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    Quote Originally Posted by Oyeboten View Post
    I'd agree...

    And for the 20th Century, I'd say the Colt m1911 / Government Model.

    So...Colt seems to be the winner for both Centuries of course!
    If we're gonna talk 20th century, then I will submit the Browning M-2 50 caliber machine gun.
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    Nobody has mentioned the Webley revolvers which saw vastly more action that any other revolver. Although looking at long arms the development of the Minie cartridge in rifled muskets changed warfare.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mosby View Post
    I’d say that you’re preaching to the choir.

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    Although , my true love is a somewhat newer version that Colt has blessed me with ; I seldom go to bed without , at least , looking at it. It's time has truly "come and gone" but I can never shake the "love" I have developed for this unique handgun and cartridge combination ! I attach pics of my "Beauty"...………(1911 .38 super)
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    [QUOTE=Rick Bowles; What caliber?

    44 Russian
    Front target sight only
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    Hereby nominated for 1st Place in the "Best Not-A-Colt" category, the 1890 Remington.

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    The best at what?

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    Colt SAA? The best firearm of the XIXth Century?

    Not by a long shot.

    Ever heard of a fellow named Hiram Maxim?

    I won't even go into artillery.

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    The Forsyth Patent Gun Company was formed 1808. Later the name was changed to Forsyth & Co in 1809. Doctor Alexander John Forsyth and his invention of the percussion gun it was the greatest step forward since the invention of gun powder and the most important development since firearms were first made some four hundred years before. His invention came to him when out duck shooting he noticed that the ducks would dive under the water when they saw the flash of the powder in his flint lock pan. It is of interest to note that Pauly of France and are said Prelat to have carried out the inventions around the same time. Numerous plans were soon devised in Europe and America. Samuel Colt then brought the Paterson percussion revolver out some 30 years later. So the best fire arm of the 19th Century in my book goes to a Scottish Minister who formed Forsyth & Co, hand gun and rifle maker. Colt being next with his 5 shot Paterson revolver, also the Eli Whitney Walker revolver which is very much credited to early USA arms history.

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    Well, an argument can be made for the ugly Mosin-Nagant, due to its ruggedness, its military use in three centuries, its ubiquitous nature, the sheer number made by numerous nations and the fact that its caliber exceeds the .308 almost 60 years prior.

    It is rumored that Soviet General Aleksei Antonov said of the Mosin Nagant: "это лучшее боевое орудие, когда-либо разработанное!", roughly, "It is the best battle implement ever devised!"

    OK, I made that up.
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