Are you a Purist?


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azgunner
September 22, 2011, 03:02 PM
When I say Purest, I mean no disrespect to anyone. But to me a Purest is a man/woman that carries an older weapon in an older revolver. ie: Ruger Six Series. S&W 27-28-29-24-25. S&W 15 -10. Ruger Blackhawk-Super Blackhawk (pre-80's) Colt Python-Boa-Trooper. Charter Arms Bulldog.(pre80's)
Virginian Dragoon, H&R Forty Niner and such.

What I am really looking at, are guns before the mid 80's. Not all this new stuff in revolvers. But the older weapons. I know we could go wayyyyyy back, but for me, I am looking at these type of weapons, and peolpe that use and carry them.

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sidheshooter
September 22, 2011, 03:40 PM
Anyone who knows me, knows that I am far from <purest>! Waaaay far... ;)

That said, I may well fit in your category, as a purist. The gun I most often rely upon as a first-grab CCW is a '76 S&W 36-1 (the 3" heavy barrel put out at the request of NYPD's Frank McGee, back in the dark ages). It is currently stuffed with Remington's likewise-ancient load, the 158 LSWCHP +P. I have also shot a lot of pinned barrel K-frame revolver in classes alongside Glocks, XDs and M&P autos. I personally prefer the old M&Ps; the ones with six shots.

The last gun I bought was a used 64 .38 spec. Before that, a new Ruger... but it was a sheriff vaquero in .44 spec. I seem to be going back in time, technology-wise.

Coyote3855
September 22, 2011, 03:58 PM
I have some carry guns that may fit your definition. Ruger Speed Six with 2 3/4 barrel in .357. Goes with me to the woods and occasionally downtown. A Colt Detective Special from the early 1960's. Coat pocket now and again. Colt Official Police with 2" barrel. This one's a frankengun, with Colt OP barrel on an Officer's Model frame, aftermarket silver plate. Then there's the Ruger Single Six I bought new in 1963.

Lucky Derby
September 22, 2011, 04:00 PM
I somewhat fit your idea. I often carry a 1969 vintage Colt Trooper, although a much newer Ruger SP101 gets the bulk of the carry duty, and a S&W 342Ti from the late 90s gets BUG duty.

Iggy
September 22, 2011, 04:19 PM
Yup, I fit your description.

Carry a 19 or a 640-1.

Last one I bought was a 77 year old Outdoorsman.

BCRider
September 22, 2011, 04:47 PM
Don't shun ALL the new guns. At least not the old designs that are still being sold.

I can hardly be called a purist since I've only been shooting for about 3 years. And I do shoot and enjoy a variety of semis and revolvers including black powder. But it may be an idicator of my purist direction that my revolvers greatly outnumber my semis at this point.

The Sarge
September 22, 2011, 06:34 PM
I daily carry a all original 1964 semi auto.

Ala Dan
September 22, 2011, 06:36 PM
Yes, I am sometimes a "Purest" :D

That said, I can often be found toting an old "wheel gun"~! ;)

SPW1
September 22, 2011, 07:38 PM
http://i114.photobucket.com/albums/n260/stelzneri/003-6.jpg


This smith 36 is my carry gun and has been since my 21st birthday. I love the way the old herrett grips feel in the hand. After many years of wear(only four of them while in my possession) they are not much to look at, but they sure make the gun easy to shoot accurately with minimal felt recoil. Not really a purest when it comes to guns anyway but if something isn't broke no need to fix it unless you just like to tinker ;)

420Stainless
September 22, 2011, 08:26 PM
Nope. I usually have a piece of plastic in my pocket (PM45). However, when I do carry a revolver it is almost always a Detective Special.

MMCSRET
September 22, 2011, 08:28 PM
I have been known to carry a Colt Police Positive in 32 Police, gun built in 1923, also use a S&W Regulation Police 38 from the middle 20's. My field guns are often Colt Army Specials in 32-20 from 1919 & 1922. My favorite is a Colt Official Police, much newer, 1952. Where does that put me in your body count.

Guillermo
September 22, 2011, 09:41 PM
At least not the old designs that are still being sold
I can't think of any

On my hip on any given day is a Colt Diamondback snub.

Does that count?

http://i600.photobucket.com/albums/tt82/BillLoeb/DSC06643.jpg

CajunBass
September 22, 2011, 09:47 PM
You mean like the 1950 Colt Official Police I was carrying today? And probably will tomorrow.

BossHogg
September 22, 2011, 10:51 PM
36-1 on my hip. I like this gun shootablity. Have more options but this is on my belt.

DC3-CVN-72
September 23, 2011, 01:06 AM
Nope. I like just about every thing. :)

HDCamel
September 23, 2011, 01:10 AM
Three words: Single Action Army

stillkickin
September 23, 2011, 01:16 AM
oh yea!

ColtPythonElite
September 23, 2011, 04:08 AM
This old girl's seen alot of holster time.

http://www.thehighroad.org/attachment.php?attachmentid=149708&stc=1&d=1316765252

ugaarguy
September 23, 2011, 04:15 AM
What I am really looking at, are guns before the mid 80's.
Would a Mid 80s Glock be more a "purest" (sic) gun than a mid 90s pre-MIM S&W K or L frame? I'm just curious.

MyGreenGuns
September 23, 2011, 04:29 AM
Seems like your "Purest" definition is pre-80s primarily. That would also make it pre-me.
I do carry a wheelgun half the time. But I'm far more proficient with my XD9.
My oldest gun is 1943, newest is 2010. So I'm probably not "Pure" by your definition. :(

huntershooter
September 23, 2011, 05:21 AM
mod. 12 as an example?

http://i1043.photobucket.com/albums/b434/huntershooter/mod%2012/006.jpg

wankerjake
September 23, 2011, 05:32 AM
There are a lot of great old revolvers. I have several examples that I really like. But you cannot beat the Ruger SP101!!!

StrawHat
September 23, 2011, 06:03 AM
I have a 4" barreled N frame in 45 ACP, I carry. Also a 3", M36 with round butt. Both come from the era you mention. As a matter of fact, with the exception of my L frames, all my revolvers are that era or older.

1911Tuner
September 23, 2011, 06:19 AM
I am. People from the boards who have been here are usually surprised that I don't own any fancy or high-end 1911 pistols. There may be a fitted barrel here and there, and a lowered ejection port that was OEM on a particular gun, but for the most part...they're pretty much what they look like. Ordnance/Mil-Spec pistols...right down to the sights.

The same goes for revolvers. I don't own a Smith & Wesson revolver that's less than 22 years old, and most of'em are much older. The New Vaqueros, the Blackhawks, and the Cimarron 1873 clones are more or less novelties for me...toys...though I have carried one of the .41 Magnum Blackhawks into the boondocks a few times.

Sealevel
September 23, 2011, 06:58 AM
My carry gun is a 36 no dash.

I never thought of myself as a "purest", but all my handguns are Smith revolvers from that era. Most of them are fixed sights as I only practice at SD ranges.

Stainz
September 23, 2011, 08:04 AM
My revolvers are newer, but my carry & house gun ammo is dated - the .38 Special +P 158gr LHPSWC. My house and carry guns even have the IL. Definitely not a 'purist', by the OP's definition. Does that ammo make me a 'quasi-purist'? As I am a revolver-only guy, perhaps I am just a revolver-lover.

Stainz

kbbailey
September 23, 2011, 08:11 AM
I'm not necessarily a purist, but my '76 Colt Python fits your criteria. It went back to Colt for a reblue/action job. Wow, is it a shooter.

madcratebuilder
September 23, 2011, 08:35 AM
I don't know about all these new fangled guns, I'm old school.

http://i32.photobucket.com/albums/d37/madcratebuilder/Colts01.jpg


J/K, but I do carry a oldie.

http://i32.photobucket.com/albums/d37/madcratebuilder/SW/5thchange05.jpg

CraigC
September 23, 2011, 09:03 AM
I don't think your definition of purist and mine are the same. You're talking about people who just like older guns, a traditionalist if you will. I certainly fall into that category, for the most part. 95% of my guns are single action revolvers, older S&W's, leverguns and a few blackpowder guns. Give me blued steel and walnut any day. Although I do have a couple of polymer framed pistols for utilitarian purposes, as well as a 'modern' AR and a "tacticool" .22LR. Those guns may be fun to shoot and serve a unique purpose but they do not stir my soul like a good single action.

To me, a purist is one who thinks that everything should be as it left the factory. Right down to the stocks. I think this is what most consider a "purist". I am certainly not a purist. To me, nothing is sacred and unless it's a rare old Colt or S&W, anything is fair game for modification. Factory stocks are always the first thing to go.

Guillermo
September 23, 2011, 09:41 AM
You're talking about people who just like older guns, a traditionalist if you will

To me, a purist is one who thinks that everything should be as it left the factory

I have to concur with Craig on this.

And like he, I am not a freak for factory stocks.

While I like the stocks on some...a nice set of goodyears does wonders on .357s.

(I even have them on a Python...ugly to be sure but I shoot it well. And that is its purpose)

waidmann
September 23, 2011, 09:45 AM
I like Craig C's post. I am all over the map myself. I love all sorts of guns most older but I do own a couple of S&W's with locks and a Glock 31C. I love my 60-10. I sometimes carry my 60 (no dash) 3" SB. I don't lose sleep over MIM parts, internal locks or some people's preferences.

I do not carry my Colt SAA .45 LC 5.5" as a CCW. But if you'd like to have it, wait for the estate sale.

PO2Hammer
September 23, 2011, 10:12 AM
No, I enjoy Glocks just as much as I enjoy my .44 special revolvers. I even shoot the .40s&w without feeling guilty.

mesinge2
September 23, 2011, 10:27 AM
My Carry Revolver:

http://i1210.photobucket.com/albums/cc401/mesinge2/My%20heaters/23.jpg

Hobie
September 23, 2011, 11:13 AM
When I say Purest, I mean no disrespect to anyone. But to me a Purest is a man/woman that carries an older weapon in an older revolver. ie: Ruger Six Series. S&W 27-28-29-24-25. S&W 15 -10. Ruger Blackhawk-Super Blackhawk (pre-80's) Colt Python-Boa-Trooper. Charter Arms Bulldog.(pre80's)
Virginian Dragoon, H&R Forty Niner and such.

What I am really looking at, are guns before the mid 80's. Not all this new stuff in revolvers. But the older weapons. I know we could go wayyyyyy back, but for me, I am looking at these type of weapons, and peolpe that use and carry them.
May I ask why you think a person who carries a revolver is a "purest" (purist)? Would you include somebody who carries a Colt Government or 1903 hammerless or Baby Browning? How about the person who carries only a knife or walking stick? What is the point of the question? What information are you really seeking?

Now, I'm going to make a leap and presume that what you mean to ask is why do some people carry older, blued steel and walnut stocked guns rather than getting with the times and carrying a Glock or Glock-like "modern" pistol. I can only speak for myself...

I'm an old fart who likes steel and walnut and so that's what I own and because it is what I own, what I spent my money on it is what I carry. Being an old fart I know they work, i.e. they function and the cartridges do to the targets what I want them to do to the targets. I don't have to consider any of the things that police officers or soldiers have to consider.

This is what I carry.

http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-Le7UcOZPHfE/TnizKKjShwI/AAAAAAAAAqM/SXjfq_U4ycU/s320/DSCN2012.JPG

aryfrosty
September 23, 2011, 11:21 AM
I have a Colt Python, 4" blued with stag service grips and a Colt Trooper .357, 4" blued. I've been shooting and carrying for quite a while and one of the first revolvers I carried on duty in 1971 was a Trooper .357. I also have a series 70 Combat Commander. I have and enjoy Glocks and Sigs but I admire the craftsmanship in the older guns.

Ash_J_Williams
September 23, 2011, 11:26 AM
Most of my stuff is older, but it's because I generally buy used.

Thaddeus Jones
September 23, 2011, 11:31 AM
I am a purist, or so I'm told anyway.

My understanding of the term purist (as used on gunboards) is that anyone who despises internal locks, MIM parts, two piece barrels, lousy triggers, ugly designs, cheap finishes or any other idiotic cost cutting measure in their revolvers, is termed a purist.

If this is the current definition of a purist then please label me a purist! :cool:

roaddog28
September 23, 2011, 12:24 PM
I guess I am a purest. From time to time I carry my Ruger Police Service Six 4 inch. I also have a S&W model 36 no dash I can carry too.
Regards,
Howard

Guillermo
September 23, 2011, 12:26 PM
I am DEFIANTLY a purist by Thaddeus' definition

CraigC
September 23, 2011, 12:29 PM
Me too!!! :D

Gordon
September 23, 2011, 10:09 PM
Pretty pure and what I carry around the place and goes in pocket when I go out. Had a Ca. permit for it until last year.:cuss:
http://i73.photobucket.com/albums/i203/gordonhulme/005-2.jpg

oldfool
September 23, 2011, 10:46 PM
purist, not hardly, I own and shoot and enjoy a variety of stuff
but I best like (and wear) the "good old stuff" largely because I trust it a lot more than "new & improved" of any/all flavors

warrconn
September 24, 2011, 12:19 AM
Purist

sidheshooter
September 24, 2011, 01:05 AM
Alrighty, huntershooter, if you are going to be posting a model 12 pic, then I'll see you. I may reach for the 36-1 j more, but the 12 is a close second!

http://www.thehighroad.org/attachment.php?attachmentid=99541&d=1244345090

ColtPythonElite
September 24, 2011, 01:55 AM
I can play that Smith game.:D

http://www.thehighroad.org/attachment.php?attachmentid=149747&stc=1&d=1316843696

Gordon
September 24, 2011, 02:22 AM
Colt!
http://i73.photobucket.com/albums/i203/gordonhulme/P1020215.jpg

Blue Brick
September 24, 2011, 05:38 AM
+1 For Yes. I carry a Ruger PS6.

BigN
September 24, 2011, 06:33 AM
No, I don't do old/antique stuff, only modern firearms for me. I prefer synthetic stocks or hard rubber grips to shiny wood ones, if that tells you anything.

ColtPythonElite
September 24, 2011, 07:13 AM
Gordon,

I prefer Colt.:D

http://www.thehighroad.org/attachment.php?attachmentid=149748&stc=1&d=1316862778

mesinge2
September 24, 2011, 07:23 AM
I can play that Smith game

Me too

http://i1210.photobucket.com/albums/cc401/mesinge2/My%20heaters/My38SPLSWmodel12-25.jpg

Tokarevsrule
September 24, 2011, 07:44 AM
This isn't quite what you asked, but I do carry a m57 tokarev made in the 50s. I would call it a old school gun.

chriske
September 27, 2011, 07:28 AM
Not strictly, but by preference, blued steel & wood, for me.
My favorites are pre-lock, pinned barrel S&W's (14, 17, two 15's, 28), with an occasional Classic (FN HP, Walther PP, SIG 210) thrown in.

JohnBT
September 27, 2011, 08:44 AM
I once carried my great uncle Ed's nickeled 1884 S&W .38 break-top for a few weeks, but I've moved into the 21st century now and carry a Rohrbaugh. I haven't sold my old wheel guns (or the newer ones from the '90s), but seldom carry them.

Come to think of it, I've never carried the H&R .32 long my aunt bought in Baltimore in the '70s when she was still a nurse at Hopkins. I don't even know if I have ammo for it anymore. Hmm. My grandfather's Iver Johnson's .32 isn't safe to shoot, but it's cute as a bug.

I have a handful of those old clunkers around here that I've accumulated from various family members. I get the ones nobody wants. I buy the nice guns if they're offered to me and the cheap ones come free. Distant relatives would even drop them off at my parents' house. I'm not complaining, but how many of these things does any one person need?

mavracer
September 27, 2011, 08:50 AM
I probably don't fit the purest catagory as I carry some newer designs. But I do often carry older revolvers I have a nice Speed Six and a early '70s Detective Special that see signifigant carry time.

sixgunner455
September 27, 2011, 11:20 AM
Had a 1970 Detective Special that got carried a good bit. Mostly carry a 642-2, and sometimes a 3" S&W 13-3 (all I carried yesterday). I used to carry a 1930 M&P, but not anymore. I also have a CZ75 that gets a fair amount of holster time, but I've gotten less and less enamored of chasing brass lately.

Jonah71
September 27, 2011, 11:44 AM
I don't leave the house without my '74 Mod. 36. When it comes to revolvers I prefer 1950's-80's. Somehow most revolvers I now have were made in the 70's. But in bottom feeders I like the newer models. I tend to get more attached to my "older" revolvers and it's very difficult for me to trade or sell them.

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