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    Beaters in use? What is yours?

    Is there anybody here that has an old beater that they love to shoot? This is one of mine. It's a model 48 in 22 magnum.
    It has certainly seen better days, but it still shoots straight.
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    Here are a couple of mine:
    The beater 19 that most have seen numerous times. It's an old LEO turn-in. Been bounced off the pavement and got flung out into the previous owners yard during the Joplin tornado, but it still is a great shooter.
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    Next is a 3" model 37. Not exactly a beater, but a long ways from mint. Shoot great with my 148gr wadcutters.
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    Last is a model 88 Winchester in .308. It's had an eventful life over the last 50+ years, but still puts the pill where you point it.
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Size:  2.36 MBThis one beat enough? Model 317 I bought w/ money my crew gave me when I retired (hoping I'd leave if they paid me). It's been carried thousands of hard miles, fed me, shot a sneaky rattlesnake from under my foot & is currently napping in my go bag waiting for our next trip. It looks pretty rough but still shoots like a laser.
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    Beaters in use? What is yours?

    I sold the last couple of Smith and Wesson beaters that I had in inventory. One was a beat up the model 36 and the other was a well used model 49. I replace them with a beautiful 3 inch model 36 and a model 37 in great shape. The closest I would call beaters is a Beretta 22 pistol and my old Enfield jungle carbine clone.

    There are a few others that have holes to wear and minor scratches and such that others might call beaters but I prefer to call well loved.


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    I get the impression from the above examples that any gun less than about 90% mint qualifies as a beater, which doesn't surprise me much, as antique guns aren't often discussed on this forum. Normal wear doesn't make a "beater" in my opinion--it takes deliberate abuse or neglect. Handguns are seldom subjected to the same hard use & abuse as long guns, so true beaters don't show up nearly as often.

    Calling that Win. 88 a beater is really a stretch--list it on Gun Broker & you'll find out how many folks would like to become the new owner.
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    This really isn't a "beater" it's just aged well to look like one. I bought this one in this condition on 7/19/2014. I paid $200 for it. It's excellent mechanical condition, and with age the trigger has improved to be simply amazing,
    It was produc
    ed sometime in 1959, and is a "no dash" model 48. In that era many S&W's has bluing issues similar to this one, where the bluing wore thin and aged this way.
    To me, pristine guns aren't much fun at the range, and they usually spend way too much time in the safe, so a "Beater" is fine by me.
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    When the time comes that I don't want a new gun, call the undertaker!
    When they come for your guns, give them the ammo first!
    .45 ACP, Because shooting twice is just plain silly!




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    My 10-10 is a semi beater , it's a good shooter just couldn't hang on to it . Looking forward to see how I do with BK adapter.

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    The closest beaters I have would be my 64-8(LE turn in), my 17-4 and 360. All great shooters.. mostly finish issues...just a bit rough.

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    I keep a gun because I'm too young to die and too old to take an ass whoopin'!

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    Beaters,,,,, love um.
    In fact for almost every revolver I find important to have/collect/hoard I have a ghost beater twin I am ready to sacrifice to the ravages of solid use.
    My guns kind of rank at 3 levels.
    #1,Prize pumpkins, never get shot , seldom see the light of day. These are declining in numbers as that is starting to feel pointless and I'm getting old .
    #2,Very nice shooters, These will sometimes go to the range , get handled and cleaned carefully and put away. Nice guns but also are getting the eye for thinning out.
    #3,Then ,O Yeah , the beaters. Ready to sweat on and carry all day in a holster. Ready to lend to an amigo if needed. Mostly stainless that can be well used and rubbed back to a decent finish. Or blue often totaling less than 50% .Mostly awfull to use factory grips are traded for something that functions much better. Some the changes go deeper that that. Often modified in a way that make a purest whimper. O well, tools to be used as they were designed to be used before they became the commodity they are today.
    Here's a couple .22's and .357's that have "earned " the beater title .

    My model 51
    and model 34

    My model 66's

    model 28's

    Collectability ,,, zilch . Fun in the sun value ,,,,,, priceless.
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