.450 No.1 Express

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Re: .450 No.1 Express

Post by marksman » Tue Jul 12, 2022 8:19 pm

"Frankly you can never shoot this weapon for the purpose it was bought or used hereafter. It is a good showpiece and will be a subject of yarn spinning by old hunters over a fire and drinks".
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I totally agree but just a thought came across to get it under CURIO category and enjoy handling it to hearts content. What say????

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Re: .450 No.1 Express

Post by timmy » Tue Jul 12, 2022 11:38 pm

veeveeaar wrote:
Thu Jul 07, 2022 9:12 pm
marksman wrote:
Thu Jul 07, 2022 7:44 pm
An uncle of mine owns a 450/400 double, converted to 3 1/4' by the factory in London and reproofed in the days of yore. He used it successfully a few times on tigers and Bisons up north. What might it fetch? just curious.

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Frankly you can never shoot this weapon for the purpose it was bought or used hereafter. It is a good showpiece and will be a subject of yarn spinning by old hunters over a fire and drinks.
True enough, unless one can afford expensive African hunts.

However, while shooting is the primary purpose for firearms, it isn't their only use.

Sometimes, it's very nice to hold a gun, to look at it, and to appreciate its attributes.

I had an uncle who passed away, but before he died, he gave me a 45 Colt Single Action Army commemorative, a beautiful revolver that was brand new -- it had never been fired. It is beautiful with perfect polishing, Colt Royal Blue, and gold plated flourishes. I will never shoot it. It sits in the safe and every now and then, I get it out and look at it. I don't even handle it. It sits there in its red satin box and I look at it.

My point is, shooting is great and I love doing that, but that isn't the only reason to own a gun. Everyone has their reasons for why they might want a firearm -- maybe someone will look at marksman's uncle's double rifle and think of stories by Robert Ruark, or Peter Capstick, or the exploits of those famous British hunters of over a century ago. Maybe they admire fine workmanship. Maybe they want such things to sell them at a profit later. As long as what people do with guns is legal, ethical, and harms nobody else, I don't feel qualified to question their motives, but I do hope that they enjoy their gun!
"One constant about the elements of 1914 - as of any era - was the disposition of everyone on all sides not to prepare for the harder alternative, not to act upon what they suspected to be true"

Barbara Tuchman, "The Guns of August"

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