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Old 10-09-2018, 08:23 PM
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Under appreciated firearms?? How about anything in 40 S&W right now? The herd has decided this isn't a very good defensive caliber which must be true since the FBI dropped it!! As for me and not being much of a herd type I'll continue carrying my 4006 as I guess I can always hit someone over the head with it if I get an ammunition failure!!
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Old 10-09-2018, 08:32 PM
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2 of my other accumulating interests.

The T/C contender. Unbelievably accurate almost boring to shoot. Not to mention an endless amount of calibers and barrel lengths.

The Rossi 92. I love having pistol caliber rifles to go with my revolvers. I have .357 mag, .44 mag, 45 colt and 454 Casull versions of this rifle. I love shooting these offhand at silhouette targets.
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Old 10-09-2018, 08:40 PM
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Any of the Monson made Dan Wessen revolvers in .22, .357, and 44Mag.
I bought one of each caliber back in the 70's and they are quite special to me. I would never sell them because they are worth a lot more to me than anyone would be willing to pay for them.

I would agree with the older Contenders being under appreciated, and they were a bit passe' once the Silhouette craze slowed down.
But they seem to be getting more attention these days, and people in my gun club who do own them have at least 3+ frames and half a dozen barrels at minimum (and we're all looking for more at gun shows).
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Old 10-09-2018, 08:46 PM
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I have a soft spot in my heart for the history of silhouette and the guns that go with it. I have 3 Dan Wesson revolvers too, all with 8" barrels. While I agree they are underrated there also don't seem to be many for sale. Both of my super mags I had to find via Gunbroker. My 8" model 15-2 was from a friend at a gun show, it was the only one I've ever seen with a long barrel.
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Old 10-09-2018, 09:06 PM
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I’ll go with the CZ75D Compact.
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Old 10-09-2018, 09:25 PM
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In this age of polymer, striker-fired pistols, I think one could do nicely with the following modest collection for defense and practice:

Ruger 22 Auto
Walther PPK .380 ACP
S&W 36
Browning HP 9mm
Colt 1911 .45
S&W 10
S&W 17
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Old 10-09-2018, 09:25 PM
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The Makarov PM pistol. These things are some of the toughest and most reliable pistols made. You can rebarrel them into .380 but I found a huge stash of quality ammo, mostly Winchester 95 grain FMJ and Hornady XTP ammo for personal defense. I carry this gun pretty much everywhere, this one being an East German, the best of the bunch.



Single shot rifles. I have been a fan of single shot guns for a long time, I cut my teeth on muzzleloaders so single shot rifles were nothing new. At one time, single shot rifles were commonplace, Rolling Blocks, Sharps, Low Walls and High Walls, then single shot .22 rifles that were really popular during the Great Depression and afterwards because they were simple and reliable. Now they seem to be a specialty or a gun for little kids to learn on. We have kind of lost the fact that single shots made great hunting rifles because there was no second chance, a quick follow shot was out of the question.

My son's Savage Model 30G, the last incarnation of the Stevens Favorite .22 LR.



A grey fox I took back in 2010 with a H & R Handi-Rifle in .22 Hornet.



My numero uno hunting rifle, a Remington Model 33 .22 LR single shot. This gun has killed more critters than the local interstate.



Big Medicine, my Military Remington Rolling Block in .43 Spanish.



My new favorite single shot, my 1885 Winchester Low Wall made in 1889 in .32-20. I have made it my mission to try and get this gun out as much as I can this year to hunt with.



This is Thumper, a Henry Single Shot in .45-70. This gun weighs all of 6 1/2 pounds but soaks up factory loads really well. By far the nicest single shot out there for the money when it comes to big game.



My latest single shot and my son's new favorite, a Remington #4 Rolling Block in .22 LR, another gun I plan on hunting with this year.

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Lots of fans on the forum of this beauty; the Tokarev. This one is a Korean War vintage Chi-Com model 54

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Old 10-09-2018, 09:47 PM
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Taurus Judge/Smith & Wesson Governor



In all honesty, to say that these firearms are "underappreciated" is actually an understatement, because these firearms are so irrationally disdained/denigrated that it borders on hatred.

Contrary to popular belief, Taurus wasn't the first to offer a revolver chambered in both .410 Bore/.45 Long Colt, the first was the MIL Thunder 5, which was first introduced in the 1990s, but the company closed its doors in 1998.
The Taurus Judge was first introduced back in 2006 as the Taurus Model 4410 Tracker, but was later renamed the Judge by executive vice president Bob Morrison later that year when Judges in Miami allegedly started carrying them under their robes in the courtroom for close-range self-defense firearm which would offer substantial power with minimal risk of overpenetration.
The Taurus Judge became a hot seller shortly thereafter and has remained successful ever since, which prompted Smith & Wesson to offer their own .410/.45 Revolver, the Governor in 2011. Not to be outdone, Smith & Wesson designed the Governor to quite literally 1-Up the Judge by including a 6-shot cylinder (the Judge has a 5-shot cylinder) and the ability to fire .45 ACP via moon clips.

Unfortunately, almost since the very beginning, these firearms were met with a level of extreme prejudice which goes above and beyond the level of skepticism one would expect from a new firearm, regardless of how questionable the design or its practicality may be.
To question the effectiveness of a minimally powerful shotgun shell out of a rifled 3" barrel is completely warranted, but to immediately proclaim it as practically worthless and to blatantly insult anyone who buys it by making presumptions in regards to their intelligence is most certainly not, much less continuing to do so a decade later.
Furthermore, while initial concerns in regards to effectiveness were warranted, (turns out shotshells designed for 18"+ smoothbore barrels do indeed perform poorly out of a 3" rifled barrel) specialty loads which were optimized for short rifled barrels have long since been on the market and proven to be effective, so continued assertions that it is practically useless are as ignorant as they are useless/unwarranted.

The Taurus Judge was originally marketed as a vehicle defense firearm to be used against carjackers, but has since received a bunch of different models for a variety of roles. Generally and practically speaking, it's best suited as a nightstand Home Defense firearm or a Wilderness Defense firearm.
However, to this day haters seem to be under the impression that Taurus marketed it mainly as a Concealed Carry piece, based on a one-off commercial they did in the early days of a woman using it in a parking garage. Said commercial was obviously a joke seeing as the woman is accosted in said parking garage by men with watermelons for heads and was never featured as an official advertisement on their website nor YouTube Channel, but when you're already predisposed towards hating something, obviously you'll jump on any excuse to help rationalize/legitimize said hatred.

At any rate, all practical applications and arguments aside, there is one thing that makes the Taurus Judge/Smith & Wesson Governor woefully underappreciated, and that's that it is insanely entertaining to shoot. Yes, so long as you can look at the firearm without your teeth clenching, your blood pressure skyrocketing, and feeling the sudden irresistible urge to insult the firearm and all those who own one as if they slept with your wife, it's quite possible that you will find the exercise of shooting a big bore revolver which not only fires one of the most iconic cartridges in US history, but also shotgun shells tends to be quite entertaining.

Non-Walther PP(K/S) Series Pistols and derivatives
The Walther PP Series is generally regarded as an iconic, high quality, concealed carry piece, but all other versions are underappreciated. Manurhin, Ranger/Interarms, FEG, and especially Smith & Wesson manufactured PP Series Pistols are treated with less respect/appreciation. Heck, even the newer model Walther PPK/S .22s are underappreciated just because technically they're made in Cologne by Walther's parent company Umarex and have an alloy slide/frame as opposed to all steel.
Don't even get me started on a of the high quality derivatives of the PP Series which are looked down upon just because they're not Walthers. The FEG PA-63 immediately comes to mind because apparently they were of such exceptional quality that for a short time in the 2000s FEG was officially licensed by Walther to produce a low cost alternative to the PPK(/S) known as the PPK/E, which was essentially just a rebranded FEG PMK-380 with minor cosmetic differences. But there were countless others as well, far too many to go over.

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Old 10-09-2018, 11:41 PM
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I still think the Beretta APX is very underrated and overlooked. That and S&W 3rd gen pistols.
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Colt 1911 in 38 Super. Not the gun, the round. Despite being old and out of favor, it's still a solid performer, at the range or in SD applications.
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CZ 75 under appreciated.

This is two shots from holster, 10 yards, double action then single action. First time I looked I thought I missed one until I walked up to the target.


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It may be bettr not to tell everybody, and let the under-appreciated remain that way. Talking about it just creates more appreciation, and drives up the price. It happens with wine, cigars, motorcycle tires and CZs.
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Charter Arms Undercover 38 spec. Easy to conceal and that little guy fires everytime, never a problem. Of all the firearms I have my wife chose this one to put in the console when she goes anywhere. Shoots point of aim. I also agree with the statement on 40 S&W, one time considered the cats meow, now someone decided they were no longer viable. Go figure.
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