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Opinion: The 2020 Colt Python

We’ve all heard the rumors for years. And now it seems they are coming to fruition. Colt Firearms is re-releasing the Python series of revolvers.  Right off the bat, I think it’s a good business move and they will sell truck loads of them. But the collectors are already crying.  You see…as someone who actually lived through the Colt Python …

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S&W Model 10-8 

So has anyone else picked up one of the model 10’s that have been flowing back into the country? Personally I have been keeping an eye on Model 10’s for quite some time.  In particular I wanted:  Used. Heavy Barrel. Bobbed Hammer. 4” Barrel. AIM Surplus was blowing some out and the price was just too good to not give …

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POTD – Manurhin MR88

Centerfire Systems in Kentucky sent out an e-mail this week blowing out their Manurhin MR88 revolvers. For those not familiar, the MR88 is a French 38 Special, 6-shot DA/SA handgun. As I understand, it was developed in conjunction with Ruger.  I’m not really certain about the particulars, but at some point the frames were made by Ruger and the barrels …

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SHS-47: Smith & Wesson Pre-Model 10

What we are looking at on this episode of the Second Hand Showcase is an oldie but a goodie. A model 10 before there were Model 10’s. This gun is calling me. I once took a revolver class with a very, very similarly spec’d out gun (borrowed). And I dominated the field.  It was at that moment when I figured …

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SHS 13: Colt Official Police 

What we have here is a somewhat large revolver chambered in 38SPL. I do not know the date of manufacture for this handgun, but Wikipedia states it was produced from 1908-1969. So at minimum it is almost 50 years old.  Since it doesn’t seem to have a turn-ring on the finish, I decided to not even dry-fire the action. So …

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Stainless Colt Python 4”

I saw this revolver for sale a while back and must admit I am still in lust. For me, 2” and 4” revolvers are the optimal barrel length. Stainless is the optimal finish for me to take care of. And being able to shoot 38 special while pulling that sweet Python double-action? Priceless. Well. Maybe not. I certain “could” spend …

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Snowy Day Training with S&W 64-4

In this age of striker-fired handguns, it’s easy to dismiss the double action handguns. But that is a mistake. It has been my personal experience that shooting a revolver double-action-only (DAO) is easier than a DA/SA semi-auto. This should be true with DAO autos as well. While many of my fellow gun professionals are like, “Yeah! No shit, Sherlock”. I …