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Old 07-08-2018, 04:12 PM   #1
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Yesterday I spent a little time with my dad. Before I left, he walks out of the room and hands me my grandfathers shotgun and says it yours now. Don't get me wrong, I always knew I would get it because it had been promised to me. My other brothers got other stuff, but this is what I really wanted. I can still see my grandfather slinging it to his shoulder taking down a squirrel or duck. He was a mountain of a man to me, and passed away many years ago (1977). But my memories are still as vivid to me as they were when I was a kid.

It is nothing fancy, just a Winchester model 12 20 gauge, but it is priceless to me. It is Granddaddy's gun!!!
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Old 07-08-2018, 04:19 PM   #2
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Very cool and it's a slick shotgun. The Model 12 in .20 is hard to beat.
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Old 07-08-2018, 04:21 PM   #3
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Old 07-08-2018, 04:23 PM   #4
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very nice. don't just let it sit in the safe and be a talking piece take it to the woods and let her bark. my grandfather passed last year and I got his pre 64 model 70, I am taking it to Africa this year.
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Old 07-08-2018, 04:23 PM   #5
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Awesome. My in laws surprised me with one of my Grandpa's old Belgian made Brownings for Christmas year before last. I felt the same way. Matter of fact they almost got my eyes to leak a little.
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Old 07-08-2018, 04:27 PM   #6
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very nice. don't just let it sit in the safe and be a talking piece take it to the woods and let her bark. my grandfather passed last year and I got his pre 64 model 70, I am taking it to Africa this year.
It is going to be my go to shotgun for this dove season coming up. I can't wait. My grandfather never hunted dove that I know of. Not to many in the bottoms & creeks of Louisiana. So I might have to take it squirrel hunting this year.
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Old 07-08-2018, 04:35 PM   #7
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That is a beautiful thing.
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Old 07-08-2018, 04:52 PM   #8
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I have the very same gun in 12 gauge that was my grandfather's favorite gun. I bought a 16 gauge and 20 gauge to have a nice set to pass on some day. You have a good looking and special gun. Congrats sir.
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Old 07-08-2018, 04:54 PM   #9
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Very cool.
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Old 07-08-2018, 04:55 PM   #10
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That is GREAT!
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Old 07-08-2018, 04:55 PM   #11
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I'm and old guy so vintage blued steel and walnut firearms are my first and nearly only choice. You youngsters can have all the plastic and tacti-cool stuff.

We can't begin to know the memories that holds for you, but I understand how you feel.
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Old 07-08-2018, 05:09 PM   #12
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Definitely an awesome moment!


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Old 07-08-2018, 05:09 PM   #13
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Cool deal!
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Old 07-08-2018, 05:11 PM   #14
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Old 07-08-2018, 06:27 PM   #15
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Yesterday I spent a little time with my dad. Before I left, he walks out of the room and hands me my grandfathers shotgun and says it yours now. Don't get me wrong, I always knew I would get it because it had been promised to me. My other brothers got other stuff, but this is what I really wanted. I can still see my grandfather slinging it to his shoulder taking down a squirrel or duck. He was a mountain of a man to me, and passed away many years ago (1977). But my memories are still as vivid to me as they were when I was a kid.

It is nothing fancy, just a Winchester model 12 20 gauge, but it is priceless to me. It is Granddaddy's gun!!!
I know how you feel. I have my Grandfathers 3030

Nice gun by the way
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Old 07-08-2018, 06:41 PM   #16
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That's awesome!!!!

I have several pics and part of a shirt that my uncle gave me.
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Old 07-08-2018, 07:31 PM   #17
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Very cool. My Dad passed away a year ago tomorrow and I got several guns that I had seen my whole life. Most prized is a .30-30 that belonged to my great grandpa. Made in 1904 per the serial number. Stuff like that and yours mean more than our new, flashy guns any day. Enjoy!!


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Old 07-08-2018, 07:40 PM   #18
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Thats some good bull !!! Cool shotgun.
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Old 07-08-2018, 07:42 PM   #19
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Nice. The memories and connection make it priceless.
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Old 07-08-2018, 07:42 PM   #20
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I ended up with a few of my grandfather's guns this year.

First thing I did was take them out and shoot them. Was a blast shooting those plain ole no frills pieces of wood and metal from early to mid 20th century.
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Old 07-08-2018, 08:26 PM   #21
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Yesterday I spent a little time with my dad. Before I left, he walks out of the room and hands me my grandfathers shotgun and says it yours now. Don't get me wrong, I always knew I would get it because it had been promised to me. My other brothers got other stuff, but this is what I really wanted. I can still see my grandfather slinging it to his shoulder taking down a squirrel or duck. He was a mountain of a man to me, and passed away many years ago (1977). But my memories are still as vivid to me as they were when I was a kid.

It is nothing fancy, just a Winchester model 12 20 gauge, but it is priceless to me. It is Granddaddy's gun!!!
Congrats on a fine gun. Nice 20 gauge models are always hard to find. I have one like it in 16 gauge. When I was a kid the local policeman Slim Sanders in our little town carried it around as his firearm.
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Old 07-08-2018, 08:53 PM   #22
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I have my Grandpa's 16 gauge, I know exactly what you mean.
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Old 07-08-2018, 09:02 PM   #23
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i hear you i,m 60 something and just sighted in my grandpas old pre 64 mod 94 30/30 only gun i remember him deer hunting with. hope to make a pig pay. good stuff there.
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Old 07-08-2018, 09:28 PM   #24
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Very cool
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Old 07-08-2018, 10:36 PM   #25
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I can totally relate. I have on old 8mm mauser that my grandpa brought home from WWII. He used it to bring deer meat back to camp. That gun probably isn't worth much but means the world to me.
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Old 07-08-2018, 10:43 PM   #26
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That’s great stuff. Thanks for sharing.
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Old 07-08-2018, 10:56 PM   #27
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Very cool
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Old 07-08-2018, 10:59 PM   #28
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Love this. Thanks for sharing.
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Old 07-08-2018, 11:01 PM   #29
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yessir……what a great family legacy!!! ...seems like a lot of us have been handed down guns. I have gotten my GREAT uncles double barrel .410......my favorite! My grandpa's .22 pump Remington...…….clean as a whistle. And also my wifes grandpa's WWII rifle.
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Old 07-08-2018, 11:16 PM   #30
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Old 07-08-2018, 11:29 PM   #31
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Sweet! I've got my great grandpas model 1897. Wish it was in good enough shape to shoot.
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Old 07-09-2018, 12:18 AM   #32
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Very cool! My grandfather gave me his old Springfield .22 bolt rifle he had as a kid(it was vacuum packed in grease from when he went into the military at age 17) about 15 years ago...he passed last month at 96 years of age and left me several more of his rifles and shotguns that he'd had for years

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Old 07-09-2018, 06:37 AM   #33
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very cool.
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Old 07-09-2018, 07:06 AM   #34
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Awesome. I understand your emotion as I have my grandfathers shotgun which is a twin to yours but in 12ga
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Old 07-09-2018, 07:10 AM   #35
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Very nice gun and congrats on it bein handed down to u. Take it out and knock down some game with it and don't let it sit it the closet. If your grandpa was anything like mine he would say use it and not let it got ruin. Hope you have many good huntin trips with a priceless heirloom and make many more memoris with it
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Old 07-09-2018, 07:33 AM   #36
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I have my grand dads Black Prince 16 ga single shot break over
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Old 07-09-2018, 07:58 AM   #37
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Cherish it. I know it's just an old Mod. 12, but am sure it's priceless to you. My story is I grew up learning to shoot my dad's Win. Model 62A 22 pump rifle. I knew one day that it would be mine. It was a wedding gift from my Mom to my Dad. I had no brothers, just sisters. When he passed away after a month or so, I went to the house to get the rifle.......it was gone. One of my sisters had take it for my nephew. What can you do. Get'er done before the passing. I wouldn't be surprised to learn that it hasn't been turned into beer money.
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Old 07-09-2018, 09:46 AM   #38
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Sweet! I've got my great grandpas model 1897. Wish it was in good enough shape to shoot.
Probably worth a trip to a gunsmith to see what it would take to get it back in some type of decent shape.
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Old 07-09-2018, 11:48 AM   #39
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Probably worth a trip to a gunsmith to see what it would take to get it back in some type of decent shape.
I know mine is in working condition, because my dad would use it to shoot critters getting into his garden & flowers. But I don't think it has been thoroughly cleaned in 50-60 years. I broke it down the other night and never could get all the old powder & carbon out. I was thinking on taking to a gunsmith and having them do a really good cleaning job
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Old 07-09-2018, 11:55 AM   #40
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Model 1897 12 gauge with the slam fire option? We have one in my family as well.
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Old 07-09-2018, 11:58 AM   #41
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Beautiful. My brothers and I each have a model 12 from grandpa. All 20ga. I also have 12s in 28 and 16. Those never get shot though.
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Old 07-09-2018, 12:01 PM   #42
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Probably worth a trip to a gunsmith to see what it would take to get it back in some type of decent shape.
I've had it looked at. Gunsmith said maybe with some really light shells, but as bad as it looks I don't want to risk it. It's a great keepsake for the time being.
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Old 07-09-2018, 12:08 PM   #43
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I know the feeling. I have some fancy guns in my safe, but the guns most valuable to me are only worth $100-200.
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Old 07-09-2018, 12:14 PM   #44
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[QUOTE=ontarget;13474042]I have my Grandpa's 16 gauge, I know exactly what you mean.[/QUOTE

Same here
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I've got my Pawpaws 20 gauge. It's my favorite gun
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Old 07-09-2018, 12:36 PM   #46
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Awesome to get that kind of hand-me-down. Congrats.
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Old 07-09-2018, 01:00 PM   #47
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Old 07-09-2018, 05:50 PM   #48
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Old 07-09-2018, 05:58 PM   #49
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This thread needs more photos!

My grandpa's 35 Remington bought in the 50s for $35 financed $5 a week till paid for.

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Old 07-09-2018, 05:59 PM   #50
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Cherish it. My Dad's model 12 in 12 gauge was stolen from us in Memphis. I have several old guns coming my way, but I hope it is years before I get them. the prize of the bunch is a hammerless Smith and Wesson 38 Smith bought in 1902 in San Francisco of all places. My Great Great Grandfather bought it the day he got his Taxi license. We still shoot it once a year. I have the original paperwork, the original permits, and his Taxi license.
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