Friday, June 11, 2010

You've come a long way baby!

Saw this ad in an old magazine and couldn't help but post it. This is what the future of hand gunning looked like, circa 1978. I especially like the regular sights on top of the unit, nice touch. The first time I remember seeing laser sights was in the 1984 movie The Terminator. By the time Arnold asked the gun shop owner for "The .45 long slide, with laser sighting." six years had passed and laser sights were already getting better, but still had a long way to go. Now days the entire laser unit is small enough to fit inside the gun's guide rod or in a thin plastic grip and doesn't weigh much more than the grips that it replaces. Note that this unit still dwarfs the 6-Inch Colt Trooper .357 that it is mounted to. Not a small gun by anyone's definition! How would you like to carry this on your duty belt a full shift? Also notice that no price is mentioned in the ad. You probably wouldn't want to know what this behemoth cost, not even in 1978 dollars!

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