Sentimental Gun Love?

My sentimental gun is a S&W Model 66 stainless .357 revolver. It was my duty gun back when cops carried revolvers, and it was the gun that saved my life in an exchange of gunfire on a domestic disturbance call.

The short version of the story is that he was drunk and hiding while waiting for us after his wife called. He fired first with an old .45 revolver, his bullet impacted a door frame about an inch from my left ear. I returned fire with two .357 copper jacked HP rounds center mass, one entered his heart and he died before he could get another round off… as he was in the process of turning and aiming at another Officer.

While I have lots of other guns that include my favorites - 1911s- and other semi- autos, a quality revolver still holds a special place in my heart. I’ve recently acquired a brushed stainless Kimber K6S with 3 inch barrel, and a Ruger SP-101 with a 4 inch barrrel. Both are chambered for the round that also holds a special place in my heart from that night… the .357 magnum.

3 Likes

Winchester model 74.
My dad had one when I was a kid. My brother and I were in awe of that rifle when my dad got it down. All he had was that .22, and an old 20 gauge single shot.
When he passed, he gave it to my younger brother. My older brother got our grandfathers single shot 12 gauge, and I got the 20. My younger brother’s wife was a bit on the anti gun side of life at the time, so I traded some other stuff for the '74. Fast forward 10 years, the anti gun thing is a thing of the past. Feeling somewhat guilty, I found a nice model 74, had my older brother refinish it (he’s really good at it), and quite ceremoniously returned dad’s '74 to my younger brother. Older brother had previously found a nice '74 he refinished for himself. All of us now armed with this odd .22 semi rifle, a trip to the range was arranged. A great time shooting, reminiscing, and a few hidden tears forever welded these guns to sentimental value for life. Anti gunners would never understand… I only hope our grandsons (or daughters) will, and can, carry on the tradition.

6 Likes

Two for me, a Stevens Model 1915 22LR octagon barrel from my Grandfather, and my first gun my Dad bought for me - a 1958 Belgium built Browning Auto 5 “Sweet Sixteen” shotgun.

2 Likes

To be honest, I’d say it’s my Mosin Nagant M91/30 from 1942. It was my first rifle I used my own money for and I killed my first deer with it. I remember saving my money and giving my father the money to buy it when I was 14.

3 Likes

Welcome to the community Will!

sigh… too many to count or to pick just one… sigh

2 Likes

Mine would be a West German SIG P228, that I bought new. It’s been with me a long time, and even served as my duty weapon for about 4 years. Sig Custom Shop was running a Father’s Day Special a few years ago, so I had the slide re-blued, springs replaced, and night sights installed. It mainly sits in the safe now, but I wouldn’t trade it for anything.

I bought my first carry gun in 2003 when I became a PI. It is a Sig P232 in stainless steel. It is a .380, and is Sig’s take on a Walther PPK I suppose. It has a heel mag release which negates a quick mag change. 7 round, DA/SA with a decocker. I love it and could never part with it. My business partner back then became my dear wife, so I associate the pistol with our partnership and teamwork. Thus the sentimental attachment for my P232 SL.

1 Like

My Kel-Tec KSG. First gun I ever did all the mods by myself. I did go back and have a certified gunsmith checky work behind me.

1 Like

My sentimental gun is a S&W Model 66 .357 stainless with 4 inch barrel.

It was my duty weapon as a Police Officer back in 1981 when I was dispatched to a domestic disturbance report by a teen age girl saying her Father was threatening to kill her Mother. It turned into an ambush against myself and two other responding Officers. That Model 66 saved my life that night.

All three Officers and both the shooter’s wife and teen age daughter survived that night, the shooter went to the morgue. I personally survived a .45 ACP round impacting a door frame one inch from my left ear.

I think I have good reason to be sentimental about that gun. :blue_heart:

7 Likes

Oh my gosh Dave27!!! Gave me chills!!! Thank you for sharing!!!

Thanks. It’s a fact of life in the job of a Police Officer, thankfully some Officers can retire without ever engaging someone actively trying to end their life.

My reaction was pure training, training, training, both in the Army in Vietnam, and as a SWAT trained Officer. It’s the main reason I stress training and practice to all the gun Owners I know.

I’m old and retired now, but my son is now a Police Officer, proof that a Father’s concern is never ending.

1 Like

Winchester Model 1894, manufactured 1898. And sold to my family back then. .32-40, with silver inlay engravings, and tigereye maple stocks.

The history of this rifle is incredible. My dad shot his first buck with it, probably around 1933. He took it with him on every duty assignment while in the service. I did the same, later. He used it tiger hunting with the Emperor of VietNam in 1950. Used it black bear hunting in Hokkaido, Japan in 1958. I spoiled the ‘provenance’ by taking it squirrel hunting in Oklahoma!

I’ve always thought of it as the sort of rifle that should be on the cover of American Rifleman.

4 Likes


This is my most cherished item. It is a custom German Double gun, 16 ga., from 1949. My father was a fighter pilot during ww2 and we were station in Berlin where he served during the airlift after the war ended. I was born during that period. He had the gun made by a man whose family had made custom guns for decades. Unfortunately he lived in the Russian controlled area and disappeared trying to bring the second set of barrels to my father. There is a lot more to this story, but it takes a long time to tell. Anyway I have the original papers where my father brought the gun home to the states. My biggest concern now is what to do with the gun when I’m gone.

1 Like