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June 13, 2008, 08:23 PM
gizamo, that's a nice one!
Lets see some more, that way I can drool over what i need next:p
June 14, 2008, 12:32 AM
What's up Giz?Nice gun.Hope you are doing ok.
June 14, 2008, 12:48 AM
Very nice gun! Thanks for sharing.
June 14, 2008, 12:54 AM
What makes a "kit gun" a kit gun?
June 14, 2008, 03:24 AM
Deer Hunter, here a quote that i took from Chuck Hawks' website: "Also compact, but not intended as hideout guns, are the "kit guns." Also sometimes called "trail guns," these are compact frame .22 revolvers with longer barrels than a snubby, and often adjustable sights. These kit guns are intended to be carried in a backpack or slipped into a tackle box, equally ready for an impromptu plinking session or an emergency".
additionaly, quoted from another article, "These are small, easy to pack, easy to shoot revolvers."
June 14, 2008, 03:26 AM
June 14, 2008, 03:52 AM
I wish I had a kit gun. :( Been waiting for the right deal on a S&W Mod. 34 or 43.
Mine is a S&W Model 317, 3 inch barrel, Uncle Mike's grips and holds 8 cartridges.
My husband has an OLD model Ruger Bearcat.
June 14, 2008, 11:10 AM
Here you go. The classic kit gun. S&W model 34 and 51.
June 14, 2008, 02:21 PM
I've collected and shot S&W's for way too long:uhoh: Well past 25years and somewhere onto 50....There is no finer double action kit gun then the named guns, and that extends into some of the Model numbered guns....
Seriously thinking of converting this to the new .327 Federal Magnum....
This Single Six was shortened to just 4" and had a set of Micro Sights added to the front and rear. Ground breaking stuff considering the gun was made in 1955....
Folk's when I here the term "Kit Gun", I immediately think of small frame
revolvers normally of .22LR caliber such as Smith & Wesson's model 34,
43, 63, and 317; or the Taurus model 941. Don't overlook the fact that
Colt also made a 3" .22LR blue steel Cobra, for a very short period of
time. I know, cuz I had one NIB back in the late 70's (or very early 80's)
but did not have enough gumption too keep it~! I mention these makes
and models cuz I also consider a "Kit Gun" as being something lightweight
and small enough to carry in a tackle box on fishing trips. :scrutiny:
With that in mind, 'bout one year ago I came across a factory nickel
2" barrel S&W J-frame model 34-1; which has a square butt and is
with the adjustable sights (for those that may not know~!). It is
without box docs, but ANIB none the less. Appearance wise, it looks
like it might never have been fired; or if it has, the original owner
did a marvelous job in cleaning it up. Buying from an individual, I
probably gave a bit more than I should have; but this is a weapon
that my late father always sought for himself. OTD price was a
firm $350; and I was willing too pay it in memory of him~! ;)
*FootNote- when I get the chance, I will post pics of this great
little "safe queen"; as it joins my S&W 4" 19-3, S&W 10-5 (from
between 63-65), a 2" second series Colt Detective Special (from
1971); and 2x blued second series Colt Detective Specials (from
1966), along with a highly polished 2nd series (early post 1973)
Colt Agent in that roll. ;)
June 16, 2008, 07:50 PM
Colt's Kit Gun, a Cobra .22 (1961).
June 16, 2008, 09:28 PM
Thanks all just found a new niche to fill. It seems almost mandatory to have a kit gun now. Before this thread that term meant nothing to me, but now I will be seeking a .22 revolver and some nice leather. Thank you again.
June 16, 2008, 11:14 PM
I am so jealous of you guys. I have been trying to get my hands on a S&W or Colt .22 but can't find an affordable one. Looks like I might have to do a little trading... :(
June 16, 2008, 11:27 PM
Great pic of a nice weapon, bayouboy my friend~! :cool:
It looks exactly like the one I previously owned; even tho' it was
from the first series Cobra's its-self, it was much later in life but
still NIB when I found it. You know what, like other's I wish I had
it back~! :banghead: Enjoy- ;) :D
June 17, 2008, 07:04 AM
The Single Six might be a tad large for the classic "kit gun" but the Bearcat certainly fills the bill. I carry mine almost every day around the "compound" here. Handy little gun to have.
I've been thinking about picking up an H&R 922. I've seen a couple around here in very good shape for less than $150. The only thing that's stopped me is that they use a loading gate... never been a fan of unloading/loading each shot individually... :( still, cool gun, and I may end up getting one just because it's a .22!
June 18, 2008, 01:22 PM
The cylinder pops out, you push the center ejector w/the cylinder pin and all nine fall out together. It's weird but once you get used to it, it's quick.
June 18, 2008, 02:38 PM
Oh? Hmm... might be time to stop by the shop and check those out again. A .22 revolver has been tops on my list for a while...
I think of a kit gun as a small revolver with enough barrel for good accuracy, used to take small game or dispatch varmints.
Exactly! Great definition. Small enough to fit in a "Kit", like a tackle box or small pack.
June 19, 2008, 11:03 AM
My 3" Rossi blued M68 .38 special is a really nice "kit gun" in a larger caliber. I think of the little 511 stainless 22 more as a "kit gun", but I guess the .38 fits. Both group well enough to easily take a rabbit at 25 yards or a bit beyond.
I usually think of a kit gun as having adjustable sights, but so long as it shoots straight, I guess. The M68 is the older gun with a windage adjustable blade. But, I never had to adjust it, dead on with wadcutters.
June 19, 2008, 12:15 PM
Old model 63, Nice but the k-22 is easier to shoot. IMHO
Smith & Wesson Model 34-1 .22/32 Kit Gun Range Report (http://xavierthoughts.blogspot.com/2006/08/smith-wesson-model-34-1-2232-kit-gun.html)
June 20, 2008, 07:22 PM
Now that's a kit gun! It may shoot .22's but that gun has it all....
Screaming good looking package, tough little hombre, ~~~~
and who would not want to pick that up and take it along :)
June 20, 2008, 09:04 PM
Had the S&W 651 4" .22 WMR some years back,..sweetest little shooter I ever had. Rear end is still sore from kicking myself for letting it go. I ever see anuther,...I'll buy it right now without thought or reservation. I now use the Ruger Single Six's, have one in .22LR/WMR Combo,..and another in .32 H&R. Great guns,...but I sure miss that little Smithy.....
June 22, 2008, 04:59 PM
Here's my S&W Model 34. It's been on many a hunt with me.