What are the classiest handguns and rifles in your opinion?

JayhawkerJayhawker ModeratorPosts: 14,837 Senior Member
For me, the classiest handgun ever made is the Colt 1860 Army...followed closely by the 1851 Navy...both are just plain sexy....

Rifles? I love my Sharps, but hands down the classiest rifle ever built is the 1885 Winchester High Wall....
Sharps Model 1874 - "The rifle that made the west safe for Winchester"
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  • earlyearly Senior Member Posts: 4,950 Senior Member
    That's kind of a subjective question.

    I'm more of an aquirer than a collector.

    To me, my model 70 featherweight Winchester, my Colt 1991A1, and my S&W model 19-6 are the sexiest I have.

    I think them old Pennsylvania Long rifles are the best looking pieces ever made.

    The old first generation Colt SAA's give my eyes the love hex.
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  • tubabucknuttubabucknut Banned Posts: 3,520 Senior Member
    I like the look of a good double rifle. I really could't tell you a brand or year. I also like birds head single actions. Again no particular model or year. I will probably never own either, but I like them the best.
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  • bisleybisley Senior Member Posts: 10,553 Senior Member
    I agree on the 1860 Colt, and I like the look of the original Henry, even though I'm quite sure that .44 rimfire sucks.
  • NCFUBARNCFUBAR Senior Member Posts: 4,324 Senior Member
    I love 1911s but for handgun a blued Colt Python is mine. For rifle there is a Blaser custom .30-06 in a LGS on the Coast I'd almost swap '70 C-10 but my kid would kill me.
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  • twatwa Senior Member Posts: 2,231 Senior Member
    There is something that turns my wheels with a Smith and Wesson revolver with that being said a good looking 1911 is in that same category. As far as rifles a good ole Remington 700 does it for me.
  • breamfisherbreamfisher Senior Member Posts: 13,052 Senior Member
    Blued N-frame Smith and Wessons. I prefer ones with tapered barrels.

    I also think a Browning Hi Power has a certain amount of panache.
    Overkill is underrated.
  • BigDanSBigDanS Senior Member Posts: 6,788 Senior Member
    Although I don't own one, I am mighty partial to a cased set of over and under shotgun barrels and matching receiver.

    I also like the Dan Wesson Pistol Pac in stainless.

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  • jbp-ohiojbp-ohio Senior Member Posts: 9,468 Senior Member
    Double rifles in Nitro calibers......................

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  • knitepoetknitepoet Senior Member Posts: 18,672 Senior Member
    Sharps Rifle,

    Royal Blue Python 6"
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  • sakodudesakodude Senior Member Posts: 3,248 Senior Member
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    Hands down the classiest revolver followed closely by the S&W Schofield revolver.
    Long guns the tip of the hat goes to the old Marlin-Ballard single shots followed by Sharps in any model.

    Sako
  • knitepoetknitepoet Senior Member Posts: 18,672 Senior Member
    sakodude wrote: »
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    :love:
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  • jbohiojbohio Senior Member Posts: 5,501 Senior Member
    Antique, octagonal barrel, lever guns.
    Colt SAAs
  • twatwa Senior Member Posts: 2,231 Senior Member
    Wambli Ska wrote: »
    Rifles: High end custom and commercial Mauser guns and derivatives like classic model 70s and Kimbers.
    Revolvers: Colt Pythons and Cobras and all S&Ws, Colt SAs
    Shotguns: Quality O/U
    Pistols: 1911s and BHPs

    Did you leave any out :jester:
  • BigslugBigslug Senior Member Posts: 6,945 Senior Member
    Colt Woodsman

    Pre WWII Colt 1911's

    Tapered-tube N-frames

    Marlin Ballards

    Martinis - big or small.

    I have lately been developing a fondness for WELL DONE turnbolt military sporters, as they have all of the bombproof construction of the original issue-it-to-a-moron-and-send-it-to-war article, and none of the cost-cutting annoyances you see on the commercial side.
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  • jaywaptijaywapti Senior Member Posts: 4,492 Senior Member
    Rifles, with out a doubt British SxS , a close runner up would be a Griffin & Howe bolt rifle

    Pistols, nothing is classier than an original Colt SAA.

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  • BufordBuford Senior Member Posts: 6,652 Senior Member
    Kinda fond of the Python. SiglineColt.jpg
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  • Big Al1Big Al1 Senior Member Posts: 7,010 Senior Member
    I'm kind of partial to custom Mausers and single shots, (#1's etc). And whatever Enzo said, except for Glocks and Savages!:jester:
  • zorbazorba Senior Member Posts: 19,118 Senior Member
    Snake will hate me for saying this, but I *really* like the looks of the Borchardt. Terrible gun, but I find it a thing of beauty.

    So is the Luger, and most definitely so are most 1911s.
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  • waipapa13waipapa13 Senior Member Posts: 698 Senior Member
    Handguns, would have to be pre-war Smith and Wesson N-frames (triple locks and hand ejectors :drool2:) and commercial 1911's, honourable mention to the BHP, but the Luger PO8 just edges it out. SAA's as well.

    Rifles, I'm partial to the '20's and 30's American style of commercial and military Mauser style rifles and the odd Krag by the likes of Niedner, Wundhammer and Griffen and Howe, working rifles with class, but not overdone, Westley Richards from the same timeframe gets a nod too.
    Savage 99's are still the sexiest lever ever made, just perfect design and aesthetics. I'm also struck by the model 53 Winchester, would love one in 25-20, they are very sleek and svelte looking.
  • shushshush Senior Member Posts: 6,259 Senior Member
    Just to keep it on your side of the pond. :jester:

    I quite recently had the chance to fondle a couple of old maids, all still in harness.

    Marlin 1891 (1891)

    Remington 19 (1919...ish)

    Winchester 62A (1940...ish)

    Nothing black, plastic or painted.

    Blued metal and Walnut only.

    Perfick.

    PS.

    Also one of these;

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    Must have been the four pounds, three shillings and six pence, 83/6p, model.

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  • AntonioAntonio Senior Member Posts: 2,327 Senior Member
    Let's see....

    - Revolvers: The S&W K line

    - Pistols: Walther PPK, P-08 Luger and Mauser C-96 "Broomhandle"

    - Rifles: All the pre-98 line of Mauser military rifles, along with the Winchester 1873 with long octagonal barrel.

    - Shotguns: The o/u design

    Currently I find some brands have the best designed and manufactured "affordable" firearms. Ruger & S&W shine for their revolvers, while CZ has an excellent line of rimfire & centerfire rifles; probably Beretta & Browning have the best-looking shotguns while it's hard to say something about modern designed pistols since a lot of them look pretty much the same, no matter what brand.
  • VarmintmistVarmintmist Senior Member Posts: 6,461 Senior Member
    The Luger is probably the pistol with the best lines overall. The grip angle is right and the balance is good.

    Mannlichers and rifles with a very European forend. Look up Mannlicher Schoenaur.
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  • JerryBobCoJerryBobCo Senior Member Posts: 6,486 Senior Member
    I'm not a handgun guy, so I really have no opinion.

    As for rifles, I'm definitely partial to the Winchester Model 88. I tried to post a picture from photobucket, but it's not working well today. Oh well...
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  • snake284snake284 Senior Member Posts: 21,803 Senior Member
    early wrote: »
    That's kind of a subjective question.

    I'm more of an aquirer than a collector.

    To me, my model 70 featherweight Winchester, my Colt 1991A1, and my S&W model 19-6 are the sexiest I have.

    I think them old Pennsylvania Long rifles are the best looking pieces ever made
    The old first generation Colt SAA's give my eyes the love hex.

    Early, that list is pretty close to mine. I presume you meant 1911 A1. And the Pre-64 Model 70 in the class department, is king Monkey in my book as far as the rifles go.
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  • snake284snake284 Senior Member Posts: 21,803 Senior Member
    zorba wrote: »
    Snake will hate me for saying this, but I *really* like the looks of the Borchardt. Terrible gun, but I find it a thing of beauty.

    So is the Luger, and most definitely so are most 1911s.


    I don't hate you bro, I just pray for you every night that you will be healed of this affliction.....That is, except the part about the 1911. I gots to agree with you there. But it's all good bro. Guns are just good no matter how sore some may make your eyes.
    Daddy, what's an enabler?
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  • snake284snake284 Senior Member Posts: 21,803 Senior Member
    jaywapti wrote: »
    Rifles, with out a doubt British SxS , a close runner up would be a Griffin & Howe bolt rifle

    Pistols, nothing is classier than an original Colt SAA.

    JAY

    Jay, I have to agree. I didn't include them in my list because they are definitely out of my realm due to extreme price. But any of the fine British Customs, whether double rifle or bolt gun, are really at the top of my list.
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  • Uncle FesterUncle Fester Senior Member Posts: 1,048 Senior Member
    Handguns: Colt SAA

    Rifle: Winchester Model 70
  • TugarTugar Senior Member Posts: 1,825 Senior Member
    Like many, A good blued N-frame and or 1911 is high on the list. Also I have to admit to a nicely done blued Hi-power. The Luger, though I want a .45 version. I know, get in line.

    For longer arms, the mannlicher tops the list. I love the sleek look of the full stock rifle. They look hideous with scopes though.

    A tie with it would be a Rolling block Creedmoor rifle. Love me some peep sights.
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  • zorbazorba Senior Member Posts: 19,118 Senior Member
    snake284 wrote: »
    I don't hate you bro, I just pray for you every night that you will be healed of this affliction.....That is, except the part about the 1911. I gots to agree with you there. But it's all good bro. Guns are just good no matter how sore some may make your eyes.

    :wink:
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  • gatorgator Senior Member Posts: 1,689 Senior Member
    Lever guns and 1873s

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