Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Yes, we have no bananas.

In response to esteemed revolver guru Grant Cunningham, who asked:
- Finally, Tam recently posted another in her "Sunday Smith" series: the Model 15. I just wish she'd show equal love to the Colts in her collection. (Uhh, Tam, you DO have non-reciprocating Colts in your safe, don't you? Tam? Hello??)
I have to admit that, no, I don't have any non-flat Colts, nor do I have any non-round Smiths. It's all what you're used to, I guess, and Smith wheelies are what I'm used to. To the eye grown accustomed to Smiths, Ruger double action revolvers look chunky and Colts look lanky. I especially can't get used to the unsupported end of an ejector rod dangling in space; subconsciously my eye interprets the gun as "missing a piece" or "unfinished". And of course to hands that have grown accustomed to Smiths, Colts are especially odd. The cylinder latch works backwards to what one is used to, and you should have seen the time I went to check the timing on a friend's Official Police; I placed my fingertips on the cylinder to apply drag, started to thumb the hammer back, and physically jumped in surprise as the cylinder started to turn the wrong way. Almost like the look you'd get when finding reverse where you thought first would be on a racing pattern shift gate. I imagine that a dedicated Colt fan has the same problem going the other way.

In the past, when I was more an "accumulator" than a "collector", I had Colts (and even a Ruger or two,) just like I had all different kinds of autopistols. These days, however, my non-martial handguns are all Smith revolvers or Colt (read: "John Moses Browning" PBUH) semiautomatics. Over on the martial side of the house, however, I can see myself winding up with a Colt revolver or two someday, should the opportunity present itself.

10 comments:

OA said...

Yes, we have no bananas? Teaching Opie to dance, are we?

Hey Tam, slightly off topic I suppose, but I assume you let fly with a snort upon hearing of the Ruger/Federal Magnum .327?

triticale said...

Almost like the look you'd get when finding reverse where you thought first would be on a racing pattern shift gate.

Except that the person I know who did this was looking for 5th, at 120, in front of the grandstands in a Ferrari with a non-synchro transmission. Double-clutched.

Matt G said...

New Services are fun to get into, from the martial Colt persperctive (I mean, if you're going to have a Smith 1917...).

"...'John Moses Browning' PBUH..."

Heh.

Anonymous said...

Well if your going to stick to Smiths can I put in a request for a No. 3?

bedlamite said...

Do you still have the Mateba?

Anonymous said...

I have to agree that after shoot a lot of N frames, the python seems just backwards. The whole trigger, cylinder rotation, and extraction procedure is enough different that I have to consciously think about it when I switch between the two.

I do like my collection of snakes, but the S&W's get shot the most now.

Grant Cunningham said...

Resistance is futile. You will be assimilated!

Bwaahaahaaa!

-=[ Grant ]=-

Dwight Brown said...

"I have to admit that, no, I don't have any non-flat Colts, nor do I have any non-round Smiths."

So my hope for a Model 41 in the Sunday Smiths is futile? Oh, well.

Anonymous said...

Is Grant Cunningham related to Marko Cunningham?

Whatever happened to Marko Cunningham anyway?

Speaking of Opie, remember Richie Cunningham from Happy Days?

What if Marko Cunningham is related to Richie Cunningham? Then he could hang out with The Fonz and be cool!

Aye! *thumbs up*

Kim du Toit said...

Tam,

Next time yer anywhere near the Big D, I'll let you shoot my ancient Colt Officer's .22 revolver. You'll go home and toss that ugly-ass Mod 617 in the trash.

That said, I'll take my Mod 637 over any of the Colt Commando/Det Specials anyday, and my Mod 65 is rapidly approaching CDH status.