Anyone who knows me or reads this blog knows that I love snub-nosed revolvers. I own more of them that any other type of firearm and carry one on an almost daily basis. I own snubbies with frames made of steel, aluminum and polymer. I own snubbies from both Smith & Wesson as well as Ruger. The one snubbie that I wasn’t sure I would ever own was a Colt. The closest I thought I would ever get to owning a classic Colt snub-nosed revolver would be to buy a cheap knock off from Rock Island.
Yesterday, I was on the other side of town to visit a client. The meeting was cancelled at the last minute so I decided to stop into a gun store nearby that has a really nice selection of hunting rifles. I am thinking about buying my oldest grandson his first deer rifle and thought they might have one in stock that I could look at. They didn’t.
What they did have was a really nice selection of used guns from my “wish” list including a Belgian made Browning HiPower, a classic Marlin 1895 in .45-70, and three Colt revolvers; a Python, a Cobra and an Agent. The Python and Cobras were easy to put down, the price tags are well beyond what I am willing to spend on a firearm (I never spend more than my first car). The Marlin, Agent and HiPower were all within my budget. I really planned on rebuilding my savings before spending any more money on firearms (or anything else for that matter) but here were three guns from my wish list in excellent condition and sporting decent prices. I tried to walk away…I really did.
Instead I walked out with the Colt Agent…
It is a Second Issue of the Agent with the cheaper and less desirable matte finish from between 1982 and 1991. Like all the Colt snubbies and unlike most all other snubbies it is a six-shot revolver instead of the ubiquitous five. The trigger and lock work are amazingly smooth and tight. This looks like a “nightstand” gun that wasn’t carried or shot much, if at all.
I can’t wait to get it to the range!