More of my Father’s legacy

Going through some paper work got me to thinking about my Father’s legacy.

As many of you know, my father passed away in March of this year. I was able to get to really know him since 2006,  something that was greatly appreciated since we were basically estranged for many years.

I learned about his passion for hunting and his generosity and he was able to learn about my committment to keeping my family safe and preserving our right to keep and bear arms.

I know that Dad gave away two rifles before he moved back to Texas. A hunting rifle that he left with a grand-nephew who was his hunting partner for many years in Louisiana. He also gave away a .22 rifle that I remember from my youth. He gave it to a great grand nephew who he taught to shoot on it.

Some of the firearms, I’ve talked about in the past and highlighted part of his legacy here.
(I didn’t realize how bad the pictures of the Ruger were until I looked again. I promise to re-do them.)

Now firearms aren’t the only thing that he left, he left a legacy of service in the U.S. Air Force. That is something that I shared with him. He left a legacy of Scouting experience, something else that I share with him.

But photographs fade away, memories become jumbled and lost in years not to mention generations.

The firearms he left behind though will be around for decades or longer if we care for them.

I have to take today’s firearm in to a gun smith. While shooting it the firing pin retaining plate broke. The replacement I found online doesn’t work correctly. Apparently, as things happen,  things changed during the run of the product.

After I get it repaired, I’ll probably retire this pistol although at one point I was going to use it as a carry piece.

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This is an Armi Tanfoglio  GT380 Single Action Semi-Auto Pistol – .380 ACP Caliber imported by Excam in the 1980s when my father purchased it. It has a 3-3/4″ Barrel overall length just under 7.5″ and 4.75″ hieght. Adjustable rear sight, fixed post front sight. – Thumb Safety and Firing pin Safety. I purchased several other magazines to go with the 2-7 round magazines that Dad had.

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This is one of the type of “transfers” gun control advocates want to stop. I think my father was fully capable of deciding if I was the type of person who should own firearms without running a background check.

I want to pass along these firearms, well into the future, to my kids. These are a lasting legacy, a memory that can be kept fresh through generations. Gun Control advocates say they are trying to prevent crime, but this is the reality of many “private transfers”.

Shouldn’t the laws we enact have to be proven to impact the criminals more then the law abiding?

Shouldn’t the laws based on existing state statutes, have to show they impact crime?

I’m a gun owner, like my father before me. I want to preserve our rights for my kids and their kids. Never doubt that I will use all legal, ethical and moral means to do so.

Please join the discussion.

10 Responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Thomas on 20.10.09 at 07:30

    My Great Grandfather was a circuit rider Evangelical United Methodist Minister with 7 churches at one point. I’m glad I managed to inherit his vest pocket pistol and coach 12 he also used to hunting as well as protecting the tithes.

    When my Grandfather died, one of the anti-gun aunts took his .38 Police Special (He’d been mayor and chief of police of a small town for 24 years) and got rid of it somehow. Nobody will tell me which did it or what happened to it. He used to take that out every Sunday evening and flean her up and check his ammunition long after he was mayor/COP. I’m still angry that somebody decided I couldn’t have that legacy too.

    I was lucky that I had Great Grandfather’s guns at gunsmith college doing minor repairs and refurbishment when my grandfather died or I do not think I’d have them today and they would have met the same un-known fate. In a way I realize one or both of the aunts were just stupid and misguided, but there’s a part of my heart that will never let me entirely forgive them.

    My grandpa was perfectly happy sending the guns to me to refurbish, I’m sure he would have liked for me to inherit them.

    On a positive note, cousin Cannon, the newest addition to boomer lad family, and yes, his momma let dad name him that, is getting a rifle made by me for him. Mom says I don’t know how to do baby gifts. I hope he enjoys it and passes it on to further kin when it’s his time, dad can enjoy it before he’s old enough. It’s not for his dad lacking firearms, as we’re pretty close on arsenals and building things. I’d just like him to have it from the Texas wing of the scattered Montanans.

  2. Posted by Weer'd Beard on 20.10.09 at 07:30

    My Father grew up a Farm boy, and with that he had a .22 rifle and a shotgun. Sadly he never much enjoyed shooting so the guns got tucked in his basement until they rusted solid. He gave the shotgun away to somebody who allegedly fixed it up. I’m curious how well it turned out. The rifle is a piece of junk.

    Thankfully I DO have my Father-in-Law’s hunting rifle that was his father’s farm rifle. So some family history can be preserved.

    Neat little gun you have there. Looks like a Beretta clone of some sort.

  3. Posted by Bob S. on 20.10.09 at 07:30


    Close Tanfoglio is an Italian company like Beretta. I’m not saying how much their designs are influenced by the competition.

    Sorry to hear that your father didn’t care for the firearms. That is a shame. There aren’t many things in the world that will last as long.

  4. Posted by Thomas on 20.10.09 at 07:30

    Tanfoglio and Beretta are peas in a pod as far as designs. They both essentially made a lot of their living over the years as arsenals for the Italian Military and Police and there were a lot of designers and designs swapped back and forth and/or built by both in different variants. For the historical record…Tanfoglio started out producing parts for gun companies, not guns, in Italy even. So you can see how the overlaps in design occurred. They also have built things under license.

  5. Posted by Jose on 20.10.09 at 07:30


  6. Posted by Bob S. on 20.10.09 at 07:30


    The ammunition for the Excam GT380 is standard .380ACP.

    I’ve used regular full metal jacketed rounds and hollow points in this pistol.

  7. […] very firearms my Father gave me before he passed away would now have to be transferred through a licensed dealer. […]

  8. Posted by Romeo L on 20.10.09 at 07:30

    I have the same pistol, given to me by a old friend who has since passed away. I have only 1 magazine for it. I’d like to buy some more, where did you find them. I have searched but can not find any. Thank you for your help.

  9. Posted by Bob S. on 20.10.09 at 07:30


    Email sent

  10. Posted by Henry on 20.10.09 at 07:30

    I have an Excam Mod GT 38C .380 caliber pistol but I need replacement trigger and firing pin safeties plus the recoil spring guide and recoil spring. Any ideas where they can be purchased?