I have handled a Chicago palm pistol before.a kid in my boy scout troop had one and brought it to one of our survival meetings. they are very unique. although chambered in .32 acp, they held enough firepower to be a viable defence gun. we all wanted to shoot it but his father knew that it was too valuable a collector piece (even back in the '60 s) to let a bunch of kids shoot.
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Not so odd, but unique in how I got it, is my Savage 23 .22 rifle. My dad's dad (I never knew him, he died in 1943) was a game warden in the Cleveland area. In the late 1930's, he was afield and heard some shooting. He came across some kids, who, seeing him, threw the gun down and ran. He gave it to my dad, who gave it to me.
I have what I think could be considered an "odd" .22 rifle...
Stamped "North America Arms - Toronto Canada" it's chambered in 22LR and is
a single shot bolt action. A friend gave it to me many years ago and I thought it
was worthless, mostly because of the condition it was in - PATHETIC!
It had been sitting in a leaky shed, barrel up, for more than 20 years and was
rusted solid when I got it. Amazingly, WD-40 and kerosene eventually freed the
bolt, and 0000 steel wool soaked in kerosene actually brought back ALL the
bluing! I did lightly sand and oil the stock. The odd part is, I can find no
information at all on this amazingly accurate little gem! I put a cheap 22 scope on
it 'cause I had it on hand, but it deserves better!
Here's a few shots: (And note, it's AMERICA, not AMERICAN)
When I moved into my grandparent's house long ago, I found a Winchester .22 Automatic rifle that we didn't even know they had. That was the caliber, .22 Win. Auto, not .22 short, long or long rifle. Even had some ammo for it, odd stuff. It was very weak. You could fire it and then listen for the impact, at 50 yds. I ended up giving the rifle to my oldest brother, he still has it.
The OEM drum mag alone sells for over $200 nowadays...but you can get aftermarket drums for 79.98 at Numrich.
The Bingham LTD, EMF, Jaeger Kassnar, KBI, Mitchell, Pietta, RUKO, PPS/50's are all VERY similar,
whether or not they were made as a House Brand and sold thru those folks is up for grabs.
They DO, however, share the same mags.
I'd love to see a side-by-side comparison of the guts to see what they share & what they don't.
Big headache with these is they could go full-auto on ya if a certain part was worn...accidently or intentionally.
So be careful when you get one...check it out REAL GOOD. Last thing ya want is the ATF crawlin up yer tailpipe...
A Mosin Nagant .22 trainer. Thousands of the 7.62X54R military rifles were converted to .22 rimfire trainers. I purchased one from a pawn shop several years ago. It was a clever design modification but mine was not very accurate and as Col. Whelen once said: "Only accurate rifles are interesting". So, I sold it to a military collector that went ape over it.
Oh, boy - is MY face red!!! There I was "assuming" again. LOL
I just took a closer look at the beastie. Yes, it's a Bingham PPs-50,
but this one apparently is made in Italy! "Flli Pietta" and imported by
Bingham, Ltd. of Atlanta, Ga. From there it was imported by RUKO
Canada (and so stamped.)
It's really hard to photograph the stamping in nickle finish! But you can
make it out.
As I said, this one has never been fired - it's been kept in its original
box since the mid-to-late eighties when I bought it.
Here it is with the 50 round drum as well as the 30 round stick:
OH - I've also read that the innards of these things were very similar
to the Charter Arms AR7 Explorer survival rifle. I think it was an early
copy of FirePower magazine where I saw this.
Erma Luger lookalike 22 pistol - toggle action with a propensity to stovepipe
I had one in 1968 or 69 in Oregon Bob, bought from my neighbor buddy, was almost new, never FTF i loved it, years later back in CA. i traded it...dang!
But just this week i came across a strange .22 in excellent shape, came home and Googled it and Whoa that was $20 well spent here's one like it till i can post pics, I M C 2 Russian trainer i think. Will have Mooseman check it and ah another odd one out on the appraisal form, pics of it will be coming soon,