Ballard A-1 Mid Range Rifle – Our GOTD was one of the best target arms made by the Marlin Company from 1878 to 1880. It was also one of the few guns fellow shooters didn’t have to ask – “what are you shooting”? Nicely engraved on each side of the receiver are the model designation and we wonder why the company didn’t include the caliber in big letters as well. For the curious – this single-shot rifle is a .40/63.
Ruger 10-22 International Rifle – Fitted with a full-length walnut Mannlicher style stock, this 10-shot Ruger .22 was part of the first production run from 1966 to 1969. Somehow this version didn’t catch on, and it wasn’t until 1994 that another batch was to be made. Style-wise, we can confirm that this European patterned gun is a piece that attracts a good bit of attention on display.
Chuck Yeager’s Beretta – Sometimes, our GOTD just has all the right stuff. As the first human to break the sound barrier in his experimental Bell X-1 craft in 1947, General Yeager’s 60-year flying career spanned from prop airplanes to jets. This engraved and gold-washed Beretta M1935 pistol was reportedly given to Yeager by a Cuban minister of defense after a flight demonstration. Over a half million of these .32 caliber handguns were made from 1935 to 1967.