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The Baby Boom Years

1946-1964

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A Golden Age

Featured Period: Post-War and Pre-64, which coincides with the Baby Boom Years of 1946-1964


Winchester Model 42 Double Diamond
1957 Winchester

Winchester made 160,000 Model 42 Slide Action .410 Shotguns during a thirty-year period from 1933 to 1963. The Winchester Model 42 is one of the most sought after and collected .410 shotguns of all time.

Savage Model 99 .250-3000
1949 Savage

This gun was customized with an A.O. Niedner steel butt plate and pistol grip cap on a Monte Carlo style stock. The stock and straight forearm are made of super high grade Walnut crotch wood and exhibit expert hand checkering.





1963 Colt Shotgun
1963 Colt

The Colt Custom Auto is a Semi-Automatic Shotgun that was made for Colt by Luigi Franchi in Italy from 1962 to 1966. This gun is a deluxe version of the Semi-Auto 12 Gauge Shotgun that features engraving and a higher grade wood than the Standard Model. Franchi produced 2,145 of these models.


1962 Colt Python
1962 Colt

The Colt Python was first introduced in 1955 as Colt's top-of-the-line model. The gun pictured here was made in 1962 and has the full barrel length hollow underlug. The first 50,000 to 75,000 Pythons all have a hollow lug. The first 99,999 Pythons produced have no letter in the serial number.





Names like Colt, Smith & Wesson, Browning, Remington, Winchester and Savage just to name a few, are brands that are recognized and renown around the world. In these pages I will share my guns with you.

The war’s end, followed by a sustained period of economic prosperity, was accompanied by a surge in population. The sheer size of the baby-boom generation (some 75 million) magnified its impact on society. The firstborn Baby Boomers were turning 18 years-old in 1964.

1946 Smith & Wesson K-22 serial number 250
1946 Smith & Wesson

This was the first production K-22 Masterpiece completed in 1946 and was used by the factory to showcase their K-22 line of revolvers. While held by the factory in the show case, it was updated with new features as they were developed, such as the target hammer, target trigger and special grips.

This gun was placed in the Sales Manager's office show case at the Smith & Wesson factory on February 4, 1947.

  1946 S&W Masterpiece

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