What's the most obscure handgun you've ever carried?


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Marko Kloos
January 6, 2003, 02:42 PM
Let's open the confession booth.

What's the most obscure piece you've ever carried?

Did you ever go out for a night on the town with a Colt SAA on your belt? Or maybe a Luger 08 in a shoulder rig? How about a Frommer Stop, Colt 1903, Broomhandle Mauser, or HK VP70Z? Ever feel the need to let the old Webley or the Polish Radom pull yeoman duty?

Just curious whether anyone has ever toted a part of their C&R collection...

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January 6, 2003, 02:44 PM
S&W 1917. :) Funny I didn't feel undergunned at all with that beast.

Mike Irwin
January 6, 2003, 02:49 PM
Iver Johnson Safety Hammer in .38 S&W.

January 6, 2003, 03:03 PM
I have a "Viking .45" made by Omega Defense Industries (ODI) of New Jersey. This company operated for about 2 years in the 1981 period, then went under. Their 2 products were a full-size and a commander-size 1911, both in stainless, based closely on the Colt design. But they had one big difference - a double action trigger that reverted to single action after the first shot. So the gun could be carried hammer down with a loaded chamber and the safety off, and fired by just pulling the trigger.

I bought the commander sized model once out of curiosity, and have shot it at the range, where it worked pretty well. So I actually carried it a couple of times, but don't like the DA trigger pull, which is quite heavy. I still have it, and it mainly sits in my safe.

January 6, 2003, 03:23 PM
I have ofttimes carried a Walther P5 (obscure in this country) or a P38/P1 (not the most popular carry gun).
In 1993, Pistolet Makarova was still an obscure communist oddity. I carried it exclusively for about a year!!

Yes, in the mid 1980's, I did indeed carry a Ruger Blackhawk in 357MAG. :what:

Jim March
January 6, 2003, 03:46 PM
Freedom Arms 22Magnum minirevolver, 1.5" barrel, 4 shots, one-finger grip, marked "Casull's Improvement". *Almost* small enough to conceal in a closed fist.

Brian D.
January 6, 2003, 04:29 PM
A Ruger Speed -Six in 9mm, 2.75" bbl. Also, like correia, a Smith 1917 .45acp. No, not both at once tho!

Jason Demond
January 6, 2003, 04:37 PM
S&W Sigma.:evil:

4v50 Gary
January 6, 2003, 04:39 PM
Mauser HSc in .380 acp.

January 6, 2003, 04:41 PM
Chinese Tok in 9mm. Hammer down on loaded chamber (Soviet style)

January 6, 2003, 04:42 PM
Hungarian FEG SMC-380 (looks like a Walther PPK). Still carry it sometimes--It's on my CCL.

January 6, 2003, 04:52 PM
My east german mak see's alot of duty.

Mike Irwin
January 6, 2003, 04:54 PM

I guess I'd have to throw my Polish Radom in to that, as well.

January 6, 2003, 04:58 PM
High Standard Duramatic
High Standard two shot deringer as BUG (in the wallet configuration)

January 6, 2003, 06:07 PM
No permit yet, but I'm in the process of getting a shoulder holster for my Colt 1903...

January 6, 2003, 06:10 PM
Sterling .380. It belonged to a friend of mine, but I carried it for a while. It was the biggest piece of junk I have ever seen. It probably wasn't safe to carry.

It was later stolen. By that time, it didn't work, and nobody could seem to fix it. It made a nice paperweight, though.

Gila Jorge
January 6, 2003, 06:14 PM
4 Barrel Sharps 30 caliber rim fire derringer
which my grandfather carried as a rail road conductor at the turn of the century. No longer have it....a fellow needed it for his collection.

January 6, 2003, 06:51 PM
Herters .401 Powermag. In .401 Powermag of course.

More a matter of a long coat, returning from a hunting trip and the need to run downtown for something or other than a real CCW choice. Happened more a than a few times though. :cool:

January 6, 2003, 07:07 PM
Grendel P-10, one of the ugliest guns ever made.

January 6, 2003, 07:17 PM
Okie http://flashback.lunarpages.com/forums/images/smilies/lmao.gif I thought I was the only one who had carried a Grendal P-10. Rapped ya nicely on the nob of your thumb, eh? :cuss:

January 6, 2003, 08:31 PM
An old Iver Johnson .38 S&W. Had a S&W M36 at the time, in the shop getting an action job.

January 6, 2003, 09:05 PM
Hmmm...A Browning Medalist?, while knocking around on a friend's ranch. When our ATV died, I fired it to attract attention & help.

On a different ranch, just knocking around, a Colt Walker Replica.:D Never shot anything with it, alas.:evil: It would have been interesting to see the results with this early "magnum". Oh yeah, I used the original load of 60 grains of FFFg behind the round ball.:what:

I later gave it to my brother, and he was so mortified by the idea of it, he sold it:cuss:

The hot loads were quite accurate, until they leaded the barrel. Which took six shots:D

January 6, 2003, 09:07 PM
Iver Johnson .32 S&W Short nickle plated top- break revolver. It was a project gun.

January 6, 2003, 09:15 PM
Nothing too exotic - Bulgarian Makarov. Couple of my friends carry them daily.

January 6, 2003, 09:23 PM
9mm Steyr handloads using 115gr hollowpoints. Two extra stripper clips of ammo in weak-side pocket.

All my .45's were in the shop getting neat stuff(tm) added.

Handloads chrono'ed at just a shade over 1100fps, so the old Steyr would've probably done the job, at least until I could find a quiet moment to charge it with another 8 rounds via stripper clip.

Joe Demko
January 6, 2003, 09:34 PM
Carried a .44 cap and ball Remington revolver (replica) on several occasions until I became old enough to purchase a proper cartridge-bearing handgun.

January 6, 2003, 09:56 PM
FEG PA63, 9x18.;)

Detachment Charlie
January 6, 2003, 10:29 PM
I carried a Soviet Tok in the early `70s. NOBODY knew what it was. It was as reliable as my Mod. 10 S&W (70's mfg.), but what a bark and blast when I pulled the trigger.:D

January 6, 2003, 10:41 PM
A P-38 , Hard to find a holster for tho.

January 6, 2003, 10:50 PM
Detonics Pocket 9

January 6, 2003, 11:41 PM
Spanish M.A.B. .32 ACP compact. It's so obscure that the one I had is the only one I've ever seen, and I can't find any reference to it in any place I've looked.

January 7, 2003, 12:04 AM
At the gunshop I worked at in my younger years, we bought a Semmerling LM-4 with the rest of a deceased individual's collection. My boss let me have it for 900 bucks with the understanding that I would sell it back to him when (if) I got sick of it.

Carried it with pleasure as a BUG for about six months...wish I could find another for that price.

January 7, 2003, 01:46 AM
"I thought I was the only one who had carried a Grendal P-10. Rapped ya nicely on the nob of your thumb, eh?"

Even worse than that was loading the thing. Only gun I ever owned that was more painful to load than to shoot. Interesting design, had to lube the mag spring with blood.

January 7, 2003, 01:53 AM
I'dated a girl that had one, your right- more painful to load than shoot...there was that thumb thing you mentioned.
I'd forgotten about that gun.

January 7, 2003, 01:59 AM
Keep a 1916 Erfurt Luger in my truck....

January 7, 2003, 05:25 AM
Replica Colt Navy for a time, out of necessity.

C96 Broomhandle Mauser a few times, because if it's good enough for Han Solo, it's good enough for me. ;)

January 7, 2003, 07:01 AM
NAA 22lr.

Kahr carrier
January 7, 2003, 07:33 AM
Detonics subcompact 45 carried it Mexican style.:neener:

January 7, 2003, 07:39 AM
Does a Heritage Stealth 40 count?

January 7, 2003, 10:56 AM
S&W 1026, still carry it.

January 7, 2003, 05:54 PM
Professionally once I carried the South African Mamba- pretty obscure and rightfully so!:eek:

January 7, 2003, 06:52 PM
The Viking is a close copy of the 'Seecamp' conversion done by Colt at the custom shop.

I thought I was the only guy around here that owned a ODI/Viking farmed gun. Mine is a frankengun, with an all-Colt upper and Wilson doo-dads (beavertail, safety lever) that I had built up.

Hope yours is more reliable than mine, I tried to use mine in IDPA for a while it jams a lot. Still, an intersting piece and it did a lot of holster time.

Also have carried a Colt 1917 New Service Army Revolver as a belt gun and felt no shame at all, nor did I feel undergunned.

Haven't taken the Luger into the woods yet. Found out it DOES fit in my GI 45 holster.

Carried a Pa-63 backpacking a lot.

January 7, 2003, 07:08 PM
A CZ-27 .32acp (great guns!)
A Tok now and again.
A Ruger Super Blackhawk 44mag.
I actually carried a Nagant revolver with the .32acp cylinder once!

I too once owned the bedeveled Grendel:fire: . It broke the first time I shot it and never did work right. Funny thing is I now carry it's offspring, a Keltec P-11 and I love it. Really good gun.

January 7, 2003, 07:08 PM
... I had planned on using both my Broomhandle and my Automag for practical pistol comps (Wisconsin doesn't allow CCW yet). Will probably use my planned cowboy pistol for such, as well (Navy Arms replica Schofield)...

And, if I can use it in a practical, then carry with it IS an option... :neener:

January 7, 2003, 08:57 PM
LAR 45 WinMag, P-38, Broomhandle in 30 Mauser, TT-33 Nam bringback, 1917 Colt/S&W 45acp's and Colt SAA in 45LC.

January 7, 2003, 10:52 PM
H&R top break snub nose in .38 S&W caliber (.38 short). Actually a pretty nice little gun. The .38 S&W rounds became expensive and hard to find though.

Jim V
January 7, 2003, 11:35 PM
9 m/m Astra 400 (9 m/m Largo that is)
1917 Erfurt "Artillery" Luger
BUG's BUG Bernadelli Vest Pocket in .22 Short
Colt Second Gen SAA in .357 (4 3/4" barrel)

January 8, 2003, 02:40 AM
CVA vest pocket derringer, .31 caliber percussion. For style mind you.

Colt 1860 .44 caliber percussion revolver (Pietta) for belt gun while in the woods.

Colt Police Positive Special revolver .32-20, a nice ccw gun for people with much smaller hands than mine. Sold it.

H&R M925 .38 S&W snubbie break-top revolver. A nice gun with great blueing job. I wish they still made these.

Tokorov 7.62x25mm, good gun and great chambering. I hope more guns come out in this caliber.

January 8, 2003, 05:14 AM
Forehand Arms .32 S&W long in a nickel plated 6 shot break top revolver.

I was young and had little money and it worked for me at the time.

More recently I carried a CZ-70 .32acp until I got my P-32.

January 8, 2003, 05:48 AM
I long ago wore a 38 Special 4" RG.
That's right, an RG.
Spit awful, couldn't stand by side, but (with correct ammo) it was
Real accurate.
Pot metal, but accurate.
And reliable (at least as long as I kept it :D )

January 8, 2003, 07:55 AM
Radom Vis 35 9mm for several years. Actually a pretty cool piece and it sort of turned me on to 1911s (yeah I know it's a long jump but there are some similarities). It was very accurate with most anything I fed it.

Once, when out of town on a fishing trip (another state), I had occasion to head into town for supplies. Only had my "fishing gun" (Ruger Single-Six w/ .22 mag cylinder), so I tucked it into my waistband under my shirt.

guy sajer
January 8, 2003, 08:25 AM
CZ 45 A very well made .25 acp DAO made in the 40's . Quite a modern design for 1947 .

January 8, 2003, 08:54 AM
Remington Model 51 (.380 ACP)

Heritage Stealth 9x19mm

January 8, 2003, 09:26 AM
A tired Browning 1910 32acp. I was running short on pocket pistols, and I figured if anybody saw it from the business end they'd mistake it for a Mak. Finally sold it to a co-worker. :)

January 8, 2003, 10:15 AM
My RAP 401 is fairly obscure. It's a nice CCW however!


January 8, 2003, 08:39 PM
I toss my original nickle Remington .41 short derringer in its deer skin pocket in my pocket occasionally when I go to dressy occasions.

January 9, 2003, 02:31 AM
Most obscure was the S&W 1066. I want a S&W 547 3" which I would consider more obscure, but I am still in the looking stages.

January 9, 2003, 04:26 PM
BTJ DA38 .38Spl double-action, double-barrel derringer(which I just pulled out of my left front pants pocket :evil: ). Basically a High Standard derringer on steroids. Now being produced by American Derringer Corporation.

January 9, 2003, 04:46 PM
M57 41 Mag with no grips. The grips had been removed for cleaning. There was a middle of the night emergency to a high crime area. If used might have been uncomfortable on both ends.

January 9, 2003, 04:55 PM
Another vote for the S&W Model 1917

January 9, 2003, 05:20 PM
Radom 9mm, 1938 vintage.

January 9, 2003, 10:25 PM
Walther PPK/L 7.65mm. with Dural frame.

Jim Higginbotham
January 9, 2003, 11:15 PM
I take it that this means "odd" rather than "obscure".

I guess it would have to be a .44 Automag - even though it was concealed, it was more for hunting than defense. Only carried it a couple of times as I only had the gun about 6 months (wish I had it back) - even under a fairly heavy coat it wasn't very "obscure" ;)

I have a British friend (who resides over here) who takes the cake. While he seriously carries a 1911 or Star PD, he has on occasion carried his Webley Fosberry Automatic Revolver - just to be eccentric. It is an amazing piece of machinery.

Best regards,
Jim H.

January 10, 2003, 01:11 AM
One of my favorite guns, Makarov 9x18 in a Dillon IWB :neener:

January 10, 2003, 07:32 AM
EG Mak!!

January 10, 2003, 12:34 PM
I don't know if this counts as obscure, or just crappy, but mine was a Jennings J-22.
That accompanied me along 5,000 pizza deliveries, before the S&W M640 took its rightful place in my belt.

January 10, 2003, 01:20 PM
The "duty" CCW is a Walther PPK, but sometimes I have to be a bit more discrete so I regularly carry a Haenel Schmeisser in 6.35mm. I've also carried an FN Model 1906 in that same caliber.

Now that I think of it, a friend regularly carries the same gun, except in the American version as the Browning Model 1908 as a pocket gun. When she has her fannypack with her, it's got her wartime (Parkerized) Browning Model 1903 in .32ACP

There's just something about those older handguns . . .

You know, for years I've been kidding my friends about keeping modern hi-tech guns for their "house guns" and have tried to start a movement to keep an antique gun in the emergency-use condition. I've always wanted to read in the paper how a burgular was stopped by someone with an SAA, or a rapist was shot with a Broomhandle.

January 10, 2003, 01:23 PM
I have a Arminius Hombre 44 magnum, it's Peacemaker look-alike/wannabe. It's still fun to shoot, especially 44 specials. It's kind of a neat "cowboy" gun.

January 10, 2003, 04:11 PM
East German Makarov.

January 10, 2003, 04:47 PM
Browning Baby in .25.

Fits yer shirt pocket easily.

January 10, 2003, 06:30 PM
For a short while, I carried a vintage Colt Army Special in .41 Long Colt. (At the time, some limited runs of ammo were still being put out by Winchester.) It was a dandy little revolver and shot well, even though it had some pitting in the barrel. I traded the old Colt about 12 years ago when I learned that no more factory ammo would be available (after all, I don't handload) but I sometimes wish I'd kept it.

January 10, 2003, 06:47 PM

January 12, 2003, 12:23 PM

Well, if I had traded a Colt SAA in .41 LC, this is exactly what this persimmon might have looked like!

Shaughn Leayme
January 12, 2003, 01:02 PM
I carried a CZ52 for quite awhile and a Husqavarna M1907 in 9mm Browning long.

Still have the CZ52, was pulling the Czech M48 ball and was replacing it with (at the time) custom made 86 grain hollow points. 1600 fps plus from a 5 inch barrel, can we say blast and flash :what:

Accurate and capable of penetrating a lot of material, in that configuration. I occasionally carried a clip of the Czech Ball as well. Good penetrator.

Charles S
January 12, 2003, 01:12 PM
Smith 4567. Smith only made about 1300 of these guns.

Great 45 ACP with factory night sights.

I love that gun. It is a great shooter.


January 18, 2003, 03:11 AM
C.O.P. .357 4 barreled pistol.

Had four firing pins that were alternately struck in turn by an internal hammer.

Short grip and heavy trigger pull kept targets and varmints safe.:)

January 18, 2003, 09:09 AM
A COLT AA2000.... i was more worried about the round in the chamber going off it got banged badly... so I left it in the car and removed the rd in the chamber... I never carried it again !:banghead:

January 20, 2003, 03:40 PM
Not only obscure but not a very good gun to boot! Good shooting:)

January 20, 2003, 06:19 PM
Hawes Firearms,

Remington pattern .357 Magnum o/u derringer.

55 gallon drum accurate at 15 yards if I do my part!:D

Nowadays, I carry a good folder instead, if I can't carry the Kimber!

January 20, 2003, 06:35 PM
A neat little Galesi .25 that slipped easily into a pocket. Worked just fine after I found out how to field-strip the little bugger.

Cleaned and lubed pistols just work better...<g>

January 20, 2003, 07:05 PM
Once carried a Benelli 9mm pistol. Worked great with FMJ 115-grain, but would not feed HPs due to steep feed angle.

Currently sometimes carry a PA-63 in 9mm Makarov. It works great!!


January 20, 2003, 07:57 PM
NAA 22 -- As secondary

Alongside my wallet as an "Onion Field" gun

January 20, 2003, 10:40 PM
Issued as a pilot's sidearm in Vietnam, the .38 revolver LOOKED like a S&W Model 12 with a short cylinder, but it wasn't a .38 Special. It remains obscure because nobody's been able to track it down. Was it really a .38 Special Model 12 as decades later quarterbacks are sure it was? Or was it some kind of oddball bought off of a dock in Singapore. Never fired it, and in 1970, I turned in the 6 cartridges I was issued with it in 1968. They were extremely close in size to 9mm cartridges with lead bullets. We called them mouth guns because that's about all they were good for.

January 20, 2003, 10:44 PM
Perhaps even more obscure because the .38 revolver can be tracked down is a M.A.B. .32 compact semiauto bought new in 1965 for $50. It was made in Spain, and it's obscure because I haven't been able to find any references on it. It was a nice gun, and I wouldn't mind getting another one as a curio.

Jim K
January 21, 2003, 12:32 AM
Remington Model 51 in waistband carry. Da*ned thing slipped down my pants leg and onto the ground while I was buying a Christmas tree. Fortunately, I scooped it up before anyone noticed.


January 21, 2003, 06:24 PM
Blackhawk, the revolver you describe sounds like a S&W Victory Model - they did a bunch up for the Brits on "Lend-Lease" for WWII, and they were chambered for .38S&W, a.k.a. .38/200, which was the current issue revolver cartridge for the Brits. The ammo DEFINITELY looks like a rimmed 9mmP cartridge, which caused some heartburn when Federal introduced the dimensionally-similar 9mm Federal cartridge to feed 9mmP-chambered revolvers by Charter, Ruger, S&W, etc. - 9mm Federal was loaded like +P 9mm, but it could be loaded/fired in old, wimpy .38S&W guns with predictably bad results.

May 11, 2003, 03:39 PM
Perhaps even more obscure because the .38 revolver can be tracked down is a M.A.B. .32 compact semiauto bought new in 1965 for $50. It was made in Spain, and it's obscure because I haven't been able to find any references on it. It was a nice gun, and I wouldn't mind getting another one as a curio

Blackhawk, the MAB is a French handgun, not a Spanish one. The model "D" is one I used to own, and even carried once or twice since it was so small and flat. Here are a few links:




It is a copy of the old Browning 1922 pocket pistol with a shorter recoil spring retainer at the muzzle. Fairly common import about 15 years ago when I bought mine. The only bad thing was that the target grips they saddled it with were horrendous. And the chamber was a little tight, fed silvertips great but federal fmj was too fat to chamber. IIRC, they were about $75, so inflation wasn't too bad. :)

As for other uncommon guns I've carried at one time or 'nother:

Sterling .22 pocket pistol, sold it to my dad after it failed to penetrate 3 layers of blanket. It went off while chambering a round. Polished the burr off the breechface to stop that problem.

Colt Police Positive in .38 S&W. Bought it in mint condition for $100, sold it 2 weeks later for $450. Still miss it.

Walther PPK in .22, German ww2 issue. Sold for too little when I really needed the money.

Calco 9mm "handgun". I was in the number 3 murder rate city at that time, 100 rds of 9mm under a coat was comforting. as was the spare 50 drum in the offside carrier. :evil:

Steyr GB 9mm. Made a custom shoulder holster for it of the Allesi Bros. pattern, still carry it today when I can wear a jacket. 19 rds in the gun plus four spare 18 rd mags is kinda heavy, but comforting.

"Custom single shot .22 pistol" (Zip gun made when I was but a lad) Technically a smoothbore, but the thing really only had a chamber, the tip of the lead stuck out the end. Tossed it when I discovered such a thing was frowned upon.

May 11, 2003, 04:29 PM
(looks around sheepishly) I first started carrying a Lorcin .380.

May 11, 2003, 04:47 PM
:D Ortgies 6.35 mm ( .25 acp ). It was " hammerless" ,had a squeeze bar safety on the back of the grip, barked and roared as if it had something to say, and was stunningly inaccurate.

I'm told this Dutch made pistol was favored by WWII German Army officers , because it could be carried in a tunic pocket, and put to use faster than the issue Walther P38 .:rolleyes:

May 11, 2003, 05:38 PM

Thomas DAO 45acp

Browning 10/55 380

Berreta M100 32acp (6" bbl, target sights)

Berreta 950 25acp with threaded 4" bbl.

Python w/ 8"bbl chambered for 38 spl. only.

Uzi carbine disassembled in briefcase.

I'm sure I'll think of others.

May 12, 2003, 02:26 PM
Toss-up between the Hungarian RK-59 or its updated sibling, the R-61. Basically they were Hungarian military versions of the PPK, but chambered in 9x18 Makarov. Often carried by officers or pilots. Never should have sold either of them...

Here's a picture of my R-61.

Take care. Marko

May 12, 2003, 02:37 PM
1884 S&W chambered in .38S&W. A nickel-plated 5-shot breaktop. Not a bad little gun - tight and reasonably accurate.


May 12, 2003, 03:05 PM
WWI-era P08 Luger in a shoulder holster.

41mag M&P
May 12, 2003, 07:13 PM
Nothing too obscure.

Usually a model 58 (41 magnum M&P).

On occation (visiting relatives in the Detroit area), I'll add a 1086.

May 12, 2003, 09:08 PM
H&R model 999 nine shot break action 22cal. It was a bit bulky and underpowered but it was accurate and since it was the only pistol I had ....

May 12, 2003, 11:40 PM
At one time or another I have carried a
Broomhandle Mauser in 30 cal,
TT33 (Nam bring back) in 7.62x25,
a pair of COP 357 mags,
LAR Grizzly in 45Win Mag
H&K P2A1 flare pistol and the EMF flare launcher.

May 13, 2003, 12:25 AM
Colt 1903 Nickel plated with Mother of Pearl grips.

The 4" .32 acp model.

I felt like a pimp, even though it was a great-uncle's BUG from the 1920s.

So I was actually an antique pimp (sorry uncle; tastes change)

May 13, 2003, 12:44 AM
At one time i carried a helwan 9mm that i bought in a pawnshop for $79,90% of the blueing was gone but it functioned fine.

May 13, 2003, 05:49 PM
Star "Firestar" in .40.

Carried it for about a year, then got rid of it -- sonofagun was heavy and had a very snappy recoil -- unpleasant, but reliable.

May 14, 2003, 04:06 AM
Me: Burgo .22 revolver. It broke twice.
And some .25 automatic called a Z.

My brother's carry gun is a Browning 1922 .380

May 14, 2003, 04:37 AM
A ruger 22/45 22 pistol bull barrel...definitely not the MOST obscure in this bunch, but it is about the least efficent way to carry a 22 for self defense aside from a 22 rifle.

May 14, 2003, 04:27 PM
Or maybe a Luger 08 in a shoulder rig?

Nuff said!:D

May 14, 2003, 06:24 PM
....on formal occasions while wearing a tux, I find a fully engraved Renaissance BHP with pearl grips goes well with the cuff links...:D ....excuse me, "I'll have another martini please, shaken....not stirred"

May 14, 2003, 06:58 PM
A .25 ACP :uhoh:

Johnny Guest
May 15, 2003, 01:38 PM
Cut-down S&W 2nd Model Hand Ejector in .45 Colt
Webley Mk IV in original .455, with handloads
Savage 1917 .32 ACP
Remington Model 51 .380
1910 Browning .380
1922 Browning .32
1932 Mauser .25
Bernardelli .22 LR
Colt Marshal .38 Spl - - Too rare to carry for a duty piece, but what did I know, back then?
Colt Challenger .22, six inch

Strayhorn - - I like the idea of older guns for home protection. In fact, my computer desk piece is a 1918 produced Colt .380 pocket auto. Nightstand gun used to be a 1917 S&W. Full military trim but for the modern Magna stocks and Armalloy finish. :D


May 15, 2003, 01:46 PM
Sardius SD9 semi-auto 9mm . It was made in Israel & only imported into this country for about a year. Great little gun, but atrocious trigger pull. Feed ramp on the barrel broke. Wish I could find another barrel or even a gun to part out.

May 15, 2003, 01:49 PM
8" bl Colt Anaconda .44.


The Glock 24 carries much, much easier!

Would carry a single-action without qualm, except for the loading gate. I hate those. :scrutiny:

I'll probably find myself carrying a CZ 52 at some point.

Got a Grendel P-10 for my ex long, long ago. Only pistol I've found with a trigger worse than a Sigma!

May 16, 2003, 07:03 PM
Hi Guys,

ASP 9mm. Looked cool but couldn't hit the side of a barn with it. :D

May 16, 2003, 11:17 PM
but something about it made me nervous:)

Also, a Walther PPK .32 WWII souvenir.

May 17, 2003, 01:50 AM


May 17, 2003, 05:19 AM
I used to think my EG Makarov was kinda exotic for a carry gun, but based on this thread, it's downright common.

Lots'a neat guns mentioned here, but the Steyr GB and Sardius SD9 stand out for me. I remember reading about each of them when they came out and really wanted them both, along with a Bren 10. Still don't have any of the three though.

June 10, 2003, 02:51 PM
OK, one night I walked the dog with a Colt SA .45 revolver tucked in my waistband.

June 11, 2003, 09:17 PM
Sundance Point Blank Derringer. O/U .22 lr

June 12, 2003, 12:15 PM
Chinese Tokarev.
FMJ Cobray 45LC& 410ga derringer.:o

June 13, 2003, 08:00 AM
EG Makarov.


Heritage Stealth C-4200 Shadow.


Iver Johnson top break .32 S&W (Short.) five-shot. Little itty bitty thing. Antique.

ADC Model-1 .45 ACP derringer.

Traditions .50-caliber single-shot muzzle-loading target pistol. Double set triggers!

Colt 1903 .32 ACP.

Secret Service Special .38 S&W top-break five-shot. Wishes it was a Smith!

Ruger Police Service Six .38 special, early serial series.

Webley MK. IV .45 ACP coversion.

EMF Hartfor Bisle SAA .45 Colt 4-3/4".

S&W Pre-M&P Model of 1902, 2nd change, .32-20.

Kahr carrier
June 14, 2003, 12:30 AM
Detonics Combatmaster 45 acp.

June 15, 2003, 08:37 PM
A long time ago, when I was young, we had a full dress inspection. I could not resist sticking my .455 Adams Patent in the holster as we stood in line,shoulder to shoulder. Both the District Commander, a lieutenent, and the So. AZ commander, a major, inspected us.

Needless to say I got their attention. After the chewing out, everybody laughed and I replaced the Adams with my Python,


October 22, 2004, 02:55 AM
british bulldog 38 chambered .454 webley
that and a astra constable .380

October 23, 2004, 01:06 AM
Iver Johnson TP-22 . Still carry my 1941 Colt USGI if headed fox Lexington or Louisville.

October 23, 2004, 02:17 AM
Mauser HsC .380
Ruger Super Single Six .22 mag
the aforementioned Grendel P-10 .380 (threaded extended barrel with muzzle brake even)

Sterling Mk. II - was fixing it for a friend, ended up using superglue in a key application :rolleyes:

October 23, 2004, 06:48 AM
Remington M51..... CZ 24.

October 23, 2004, 01:37 PM
Sig P210 in a sparks watch six

October 25, 2004, 11:13 PM
A Ruger SP101 9mm i bought as a pillow gun to compliment my P226. I ended up packing that on quite a few occasions. I really liked those loaded up clips, like little speed loaders. Cor-bon casings would always expand and stick in the cylinder though. Wish i still had it.

October 25, 2004, 11:21 PM
Well.. it wasn't on my CCW but I carried a COP .357 - 4 barrel derringer for a few days... just 'cause it was cool (but really heavy...).
What? You don't remember BladeRunner?
Come on! That was way cool!

October 26, 2004, 01:37 AM
.25 Mauser.

October 26, 2004, 04:45 AM
When I was young and dumb I carried a Sterling .22 Model 302. It worked and was viable with Stingers. But, was a poor choice since it is striker fired with no firing pin safety.
I also did the Grendel P-10 thing, I had it for about two weeks. The most frustrating thing I ever owned. It would always stove-top on the last round every time. Grendels were a novelty when they came out being one of the first "plastic guns". Glocks were not established back then. The Grendels had horrible trigger pulls and loaded via stripper clips having a fixed magazine. I think of them like I think of Pontiac Asteks...odd and defective.

October 26, 2004, 08:13 AM
It wasn't a CCW situation but I did use a Webley Mk VI for a couple of social occasions. Very under rated revolver here in the US. Not pretty in some people's eyes but maybe the best service revolver ever made.

October 26, 2004, 09:05 AM
Mauser Broomhandle (Standard Wartime Commercial, Neue Sicherung), fully loaded with a round in the chamber, hammer down, safety on. Carried it in the small of my back without a holster, one time, in the woods at night. Probably carried it some number of times in the daytime in a portfolio.

October 26, 2004, 09:18 AM
Didn't post this before because I didn't think it would count as unusual, but in my more foolish days, I certainly carried an Astra Firecat (.25ACP) plenty of times, including in a homemade wallet holster with a couple dozen spare rounds.

And I once owned a Dakota (Uberti?) derringer in .45 Colt, but I can't remember whether I ever carried it on-body.

October 26, 2004, 10:44 AM
Once carried my grandfather's 1914 Mauser in .32....waaaay too heavy for a 32.....ended up selling to a collector and got a j frame....:cool:

October 26, 2004, 12:26 PM
Steyr GB (plenty of rounds without reloading...)

October 26, 2004, 01:51 PM
Webley MKV with 4" Bbl. in .455, loaded with Fiocchi LRN ammo. Got pulled over for a broken tail light one night. Being the law abiding citizen that I am, I politely told the Officer that I had a handgun in the car. He asked where it was, then had me step out of the car. He took charge of the revolver for the duration of the stop. He handed me a "fixit-ticket" , the revolver, and 6 rounds of ammo. After he left, I loaded the old revolver and had a mental image of the Officer breaking the action, having all the ammo fall out in the floor of his car and then feeling around in dark for all 6 rounds. :D

At over $30.00 a box, I would have INSISTED he find them all too.

October 26, 2004, 01:54 PM
:o Umm, Grendel P-30.

October 26, 2004, 02:04 PM
Star PD .45ACP

Ala Dan
October 26, 2004, 04:07 PM
A 6" S&W model 19 in a Bianchi swivel holster.

Of course I was in uniform performing LEO duties.

Best Wishes,
Ala Dan, N.R.A. Life Member

October 26, 2004, 04:17 PM
An early model of the Colt Frontier Scout in 22lr. I was poor and desperate, living in a high crime neighborhood. I still own it with it's imitation wood grain cardboard box, factory brochure and cleaning rod.

October 26, 2004, 06:26 PM
FEG SMC 380, very nice gun and small.


October 26, 2004, 07:42 PM
I am sorry to admit, but I actually bought a Maab once....nice shooter with a rotary barrel, but so heavy it would drag my pants down all the time....at least it got a laugh or two when I tried to carry it concealed....wouldn't make it to my car from my bedroom.

It'd hurt a little, because it was always my wife laughing.

October 26, 2004, 11:10 PM
I've carried this thing once or twice (as a BUG) just for fun.


Cobray Pocket Pal .22/.380

October 27, 2004, 12:16 AM
'read manual'

Right on the trigger...

That kills me. HA!

That's a Cobray?...right? The funky internal revolver IIRC?

October 27, 2004, 01:51 AM
A 1910 Bergman.
Sort of a turn of the century space gun.
A significantly downsized broomhandle mauser with real grips.

Great shooter too.


October 27, 2004, 09:25 AM
Yeah, it's a Cobray Pocket Pal. Here's a web site I made about it...

Pocket Pal (http://www.angelfire.com/oh5/gunsfs/cobray.html)

The funny thing is the manual is just a sheet of 8.5x11 paper with the instructions copied (crooked) onto it. It's a very crude gun.

October 27, 2004, 09:24 PM
Savage 1907 .32 way underated.

1891 S.W/ #3 .44 Russian.

October 27, 2004, 11:21 PM
Sam... got a link to a pic? Please?!?!?

October 27, 2004, 11:59 PM
1906 colt new police......32 s&w not long mind you .32 short colt as its known. 4 inch tube, kinda like a baby bisley and very accurate 15 yds minute of fist d/a firing fast. small rounds and weak but the surgeon will have a time patching up that hole..

October 28, 2004, 12:36 AM
Zander writes: A neat little Galesi .25 that slipped easily into a pocket. Worked just fine after I found out how to field-strip the little bugger.

Thought I was the only one who had carried one of these. :what:

Not bad in the accuracy dept. either when I can actually see the sights!


October 28, 2004, 11:30 AM
Bergman Model 1910/21


October 28, 2004, 05:06 PM
SWEET! Too bad they're so expensive... :(

October 28, 2004, 11:16 PM
Savage 1907 .32 way underated

I think those are the coolest guns - would look right at home in the handbag of any one of Raymond Chandler's femme fatales.

October 29, 2004, 09:55 AM
A Jennings J22--This is a copy of an email I sent to K Frame. Feel free to yawn.
K Frame--always wanted to tell this story. Bought a J.22 at a gun show. Would not get through 3 rounds with out a jam. Called the "dealer", a home based FFL. He said tough luck, send it to the company. I called Jennings and asked to speak to the owner. It was Janet Jennings (or Janis). Told her if I wanted a single shot, I would have bought a derringer. She told me to send the .22 back and her repair foreman would repair. Back then you could ship UPS for about $7. When I got "a" gun back, it was not "the" gun I sent in. The little black beauty with a different serial # must have been his pet pistol as it was and still is a jewel. I would shoot rapid fire strings at the range and people would come up and ask what I was shooting. And walk away in disbelief. It would spit .22s out as fast as you could pull the trigger and ,with care, hold the black of a bullseye target at 15 yards round after round. I had MANY friends that ask for me to sell it to them if "ever". Not going to happen. I am a Smith collector of J and K frames,(SWCA#1506) and carry a Mod 38 , protect my abode with 2 Mod 13s and my truck with a Mod of 1905 made in 1917. But when I put that Jennings in a jeans pocket with Stingers (empty chamber), I don't sweat it.--------thanks for the read.-----Tom soutter

October 29, 2004, 11:49 AM
The Star PD does not count as an obscure or unusual carry piece. It was the first compact 45 and at one time had quite a cult following. There are still people looking for them, but I ain't selling mine.

October 29, 2004, 05:16 PM
NAA 22 S as a tertiary bug - just because. It is semiobscure as they don't make many of them.

October 29, 2004, 05:23 PM
read my long drawn out Jennings post at the bottom of page 6. I know I skipped about 50 posts. (I'll be your best friend) Please??:rolleyes:---Fastball

October 29, 2004, 05:56 PM
I read it, 2 minutes of my life I won't get back. :neener:

You owe me cash or cookies or somethin'.

October 29, 2004, 06:02 PM
I said I'd be your best friend. Won't beer do?? I do owe you a couple of those.:) Thanks, I mean, really, thanks.----Tom

October 29, 2004, 06:47 PM
Does a Panzerfaust count as a handgun?:D

October 29, 2004, 07:21 PM
Sata .25

In my pocket. Six-pack to the first one that correctly identifies country of origin.

October 29, 2004, 08:09 PM

October 29, 2004, 10:58 PM
Nope. :what:


October 30, 2004, 11:59 AM
Sata is from Italy.

October 30, 2004, 02:22 PM
Not too strange, but I carry a fullsize Jericho in 9mm every day. Most people have NO idea what it is. :)

I'm really suprised as to the number of people who've carried a TT-33! I've always wanted one for a historical peice, and they're so small for a fullsize pistol, especaily in frame hight. I'd love to try ankle carry with with one, just because I can. :p

November 2, 2004, 02:06 PM
A .70 caliber flintlock replica of an old British Navy Pistol.

November 2, 2004, 03:38 PM
I carried a Webley-Forsberry automatic revolver in .455 MK II for a time...

A great conversation piece... and maybe not so bad for defense... the old .455 had a good reputation as a man-stopper.

I figured if I had to use it, I could take the ED out while he was laughing at my gun.



November 2, 2004, 05:56 PM

Where did you get the replica of a British Navy flintlock? I'd like to get one if I can do it without spending too much money.

And as for the Webley-Forsberry, what do those things sell for these days? I know there was a time when they had some popularity for target shooting.

P5 Guy
November 2, 2004, 10:32 PM
I carry a Walther P5 now, but I did carry a Baby Lugar ( Erma ) in .380ACP.

November 3, 2004, 01:54 PM
That'd be either the Bernardelli M60 in .380 that I had about thirty years ago. Or the Star M43 in 9x19 that I often carry now:->

Michael Zeleny
November 4, 2004, 10:17 AM
My well worn pistolet automatique MAB P-15 (http://www.thehighroad.org/showthread.php?s=&threadid=84349) seems to fit the bill. Contrary to its popular image, my current carry piece, a SIG P210-6, is disqualified from obscurity in virtue of its derivation from the issue sidearm of one of the world's largest armies.

November 4, 2004, 12:00 PM
Unspellable, I got mine at a gunshow. I think it was made in the 1970's. I don't believe it is still made. At least, I have not seen one for sale anywhere.

November 8, 2004, 03:31 AM
RAP 401 in 9mm. I've talked about it a bunch, so maybe it's not so obscure, but worthwhile plugging again here. Heavy as a rock, reliable as anything I've ever handled. Accurate enough to hit the broad side of a barn, provided the barn is large and hopefully red too.

First Person Shooter
November 8, 2004, 01:12 PM
I've carried a few rather odd but not obscure weapons.

Action Arms AT-84S (Swiss copy of the CZ-75 )


S&W Mdl 29 with a 6 inch barrel ( in South Florida no less )

Nazi Walther PP

November 8, 2004, 04:03 PM
Wilkinson Linda... not very concealed, though.

November 8, 2004, 04:29 PM
I carried a Smith 547 9mm. The 3" round butt they made for the frog police. I still have it. NO, I don't want to sell it.

I also carried a Beretta 1934 in 32acp. It came with 2 mags and after much polishing and throating, it functioned flawlessly with Silvertips.

As God and my best friend as a witness, I could consistently hit the center of a paper plate at 40yds.

Neat little gun. It died as a result of a squib cycling the slide and having another round fired after it. May It RIP.


November 8, 2004, 04:38 PM
At one time i carried a helwan 9mm that i bought in a pawnshop for $79,90% of the blueing was gone but it functioned fine.

Your Helwan actually worked???????

November 8, 2004, 06:52 PM
This is easy, I prefer standard type pistols. But a 5" 1911 in .357 Magnum, known as a Coonan .357 Magnum Automatic, in Sparks SS2, dbl mag pouch, and belt, was comforting to us every time. (I worked a bit of overtime for all that gear and it was worth every penny.) That is also most often the most accurate pistol in my hands ever!

Absolutely a great 5" steel 1911. Smooth shooting, reliable, and very accurate. And with full power .357 maggies too. Did I say these are great shooters?? I wish they were still being made.

Unfortunately, mags & some parts are difficult to locate these days, and I retired it in favor of something with easier to loacte spares.

December 2, 2004, 01:36 PM
On a lark, one night last winter while walking the dog, I tucked a 5 1/2" Colt Cowboy in my belt, just to see the look on the face of any BGs who might accost me. None showed. Never carried it again. It's just a fun at the range gun. Haven't gotten into Cowboy action shooting yet. :neener:

December 2, 2004, 02:07 PM
Probably my Davis Derringer...22 magnum. Just dropped it in my jeans pocket right before I walked to WAWA in my old neighborhood ( NE Philly )

Hey Bill...speaking of CAS...you got a rig for that "cowboy" yet !? :evil:

December 2, 2004, 06:52 PM
I carried my PA-63 for almost a year at work when it was my only gun, and another later when it was still my lightest gun.

My primary car gun is a Daiwoo dp 51 (not really obscure, but not common either)

4v50 Gary
December 2, 2004, 08:45 PM
Does a 12 ga Winchester flaregun count?

December 2, 2004, 11:08 PM
Does a 12 ga Winchester flaregun count? Hence the term "Light 'em up boys!"

Especially effective against hordes of Scarecrows invading en masse from The Kingdom of Oz...

Matt G
December 22, 2004, 08:24 PM
When I was first hiking through the Big Bend about 11 years ago, I carried a 1908 Pocket Hammerless .380 all over the place in the pocket of my blue jeans.

A few times I've found myself wondering around with a 1917. (One should never look for trouble, but if it had to come, why couldn't it be when I had that pistol?)

I've carried a WWII era commercial Colt 1911 on duty for several weeks in 2001.

December 23, 2004, 12:44 PM
But I packed a 1912 Steyr-Hahn for a few days, complete with a couple stripper clips of 9mm Steyr. ;)

At the last local gun show, I picked up a black cordura thigh holster rig for my Desert Eagle. The Mall Ninja's got nothing on me. :D

December 25, 2004, 12:09 AM
Astra 600/43 - not exactly obscure, but a blowback 9mm is reasonably odd.

December 29, 2004, 06:52 AM
Well, for reasons still unclear to me I wound up packing an Astra model 900(broomhandle mauser copy) loaded with 7.62 Tokarev(not mauser, which it was chambered for) ammo for a few weeks. Had extra ammo on stripper clips. :D

That was a pretty bizarre combination. It would actually fire the ammo, but it made quite a boisterous BOOM! :what:

It would have been a nice collectable gun except for the abysmal condition(NRA fair at best), rust, pitting, hardly any rifling left. :(

Ahh, youth. That and a buck fifty will get you a cup of coffee... ;)

December 29, 2004, 08:28 AM
for those mentioning the Mauser Broomy: I got a holster done by Eric of H.B.E Specility Leatherworks (http://www.hbeleatherworks.com/ , PCRCCW here on THR). While I don't have it in my possession yet (he's also doing a holster for the wife), here's a pic of how the Broomy turned out...

December 29, 2004, 01:41 PM
That's a pretty hunk of leather Hunter. It's got style.

If you get bored, could you take another picture with a more "normal" handgun and similar holster (if you have one) in it for proportion? I'm trying to figure out how much of my hip that would cover. :D

Chris H
December 29, 2004, 05:04 PM
Mauser 1910, astra 3000, beretta 1935, savage 1913 (not sure about year),c96, .45 single shot liberator, M11/9smg, full size UZI in secret service shoulder holster.

Forgot, 1st gen SAA, radom, sig 210, colt thunderer, 1911 made in 1912, 12g cane gun.

December 29, 2004, 06:42 PM
Wow, Han Solo eat your heart out.

I knew a Scoutmaster once that carried a Colt Patterson replica under his serape, of course he was also packing an Indian "blanket gun." That's a smooth bore trade musket, shortened fore and aft and filled with shot.

December 30, 2004, 12:24 AM
carebear: as soon as Eric ships it back to me, I'll snap some comparison shots and post 'em. Probably start a thread trumpeting his work...

December 30, 2004, 12:34 AM
Dr. Rob,

Would that have been the iconic "Scoutmaster with No Name?"


Thanks. I think it will make a neat side by side comparison.

October 11, 2005, 02:51 AM
Tossup between U.S. Revolver Co. hammerless top-break .38 S&W, and a .32 ACP Ortgies. I would not admit to the latter if using my real name. Most .32 autos have the virtue of reliabillity (not in results of shooting, but in going off when the trigger is pulled). In the experience I gradually gained, the Ortgies didn't even have that.

October 11, 2005, 03:11 AM
Odd... my wife has my dad's old Ortgie. He swore by it, and the ONLY problem we've had is a bad main spring...

October 11, 2005, 12:23 PM
Freedom Arms .22 in the belt buckle.

Peter M. Eick
October 11, 2005, 02:28 PM
I have carried my Sig 210-6 a few times. Just because it was dirty and I needed a carry gun. Most of the rest of mine are to tame for obscurity.

October 11, 2005, 02:52 PM
Screw barrel black powder .45 derringer and .36 cal BP pepperbox. Mostly I carry my S&W .38 Spl.

October 11, 2005, 03:47 PM
Hard chromed CZ-52 for me loaded up with Magsafe Tok ammo to lessen the chance of overpenetration. I didn't carry this pistol for long since it's so friggen huge. But I would pity the fool who was on the receiving end of that combo. Yowza. :what:

October 11, 2005, 04:09 PM
mab p15 9mm , m1911a1c 7.62x25 / 30 mauser , others i'll have to think about...

October 11, 2005, 06:45 PM
Steyr GB - big but light except for the ammo in the magazine which weighed more than the gun itself ( I think).

October 11, 2005, 08:40 PM
The Statute of Limitations applies here (I hope.)

Back in high school I rode around in my Jeep Cherokee with a max loaded but unprimed CVA .50 caliber pistol under the seat with an inline capper tied to it. I figured that if I needed more than one shot, (I was rather good with it) my tomahawk and knife would come out... I had a flare gun an a dozen flares in the back too, but I couldn't hit myself with it if I tried.

I also carried a .44 caliber 1858 Remington cap'n ball on camping trips with my friends back then... good times.

In my legal days I've toted a Norinco Tokarev in 9mm, a Star Modelo Super in 9mm Largo, and other rather pedestrian stuff... Glocks, 1911's S&Ws, ect...

What I Want though is either a reproduction S&W New Model No. 3 in .44 Russian or a Webley .455 Mk IV. I'd carry either one of those proudly.

October 11, 2005, 08:53 PM
A long time ago, in a place far, far away, I once caried a .22 short, 7-shot derringer, nickled, rosewood grips, with "You Bet" stamped ont he top of the barrel. I've upgraded considerably since then.

October 12, 2005, 09:26 PM
Someone I know uses/used a Sauer mod 1914 I think, a very early design semi auto in 32acp for HD. I've used an odd one for carry from time to time at an informal range or for defense if on vacation and I brought an odd or new gun to show a friend or take shooting on the way there or back. My motel defense gun on a recent trip was a 32H&R mag Ruger single six and backup last time to a Taurus PT92 was a S&W 422 22lr autoloader, it has a bit of an odd apperance.

My friend has not seen my newly acquired 1932 vintage British Enfield revolver in 38/200 so that might be the next weird one to be employed.

October 15, 2005, 06:57 PM
A 5" Coonan, accurate, reliable, and not seen as often as they should be. Here is a thumbnail:

http://img229.imageshack.us/img229/3758/coonansparks0oa.th.jpg (http://img229.imageshack.us/my.php?image=coonansparks0oa.jpg)

October 16, 2005, 01:39 AM
Maybe not a very obscure model the AMT Backup .45 ACP. Due to reliability issues it quickly left the stable however.


October 16, 2005, 09:55 AM
Probably my Davis Derringer...22 magnum. Just dropped it in my jeans pocket right before I walked to WAWA in my old neighborhood ( NE Philly )

Hey Bill...speaking of CAS...you got a rig for that "cowboy" yet !? :evil:

No, not yet. Don't think I will - unless I get hooked into CAS - hmmm, maybe I'll join SASS...:uhoh:

October 17, 2005, 12:25 AM
Bren Ten Special Forces Model (chrome). That was 1984. aaaaahhhh.

October 17, 2005, 01:15 AM
Before it dropped out of my holster and knocked the rear sight off in the bathroom, I've sometimes carried my Walther TPH as my "I'm running to the store for milk" gun. Yeah, it's a .22lr, but the gun, 5 mags and 31 rounds all weigh less and take up less space than my empty airweight j frame. ;)

October 17, 2005, 01:45 AM

George Hill
October 18, 2005, 06:38 PM
Beretta Mini Cougar .45.

October 18, 2005, 06:46 PM
4" Webely in 455. Large and not easy to CCW. It was cold out and that helped.

Livin in Texas

confed sailor
October 18, 2005, 08:38 PM
i only carry to mow the back 40, i hate cottonmouths.

so i had my first centerfire handgun, a nagant revolver with 32 sw longs

October 18, 2005, 10:25 PM
el44vaquero: would that be the original 44AMP? Had a shoulder rig for mine, and sold it...

October 19, 2005, 05:11 PM
My H&R Model 732 in .32 S&W Long with a 2 1/2" barrel.


October 19, 2005, 05:16 PM
I've seen a guy shoot an IDPA match with a Coonan... wickedly cool.

October 20, 2005, 07:59 AM
confed sailor - I also carry a nagant around the place with 32 sw longs. Can't really tell you why, but I really love shooting it.

October 20, 2005, 12:42 PM
When I was 11-12 years old I used to carry a Marksman BB pistol Mexican carry while riding my bicycle. Rode over to an old abandoned dump site and shot until I ran out of the tube of Daisy BB's.

I couldn't imagine what would happen today if a 12 year old did that.

October 20, 2005, 01:32 PM
Back in the late 80's I carried a Randall General Curtis LeMay model for a while. It is a Stainless .45acp with a commander length slide on a Colt Officers ACP size frame. Later Kimber would reproduce it as the Stainless Covert. I have one of those too. A few months later after some research I discovered how rare and valuable it was,so I retired it. Now it is a safe queen in its factory Ken Air pouch.

Also carried a Walther P38K for awhile, but it only fed FMJ reliably so it was retired too.

The other obscure one I sometimes carry is a Sig 210 that was customized by Joe Bonar at Novak's....now that is a sweet shooter. But really almost too valuable to carry. Tim

Camp David
October 20, 2005, 03:28 PM
Someone handed me a .22 Mag Freedom Arms miny revolver at a range once and I almost shot my finger off firing it...it was so small (I have big hands) that when fired the small blast from barrel singed the top of my trigger finger.. hurt like hell!

This weapon is designed for a woman or a smaller-hand user! Seemed pretty dangerous to be, and more lethal to person firing it than perhaps anyone it was aimed at due to its small caliber....

October 23, 2005, 02:46 PM
Another nod for the S&W 1917, great gun but kinda bulky.

April 15, 2006, 10:43 PM
I have carried many--but the most obscure probably would be a spanish 6.35 called a BERNEDO--one step above junk but quite obscure LMAO

April 16, 2006, 08:05 PM
But around 1971 I carried a Webley-Forsberry for a short time... huge thing... fortunately it was winter.



April 16, 2006, 09:20 PM
I'm live in New York City. Could someone please explain the term "carried". I just don't understand. Sorry, Princecookie

April 16, 2006, 09:28 PM
1. Oldest - a US Revolver top break 5-shot nickle plate revolver in .38 S&W with the plating worn off in many places. Spit lead out around the forcing cone with every shot when I finally got rid of it.

2. I too carried an H&R 732 snub nose revolver in .32 S&W Long for a time. Not bad but I definitely felt undergunned with it by the time I replaced it.

April 18, 2006, 01:23 PM
Not sure about rare, definitely tiny...the good old Beretta Jetfire in .25 ACP.

That thing can fire its nine rounds so fast and reliably (usually Gold Dots, now) that it's more like a single shell of OO buck...delivered sequentially. :D

Astonishing that something that little fits the hand that well, and who couldn't like something with the name "Jetfire"?

As for the .455 Webleys and the heavy bullet they throw, that's not shooting someone, that's hitting them with a high-speed brick!

April 18, 2006, 04:56 PM
Speaking of Webleys there was an occasion when I carried a Webley Green. This was a target revolver from the 1890's, so called beause Green thought up some of the modifications to what was then the basic Webley design. At that time they were the target revolver to beat.

I was advised to use 45 Colt cartridges in it. Being young and ignorant I did so and eventually the forcing cone cracked so I sold it for peanuts. Now I see them going for $1200 to $1500. Live and learn.

April 18, 2006, 10:32 PM
orteigies .32 cal semi auto pocket pistol //in my pocket...8 round magazine..backup to my ccw weapon...

April 20, 2006, 03:24 PM
OK, I'll Play..

High Standard (??) derringer in .22Mag

Super Blackhawk...the 7-1/2" barrel square trigger-guard version

At another financial low-point...a CVA "Prospector's Pistol" single-shot cap-n-ball .44 got it as a kit for around $30

CVA 1858 Army Remington

Charter Arms .44Bulldog snubby

I'm sure there's another odd-ball or 2 , but that's all I can think of right now.

Steve 48
April 20, 2006, 04:10 PM
Helwan 9mm. What a piece of s..t. Heavy trigger and jammed after every shot. Steve 48

April 24, 2006, 05:00 PM
a 90 year old Astra 400 in 9m Largo. AKA the plumbers nightmare it is a direct blowback firing the 9mm largo round (a bit more powerful than the 9mm luger). It is a childsafe gun too, the freakin truck spring it uses is more than a lot of people can pull back on but it does fire just fine.
Oh, another quirk, it can fire all of the following rounds.
9mm largo
9mm luger/parabellum
.38 ACP
and of few more really obscure rounds and yes, it is designed to do this. Seriously, look it up, it is a strange gun indeed.

April 29, 2006, 04:54 AM
Last time I drove to my home town from the College where I live now I had a 4" S&W 500 under my driver seat, a Glock 29 10mm in my glove compartmant, an AMT .45acp Backup in my door console, a Sig P239 .40 S&W IWB on my side and in my truck my HKG3, my FAL, and an AR15. Plus, I had a few other handguns in a range bag in my trunk. Overkill? Yes, but I did intend on doing some recreational shooting back home.

August 29, 2006, 07:00 PM
The most obscure would be my Frommer Stop 12 which made a good backup then there is an Itaian made in 1916 in 32ACP that is so obscure I can't remember who made it. A chineese TOK I carried as primary for years until I got my Thompson made 1911-A1, then there is the Russian Mok & the CZ52. I've even carried a Tech 22 a time or two, but I draw the line at my Buntline, 18inches of barrel is just a bit hard to hide.

August 30, 2006, 02:19 PM
Years ago my CCL instructor said that 75% of the class would never carry on a regular basis because of the size and weight of the weapon they chose. Fooled him!!! I've had my .32 Seecamp in my back pocket wallet holster (by Guru Dave - excellent holster) 24-7 ever since. Custom hand made Amboyna wood grips on the Seecamp. Also just bought a NAA .22 Mag 1" barrel for fun.

I am very interested in the 3" American Derringer M-1 (Waco, TX) polished & engraved or the Texas Centennial model (Cal?) - I would be very interested in a personal response from anyone who has owned one of these.

email: bojangles5169@verizon.net

Seismic Sam
August 30, 2006, 05:16 PM
New 44 Automag in a leather shoulder holster back in the mid 70's.

Original 45 Hardballer with Arcadia markings sent to me personally by Lee Jurras.

I currently carry a 50 GI with Crimson trace LG-301's. It isn't obscure, but it's rare as hell, and the view from the front is to die for, LITERALLY :D

http://img229.imageshack.us/img229/3547/50gict13qt.jpg (http://imageshack.us)

August 30, 2006, 05:41 PM
Well, like Zander & Garand'06 my first new pistol, purchased in Dublin, Ga. in the summer of 1965 was the.... da! da!

25 Caliber Galesi..

Shortly thereafter I obtained my first "Pistol Toter's License" (I swear it was called that), and started carrying concealed..

In fact, here it is as we speak!



Best Wishes,

J. Pomeroy

Essex County
August 31, 2006, 12:21 PM
In the seventies I did a lot of backing. I carried a Fromer Stop in .32ACP. The workmanship and functioning was wonderful.....Essex

August 31, 2006, 12:26 PM
Glock and a CZ-27

August 31, 2006, 04:20 PM
A Broomhandle from about 1912-1913. I carried it for all of about 10 seconds as thats as long as the owner would allow me. Darn nice weapon. Simply awesome weapon. Wish I had one.

August 31, 2006, 07:04 PM
I have carried a British Bulldog 44 as one to have around incase I needed to shoot someone that turned out to not have a weapon.Illegal I know but so is unloading into somebody carrying a knife.I also carried a T/C scout 50 only one shot and slow on the reload but let the one shot hit you.

one shot one kill

August 31, 2006, 07:11 PM
I have carried a British Bulldog 44 as one to have around incase I needed to shoot someone that turned out to not have a weapon.Illegal I know but so is unloading into somebody carrying a knife.

You might want to double check the law on use of deadly force in your area. Using deadly force (gun) to defend against deadly force (knife) is legal pretty much everywhere, usual conditions applying of course.

You're better off shooting a knife wielder and claiming justifiable self-defense than you are to be planting a gun which when (not if, when) discovered will more-or-less erase your claim of self-defense and leave you open for a murder charge.

August 31, 2006, 07:37 PM
Match lock 50 caliber:scrutiny: . It was also usefull for lighting my cigs.:neener:

August 31, 2006, 08:20 PM
I used a beat up old Remington Rand .45acp 1911a1 when I was an MP in South Korea. That 1911a1 was a hunk of junk! :cuss:


August 31, 2006, 08:39 PM
Gewer! Ya gotta be kiddin'! :cool: Me too...and I carried one before there was a decent source for the ammo. How? I turned the rims to size on .38 Super cases. Worked like a charm. The old thing would even feed 125-grain Silvertips.

September 1, 2006, 12:36 PM
A French SACM 1935A in 32 French Long. Yes, I reload for it.

September 1, 2006, 03:50 PM
On a deer hunt in West Texas, a Broomhandle Mauser. Under the cold weather clothes, it wasn't a quick draw proposition, but I felt comfortable w/ it. At one time, I had a badly pitted Nazi proofed PPK in .32 w/ an aluminum frame that rode to the left of my belt buckle under a Hawaiian shirt. A buddy of mine has a nickled Radom he totes.

September 1, 2006, 11:11 PM
My little Firestorm .380 is about as obscure as I've ever gone. Though I did jam a Hi-Standard Sport King in my waistband after a range trip to get it back to my apartment, as I didn't have a case for it at the time. It's difficult to look inconspicuous with a pistol in hand on a busy sidewalk, y'know?

September 3, 2006, 03:25 PM
I once had a British Webley Revolver in 455 cal, which had the barrel cut to 2", and the cylinder cut back to take 45 acp with half moon clips.

I still my "Pistol Toter's License" issued to me when I moved to GA in 1970.

September 3, 2006, 08:50 PM
I on occasion carry my Webley MkII loaded with 200gr. lead SWC 45 auto-rims instead of my normal 1911 or 2" mod.10. I also have a S&W 1917 with the barrel cut to 3 1/4" that sees use too when the weather permits the wearing of a coat.

September 6, 2006, 08:32 AM
Once I carried my old Hopkins & Allen .32 Safety Police.

September 6, 2006, 09:36 AM
Steyr GB - if 19 rounds won't do it, what will?

September 7, 2006, 08:49 AM
As far as actual CARRY is concerned, it depends on what you consider obscure.

Colt M1917 .45
Spanish Star B in 9mm Largo
Czech CZ52

Okay, every one of them is just *ugly* but hey, you asked. :evil:

September 7, 2006, 12:45 PM
Chinese Tokarev in 9mm (w/ that stupid safety)....

Not a bad gun, but you could only carry it Condition 2 and expect any decent response time.... :rolleyes:

...but, at the time, it's all I had...

September 10, 2006, 02:37 AM
.38 Spl snubbie made by Miroku, the folks who make Browning O/U shotguns.

I bought two in the late 60s when they were sold by discounters in the South for $40something.

I sold one in Taiwan for $600 and the other one in VN for $200.

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