Friday, July 25, 2014

75 years ago today!


On this day in 1939 my Smith & Wesson 357 Magnum shipped from the factory to Sutcliffe Sporting Goods in Louisville, KY. The gun shipped exactly as you see it now although the original grips are long gone. With more research I recently discovered that my revolver was one of a two gun shipment. Both handguns were identical and had consecutive registration numbers. Somewhere out there (maybe) is a twin to this one!

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Gone shooting

I went shooting early this AM. The temperature was 70 and the sky partially overcast, nearly a perfect day for the range! I have several items on my gun "to do" list and today it was my Remington 870's turn. I have had it a while and needed to see how it shoots and functions. I wasn't really too concerned with function. I have owned a half dozen Model 870 shotguns over the years and have yet to own a bad one. I was more concerned with the stock. It has a factory issue folding metal stock and I didn't know how unpleasant it was going to be to shoot heavy loads through it.

I arrived right as they opened with my Remington and 40 rounds of various self-defense loads, mostly 00 Buckshot. I had some regular Winchester and some Remington LE "Reduced Recoil" rounds. I also fired a box of 1 oz. Brenneke slugs through it too. As I'm sure you could guess the reduced recoil loads were the least punishing, followed by the Winchester, and finally the Brenneke slugs were the harshest. None of them, not even the slugs, were too bad though. The metal butt plate didn't even leave a mark on me. I had thought I might have to switch to a regular synthetic stock but I have no issues with this folding unit.

The Remington shot straight and functioned flawlessly, you can't ask for more than that. The sights were especially good. This shotgun was built by Scattergun Technologies (the original one in Nashville TN) and was equipped with their tall front sight and ghost ring rear. It's a good set-up that makes it lot easier to get consistent hits. I liked the sights a lot and can see why they are so popular. This one is definitely a "keeper."

Sunday, July 06, 2014

People with guns collection # 72


PRESIDENT TRUMAN RECEIVES GERMAN PISTOL -- SPRINGFIELD, MO.: President Truman waves a silver-plated German Luger that was given to him by Dr. Junior Mills, a Springfield dentist and former artillery captain, when the Presidential train stopped in that city, July 5. Someone in the crowd at the station asked the President if the weapon is for use at the convention. "Oh, no, not necessarily," the President replied. "I can use it in the campaign." 7/6/48

Sunday, June 22, 2014

People with guns collection # 71


NEVEH YAAKOV, PALESTINE: A 12-year-old Jewish boy teaches a girl of elementary school age the mechanics of operating a Sten gun. The lad is an expert with the weapon. Children living in this Jewish agricultural settlement learn, in addition to reading and writing, defense measures against Arab attack. Telephoto by staff correspondent David S. Boyer. 6-25-48

Monday, May 26, 2014

Memorial Day


Another Memorial Day is here. Let's stop to consider those that gave everything so we could be free.

Saturday, May 24, 2014

Too many guns

Yesterday I spent a good portion of my day oiling handguns. Every time I do this chore I'm overcome with the feeling that I own too many guns and maybe should sell some. Fortunately the feeling quickly passes.

Thursday, May 22, 2014

Gone shooting - Walther OSP


I went to the range again yesterday morning. The skies were clear and the temperature was 70, nearly perfect weather for shooting! I have several guns that need to be shot, either to try them out a first time or to sight in. It's my goal to have them all done in 2014. I will.

Yesterday I took my Walther OSP. I've owned the pistol now for way over a year and never got around to shooting it. It was time to change that.

The OSP is a competition designed pistol chambered in .22 Short only. The magazine, just ahead of the trigger, holds five rounds. Walther also made a model in .22LR and .32 (GSP) and all of them are known for their superb accuracy. Coming from Walther you would expect nothing less. This is not a gun that I would normally be interested in but in late '12 I had the opportunity to pick up this 1988 dated gun at a good price. I decided to take a chance on it.

I set out for the range with my Walther and two types of ammo just to see what it could do. Well, the Walther could "do" much better than I can. From a rest and with some RWS match ammo I was shooting half inch groups at thirty feet. I'm not used to such a fine trigger and it quickly became obvious to me that this pistol was capable of much more accuracy than I am. I also tried some CCI hollow point ammunition. Reliability was excellent with the RWS, I did have a few hang ups with the CCI.

As you would expect with a gun chambered in .22 short and with a weighted barrel, recoil was nonexistent. The oversized grips were quite comfortable too and made it a pleasure to shoot.

I had a great morning at the range yesterday but I haven't decided if I'm going to keep this Walther yet. Magazines and replacement parts are not cheap or plentiful, and to be honest I think maybe this gun might be too good for me.