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Young Guns: 1959

Young Guns: 1959

From Columbus, Georgia, or vicinity circa 1959 comes this uncaptioned shot of a guy and his guns, all ready for a well-regulated sleepover. 4x5 inch acetate negative from the Shorpy News Photo Archive. View full size.


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Browning A5

I have same shotgun.
Circa 1930s is mine.
Best shotgun ever owned. Reliable is an understatement.
At the range when shooting skeet or trap some of the weekenders with their $3,000 over and under Italian jobs notice how easy I can smoke them in any competition.

Goose Neck

I like the lamp.

Auto 5

The "Auto 5" could also be a Remington Model 11.

Mystery Springfield

That mystery Springfield could be one of those parts guns made by Bannerman. It's unusual in that the nose cap is missing and barrel bands are not correctly spaced for the post Civil War patterns. The early ramrod adds to the confusion. A view of the muzzle would give us a clue if we could see the front sight (or if the front sight is missing). Either way, this fellow would have been fast friends with my father.

The gun on the floor

I believe is a Marlin Model 80 (22 caliber) rifle. I had one like it as a boy, my first of many rifles.

More on the Trapdoor

Checking one of my reference books: IF the ramrod is correct for this rifle, this kid would be in the $$$$ today. It would have been a Model 1865. These were converted muzzle-loading muskets that would fire a .50 cal cartridge that was loaded from the breech (the top rear of the barrel was cut open and a 'trapdoor' attached). The model was too complicated and didn't last long. The Model 1866 was much simpler and easy to manufacture. The Trapdoor would go thru several changes, and be the dominate US shoulder weapon until the advent of the Krag bolt-action rifle adopted in 1892. Missing from the rifle pictured are the nose cap at the end of the fore-stock and the upper band.

Relic collection

Cool collection kid!
1)Browning Auto 5 (probably 20 ga)
2)Arisaka 44 carbine (Dad bring it back from the war?)
3)Civil War souvenir (likely 58 caliber) Muzzle loader--trap door mechanism is not visible and the ramrod is still present. Maybe a musketoon or a cut down musket--either way, I wouldn't shoot it.
4)JC Higgins Sears Roebuck and Co Model 30 .22 LR
5)Pump action air rifle (.22 or .177 caliber pellets) probably a Crossssman or Benjamin.
6)On floor, Possibly a Winchester Mod 67 or 68 .22 caliber single shot rifle.
7)In his hand--looks like a cap gun.

Kid, finger off the trigger

-- until you're ready to shoot, and don't point that at anything you're not willing to destroy. Thankfully, I'm betting that's a cap gun and Dad, who judging by the Arisaka just might be a Marine, has some time to teach him gun safety.

The second one from the right looks an awful lot like my Marlin Model 60, except 1959 would be a bit too early for that, and the stock is wrong. It almost looks like the butt/shoulder piece comes off for storage. Otherwise, it's a .22 or thereabouts tube-fed semi-auto like the Marlin.

The one on the far right appears to be an air rifle/BB gun. He'll put his eye out with that one.

1959 High School Rifle Club

We kids took rifles on the school bus on days when the high school rifle club had a meet with another school.

NJ, 10 miles from NYC.


The trapdoor looks bad, but all three on the left look pretty rough, the two on the right (leaning) look almost new.

The bayonet is a nice piece, you never know when the Huns are going to go over the top.

Nice Arsenal

I guessing on these, by no means the expert. I know that others will be. The far left might be a Browning A5 shotgun. Next is a Japanese Model 44 "Arisaka" carbine. To right of that seems to be a Civil War musket of some sort. Might be a carbine also since it seems to be a two band rifle of some sort. Not sure on any of the others.

Wouldn't mind having that collection today, though. Lucky kid. Wonder if he still has them.


Ref GarandFan - you're right, more than likely a Trapdoor. I really can't tell, but makes sense.


Junior evidently has a WWII souvenir from his Dad: 2nd from the left is a Japanese Arisaka Type 44 Cavalry Rifle. Nice Trapdoor rifle (third from the left), but it appears to be in "wall-hanger" condition.

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