Show us your handguns

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  1. Drycreek

    Drycreek Well-Known Member

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    Cat, my shoulders and eyesight won’t let me shoot a vertical bow worth a flip anymore, and I don’t like crossbows much, so I’m gonna scratch my up-close-and-personal itch with handguns I guess. I hunted with them quite a bit before I took up bow hunting and enjoyed it.
    About the going broke part, if I bought every one I liked I would be broke too. Nothing is quite as beautiful as a fine single action revolver to me. Double actions are fine too, and single shots make more sense for accurate shooting I guess, but single actions trip my trigger !
     
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    I just want 1 of every "type" that I like... 1 Glock, 1 snubnose, 1 1911, 1 single action, etc. It'll break me! :)
     
  3. Drycreek

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    Hell, you can’t take it with you !:)
     
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    I thought my gun habit was expensive... until I got my land.
     
  6. Drycreek

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    Well boys, this ain’t exactly a new bull in the herd, but it has had a cosmetic and utilitarian upgrade. This Ruger Flattop .44 Special was born with the plowhandle grip much like the Colt Single Action Army. That grip leaves my pinky dangling off the bottom of the grip. They must have had smaller hands in 1873 ! o_O A fellow in Corpus Christi makes oversized grips and I figured that might be the answer to my problem. I chose some in holly because they look a lot like ivory (which I cannot afford) :eek: and I think they look good on a dark blue revolver. The proof is in the shootin’ though, and I hope they will encourage me to shoot this pretty little gal more than I have. 113E657D-3ACE-4AFE-BD73-E9F91A1A5333.jpeg
     
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    Nice looking pistol.


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    Beautiful wood. And I like white grips, especilly pearl and stag horn. Do those grips have a little less toe than the factory grips? I was thinking th factory grips were slightly more plow grip style?
     
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    That gun is after my heart! I was at the gun shop just a day ago looking at single actions. You've got a nice one!

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    MM, if you look closely you can see that they extend down beyond the grip frame on the bottom. Front strap and back strap are are uncovered but the bottom of the grips are extended. It makes a LOT of difference in the feel. The .44 Special at normal velocities is not a hard recoiling load, but I may push mine a little harder than the older loads. Rugers are strong revolvers and will take a little bit warmer loads than most. I’m not gonna hotrod it though, that’s what a .44 mag is for.
     
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    I love single action army pistols. I've always wanted to get a collection of the old weapons that saw duty from the civil war through Vietnam. But those guys command a pretty penny, and i've been unloading stuff outta my safe to free up cash for habitat toys. One thing I haven't sold is my single action armys. I picked up a couple of these over the years. I bought the 4 3/4 in stainless with a walnut handle, and I've got the 7 1/2 in the finish shown in this pic. Cimarron (what I have) makes damn nice replicas of these weapons.

    I bought the short one to try to learn gun spinning. Lots of thuds on the floor at my old apartment while I was learning that.

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  12. Drycreek

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    The Single Action Army was the wheel reinvented, it was that important IMO. Too bad Sam Colt didn’t live to see its manufacture and how popular it became. If you believe tv westerns, everyone was armed with a Colt .45, but there were actually lots of different brands and variations on Sam’s theme. Some were good, but none were better. The SAA was chambered in .45 Colt, 44-40, 38-40, and 32-20 to name the most popular. Cimmaron sells a very good Colt clone, true to the black powder tradition.
     
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    I carry the Ruger around the farm a good bit. The Marlin is my farm deer rifle. Both are in .357.

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    I believe 44-40 was used more than the .45 Colt, because there were more rifles chambered in it than .45 at the time. There was also two different .45 pistol calibers back then and why, at the time, one was designated Long Colt.


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  15. Drycreek

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    You are right, Winchester never chambered the old rifles in .45 Colt, so if you wanted to carry one type cartridge for rifle and revolver, you were limited to 44-40, 38-40, 32-20 and so on. The 44-40, also called the 44 WCF was probably the most popular revolver round.

    The other .45 you refer to was the .45 Schofield, originally chambered in a S&W break top revolver. The Schofield would chamber in the Colt but not vice versa, kinda like .38 Special and .357 Magnum is today. The Schofield revolver actually made more sense for the cavalry because you could unload all casings at once with one hand, pretty handy off a running horse, but military minds, (in Washington D. C. offices I suspect, not in the field) prevailed and the Colt Single Action Army remained the official sidearm of the troops. The Schofield cartridge was a little anemic compared to the Colt, so......maybe not a bad deal after all.
     
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    (L,M,R)- .45 colt, .45 S&W Schofield, modern .45 Colt(Long Colt). The modern .45 Colt falls in between the 2 on length. I bought a couple of “Cartridges of the World” books to look at and read. It’s amazing how/why/when some of these cartridges were invented/designed and why some made it and others didn’t. Good books to have on the shelf if you don’t own any of them. Get the most current one you can find. I bought 2, because the first one was missing a few newer cartridges of the time(.204 Ruger, some WSM and WSSM).
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  17. Drycreek

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    Gonna be a new filly in the stable guys ! I don’t have it yet, but it’s on the way. 894776A4-6FD5-432A-992C-C865C57C0BBD.jpeg
     
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    Damn it Drycreek, why do you do this to me!?! I so bad want a short barrel vaquero and a drop loop belt/holster.

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  19. Drycreek

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    Just my winning personality Cat ! :) Truth is, my bowhunting days are over, so the handguns are gonna come into play more often now. This new-to-me one is a .41 magnum, which will probably be my most used revolver. Since I’m not rich, I’m gonna have to sell one of my .44s to ease the pain. o_O I’ll be sending it off to Bobby Tyler to get an action job and possibly shortening the barrel to 5.5” instead of the stock 6.5” that’s on it. New grips will be mandatory, the same type as on the .44 Special above, but different wood. I don’t have the money to blow on a full bore custom job, but those modifications will make it more to my liking. Hope she’s a shooter !
     
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    That's not full blown custom? What else would you do to it... you know... if you were made of money?

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