- 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.