth, my big hearted friend Bill stopped by. Had a big old wood case with him and in it was a Cricket .22, intended for my daughter. Bill died about 5 years ago and I miss the big lug because he would give you the shirt off his back if you needed anything. He also gave me a Glock 17C I carried for duty and its still my go to court gun. Wore it today in fact.

On the occasion of the marriage to my second wife (now ex-wife) the first friends I made in the US from Arkansas presented me with a muzzle loading shotgun. Fred has gone on to his reward but his son is still around and we keep in touch. I've been blessed with some good friends.
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Got a 22LR for my Birthday - does that count?
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I’m done “gifting” guns.

Maybe I just made poor choices on giftees. But none of ‘em can even make time to go to the range with those guns. Even if I’m furnishing the range and the ammo. I’m fed up with it.
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I’m done “gifting” guns.

Maybe I just made poor choices on giftees. But none of ‘em can even make time to go to the range with those guns. Even if I’m furnishing the range and the ammo. I’m fed up with it.
Hey now, I shoot my gift gun from time to time...

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I have been the lucky recipient of several gift guns, but this one remains my favorite....



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My good friend was working a job with me , as the job drew to a close all that was left was the weed and seed crew
On the last day I let him go to another job and spread hay myself while keeping him on the time sheet as a ghost rider

About a month later he gave me a Kel Tec .22WM pistol with 2 30 round mags new in the box
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My best friend, while in high school, had his dad walk out on his mom for another woman. He wasn't a gun guy, but he'd gone squirrel and rabbit hunting with me from time to time, so he knew that I was. His dad left a late 70s production Remmy 700 in 308 sitting in a closet, and being pissed at his dad, gave it to me rather than trying to get it to his father. That was probably 1987 or so.

I had stuck it in a closet as well, and promptly forgot about it. Life moves along, come forward 30 years in 2008 my parents get flooded by hurricane Ike. While cleaning stuff out of that rarely accessed closet, find that Remmy still leaning in a back dark corner, with the wood of the stock ruined (had sat in about a foot of water), and light surface rust all over it. I decide to make it my "do everything" bolt gun, and start researching calibers.

It was a short action so had to stick with short calibers, and decide 270WSM will do everything I need it to, from a good ways aways, and start buying parts. I found a new take-off 26" factory fluted barrel from a Boone and Crocket model, and took the rifle to my smith and had him disassemble it. I then took every part that wasn't a spring to a place that did salt-bath nitriding and had all the parts treated. I then picked up a Knoxx Axium recoil absorbing and pillar-bedded stock, a Timney trigger, a jeweled magnum bolt, and promptly took it all back to the smith to assemble Colonel Steve Austin... better, stronger, faster!

All the parts were eBay or GB finds, and with glass I have all of about $450 in it. It is the most accurate, longest distance thing in the safe. Took it out one day and the guy at the bench next to me had his NICE Accuracy Int'l .308 he had about $6k in, and was shooting about 1/2" groups. I was managing under 3/4" with factory ammo in mine (sure it was Winchester Supreme, but still), at 1/12 the cost. $5500 buys a LOT of ammo for giving up a 1/4moa.

Also happy to report we are still friends to this day.
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My friend Uncle John died. When I tried to buy his shack and lor at auction I was out bid. Two years roll by and that out bider couldn't get anyone to move the shack away . I was asked said yes immediately told the new land owner I needed wait for the ground to freeze to skid it off with the D4. While inspecting the structure i found a nylon 66 behind some trash in the corner. Its my 12 year olds now and a S&W 45acp wheel gun from a Brazilian contract on a hidden shelf under Johns' bed. Both shoot fine thank you Uncle John. An auction co. and 2 others trying to move the shack had missed these.
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At Christmas 1992 my girl friend gave me two handguns. An East German Modell M aka Makarov and a Czech CZ-52. I still have them but haven't shot either one in a long time. Got plenty of ammo for both....

I have given firearms to family and friends. The last one I gave away was a Baby Browning .25 Auto. This was one of the alloy framed models with the nickel plated slide, gold plated trigger and manual safety, and fake mother of pearl grips. I had bought this little blaster for just $20 in 1971 and that included a full flap leather holster and a full box of Winchester ammo. Didn't really want such a handgun but at that price I just couldn't say no.

I gave the Baby Browning to a good friend of mine who collects the small vest pocket types. I think he was more interested in the holster than the Browning.

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My buddy was working for DynCorp in Iraq about 10 years ago and while on leave I took him shooting which was common for us. He brought out a Portuguese made G3/HK91 and I brought out some FALs. He was so impressed with the FALs that day that he gave me the G3. It is in great shape and it shoots well but it just wasn't what he wanted. When he came back later that year I traded him a couple of FALs for a Sig, Colt and Glock but the G3 was just a gift from a good friend. He's dead now but I still have my memories of us at the range. Those 4 guns always bring back those memories when I break them out for cleaning or a range trip.
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Back in 2005 my real estate broker and gun buddy sold my little home in Alexandria, VA for 50K over asking price with skillful handling of prospective buyers into a bidding war.

After the closing I presented him with a NIB high polish blued SFS Browning Hi-power as a bonus present - he was like a little kid - so happy with it.
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An attorney friend of mine at the time (now a judge) had his father's Colt Trooper .22LR revolver. It was never fired. He gave it to me in pristine condition and that's how it remains to this day. The blueing of those old Colt's is difficult to beat.


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I was gifted MANY guns growing up

Locals gave me their junkers
Gun show guys gave me theirs to encourage my interests as a boy

We do it today
gave junkers to kids many times at shows
do that regularly

same with beat up knives, etc
kid paws through the tubs, finds something and begs grandpa who looks at me
I usually tell the child, "It's Yours Now"

Guys used to do this with me all the time at shows, I am only paying that old love forward.
I have a crusty knife tub
this summer a cute little blonde farm girl, maybe all of 13 dragged out two rusty hunters and started negotiating
I was hardassed on her, didn't buck on price until she was walking away
by that time both blades were in a bag and I gave them to her
cripes, little doll started crying, fat mom was a bit teary eyed too
Provided a wad of 0000 steel wool, a nearly spent bottle of oil and explained what she needed to do

Guys, this is how you create the next generation
yeah both both boys & girls these days.

Locally I was given P08s, 1911s, other things as well by Vets
yeah shoveled walks, mowed yards, weeded gardens in return
no big deal
One of mom's best friends gave me her late husbands foot locker

WWII uniforms, decorations...mess of pistols and knives scattered inside
There were like six pistols. Mom was appalled, even in the 70s that was big cash. Old broad refused their money, said I had been shoveling her out for years & she didn't want any of it in her home

Sold quite a bit for booze and broads in College in the 80s
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I forgot about this one. Another thread about the SKS jogged my memory. One of my friends is a painting contractor. More than 20 years ago, he bought an SKS from one of his hands. Out at my farm, it wouldn't cycle at all. Upon closer examination, we found it was missing the small op-rod and its spring. I bought those parts at the next gun show and offered to buy the rifle. He declined.

Last year, he called and asked if I was still interested in it? Of course, says I! How much? He says, "It's yours." It had the awesome-80s folding stock on it and the fixed-30 round magazine was the only mag it had. I installed the missing parts and took out for a test. Damned thing runs like a scalded dog, even with that cheesy mag. I guess its a late-production rifle made on a good day.




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