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There was this lady who apparently was in some danger. She had an armed bodyguard with her wherever she went.

One day, this would be about 2005, she apparently decided to prepare for the zombie apocalypse. She bought two HK 308 main battle rifles, with multiple magazines. She bought two SIG 9 mm automatics, again with multiple magazines. She bought web gear to to carry the rifles, the pistols, and the multiple magazines. And she bought much ammunition for the rifles and the pistols. Total ran close to $5,000.

When she and the bodyguard picked up their new artillery, the bodyguard reached under his coat, pulled out the gun he was carrying an unloaded it, saying he would not need it anymore, and what kind of trade-in would they give him on this $5,000 order.

They gave him $100.

After the now well-armed lady and bodyguard left I walked up to the counter and looked at the pistol lying there.

"How much?"

"For you - hunnerd dollars." ("For you" - one of the advantages of spending mass amounts of money at his store frequently)

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K38 Target Masterpiece.
 

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I walk into my gun pusher. On the ammo shelf, back behind the counter, I see what appears to be the back end of a Smith & Wesson.

I say WHAT'S THAT, and Mark says THAT'S $100.

Then he laughs and brings it out and lays it on the counter front of me. 1917 Smith & Wesson. Barrel has been chopped to just in front of the ejector rod. There's some kind of funky aftermarket rear sight hooked on it. The front sight - a ramp - had apparently been attached with JB weld, which had let go.

I walk out to the truck and come back inside with a box of S&B 45 ball, a roll of duct tape, a sharpie and a set of ears.

I go behind the counter and find the roll of target spots. I tear off about a 3-inch chunk of duct tape. I set the ramp front sight back in the groove of the dried JB weld, and hold it in place with the duct tape. I run the side of the sharpie up and down the ramp, making a distinct black stripe on the gray tape.

I put on my ears, take 5 rounds out of the box, pick up the 3" orange spot and head back towards the range. Grabbing a target on the way, I put the orange spot in the middle of the back of the target. Run it out to 50 feet. Fire the five rounds.

I come back into the store, lay the target with its "inch-and-a-half diameter hole just under the spot" on the counter, put five twenties on the target, set the box of ammo on top of them, then go fig a yellow-sheet out of the files and start filling it out.

Month or so later a 45 smith I know told me he was going to a revolver class, and asked me if I perchance had a Smith hand ejector he could borrow for the class. He said it would come back with an action job. I said he could use the 1917, and mentioned that the front sight was still held on with duct tape. He said he would also silver solder the sight on.

The one on the bottom.

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Notice the little spring loaded ball bearing in the crane. It fits into a little divot drilled into the frame, giving a doubly secure lock up to the cylinder. They taught him that in the class.

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The "funky aftermarket rear sight" turns out to be a little jewel called a Wondersight, which was very popular in the 30s. It turns a fixed sight revolver into an adjustable sight revolver.
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Wondersight, rear view.jpg
 

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No idea, really. Since it has been customized (?), modified (?), Bubbaed :p (?), it has no collector value.

But a short-barreled heavy caliber DA revolver always has value.

If you were to wave a couple of G-notes at me, I might - MIGHT- be persuaded to part with it. Maybe.

Ooooh. I just had a thought. I've got a 1937 Brazilian. Maybe I should whack it to three and a half, then put a ramp on the front. Wondersight is still being made. Hmmmm.

Then maybe have a double cross draw rig made. The HKS speedloader pouches will hold two loaded Moon clips in each pocket, giving 24 extra rounds. Put one of them just aft of each holster. Two heavy caliber sixguns I can draw with either hand, plus 48 extra rounds. I'd be ready for bear.
 

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No idea, really. Since it has been customized (?), modified (?), Bubbaed :p (?), it has no collector value.

But a short-barreled heavy caliber DA revolver always has value.

If you were to wave a couple of G-notes at me, I might - MIGHT- be persuaded to part with it. Maybe.

Ooooh. I just had a thought. I've got a 1937 Brazilian. Maybe I should whack it to three and a half, then put a ramp on the front. Wondersight is still being made. Hmmmm.

Then maybe have a double cross draw rig made. The HKS speedloader pouches will hold two loaded Moon clips in each pocket, giving 24 extra rounds. Put one of them just aft of each holster. Two heavy caliber sixguns I can draw with either hand, plus 48 extra rounds. I'd be ready for bear.
Whack away, just don't forget the crown. LOL...

Highboy
 
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