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Are you a Purist?

Discussion in 'Handguns: Revolvers' started by azgunner, Sep 22, 2011.

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  1. azgunner

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    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.
     
  2. sidheshooter

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    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.
     
  3. Coyote3855

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    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.
     
  4. Lucky Derby

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    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.
     
  5. Iggy

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    Yup, I fit your description.

    Carry a 19 or a 640-1.

    Last one I bought was a 77 year old Outdoorsman.
     
  6. BCRider

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    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.
     
  7. The Sarge

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    I daily carry a all original 1964 semi auto.
     
  8. Ala Dan

    Ala Dan Member in memoriam

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    Yes, I am sometimes a "Purest" :D

    That said, I can often be found toting an old "wheel gun"~! ;)
     
  9. SPW1

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    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 ;)
     
  10. 420Stainless

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    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.
     
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    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.
     
  12. Guillermo

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    I can't think of any

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

    Does that count?

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  13. CajunBass

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    You mean like the 1950 Colt Official Police I was carrying today? And probably will tomorrow.
     
  14. BossHogg

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    36-1 on my hip. I like this gun shootablity. Have more options but this is on my belt.
     
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    Nope. I like just about every thing. :)
     
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    Three words: Single Action Army
     
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    This old girl's seen alot of holster time.

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    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.
     
  20. MyGreenGuns

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    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. :(
     
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    mod. 12 as an example?

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    There are a lot of great old revolvers. I have several examples that I really like. But you cannot beat the Ruger SP101!!!
     
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    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.
     
  24. 1911Tuner

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    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.
     
  25. Sealevel

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    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.
     
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