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Old Revolver Suggestions...

Discussion in 'Handguns: Revolvers' started by MisterG, Nov 11, 2004.

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  1. MisterG

    MisterG Member

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    I'm writing a story that takes place in the 50s and I'm looking for a suggestion for a revolver. Double or Single action is fine either way. I'd like some pictures if possible. Blue steel would be nice too. I leave it to you all. Thanks.
     
  2. Jim March

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    Colt Officer's Model target 38 in a 4" barrel would be a somewhat rare but quality gun. It's built on the same frame as the Python, it's a sort of "Python ancestor" and ungodly accurate. Most were 6" but some 4" variants were made.
     
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    Will this do??

    Here is a Mod 10 Smith or a pre 10. Around forever as the .38 M&P. This was the common side arm of cops and robbers. If you require an earlier handgun, there are lots of photos around. Just ask.---Tom

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  4. Brian Williams

    Brian Williams Moderator Emeritus

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    Basic plot line would help.

    Most folks in the 50's if they had a gun it was a S&W M&P, Military and Police or the Colt equivalent. 38 Spec was typical caliber
     
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    If you start the story in 1955 your Dick could have a Colt Python.

    Charby
     
  6. MisterG

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    That might work...

    I just want something big, long, and blue. Like smurfette :D
     
  7. Brian Williams

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    Then you want either a 1917 S&W 45 ACP or a S&W Hand-ejector Triple lock in 44 special. If the character is a real classy spender get him a Registered Magnum with a 8 1/2' barrel, special ordered and registered.
     
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    The S&W Model 27 was available in 1935. The S&W 38/44 Heavy Duty was availabe in 1930. The J-frame chief special snubbie was avialbe in 1950.

    The Colt Detective Special was an American DA/SA revolver first produced in 1927 as a shortened version of the Police Positive Special handgun.
     
  9. MrMurphy

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    Colt Detective Special 2" barrel .38 Special, six shots.
    Colt Police Positive 4" barrel, .38 Special six shots.

    S&W Military & Police, started production in 1899, still making them (the model 10). The common cop gun everywhere for nearly fifty years at least. Six shot .38 Special.

    Colt M1917 New Service .45 ACP with moon clips holding six shots.
    S&W M1917 Triple Lock .45 ACP with same (both were substitute issue in WW1 and WW2)

    Either of those in their .45 Colt models, also very common at the time.

    In automatics, the M1911A1 .45 ACP Colt service pistol, the .32 ACP or .380 ACP Colt Model M (M1903 or M1908), common pocket pistols of the time along with the Detective Special.
     
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    Colt New Service. Bigger than the S&W, and better. Available in your choice of calibers.
     
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    How about the coolest and rarest of the Colt revolvers of that era...The Colt Shooting Master.
     
  12. MisterG

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    Think I might go with...

    A good ole Colt 45 Single Action. Hard to beat a classic.
     
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    The New Service Target will be harder to find than a Shooting Master.
     
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    Dear MisterG, I would suggest...

    ...to arm the hero of the story (if there's one) with a double action revolver Smith & Wesson 1950 Target Model w/4" barrel, cal. .44 Special. For back-up purposes give him a worn World War I-vintage Colt 1911 Government .45 ACP pistol that was originally carried by the late hero's grandfather on the European battlefields. A Colt 1911 in .38 Super inherited from his father would be another great suggestion.
     
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    A model 1909 Colt double action in .45 Colt would fit the bill.
     
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