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Old 02-16-2012, 04:25 PM   #61
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As a poor Brit whose government has made it illegal to own a revolver, I have only used them half a dozen times overseas. So, please excuse my ignorance, but what is with using shotgun shells in the trigger guard in all the pics?
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Old 02-16-2012, 05:07 PM   #62
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Since no one posted a good ol' Highway Patrolman yet. This one is from around '75 That's Jig & Lure paint on the sight, shows up great.
If I was shooting for money, this is what I would bring out of my modest collection.



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Old 02-16-2012, 05:13 PM   #63
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As a poor Brit whose government has made it illegal to own a revolver, I have only used them half a dozen times overseas. So, please excuse my ignorance, but what is with using shotgun shells in the trigger guard in all the pics?
It's to prop the gun up to make it easier to get a better picture.
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Old 02-16-2012, 05:15 PM   #64
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As a poor Brit whose government has made it illegal to own a revolver, I have only used them half a dozen times overseas. So, please excuse my ignorance, but what is with using shotgun shells in the trigger guard in all the pics?
Just something convenient to prop the gun upright for a better photo.

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Old 02-16-2012, 05:18 PM   #65
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Since no one posted a good ol' Highway Patrolman yet. This one is from around '75 That's Jig & Lure paint on the sight, shows up great.
If I was shooting for money, this is what I would bring out of my modest collection.
I always liked the N-frame .357s but never found one for a good enough deal to buy. I have had several .44 cal N frames, currently an 8 3/8 Model 29, and a 4" Model 624.
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Old 02-16-2012, 05:24 PM   #66
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OK fellers, today's tidbit on the K Frame I was axin' about:

Model 686 Combat Magnum
.357 cal
4"
Finish 'S' - Satin Stainless
Stock 'TS'
Features: RRWO
Red Ramp
has Packmeyer (sp?) grips currently, still have original grips in original box

Buddy says he is thinking he bought it in the late 80's - early 90's.

What say you?

Thanks again.
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Old 02-16-2012, 05:37 PM   #67
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Back when I subscribed to Guns and Ammo at about age 14 in the mid 70's, I really fell in love with the old Blackhawks. Never owned one for the longest time but one day here in Hamilton I stroll into the Trading Post and here's a 3 screw Super Blackhawk for real reasonable money, around 325 bucks if I remember right. I ran home and got the least-needed gun in the safe for a trade-in, which was an SKS that I really didn't need nor shoot much.

I took it home, and it is a honey. Wonderful trigger, quality workmanship and blueing, overall an admirable piece.



I immediately began reloading 44, and found it to be a very versatile cartridge. The Super is accurate and has served me very well for many years now.



However, the stylistic bits which give it such a distinctive look (square trigger guard and dragoon grips) make it uncomfortable to shoot. Beats my middle finger up and really rotates upward. I looked high and low for rubber aftermarket grips, and never found any---the new model SBH grips don't fit these. Well one day my father in law says he has one of these too, and is selling it. But, he has a set of rubber grips he'd bought way back in the day, and gave them to me for loading him up some .357 shells. I put them on, and though it's not as pretty as it is with the wood, it is really nice to shoot now. I love this thing.

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Old 02-16-2012, 05:38 PM   #68
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OK fellers, today's tidbit on the K Frame I was axin' about:

Model 686 Combat Magnum
.357 cal
4"
Finish 'S' - Satin Stainless
Stock 'TS'
Features: RRWO
Red Ramp
has Packmeyer (sp?) grips currently, still have original grips in original box

Buddy says he is thinking he bought it in the late 80's - early 90's.

What say you?

Thanks again.
Ah, not a K frame at all, but an L. The L frame was built by S&W to be a slightlier beefier version of the K, presumably more durable and capable of digesting a steady diet of magnum loads. Not a thing wrong with them. Hard to put a value on it without knowing condition, but you said yesterday it was pretty good. If it's 98% I'd call it worth $450-500. Nice guns, they have a full lug barrel and a nice balance, but are a bit heavier than a K.
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Old 02-16-2012, 05:43 PM   #69
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My old buddy Brian came over from Washington a couple years back, and we went out shooting. He'd brought an early model Blackhawk in .357 that his Dad had purchased new in the mid to late 60's. His Dad immediately went to work polishing on the thing, and spend many hours doing so. It had maybe a couple of boxes of shells through it. I had the honor of shooting a few cylinders through it, and was immediately in great love. It handles so well and shoots wonderfully, and with mid-power loads moves in your hand just as tender as a mother's love.





I would love to duplicate one like this for myself.
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Old 02-16-2012, 05:56 PM   #70
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Ah, not a K frame at all, but an L. The L frame was built by S&W to be a slightlier beefier version of the K, presumably more durable and capable of digesting a steady diet of magnum loads. Not a thing wrong with them. Hard to put a value on it without knowing condition, but you said yesterday it was pretty good. If it's 98% I'd call it worth $450-500. Nice guns, they have a full lug barrel and a nice balance, but are a bit heavier than a K.
I'm gonna hafta call out my buddy on his own gun. This ought to be good. Either way, definitely worth a touch more than the local gun shop offer of $200, along with the standard "Well, them guns ain't all that popular anymore..." pitch.

Thanks. Will post up a pic if I can get him to send me one. Will post a better pic if he let's me buy it for a decent price.
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Old 02-16-2012, 06:19 PM   #71
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Nice Super Blackhawk and Blackhawk, ShadyRascal. I rember that back in the late 60s-early 70s I really wanted the SB, loved the squared off dragoon style trigger guard. Fortunately, I had the opportunity to shoot one before I dropped money on it! Stylistically it was a fabulous touch, but in practical terms, not so much. I still think they're beautiful.

I find that the Blackhawk or Vaqueros are plenty stout for 357, even a steady diet of magnums. I have a New Vaquero, and while they are lighter than the originals or the Blackhawks, recoil, while snappy, isn't harsh as the grip causes the gun to roll. Not ideal for quick follow-up shots, but you can get used to it and shoot them fairly rapidly.

Thanks for your contributions to the thread. Keep 'em coming 'til you run out of wheelguns!
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Old 02-16-2012, 06:23 PM   #72
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A great go-to gun. Realized all I had was big long barrel things, so one day I tells Mrs Shady I want a smaller 357 for Christmas. I somehow sell this idea, and we trot together down to Bob Ward's. I look over the short barrel 5 shot Smith, and the Ruger SP 101. Last minute decision goes to the Ruger, durability and toughness gave it the nod. I immediately put the Hogue grips on it and it fits my hand very well.

Got my CCW with this revolver. I was the only wheelgunner in the class. Shot it so well the instructor told me to start taking head shots at the silhouette :)

I've shot ground squirrels, grouse, put down a few deer, all kinds of things with it. When it's the easy one to keep in the truck or backpack, it gets used. One day the action started getting sticky and I had Dan Coffin down here go through and slick things up along with a lighter spring. DA is nearly Smith quality, very smooth and pleasant. This thing is tough as a railroad spike too.



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That also has a frame mounted firing pin, right? Somehow the color case hardened hammer and trigger look cool, and out of place at the same time. I also prefer the lines of the earlier gins, like mine:


Yes, it has the frame mounted firing pin. I agree, the color case-hardening on the trigger & hammer of a stainless gun seems a little out of character. And what is doubly weird is the fact that the parts are MIM!

The 6" 66 is great. My dad had a 6" 19 and when he passed in '07 he left his dozen or so guns to me, but I didn't feel right keeping them all for myself so picked out three that I wanted most and then distributed the rest amongst my sibs and neices/nephews. My sister who lives in southern CA wanted a revolver that she could shoot, so I suggested the 19. We took it to the range and she shot it and loved it, so it became hers. I really like the balance and feel of the old square-butt 6" 19/66s. Someday..... Here's a pic of her shooting it before hauling it off to California. I tried to convince her that the finger on the front of the trigger-guard wasn't the way-to-go, but she wouldn't listen.....

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A great go-to gun. Realized all I had was big long barrel things, so one day I tells Mrs Shady I want a smaller 357 for Christmas. I somehow sell this idea, and we trot together down to Bob Ward's. I look over the short barrel 5 shot Smith, and the Ruger SP 101. Last minute decision goes to the Ruger, durability and toughness gave it the nod. I immediately put the Hogue grips on it and it fits my hand very well.

Got my CCW with this revolver. I was the only wheelgunner in the class. Shot it so well the instructor told me to start taking head shots at the silhouette :)

I've shot ground squirrels, grouse, put down a few deer, all kinds of things with it. When it's the easy one to keep in the truck or backpack, it gets used. One day the action started getting sticky and I had Dan Coffin down here go through and slick things up along with a lighter spring. DA is nearly Smith quality, very smooth and pleasant. This thing is tough as a railroad spike too.
10-4 on the SP101. I picked one up about a year and a half ago and have shot it some. I'd like to have the trigger tuned a bit for sure, and it also needs some dehorning in a few spots as it smarts a bit with full-house mags, but it's damned tough and shoots pretty well. I keep it in my truck.

Deer put-down story.....just a week or so before Xmas I came on a car-deer crash. The car was smashed up and parked on the side of the road, and the deer was in the ditch kicking and thrashing. Three young teenage boys dashed across the road and one of them started repeatedly and ineffectively stabbing the deer with a Swiss Army knife. I got out the SP, walked over, told the boys to get behind me, and finished the deer. I then turned around and sternly told them what a bunch of s they were, then called FWP and the MHP, reported the incident and left my name and number, and went on my way. I am mildly surprised I never heard from anyone in the aftermath.

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Old 02-16-2012, 07:16 PM   #75
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Revolvers I've had a bunch. They come they go. I can't seem to part with this one.

Ruger Alaskan 454 Casull/45 Colt.



It is great fun to shoot 45 Colt's through it around my home and in my woods. It feels very good in my average sized hands. But whenever I go climbing or 4 wheeling in Montana this thing always rides in a cheap fanny pack that I wear in front. Loaded with the 300 gr CorBon's in 454. I have friends that always ask to shoot it. They only seem to shoot it once.

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