So I have always liked the look of a well worn handgun, no rust, but lots of finish wear. I've seen some people on here with a well-worn S&W .44, a Sig, and some chopped up 38/357, and I'm sure that many of us have some well-used handguns with lots of character.
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January 23, 2010, 10:07 PM
I need to get some better pictures of this, but it's a S&W 2nd Model Hand Ejector from 1917. Apparently been in at least one world war and seen a heck of a lot of other use. I really enjoy it. Sometimes I even load it up and stick it in the nightstand, other times I do dry-fire drill with it, and shoot it at least once a year. It has a (non-period correct) lanyard on it as once a year I try to ride with it, so it still gets out and "works" to earn its keep.
Unfortunately the original grips disappeared long ago so now it wears some from a Brazilian model. Last time I saw an excellent pair of correct grips for this model, they were in excellent shape and traded at $300. Gulp. That's the price of really nice Victory model! So I guess it will keep wearing those '40's vintage Brazilian grips a while longer. Since I do use it periodically, I put some vintage Pachmayr grip adapters on it as T-Grips would look too modern.
I added the compensator to it, but it matches the original finish fairly well.
January 24, 2010, 06:47 PM
Colt Officers Model 38 Special , about 1948 , not much to look at, but man what a shooter!
January 24, 2010, 09:15 PM
Here's my circa 1951 .38 Spl. Colt Police Positive Special. At some point, it was a service pistol for the police forces of Colombia (marked "Fuerzas de Policia
Republica de Colombia" on the barrel).
This 1911 has been around the block a few times and is a great shooter:
My Kel-Tec P-11 has been a very reliable carry piece:
January 24, 2010, 11:55 PM
Great pictures. I like that Colt 1903. gb6491, that P11 looks like it has accompanied you many days.