I have the urge to look at some broken-in revolvers and pistols, and I have no idea why! Revolvers with holster wear, patina, autoloaders with faded finishes, but all still functioning perfectly. I'd like to see pictures of those, if you got 'em.
I don't have any of my own to get started, but someone must have some old S&Ws or ww2 vintage 1911s.
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July 29, 2006, 09:29 PM
thos're my favorite. eagerly anticipating the pics.
July 29, 2006, 10:42 PM
Here are pics of my old Chiefs special 3" square butt and the Bucheimer Federal Man holster it rode in for more years than I like to think about.
It looks pretty good because I take care of my guns, but believe me, it has had many thousands of rounds through it and is well broken in. It has never had any problem of any kind (unless you count the handload I forgot to put powder in).
July 29, 2006, 10:43 PM
That's exactly what I had in mind. thank you!
July 29, 2006, 10:56 PM
My well worn and pretty much abused S&W model 36.
And no, I'm not the abuser, bought it in this condition...but love it. I don't have to worry about putting the first scratch in it.
July 29, 2006, 11:04 PM
Well, you've inspired me. I went to my photo hosting site to pull up some pictures of my well worn handguns, and I don't have any! I'll have to take some soon of the more "loved" members of my collection.
July 29, 2006, 11:12 PM
I don't have many at all that are quite as you want - but this one I think fits the bill ;)
My first carry gun - a Taurus M85 snubby - carried it for many many months and sweat took its toll too if grips are off - but you can see how much holster wear I put on it. Hogue grips BTW.
Oh geez, where to start? No shortage of well-worn guns around my house!
How about this pair of 1949 2" M&Ps (http://www.fototime.com/4ACD35299C51444/standard.jpg) that I picked up individually at consecutive gun shows? Only 2,000 apart in serial numbers one was sent a police officer's club in Los Angeles. No idea where the other one was shipped. They don't look as good in person as they do in the photo.
Here's an old favorite. A 1954 Heavy Duty .38 Special (http://www.fototime.com/FD6C498454B2603/standard.jpg) that I bought for $195 at a Denver gun show about 6 years ago. Not much bluing left but a sweetheart to shoot.
One more? I got this Pre-27 (http://www.fototime.com/EDBD2A497F0B167/standard.jpg) about 7 years back as surplus from the Carbon Co., Utah, Sheriff's Office. Paid $275 and it is certainly well worn but has the slickest action I have ever felt on any revolver.
I tend to favor guns that have lots of character. This was just a small sample. No safe queens for me.
July 29, 2006, 11:28 PM
Here's a Detective Special I have been known to carry.
July 29, 2006, 11:46 PM
July 30, 2006, 12:23 AM
Sweet pics, gents
July 30, 2006, 12:40 AM
I like the combination of rubber grips + holster wear.
Here is my smith 19-4. This sidearm was carried by a flint police officer, then by my dad when he worked security for bank runs, and then given to me on my 18th birthday. The 1911 is a springer milspec, my go anywhere, do anything gun. Not as worn but definitely used.
I've put over 50,000 rounds through this Model 13 customized for PPC competition, the only real wear showing is bluing on the barrel. It's had heavy use, but not that much holster wear.
July 30, 2006, 08:10 PM
These two are over 15 years old and have been carried on duty.
lol i saw that and all i could think of, a man in a trenchcoat in a back alley "so u wanna see a dirty gun?"
August 1, 2006, 01:17 PM
Here's a Colt 2nd Gen SAA and an Aldo Uberti. The elephant ivory grips on the Colt is for looks only, I usually carry it with the Pointer Pup imitation stag grip seen below it. The Colt is in .44 Special. The Uberti is a little better looking than the picture. It is in .45 Colt. Which barrell length is better? I think the 7 1/2" for longer range shooting. And the 4 3/4" for carrying in a pickup.
August 1, 2006, 07:38 PM
I don't carry this Colt OP but someone did. Barrel has been cut.
August 1, 2006, 07:51 PM
Model 58-San Francisco issue, 1964 vintagehttp://www.thehighroad.org/attachment.php?attachmentid=35953&d=1140639755
Here you go.
Same weapon with Hogue Grips from Hogue Auction site.
August 4, 2006, 05:35 PM
Ooooo Weeee Xavier Breath,
Now thats what I call a "Bar-B-Que" Gun!!!
August 4, 2006, 05:46 PM
And the winner is.......................
It's so refreshing to see a GI pistol that wasn't ruined by over-zealous cleaning.:D
August 9, 2006, 05:43 PM
Here is my Colt woodsman 1st series, It is one of my favorites, It had some beat up and butchered plastic grips from a 2nd model on it when I got it. I found this set of checkered rosewood new made on the web.
August 10, 2006, 03:37 AM
Those are pretty grips Brian. A classic deserves that kind of treatment.
Like a maturing screen siren deserves a little soft lighting and filters, she's earned it.
August 10, 2006, 09:57 AM
This is my first centrefire handgun. I still have it. I do not carry it at work, but use it to represent the Department at inter service shoots. It had seen a lot of traffic when I bought it and I have fed over 80,000 rounds through it. I shoot mostly 38 service pistol (120power factor, well over). Still a tackdriver. One broken firing pin, locked up once with some old Remington Lead Bullet Factory ammo, boy that stuff was really motoring. Trigger job, jewelled action and a bit of wood shaved off grip to allow speedloaders access. Works a treat!
The 22is my wife's Browning Medallist. We bought this second hand in 1981 and it had been around the pistol club for twenty years then. It has been in regular target pistol use for over 45 years, still going strong. It hardly had any blue on it before I got it refinished a few years ago.
S&W 39-nothing. It was my first issued handgun. Carried it for several years. Still a good shooter
S&W Mod 59. Carried it after we were issued the 39. Carried this one for 5 yrs in uniform and while on SWAT.
S&W 49 and 649. Carried them everyday as my backup and off duty in the summer. Carried the 49 for over 20 yrs and have carried the 649 for 12 yrs.
S&W Mod 19. Carried it as my squad car gun as a 3rd. Bought it from an FBI agent who carried it until he was issued a 4" S&W Mod 19 round butt.
S&W Mod 645. Carried it for a couple of years while running a couple of drug task forces.
S&W 6904. It was my issued sidearm during the early 90s for about 5 yrs. It's now my primary retiree LEOSA firearm.
Walther PPK/s. I carry it quite a bit as my retired LEOSA firearm.
S"&W 66-nothing. Carried it quite a bit as my off duty weapon.
When I get some time I dig out the guns that have quite a bit of wear and use but are still very serviceable.
I'm a guessin' that isp is Illinois State Patrol (or is it Police?) I was living in that state when they adopted the 9mm M39 and the gun magazine writers had something new to right about. If I am right, were you one of the officers issued a sidearm and told not to carry another magazine for a reload? I have read of that little bit of manager's muck-up, where an officer ended up with a very scary low number of rounds left in a gunfight, maybe even zero.
August 14, 2006, 09:38 PM
We went to the 39 in 1968. Holster was a cross draw flap with a mag pouch sewed on the flap. That really wasn't a bad holster. If worn where it was between the hip bone and buckle, sort of to the front, it was quick. Went to the strong side straight draw in about 1977-78. Ammo pouches weren't issued and policy didn't mention mag carriers. As a result there were a couple of district commanders who viewed that as meaning since they weren't issued and weren't mentioned in policy that meant couldn't wear an extra mag. Fortunately those bozos were in the minority. Most took the position that if you wanted to carry an extra mag then you were going to have to buy your own pouch. Most of us were carrying double mag pouches. We were issued 3 mags but just no carrier. There was a shootout where an FTO was breaking in a rookie Troop. The FTO was carrying a double pouch but the rookie hadn't bought a pouch yet. I forget now how many rds were fired but the BG was hit with 13 rds. That shootout changed policy and the dept then bought single mag pouches but we could still carry doubles if we bought our own.
As with any agency we have had command who weren't the sharpest knives in the drawer and weren't very aware of tactical situations. Quite a few of us carried 2nd/backup guns.
This C96 Mauser was manufactured in pre-war Germany in 1914 - issued to a German officer in 1914 - taken from his body at the Third Battle for Ypres in 1917 by an English officer - given to my grandfather by that Tommy friend during the Spanish influenza in 1918 at the Battle of Cantigny in May 1918.
My grandfather gave it to my dad on his deathbed in 1953 and Dad left it to me in 1970. Both of my sons are looking forward to looking after it one day.
... it's just as much fun to shoot today, as it's always been.
We also have another 'remanufactured' .30 Mauser C96 that was completely rebuilt in 1980 by some of the surviving smiths from the WW1 Mauser Werks.
That one was rechambered for 9mm - complete with shoulder stock/holster..:D
August 27, 2006, 12:43 AM
Here's both sides of a Colt 1908 Hammerless .380 that I use to carry in my plate pocket in my vest as my 3rd. Sometimes would carry it off duty. Very comfortable carry piece as there's not a sharp corner or edge on it anywhere. Great shooter.
Those are all beautiful pictures. To tell you the truth, while I enjoy looking at all pictures of guns, I get tired of looking at all those pristine unfired weapons. Perhaps the finish of new guns are more durable which make the pictures look cleaner and shinier, but these guns lack some character, history, and utility.. I, too have a few safe queens. But the guns which I love the best (SW 686 and Sig 226) are my favorite because I shoot them the most. They all have dings, scratches, etc....
More pictures wanted.
September 10, 2006, 07:18 PM
Ruger Single Six that spent a lot of time in and out of a holster while I hiked & motorcycled around Montana for several years. I used a full flap holster while on the bike...found the hammer back one day with the holster shown.
Single Six (http://wardragon.com/cruffler/ruger_single_six.htm)
September 10, 2006, 08:15 PM
Here is my 1911 customized by Mr. Behlert. It is Colt WWI frame with a Remington Rand slide. It has been shot a LOT, but it is stilll a dream.
May 8, 2008, 10:50 PM
Lone Gunman, is that 1911 the one that had been used in a suicide or murder, stored in an evidence room while covered in blood, hosed off, and sold at auction? I seem to recall reading about it and seeing a picture very similar to the one posted.
ill get a better picture later, Beretta M948 was my great grandfathers, then my grandpa's now mine, was made in 1953 i think (cant remember off hand) and now its mine. 9+1 .22LR, sights are off shoots low to the left but ill have that fixed soon. my wife absolutly LOVES shooting it and it fits her tiny hands perfect, but i will only pass it on to our kids.
May 8, 2008, 11:55 PM
Talk about resurrecting an old thread!
I posted a newer thread about almost the same subject not too long ago....
Here's my most worn gun, mid '40's Remington Rand/Colt 1911a1....Worn guns are always the prettiest!
Paint flaking off and bluing wearing off of the small parts. Shoots well though. Before I bought it it must have been carried a lot, shot little.
May 9, 2008, 06:43 PM
Perhaps the best argument yet for a polymer gun....
Nobody has shown any REALLY old-timers! So, here's a well-worn .22rf Smith that was shipped from the factory in 1901 to a Philadelphia dealer. It was an era when .22rf single-shot pistols reigned supreme. This was S&W's first entry in that market, the First Model, also known as the Model of 91. It's stamped in the top of the barrel MODELOF91.
This one has ALL matching serial numbers, and according to Jim Supica's book on Smiths, there were only 862 made in .22rf caliber.
A great old gun, I've posed here with some of my vintage ammo boxes of the same era.
Made in 1913, .32 Caliber Short Colt...it's a fine shooter.
May 10, 2008, 01:47 PM
You are correct, XavierBreath, I somehow missed that Post 51. Looking at it now though, it surely looks like the double-action 32 Hand Ejector Model of 1896. According to what I can find there were 19,712 of them built between 1896 and 1903.
Post 85 looks like a Model 44 Double-Action 1st Model, with 15,340 built between 1896 and 1916. According to the serial numbers on them, what do the S&W records say about the dates of manufacture of these two guns pictured?
According the the S&W factory letter I received from Roy Jinks, their Historian, the gun I pictured was built on the .38 Single-Action 3rd Model, made between 1891 and 1911. There were 26,850 of these frames made - and used for various purposes... including variations of these .22rf single-shots, and multi-caliber barrel sets.
S&Ws aside, one of my favorite oldies is this Fiala Model 1920 .22rf, magazine-fed, single-shot, estimated only 9,000 guns made, but MOST had the stock attachment methond. THIS one is unique in that it has NO method for attaching the Fiala buttstock.
Due to manufacturing costs, and customers wanting the high-quality Fialas WITHOUT the extra barrels, fitted case, and buttstock, they were offered a CHEAPER version without this extra machining - for a very limited time. Fiala also eliminated the interchangeable barrels and furnished the gun only with a 7 1/2" barrel PINNED into the frame. No records as to number of these made, or still surviving. Mine pictured is only reported survivor.
Yes, there IS a place for all of God's creatures: right next to the potatoes and gravy.
May 10, 2008, 03:52 PM
Nice thread! Note to self: purchase well worn S&W Victory Model, M&P or 38/44 HD.
Well, I know this is the handgun forum, but thought I'd post a pic anyway of my father's SKS. My grandfather gave it to him about a year ago. My grandfather got it from the South Vietnamese govt, who had themselves captured it from an NVA regular in '68 or '69. The pic actually makes the gun look like it is in better cosmetic condition than it really is. Lots of nics, scratches and bare spots - but it sure has a lot of history. It is in like-new mechanical shape, and is an excellent shooter.
This old soldier was born a few years after me, in 1961, and saw hard use long before I ever got it. It was issued to me in December 2003, and I loved it immediately. The trigger was slick and consistent in double-action, and I joined a gun club the next year that had a bowling pin range. I had a good source for (free!) bowling pins, and it turned into an out-of-control addiction. In one year alone I fired over 30,000 rounds of hot 38's through it, not to mention the other guns I used. By the time I turned it in to my former employer last Christmas, I had run 68,800 rounds through it, and the only damage was a broken firing pin, which was quickly replaced. I was hoping to get to 70,000 rounds, but just couldn't get the time. I put these Herrett's Cocobolo Stocks on it, what one poster called "putting new shoes on an old Mule!" http://i96.photobucket.com/albums/l195/papajohn428/HPIM0169.jpg
My current issue gun is a nice gun, a Smith 64 Heavy barrel in stainless, and I shoot it fairly well, but it's just not the same. That old Model Ten-dash-five and I were CLOSE. :p
May 10, 2008, 04:26 PM
According to the serial number of the revolver in post #51 and a letter from Mr. Jinks, it is a Model of 1899 as stated. Serial is 171XX. It is chambered in .38 special. I occasionally shoot it. It left S&W in 1901. It can be found on page 137 of SCS&W 3rd edition.
The revolver in post #85 is a Model 3 44/40 Frontier, as stated. It is a 1st Model American with a serial of 565XX. Dates of manufacture would be between 1886 and 1913. Caliber is 44/40 Winchester. It has a double patent line on the barrel rib, indicating it was manufactured prior to 1900. I have not had it lettered. You will find it on page 110 of SCS&W 3rd edition.
My grandfathers S&W M&P .38 Special. He carried it during his career as Constable, Chief of Police and Mayor of a small South Carolina town. When He died my aunt inherited it. When she died, I inherited it. I plan on leaving it to my grandson.
May 10, 2008, 05:43 PM
Good looking topbreaks, XavierBreath.
I'm kinda stuck in the .22rf single-shot parameters. Only "top-breaks" I own are an old "Owl Head" I.J. .32 I use to display an antique skeleton stock (pictured below); a couple of old Stevens .22s (No. 10 & Mdl. 35); and a pile of little Brownies which may be termed "front-breaks" even though the release is on TOP.
Those Brownies are my MAJOR deviance from the single-shot rut.
The fact that this thread is a couple years old is a testament to how cool these oldies-but-goodies pics are. I hope you keep 'em coming. I'd post my good ol' Chiefs Special - but you've seen plenty of those. Some of the firearms on this thread are really unusual and rare. Great stuff!
I'd post my good ol' Chiefs Special - but you've seen plenty of those.
And anyway, pumpkinheaver did it for me (see previous post). One question pumpkinheaver: Why no T-Grips?
May 14, 2008, 08:51 AM
This .32 Short Colt Pocket Positive was built in 1914. I picked it up at a pawn shop. I wonder who owned it before...
It shoots great and it has a smooth action.
May 14, 2008, 07:59 PM
I'll put my old Model 38 up for inspection.......
May 14, 2008, 08:06 PM
Is that.. Is that Jesus? No it's just a thread resurrected from the dead.
These should be sufficiently worn.
May 18, 2008, 02:59 AM
Perhaps the best argument yet for a polymer gun....
Yeah, well, here's perhaps the best argument AGAINST a polymer gun...