I used to think there WAS such a thing as an "Ugly Gun," but I realized I was wrong.Just like the thread says, what is your ugly gun that you can't part with?
Mine is a 1950's Mossberg 146B, somewhere around 1954-1957 from what I can find, I paid $80 for it used, and it was missing the inlays in the stock, so I made some from plastic and plywood (still looks like crap), and refinished the stock with linseed oil.
The stock is nice I believe Walnut, monte carlo style, the trigger guard was hand cast and hammered somewhere along the line because the originals were plastic.
I had to replace the firing pin after I bought it since mine was mashed from dry firing, and I had to seriously clean the feed ramp which was sticky, and had trouble feeding ammo.
I have shot bottle caps off 20 oz soda bottles at 100 yds with this, only with the 3-9X centerpoint scope I have on it. For $40 those scopes are plenty good for me. These originally came with amazing peep sights, but mine were long gone (worth more than the gun to replace), so I just threw the scope on the 3/8" rail that is on the receiver.
This thing is awesome because I can shoot calibri, short, CB long, Long, and long rifle as well as Hyper velocity 22lr. Never has issues extracting or misfeeding since I cleaned it. I haven't shot it in a while, need to do another video on it soon. Haven't really featured it on my channel i don't think.
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so lets see yours! And the story about why you can't part with them
In all seriousness, I have a few that could certainly be considered "odd-balls" and likely deserving of the "ugly" label, but I could never bring myself to let 'em go. The following are a few that don't necessarily excite the ol' "Pant Lizard":
1. Marlin Model 55 "Goose Gun" (1962-1963). Looks like a bolt action howitzer with a 36" barrel. Talk about a goofy honky! But it's absolutely cool in its own right. The thing is 56.5" long for crying out loud!
2. Steven Model 58B, Series F, bolt action .410. Like the above-mentioned Marlin, it's a goofy specimen, but I just can't NOT love it for its "ridiculosity!!" I find it truly intriguing that I can actually claim that I have 3 bolt action shotguns. Aside from this .410 and the Marlin, the third is a Winchester Model 36 9mm Flobert (rimfire) "Gardener's Companion" (made between 1920 and 1927). I don't include it as an "Ugly Gun I Can't Part With" due to the fact that it's just such a cool little piece of firearms history and that it was the first gun I ever shot when I was four. It's tiny; about the size of a "Cricket" .22.
3. Savage Model 99 .300 Savage (1950). I know this may be sacrilege, but I've never cared much for the "looks" of the model 99 (although I know full-well that a firearm's "looks" AND a dollar'll get ya on the bus...). I have to say, however, that if you've never owned/shot one, I recommend, without question, that you re-map your priorities as it's one of the most accurate (not to mention, innovative) lever guns ever devised. There are a few firearms that everyone should own: a Ruger 10/22, of course; and a Savage Model 99. Amazing rifle. Period. But not
I have to say that this is an extremely cool idea for a thread!!
P.S. And yeah, I own a Glock or two... 😂