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Old 11-18-2019, 04:15 PM   #1
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Tool Box Gun?

It seems like we've already discussed every type, make and model of handguns used for a variety of purposes. Safe queens, carry guns and barbecue guns replete with lengthy reviews, glowing praises and even high DEF photographs; most of which would look great in the centerfold of Guns and Ammo magazine. (Phils Solo comes to mind)
However do you have an old reliable beater gun that's mostly neglected, has a few scars and scratches that's not a beauty queen but it reliable workhorse? The old 45 that the army handed me back in 1969 comes to mind. It was scuffed up with a lot of bare metal showing through the finish. It was so worn that it rattled when you shook it but it fired every time you wanted it to.
Do you have such a workhorse? One that you would not think twice about throwing in a toolbox or tacklebox for "just in case".
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Old 11-18-2019, 04:28 PM   #2
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Yup, my LCP version 1 380 pocket rocket. Equipped with a trigger guard laser, and goes bang every time without exception. Doesn’t get much better for a toolbox/Tackle Box Gun.


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Old 11-18-2019, 05:04 PM   #3
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I guess I would classify this Bulgarian Makarov as a Toolbox Special.
I picked it up in a Flea Market for $250, and re Barreled it to .380acp.
It functions perfectly but I wouldn't care if it got scratched up in the toolbox.
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I have a Rock Island .38 special that I bought new a few years ago for $149.00. About the only abuse it hasn't seen is being dragged behind the truck. It still shoots every time I pull the trigger.
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Old 11-18-2019, 06:51 PM   #5
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Detonics Combatmaster .45ACP

My old Detonic's was the pistol you are talking about from my history. No tool box, but vehicle, fishing, off road 4-wheeling. Since I had it Cerakoted awhile back it is treated gently and carefully. It's been 100% reliable, state of the art for it's time, one of the first 3" barreled 1911's.
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Old 11-18-2019, 07:25 PM   #6
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kept a .177 sawed short (to just fit in drawer) rws pellet rifle in my toolbox back when working in the aircraft hanger..damn birds would crap everywhere
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North american arms .22 mag third drawer from the top...
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Old 11-19-2019, 05:42 AM   #8
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Tool box gun?

How about this one? It was a raging POS the day it was built, like a Kimber Solo x 10. It's no fun to shoot. The finish is good, but it's still ugly like Nancy Pelosi and Rosie O'Donnell's illegitimate love child. I wouldn't mind throwing this one in a tool box. One never knows when one might need an awful old handgun to drive some loose nails, to tighten the barbed wire on the fence, or to weight one's line on the next deep sea fishing trip.
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Old 11-19-2019, 08:32 AM   #9
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I keep my Glock 26 at my box when I am in the shop. Got a magnetic deal that holds it on the side of the box, near the wall. Unless you know its there you will not see it, but still very easy to access.
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I have a Rock Island .38 special that I bought new a few years ago for $149.00. About the only abuse it hasn't seen is being dragged behind the truck. It still shoots every time I pull the trigger.
Would love to see few pictures of it....got any?
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