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Saturday Night Special Photos!

Discussion in 'Handguns: Revolvers' started by Confederate, Sep 16, 2010.

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  1. Confederate

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    This is a call for those of you with cheap revolvers that you picked up and never got rid of to now post photos here!

    Yeah, I know "Saturday Night Specials" is a queer term, but let's face it, we all have, at one time or another, picked up guns for one reason or another that have been somewhat less than premium quality.

    My second handgun was this RG Model 66 chrome-plated .22LR.

    Reason I got it: My first handgun, a Ruger Security-Six, was too expensive to shoot and the 66 had the same "look and feel" as the cowboy pistol my mother bought me when I was six.

    Reason I kept it: It was so cheap I didn't have to worry about leaving it in the car and around my college apartment. I could buy two boxes of ammo and take it up in the canyons to shoot. I had to tighten the grips every time I cleaned it, but it worked for a long time...until I could afford a Ruger Mark I blued pistol.

    If you have photos of any of the guns you once used or abused, cursed or cherished, please tell your story and show a photo of your gun.

    Did you have any guns you personally had to destroy they were so bad? Do you have any that you kept as fishing "kit" guns just to shoot tin cans with?

    Let's hear your stories and see your photos!


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    You may have seen this already, as I've posted it several times before,
    but it's one reason I went on to buy a Ruger Single-Six. It gave me a
    lasting appreciation of single action revolvers!
     
  2. 9mmforMe

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    I never liked the term "Saturday Night Special" it still conjures up thoughts of cheap and not well made pistols that are used in criminal activity. The term is still embraced by the antis and has been used to describe any pistol they find undesirable, just as they have demonized rifles that have the appearance of a military arm. I think that inexpensive pistols are important for the folks who don't have a great deal of money but still want to protect themselves and their families. I have known owners of Lorcins and Jennings who said they were fine guns if broken in properly and utilized ball ammo typically...then we have the Hi-point which many seem to praise despite its lower cost.
     
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    The RG40.

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    I really should take a newer pic of the gun, I took the stain off the grips to be redone a different color, and added my own handmade cylinder release (different from the improvised one that was on it before)
     
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    She's an old 1906 H&R 22RF 7 shot. Not a bad gun. Never worth a lot more than $50 but can kill ya dead.

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  6. GigaBuist

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    Racist would be a better adjective. My understanding is that the original term is Niggertown Saturday Night Special. I'm not a fan of the shortened version either.
     
  7. goodtime

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    The term "saturday Night Special" has nothing to do with race. It's always been plain ol' "Saturday Night Special," with nothing else tacked before or after. If a racist wants to tack on a phrase, he can and will, but the term, itself, is race neutral; it's about the gun, nothing else.


    Back to guns. Here's mine. I happen to like the phrase, despite the fact that it has negative connotations, simply because it reminds me of my youth. The south side of Chicago had lots of 'em.
     

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  8. Sam1911

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    Proving that one way or the other would be difficult.

    I've read that the original term (the one offered by Gigabuist) referred to a murder committed by one member of a lower class disfavored group upon another member of that group, usually over a weekend night, and on the "wrong side of the tracks," so to speak. Such crimes were not considered worthy of much investment of police attention until the following week -- if at all.

    Eventually the term shifted meaning to the kind of cheap gun most of these disadvantaged folks were (supposedly) likely to use to commit such crimes.

    Since the phrase doesn't appear to have been in print (not very surprising, really) much before the 1960s, it's tough to say how it really started.
     
  9. goodtime

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    "Proving that one way or the other would be difficult"

    You're right, but I'm not trying to prove anything, just speaking my piece. My opinion is based on more than hearsay, however.

    In the context of this thread, though, it is clear that there are no such overtones, and that's what is important here. The OP, along with almost every other poster, are simply talking about guns. I'll continue to use the phrase with no guilt.

    So, etymology and former social atrocities aside, here's another Saturday Night Special pic.
     

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    I see nothing wrong the term at all.

    I have been around guns all my life and thought it meant a small framed, short barrel handgun, nothing more. I know anti's use the term for their benefit but, IMO, screw 'em.

    Nice little revolver you have there! Thanks for sharing.
     
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