Post a picture of your cheap handgun. Your "Saturday night special" for lack of a better term.
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January 13, 2006, 07:05 PM
Well, its not really a Sat. night special but it was cheap. I paid $150.00 for it in December at a local show. Bought it as a carry gun and so far it fills the bill. Its got plenty of umph (9x18 Makarov) and I replaced the very heavy mainspring with a PPK spring from Wolff. A Ross Leather IWB holster makes it ride real nice.. :)
... that's just depressing. Where did you find all that?
First of all, they're not all cheap, though none were purchased new. The Beretta 92 at the lower left was around $500, and the Ultrastars, the grey plastic guns at the bottom center (a 9 and a .40) were just over $250 (well worth it!), the Star PD was two and a half and one of the Firestars (the blued .45) and Astra A-70 were just under. Everything else on that table, I paid $200 or less.
Where? Gun shows, gun shops, a couple on the auction sites and one -- the PD -- I found here. That's a several-year accumulation, most of them from the Spanish firm Star. A Star model BM was my first gun (the one about the center of the pic, with wooden grips) and I liked it a lot; so I kept my eye open for other Stars. They're not costly (generally, that is; a highly-engraved and plated .32 at the Indy gun show today was priced to move at over $700!) and they suit me.
January 15, 2006, 03:14 AM
Each of these was less than $150, if you don't count transfer or shipping costs.
Here's a $199 private-sale Tokarev clone... http://www.thehighroad.org/showthread.php?t=176593 (scroll down).
And a $60 Eibar-type .25; why? In case we ever are bothered by mice. When people say, "you can do worse than a .22 for self-protection," this is probably the round they're thinking of. To the little pistol's credit, it's as accurate as the "sights" allow and has been entirely reliable. It's also Levi's worst nightmare: fits those back pockets like they were made for it!
January 15, 2006, 07:36 PM
Of course, $65 bought a lot more back then, inflation you know...
See my past thread in the revo forum (search under my username) for all the messy details. Long/short, it's cheap, but it's a solid chunk of steel, and pretty dang accurate.
January 16, 2006, 12:16 AM
Top five are a variety (Titan, 2 Ravens, Excam and another Raven) of US .25acp, three in original boxes. Left is .22rf 4-bbl Mossberg "Brownie" from the '20s. Middle is Model 1927 Liliput 4.25mm. Right is very early (sn 1000) Iver Johnson .32S&W with a nose job and bobbed hammer for easier removal from pocket. Interesting to note that only 2 Liliputs I had seen offered for sale were $1,000 each. This I got at online auction for under $100. In my opinion, I would only consider the little .25acp semi-autos as "Saturday Night Specials."