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Thanks FOUR...

The bright stainless Bisley Vaquero is a Ruger with a 5.5" barrel chambered in .357 Magnum...

The blued Peacemaker is a 3rd Generation Colt with a 4.75" barrel chambered in .45 Colt...

Pretty cool family lineage... Theodore Roosevelt's Rough Riders charged up San Juan Hill wielding the Colt 7.5" Artillery Model.

Artillery models can usually be identified by the original inspector's cartouche (such as the OWA or HN) on the left side of the grips and the cartouche of Rinaldo A. Carr (RAC), the inspector who inspected the refurbished guns, on the right side.
 

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Awesomely accurate FOUR...still runs like it was made yesterday.

I see you got one in your sights...believe me, pull the trigger...you won't ever regret owning a SIG.
 

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Yes...the slide of the pre-1996 P226 is a heavy gauge, mill finished sheet metal stamping with a welded on nose section incorporating an internal barrel bushing.
 

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The Pistol Makarov (PM) is a medium-size, straight blowback action, frame-fixed barrel handgun. In blowback designs, the only force holding the slide closed is that of the recoil spring; upon firing, the barrel and slide do not have to unlock, as do locked-breech design pistols. Blowback designs are simple and more accurate than designs using a recoiling, tilting, or articulated barrel, but they are limited practically by the weight of the slide. The 9x18mm cartridge is a practical cartridge in blowback-operated pistols; producing a respectable level of energy from a gun of moderate weight and size. The PM is heavy for its size by modern US commercial handgun standards, largely because in a blowback pistol the heavy slide provides greater inertia to delay opening of the breech until internal pressures have fallen to a safe level. Other, more powerful cartridges have been used in blowback pistol designs, but the Makarov is widely regarded as particularly well balanced in its design elements.



Pictured above is my Cold War relic from the year 1961...an East German Makarov chambered in 9x18mm. She actually shoots pretty good for an old timer...
 

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Produced: 2000 - 2005
Caliber: 9 mm
Action: recoil operated semi-automatic
Trigger: double-action only (DAO)
Safety: automatic firing pin block
Magazine: 10-round
Frame: polymer
Grips: plastic Sights: fixed 3-dot
Notes: hard chromed bore barrel
Barrel Length: 3.5 in.
Overall Length: 6.6 in.
Height: 4.8 in.
Width: 1.7 in.
Weight: 25.7 oz.
 

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Produced: 1990 - 2003
Caliber: .45 Auto
Action: recoil operated semi-automatic
Trigger: single-action (SA) Safety: grip safety, manual thumb safety
Magazine: 12-round
Frame: matte black finish steel
Grips: black polymer
Sights: low mount, dovetailed, three dot
Barrel Length: 3.5 in.
Overall Length: 7.1 in.
Height: 5 in.
Weight: 34 oz.
 

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This specimen was made in West Germany in 1972...and is chambered in .380 ACP.

The PPK/S was developed following the enactment of the Gun Control Act of 1968 (GCA68) in the United States.

One of the provisions of GCA68 banned the importation of pistols and revolvers not meeting certain requirements of length, weight, and other "sporting" features into the United States.

The PPK failed the "Import Points" test of the GCA68 by a single point. Walther addressed this situation by combining the PP's frame with the PPK's barrel and slide to create a pistol that weighed slightly more than the PPK. The additional ounce or two of weight of the PPK/S compared to the PPK was sufficient to provide the extra needed import points.

Because United States law allowed domestic production (as opposed to importation) of the PPK, manufacture began under license in the U.S. in 1945; this version was distributed by Inter Arms. The version currently manufactured by Smith & Wesson has been modified by incorporating a longer grip tang (S&W calls it a "extended beaver tail").

The PPK/S differs from the PPK as follows:


  • Overall height: 104 mm (4.1 in)
  • Weight: the PPK/S weighs 51 g (1.8 oz) more than the PPK.
  • The PPK/S magazine holds one additional round, in both calibers.

The PPK/S is offered in the following calibers:

.32 ACP ( 8+1 )
.380 ACP ( 7+1 )
.22 LR ( 10+1 )
 

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You like German handguns FOUR...!?

Feast your eyes on this:

A P38 ...built by Spreewerke GmbH, Metallwarenfabrik, in Berlin/Spandau Germany in 1942 during the second World War.

The Spreewerke inspection stamp consisted of an eagle above the number 88 (E/88), but the first 500 weapons made at the Spreewerke factory had Walther inspection stamps which consisted of an eagle over 359 (E/359) . (My specimen has a serial number of 246 and the Walther acceptance stamp E/359).

The letters CYQ are the code used to designate construction at the Spreewerke plant, which produced around 285,000 units by the wars end.

This specimen is also Wehrmacht stamped with an Nazi eagle over swaztika. The P38 is chambered for 9mm Parabellum and holds 8 rounds in the magazine. She also came with a black semi-hard leather holster that holds an extra magazine.





Produced: 1938 - 1997
Caliber: 9 mm
Action: recoil operated semi-automatic
Trigger: double-action (DA/SA)
Safety: slide mounted de-cocker
Magazine: 8-round
Frame: aluminum alloy
Grips: black bakelite
Sights: fixed blade and notch
Barrel Length: 4.9 in.
Overall Length: 8.5 in.
Height: 5.5 in.
Width: 1.4 in.
Weight: 28 oz.
 

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Model: 629 Classic


Caliber: .44 Magnum® /.44 S&W Special

Capacity: 6 Rounds

Barrel Length: 4"

Front Sight: Red Ramp

Rear Sight: Adjustable

Grip: Synthetic

Action: Single/Double Action

Frame Size: Large - Exposed Hammer

Finish: Satin Stainless

Overall Length: 10"

Material: Stainless Steel Frame / Stainless Steel Cylinder

Weight Empty: 48.3 oz.
 

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Above is my Factory Nickel Plated S&W Model 13-3 K Frame .357 Magnum...with 3" barrel and Pachmayr Grips...originally owned and carried by a Philadelphia Police Detective, and sold to me by his widow when he passed.
 
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