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Fall Fashion Week: S&W 940-1

Back in the day, these were a very hot item. A J-frame revolver that can shoot 9×19. The same caliber as most service pistols.  The theory being this would be a good backup gun. Or desirable for folks who otherwise found themselves being issued / required to shoot 9mm. But there are three big short comings:  The gun is very …

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Fall Fashion Week: S&W 442

For many years I refused to even purchase a j-framed revolver. Why? I didn’t want to be tempted to carry it! Yes I really think that. I am of the opinion that guns like this breed laziness and bad habits.  People who think they can only carry J-fames suffer from the same mindset about lifting weights or working out. Stop …

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POTD — Turkish Walther PP

While visiting The Cody Firearms Museum, I happened upon a pistol I didn’t know existed. At least back in 1947! A Walther PP copy made by the Turkish MKE company.  Since Cody wasn’t as accommodating as one would have liked, they didn’t give me the keys to play with the action.  Maybe next time. Do you know someone who has …

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SHS 40 – HK VP9 SK Pistol

On this episode of the Second Hand Showcase, we find a gun that I didn’t expect to see in a used case for a very long time: The compact version of the popular HK striker pistol: VP9 SK.  I speak English, so all I can say about the SK designation is that it means sub-compact / pocket-rocket in German. If …

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Rigarmi .25 Auto

I blame my late friend Pete Dickey for my addiction to cheap auto pistols and break-open revolvers. If these are so-called “Saturday Night Specials,” then every night was Saturday night at Pete’s. He had them made into bookends, lamps and all sorts of novelty gifts. His enthusiasm for, and he fun he had with them, was contagious. As much a …

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POTD — Remington R51 Suppressed

There has been quite a bit of drama over the R51 the past year or so. It seems this new release by Remington hasn’t been functioning all that reliability. Well…looking at this photo I think I know what’s up. Apparently people aren’t getting the needed suppressors in the box! (Ducking for cover) Ok. Ok. I am kidding for those of …

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SCCY Pocket Rocket

Recently while working on some steel, a local shooter asked if he could join the fun. He was an older gentleman who quickly produced 3 or 4 pistols. One of which I wasn’t familiar with. A small, double-action-only (DAO) pistol called SCCY (Pronounced sky). It turns out the SCCY pistol was new to this particular owner (and me), and he …

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CCW Pistols, Rust and Hard Labor.

Do you carry all the time? 9x out of 10, looking at photos of your pistol, I can tell if you are lying. You see, carrying is a commitment. It’s not easy. It’s not fun. And usually it’s downright pain in the ass. At the recent Chainsaw Party 2015, Freeze and I were out cutting winter firewood. Between running chainsaws, …