I have to admit that as of late I have not been very good about saving money. I have been very good about buying myself some new toys…
I have always been fascinated by the Iver Johnson revolvers. They were so far ahead of their time in so many ways. Drop safe transfer bar firing pin? Yup, about 70 years before Bill Ruger. Trigger safety? About 80 years before Gaston Glock. Wonderful Wife inherited one from her dad that was non-functional. It was, in fact, found while fishing in a roadside pond. The serial numbers had been removed as had the sights. He called it his Bonnie and Clyde gun. I picked up the little brother (.32 vs .38 Smith & Wesson) that is in a lot better condition than his although missing quite the same level of history.
I will be reloading .32 S&W and will have ammo to take it out and give it a try soon.
The barrel on my Grandfather’s Mark II Webley was damaged a while back (link). I found another Mark II on Gunbroker and paid way too much for what will likely become a parts donor. But that old Webley has some serious sentimental value and the parts from this one will make it whole again.
I mentioned already on the blog that I had purchased a Smith & Wesson Model 36 with a 3″ barrel. She has some holster wear but is otherwise in fine shape. I love shooting this little gun and may decide to carry it on occasion (if I can find the right holster).
How could I resist? It was 25% off. It was able to be shipped directly to my door. and it makes a huge cloud of smoke whenever I shoot it.
This is a replica of the 1851 Navy by Pietta and is such a blast to shoot that I couldn’t pass it up. It was such a cool deal that I took care of a couple of birthday presents at the same time I ordered mine!
Other than the Model 36, none of these are guns I would use for self-defense unless I absolutely had to. None have any real investment value. None will put food on the table. They are, essentially, toys (for use at the range) and that is all. I probably shouldn’t have spent the money on them but I really wanted them. All but one were pretty decent deals and there is more to life than what you need. Sometimes it is nice to get something you just want…
Take care and God bless.