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Posted - 04/30/2004 :  11:47:16 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
What does this mean? thanks

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Posted - 04/30/2004 :  12:15:02 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
This term is commonly used in referring to older firearms ( pre 1940 ) manufacturered in Spain & Belgium.

They were produced by a co-operative of small independent shops who made only certain specific parts. These were later assembled and finished at a central factory. When the guns were sold, the profits were distributed, accordingly.

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perry shooter
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Posted - 04/30/2004 :  7:07:43 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Hello a GUILD whether knifes guns jewelry etc is a group of craftmen who accept members only after they prove their work is up to their level some of the greatest gun are made by these people most are hand built.

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Posted - 04/30/2004 :  7:58:11 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Here are some examples of guild guns, specialist in different fields contribute their talents to a collective project for fund raisers and charity.....please wear a bib when viewing, keeps the drool off your monitor.

Edited by - Rembrandt on 04/30/2004 7:58:54 PM
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Posted - 04/30/2004 :  9:01:28 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote

This is one of the better and probably most simple explanations:

One explanation is, the gunmaking apprentices were required to make several examples of arms to exhibit their skill to the Guild examining board before the board would certify that they were qualified as gunsmiths. These are usually called "Guild guns" and are frequently unmarked as to the individual maker. Another source said that guild guns don't command very high prices due to their nature.

In essence, they were the final exams for entry into the gunmakers guild.

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Contender Man
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Posted - 05/01/2004 :  08:59:44 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
All of the above are correct answers ... it just depends on how the term is applied and/or the era the term is/was used in.

If you only have time to do two things so-so, or one thing well ... do the one thing!
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Posted - 05/01/2004 :  09:25:08 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Might be worthwhile to explain that the final product of the apprentice to be judged for admission to the guild is called a "Masterpiece".
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