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Exactly what is a "kit gun"?

Discussion in 'Handguns: General Discussion' started by Texian Pistolero, Apr 24, 2005.

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  1. Texian Pistolero

    Texian Pistolero member

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    I've been around long enough that I should know, but what is a "kit gun"?.

    This has been applied to classic 1950's - 60's S & W .22 revolvers.

    Does it mean that it is:

    1) Ready to go "as is"?

    2) Fits in a kit, as in survival kit?

    3) Nobody really knows for sure?

    Come back!
     
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    Texian Pistolero...

    There was a discussion of this term over on www.smith-wessonforum.com. A kit gun was a small revolver meant to go in your "kit" or your backpack for taking along in the outdoors. Whether to be used as pest control, getting meat for the cook pot, or for self-defense. Anything along those lines.
     
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    Thanks dudes!


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    I have a S & W M-63 4 inch that has had several thousand rounds through it. if you ever find one buy it and you won't be sorry
     
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    steveno...

    Amen. I have one and love it. Of course, I had to send it back to S&W to have the DA pull smoothed out, but after that it was a joy to shoot.
     
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    Though it has never caught on like some other rounds, I look on the .32 H&R Magnum as a definitive caliber for a "kit gun" (John Taffin's phrase is "woods loafing").
     
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    I'll second the S&W 63. I have one i bought nib in July of 1980. It has to be about the best small .22 revolver ever made.
     
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    I'll put in another vote for the Model 63. I think the answer is #2 - my Model 63 resides in my fishing tackle box. :)
     
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    S & W made a M-632(?) in 32 mag but only a couple of thousand. it would be another one to have but I think that colectors have those. I haven't seen any at a gunshow in a long time. if I could have found one a number of years ago I would have kept the M-651 in 22 mag for a complete set as it were
     
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    I know the question has been answered but - outa interest - back in UK it was possible to get a kit gun - for BP. 'Kit' here was a set of parts!

    so - a set of parts .... barrel, woodwork, lockwork etc - and the buyer put it all together from the ''kit'' to make himself a nice percussion (in my case) 44 cal pistol. Wood needed finished too.

    It was an inexpensive way to get a nice front stuffer. May even have a pic somewhere ......... here it is. Crap pic - scanned from a poor photo way back - plus, by this stage gun was ''well used'' :p


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    #2

    Model 617 and my favorite, its ancestor the model 43.
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    Kit was a commonly used term to refer to indispensible items that a guy might have around, a tool KIT a shaving KIT, etc. sorta your everyday grab bag of lifes essentials. a kit gun was that small handy, never-without tool that was in the same class as your razor, toothbrush and pockey knife.
     
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    Kit Gun as in the old song:

    "...Pack up your troubles in your old KIT BAG and smile, smile, smile..."

    Meant to be part of your essentials "Road Kit" "Camp Kit" 'Hiking Kit", etc
     
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    I have a S&W Model 43 with a 3" bbl, which is the "22/32 Kit Gun Airweight". It has an alloy frame and cylinder; very lightweight, handy little woods gun. Love it. Haven't seen many around, but would certainly recommend it to anyone who can find one.

    RBH
     
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