Hamilton Bowen custom .25 ACP S&W 36 on GunBroker


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MatthewVanitas
November 12, 2006, 03:13 AM
http://www.gunbroker.com/Auction/ViewItem.asp?Item=59830595

I'll admit it, that is cool as heck.

Talk about conspicuous consumption! Sure, tons of guys have Rolex watches, but not every gun can whip out a high-end custom .25 ACP revolver.

-MV

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whm1974
November 12, 2006, 03:20 AM
Why would anyone have a .25 cap revolver build? .22 LR is much better and much cheaper to shoot.

$450 is too much for this.

-Bill

s&w 24
November 12, 2006, 04:56 AM
I think it's cool!

Standing Wolf
November 12, 2006, 07:38 AM
Completely silly, but awfully cute, I'd say. That's more money than I'd be willing to spend on cuteness, but I've no doubt someone will snap it up.

Cocked & Locked
November 12, 2006, 07:44 AM
Why would anyone have a .25 cap revolver build? .22 LR is much better and much cheaper to shoot.

Good question...but, I imagine the person that originally could afford to have that Bowen Conversion made didn't have an issue with the cost difference between .22's and .25's.

Useless but kinda cute. Now, if it just had a lanyard ring and a gold bead front sight...:cool:

whm1974
November 12, 2006, 08:19 AM
Good question...but, I imagine the person that originally could afford to have that Bowen Conversion made didn't have an issue with the cost difference between .22's and .25's.

Some people have much money then sense. Yes there is a use for .25 auto, in a pocket pistol. For plinking or shooting .22 makes much more sense.

I notices you can get reloading dies for .25 auto, does anyone shooting caliber enough to bother reloading it?

-Bill

Shear_stress
November 12, 2006, 11:04 AM
I love it. Don't know why. Just do.

MatthewVanitas
November 12, 2006, 11:09 AM
does anyone shooting caliber enough to bother reloading it?

I notices you can get reloading dies for .25 auto

I think you just answered your own question; the companies that make reloading dies aren't foolish.



Now, if it just had a lanyard ring

Oh, no doubt. If I'd been the 6-figure client who paid $2,000 for it in the first place, I'd have said "make it look exactly like a miniature 1917, I don't care what it costs."

It's kind of like comissioning a painting: something interesting that will last for the ages, and cause people to say "oooh!" or "huh..." depending. Godgrant that someday I reach the financial point where I can order obscure pointless firearms just to have fun.

-MV

Manedwolf
November 12, 2006, 11:09 AM
I notices you can get reloading dies for .25 auto, does anyone shooting caliber enough to bother reloading it?

I keep hoping someone will. I'd like to see some lead rounds with a +P loading. A Jetfire could handle that, but it'd likely kaboom a potmetal junker, so that'd be a liability issue. The only +P loads I've ever seen are the MagSafes, which are definitely more energetic, but have the ballistics of a spitball.

461
November 12, 2006, 01:05 PM
I reloaded some .25's about ten years ago just for the heck of it. My fat fingers had a hard time with the cases and bullets so I only did a few little batches, not even enough to get any performance data from. My limit now is .32acp which is really quite fun to reload even though I'm currently without a gun in that caliber. They will go through my .32Mag in a pinch though.

Back to the subject at hand though, I'd buy that little .25 in a heartbeat if I had that level of disposable income and there was a way in hell of getting it into California. Novel things excite me for some reason.

Harry Paget Flashman
November 12, 2006, 01:23 PM
A nice novelty item and probably more reliable that many semi-autos of the same caliber. If I had that kind of money to commission a revolver like that I'd have gotten it in ".25 Auto Rim". :)

.38 Special
November 12, 2006, 01:53 PM
$450 is too much for this.
Well, if you're looking at it from a certain perspective, absolutely. $0 is probably too much from that perspective.

OTOH, if you like guns because they're fun, and the point is to hit rocks and tin cans and paper targets, and you appreciate "unusual" guns, and you enjoy Mr. Bowen's essentially perfect revolvers, then maybe $450 is a steal.

Ohen Cepel
November 12, 2006, 02:08 PM
I think it's super cool, and for a one of a kind Bowen custom that's documented it's probably a great buy.

However, there is a reserve on it so it's not like you can buy it for $450, that's just where the big is now.

I agree that's it's not real useful, but I still like it:D

MatthewVanitas
November 27, 2006, 11:34 PM
Still hasn't sold.

The "Buy it Now" price was $1395.

-MV

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