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PostSubject: Self-control Failure   August 20th 2016, 9:38 am

I shouldn't have, but I went for a visit to my local gun shop.
There it sat, gleaming in the artificial light, calling to me.

I haven't purchased a cartridge firearm for some time. My complete focus has been on traditional muzzleloaders. However, I do confess to a love for 1911 pistols and good revolvers.
Laying there in the display case was a Talo modified S&W 686 plus in 357 mag with a 3" barrel. This is the S&W that holds 7 rounds in an "L" frame, heavy revolver (38.5 ounces). It was clothed in special Talo, wood grips, stone honed trigger mechanism and other modifications.
This now sits in my safe:

For just aesthetics, I simply prefer 1911's and revolvers to modern, polymer firearms. Oh, I have had my share of Springfield XD's, Glocks, Kahrs, etc., but I much prefer those Browning designed 1911's and revolvers.
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PostSubject: Re: Self-control Failure   August 20th 2016, 10:17 am

Ron.......Sweet!.........Clair's conceal carry is a Taurus .38 snubby.......she call's it her "Cagney and Lacy" gun............My c.c. is a XD, XDS and a LCP........which I sometimes refer to my"Star Wars" guns. alien

I too like the 1911 and more historical guns.....but my XD hits what ever I point at. Very Happy

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PostSubject: Re: Self-control Failure   August 20th 2016, 11:01 am

If I were to carry this L frame 357, it would drag my pants down and I would look like a gang wannabe. Shocked Smile 
I have a 12 and a 19 oz, polymer frame pistols for carry. Much more comfortable than a 2 lb gun like the  S&W 686. When I am hiking in the mountains with my wife, Jane, and there are ornery 4 and 2 legged critters to consider, then the 686 is appealing to carry.
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PostSubject: Re: Self-control Failure   August 20th 2016, 11:44 am

I bought the following for packing in "big bear" country.......which is less than an hour's drive!
This is my "horse/mule" pistol for carrying only when mounted. Virginian Dragoon .44 mag. This stainless steel version was a steal, especially with real stag grips.

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PostSubject: Re: Self-control Failure   August 20th 2016, 1:44 pm

Looks like we both enjoy single actions. I don't worry about "big bears" around here, but if I was concerned, I have a Ruger Super Blackhawk in 44 mag.
When a grad student and I were doing some studies on the Gulkana River in Alaska, we had a government appointed guide with a 458 Winmag. And that was just for the mosquitoes! Very Happy
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PostSubject: Re: Self-control Failure   August 20th 2016, 3:44 pm

Ron..........I got a 12ga riot gun I also take when I have a camp full of youngsters. Cool

Speaking of revolvers...my latest acquisition. Before and after I aged it!


'72 Open Top .38 special

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PostSubject: Re: Self-control Failure   August 20th 2016, 4:51 pm

Excellent!
Looks like it is a cartridge conversion, as well - or did it start out as a cartridge gun.

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PostSubject: Re: Self-control Failure   August 20th 2016, 5:20 pm

The Colt "72 Open Top" revolvers were the bridge between "cartridge conversion" revolvers and the '73 Single Action Army. They weren't conversions but actually built in the factory using either Navy or Army frames . If I remember correctly, fired a .44 Colt rim fire. Also if I remember correctly Colt wasn't able to build a stronger revolver with a top strap, due to patents Remington had with the top strap on their '58 model. The patents run out and they introduced the SAA in .45 Colt.

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PostSubject: Re: Self-control Failure   August 20th 2016, 5:45 pm

Aha! I can see the top strap on my 1858 Remington that caused the patent problems.
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PostSubject: Re: Self-control Failure   August 23rd 2016, 1:52 pm

RonC, you are a very bad influence... 

I have been determined not to buy any new guns for a while because I went hog wild last year. 
But, there you go and buy a fun new toy! It's like eating pizza in front of me when I am on a diet! 
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Doug, you have too many neat toys. You need to send me a few just to keep you out of trouble. 
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PostSubject: Re: Self-control Failure   August 23rd 2016, 2:03 pm

"RonC, you are a very bad influence... "
Many a parent of a young woman said the same thing about me when I was young. Twisted Evil Very Happy

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PostSubject: Re: Self-control Failure   August 23rd 2016, 3:56 pm

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Doug, you have too many neat toys. You need to send me a few just to keep you out of trouble. 

I'm blessed to have a few....but it took me till I was "suddenly" old to get everything you see except the Sharps.....and it took a cash settlement from an auto-pedestrian accident to finally be able to afford it...and the "Business" model was only $625 back in those days. Very Happy

If I send them to you.....will you be able to stay out of trouble?.......I have a counter measure a "5' 7" red headed Brit, who keeps me out of trouble! t up

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PostSubject: Re: Self-control Failure   August 23rd 2016, 7:39 pm

At RonC... 
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Doug, I have a wife. I am not allowed to get into trouble.

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PostSubject: Re: Self-control Failure   August 23rd 2016, 8:07 pm

I carry a Glock on duty but I am a wheel gun person at heart. Sometimes Pam and I just take our revolvers to the range and shoot beside all the semi-automatics. We don't have to chase our brass, just open the cylinder and push them out. While I qualify with my Glock, some of my best combat range scores have been with my SW revolvers. I love anything in a .45.

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PostSubject: Re: Self-control Failure   August 23rd 2016, 8:18 pm

My son carries a Springfield XDm as his duty weapon, with either the XD compact or a small Glock for backup. I can always tell when he stops over at our home because there will be 2 boxes of FMJ 9 mm missing from my ammo storage. It has become a tradition for me to try to hide the 9 mm and for him to find it.
He practices shooting all the time, and I am glad for it. A case of 1000 (make that 900 because I steal back the 2 boxes Twisted Evil ) doesn't last all that long.
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