Pocket Holsters and Gun Pants

SayUncle isn’t crazy about pocket holsters. It’s true that drawing from a pocket isn’t as fast as from a belt, and it’s hard to draw from a seated position, like a car.

I mostly pocket carry because it fits the way I dress. With any kind of belt carry you have to conceal the gun and holster. I don’t walk around with an untucked shirt, which seems to be the major solution to concealing. I’d feel goofy wearing a vest all the time. It’s too warm in Tennessee to wear a coat most of the year and then once you’re inside you have to remove the coat.

Pocket Carry Gun

For me shoving a gun in a deep pocket with a pocket holster is the only way to fly. The gun I carry most often is a Smith & Wesson AirWeight 642. It’s a small, five-shot .38 Special revolver with a two inch barrel. For pocket carry you want something light that won’t bang against your thigh all day. The 642 has a stainless steel barrel and cylinder but an aluminum frame, which keeps the weight to just 15 ounces. The aluminum and stainless steel construction translate to minimal worries about rust.

My carry load is the Remington version of the FBI load – a 158 grain lead semi-wadcutter hollowpoint (LSWCHP) in .38 Special+P. That load has a long history of both good penetration and good expansion, even out of snubnose thirty-eights. I use Safariland Comp 1 speedloaders to reload the 642.

The one weak point in the 642 and other J-frame Smith and Wessons is the small sights. I make up for that by using Crimson Trace LaserGrips. When you hold the LaserGrips in a normal position your middle finger naturally presses a button which projects a laser dot onto the target. I use the 305 model. If I were buying today I’d get the newer and slightly smaller 405 model.

Pocket Carry Pants

I like Columbia ROC pants for pocket carry. The pockets are deep with wide openings that make it easy to remove the gun. There’s a second pocket on the right side behind the regular pocket where I carry the snubnose .38. Like the main pocket the extra pocket it’s deep and wide. I use the front pocket for carrying a lockblade folding knife that I can open with one hand. Currently that’s a Benchmade Griptilian.

The Columbia pants are business casual and good-looking. My only complaint is that the material wears out faster than I’d like, but they fetch for less than 30 bucks, so I won’t complain too much. I buy mine at Belk’s, Gander Mountain, Bass Pro Shop, or the Mast General Store.

Pocket Holsters

I always use a pocket holster. It keeps the gun in the right position, so when I grab the gun I get the grip and not the barrel. The holster also blocks the trigger guard for safety so you don’t get a surprise vasectomy, keeps lint out of the gun, and spreads the gun’s weight across a larger area so the pocket doesn’t wear out.

What I want most is a holster that stays behind in the pocket when I draw instead of coming along for the ride. If it disguises the shape of the gun that’s nice, too, but it’s secondary to actually being able to fire the gun once it comes out of the pocket.

The first pocket holster I tried was an Uncle Mike’s. It was inexpensive, but it wore quickly around the seams. Because it’s small and slick-surfaced it didn’t always stay behind when you pull the gun. It also didn’t do much to disguise the shape of the gun. I don’t recommend it.

The Desantis Nemesis is better made and has more surface friction to hold the holster in place. It’s wider, too, with a hook design below the trigger guard that grabs the inside corner of the pocket to keep it from coming out on the draw. You see a hook on the corner of a lot of pocket holsters and it does seem to help. You’ll also see leather holsters with the rough (suede) side out to grab the pocket lining and that helps, too. The pocket holster for my NAA Black Widow uses both of those tricks, and it’s a surprisingly good holster.

I mostly use the affordable but great Mika holster. It has a rubbery mesh band that grabs the pocket so the holster stays in the pocket and the gun pulls free. The sides bow out, so it’s especially good for pockets with lots of volume.

P.S. Here’s Jay G’s video demonstration of drawing from the pocket using a Smith & Wesson 360 and Desantis Nemesis. He’s fast. If you carry a revolver and want to know which speedloader to use read his post here and watch the videos.

Double Barrel Pump Shotgun, Mk II

There was the original Moe Syzlak Special – AKA the Remington 1740 – a left-ejecting Remington 870 and a right-ejecting Remington 870 joined together to make a double barrel pump action shotgun.

Now there’s a Mark II version.  The stock, pistol grip and bead are now centered between the receivers. It appears to use an AR stock. The pistol grip looks familiar, but I can’t place it.

Looks like it needs some work in the reliability department, but it’s a step forward in the evolution of the Ultimate Zombie Gun. Next step: a pre-made 1740 kit you can buy to cojoin your 870s.

The ShareThis WordPress plug-in really works

A few weeks ago I added a ShareThis link to my layout. Sure, I thought, it might not help me get on Digg or Reddit, but it might get me on someone’s blog or Facebook or make it easier for them to email the link to a pal.

Then I was checking my Sitemeter tonight and noticed the biggest influx of StumbleUpon users I’ve ever seen. (StumbleUpon is one of the social networking sites supported by ShareThis).

The StumbleUpon link goes to an entry on the Remington 1740 double barrel pump shotgun, which now redirects to my WordPress URL.

P.S. One of the things I’ve been doing over the Christmas break is redirecting popular URLs from my old MovableType blog to my spiffy new WordPress blog. The most popular and most-commented posts, along with the category pages now redirect to the WordPress blog.

Double Barrel Pump Shotgun, Moe Szyslak-style

The Remington 1740, a 12 gauge, double-barreled, pump action shotgun. Made by fusing a left-ejecting Remington 870 to a right-ejecting Remington 870. I shit you not.


Here’s a video of the 1740 in action. The first shot is a volley firing both barrels:


Tam’s Guns – As Seen on TV


If you watch the show Crime Wave on the History Channel tonight, you will see my vintage Smith & Wesson M&P and my Remington Model 11 riot gun (I think they borrowed my .38 Regulation Police, too) being used by the good guys and baddies alike. Also visible will be some hot BAR action.

If anybody has mad frame grab skillz, email me a piccie.

My only TV claim to fame is having one of my spiders on a PBS spider documentary back in my biologist days and getting filmed for a news story on local TV about Macintoshes during my Mac guru days.

Gun Lubricants and Protectants

So I’ve been researching gun oils lately.

It started with gunsmith Grant Cunningham has advice on gun oils and lubricants. One of his recommendations is Dexron-type automatic transmission fluid, available for a few dollars at auto parts stores. His favorite is something that isn’t considered a gun lube at all – Lubriplate “SFL” NLGI #0 grease, which is used in the food service industry for machines that come into contact with food. I did notice he claimed poor corrosion resistance for WD-40, which did well in the some of the tests I found.

And here are those tests.

Brownell’s – Birchwood Casey Sheath, Boeshield T-9, Break-Free LP, Break-Free Weapon Wipes, Brownells Cosmoline, Brownells Rust Preventive No. 2, Hoppe’s Lubricating Oil, Rig Universal Grease, Tetra Gun Lubricant, Valvoline 5W-30, and WD-40.

6mmBR.com – FP10, Corrosion-X, Eezox, BreakFree CLP, Strike-Hold, Rem-Oil, Slip2000, Mobil-1 15W50

The Gun Zone – Kleen Bore TW25-B, Break Free CLP, Break Free LP, Shooter’s Choice Rust Prevent, Birchwood-Casey Sheath, Remington RemOil, Eezox, WD-40, Kano Kroil, 3-in-One Household Oil, Sandaro Industries’ Bore Cote, Miltec-1, Sandaro Industries’ Arms Cote

Those tests are pretty harsh. They use raw, untreated steel (or nails in The Gun Zone test) exposed to water and even saltwater. Some highlights:

Boeshield T-9 – Based on Brownell’s test I’d be inclined to use Boeshield T-9 in a saltwater environment.

Hoppe’s Lubricating Oil – Very poor rust inhibitor in the Brownell’s and Gun Zone tests.

WD40 – WD40 did well as a rust preventer, but it’s not a very good or long-lasting lubricant. Also, as WD-40 dries it leaves behind a residue, so if you use it wipe off any excess and don’t spray it inside the gun where a buildup could cause problems. That means you’ll need another product besides WD40 to use internally, in addition to a cleaning agent like Hoppes #9 solvent. It is a good thing to know if your gun gets soaked and you want something to displace the water (the WD stands for water displacement) and protect it from rust until you get home and clean it.

Breakfree CLP – Me, I use Breakfree CLP nine times out of 10. It’s a cleaner, lubricant and preservative (hence CLP) so I use it for everything: cleaning and protecting the bore, lubricating and protecting internal parts, and wiping down the outside of the gun. It’s available everywhere guns are sold, comes in several spraycan sizes or a bottle small enough to fit in my range bag, and the price is reasonable. Breakfree CLP contains Teflon particles for lubrication. According to the instructions you should shake the container before use to suspend the Teflon. CLP did very well in the tests for rust protection (though not as well in Brownell’s test, for some reason), so I don’t see any reason to buy anything else for routine use.

Weekly Gun Nuttery

ArtooOnPatrol2.jpgGullyborg has the Carnival of Cordite 55, with lots of links to Anarchangel’s recent spate of high output, excellent stuff.

Cowboy Blog rounds up the gun bloggers Buy a Gun Day purchases. Late addition: Tam’s 1883 S&W top break. Some other interesting old guns: Denise’s WWII Japanese Nambu pistol, Mostly Cajun’s 1910 Canadian Ross straight-pull, and Heartless Libertarian’s WWII Remington-Rand 1911. If you missed it, here’s my 1944 British Lee-Enfield No. 5 Jungle Carbine.

Gunner notes that Wal-Mart is discontinuing gun sales at some of their stores.

Jeff has the weekly check on the bias, his roundup of gun coverage in the media.

SayUncle fisks an article about Columbine and refutes some gun control myths that have grown up around it.

GeekWithA45 reviews the new CrimsonTrace LaserGrips model 405 for J-framed Smith &Wessons. I have the same 305-equipped S&W 642 as the Geek and R2 there, and I think I’d like the new mid-sized 405 as much as the Geek does.

Springfield 1903 Trivia Challenge

I stopped by Coal Creek Armory tonight to drop off a present for Tamara to go with her Twentieth Anniversary Macintosh.

While I was there I saw the 1903A3 Remington Springfield rifle she traded towards the purchase of the mystery gun. (Tam showed me the mystery gun, but I won’t spoil her surprise. LATER: Mystery revealed.) Nice rifle. If Tam had come to me first I probably would have bought it.

M1903A3 Springfield.jpg

So here’s the trivia challenge. The 1903 Springfield and its later variants shoot the .30-06 cartridge. The .30-06 (“thirty aught six”) is the U.S. .30 caliber cartridge of 1906. The 1903 was adopted in (wait for it) 1903. How is it that a rifle adopted in aught three fires a round from aught six? It’s like a freakin’ Harry Turtledove novel or something.

No Googling allowed, and don’t answer if your name is Tam (who knew the answer on the spot).

Update: The Answer and Lots of Springfield Trivia

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Converting Shotgun Gauge to Caliber Equivalents

From this thread on pros and cons of various shotgun gauges.

10 gauge 0.775″
12 gauge 0.729″
16 gauge 0.662″
20 gauge 0.615″
28 gauge 0.550″
410 bore 0.410″

In shotguns, gauge is equivalent to the number of lead balls of the given diameter necessary to equal one pound. So the bigger the shotgun barrel, the smaller the gauge.

.410 isn’t a gauge, it’s a caliber. So people typically (and correctly) say, e.g., 12 gauge and .410 bore. More from Chuck Hawks:

If the .410 had been named in the traditional fashion, by the number of lead balls .41 inch in diameter needed to make one pound, it would be about a 67-68 gauge. Many years ago it was also called the 36 gauge, and I have seen a picture of an old box of Remington shells marked “(36 GA.) .410-2 1/2 IN. (12 MM).” However, the “36 Gauge” designation was very inaccurate, as a true 36 gauge gun would actually have a .506 inch bore diameter.

CMP: Only 1000 1903a3 Springfields Left

VIa The High Road, an email from the Civilian Marksmanship Program:

“M1903A3 REMINGTON GETTING LOW. The CMP is down to the last 1,000 M1903A3 Remington rifles. At past rate of sales, we expect that these will not last more than a few months.”

Now that the word out, they may go faster. Once they’re gone, prices on the secondary market will go up. If you want a 1903a3, now’s the time. There are still “several thousand” of the non-A3 1903s left, but they’re apparently of lower quality. If you want a shooter rather than a collectable, you’ll want the A3 because of the better sights.

When Handguns are Better Than Long Guns, Part 2

This started with this post on AR-15.com. A novice shooter is videotaped trying her hand at three home defense solutions: a .357 revolver with CrimsonTrace laser grips, an AR-15 rifle with an AimPoint red dot scope, and a stock 12 gauge Remington 870 pump shotgun. Result? She does best with the rifle, then the handgun, then the shotgun.

OK, but we already know that rifles are easier to shoot than handguns. They’re also generally more powerful and have more capacity. Better in most ways, really.

But like John Farnam says, we don’t use handguns because they’re the most effective weapon, we use them because they’re convenient and always available. If you know you’re going to be in a fight, you want a rifle. But if you know there’s going to be a fight – and you’re not in the police or military – Farnam has more good advice: the best way to win a fight is to make arrangements to be somewhere else when it happens.

A handgun is easier to hide in the house, easier to secure against visitors and children, and easier to hide behind your back when you answer an unexpected knock at the door late at night. A handgun also leaves one hand free to talk to 911 on the phone, hold a flashlight, or open doors. You have to ignore all of those advantages to think a rifle is better than handgun for home defense.

Part 1

Gun Links #36 – Guns in the Movies Edition

Welcome to a special edition of Gun Links devoted to guns in the movies. But first, a few recent news items.

  • Kallini fisks an anti-gun article in The Nation that tries to use recent shootings as a rationale for more gun restrictions. Kallini shows that in each case, more restriction would be either ineffective or counter-productive.

  • In one of those recent events – the Red Lake school killing spree – no one including the school guard was armed. Joel Rosenberg points to a 1997 incident when Pearl High School vice principal Joel Myrick stopped a killing spree at his school by retrieving a gun from his car.
  • Thibodeaux has a history of David “Carbine” Williams, a firearms inventor best known for the short-stroke gas system used in the M1 Carbine. Neat stuff.
  • Jeff Cooper commentaries for March are up.
  • For other gun roundups, see Jeff Soyer’s Weekly Check on the Bias and Resistance is Futile’s Carnival of Cordite.

Guns in the Movies


“Good, bad. I’m the one with the gun.”
 — Ash, Army of Darkness

MadOgre has a new feature, Guns of Way of the Gun. It’s a followup to Guns of the Matrix, Guns of Heat, Guns of Ronin, and Guns of Equilibrium.

From rec.guns: “What movies have we seen actors with jammed autos pretend that they
aren’t jammed and then the guns are unjammed in the next scene?”

Revolvers making a comeback in the movies. Interesting quote from someone in showbiz:

Just wrapped work on an Indie movie here in Seattle… the last two movies I’ve worked on now have requested a pair of revolvers as the hero’s weapon of choice.

There definitely is a stylistic element to it, but another note- revolvers are much easier to do for films. The purpose-built blank guns (like you can buy on ebay) jam all the time, but with a revolver that’s less an issue… plus you can put blanks in a real revolver (if you observe the appropriate safety on set) without it jamming, and without having to fiddle with restrictors or other gunsmithing.

Or maybe, as another commentor notes, “Besides, nobody has to reload except at important plot points anyway, so what’s the point in having a large magazine capacity?” Ha!

riotgun1.jpgShotguns in the movies. The shotgun to the right is Sean Connery’s from Outland. Pump shotguns are always popular in movies, probably in large part due to the blank issue mentioned above, but also because they make noise. Pick them up. Rup-chik-chik! Pump a round. Rawk-chunk! Glare menancingly at the other guy while holding them. Wack-click-chuck!

Guns of Total Recall. I still can’t believe that sci-fi looking weapon was a real, production gun.

Gunplay in Collateral.

Numerous movies tell the story of story of Tombstone, Arizona and the gunfight at the OK Corral. This page covers historical discrepancies in My Darling Clementine. Movie and Old West fans will appreciate this account of Doc Holliday’s dramatic life and his eventual move to Tombstone with the Earp brothers. Having read it, I’m looking forward to watching Wyatt Earp and re-watching Tombstone.

Clint Eastwood’s Unforgiven

If you’re a fan of Unforgiven, you’ll remember the story Little Bill (Gene Hackman) tells W.W. Beauchamp of the shootout between Two Gun Corcoran and English Bob in the Blue Bottle Saloon. “Well, now the Duck of Death is good as dead ’cause this time Corky does right an’ aims real good, no hurry… Bam! That Walker Colt blew up in his hand… which was a failing common to that model.”

According to David Markowitz’s history of Colt percussion revolvers, Little Bill was right. “The Walker had several flaws which needed to be fixed. Most seriously, there were metallurgical problems which led to a number of the guns exploding when they were fired. This contributed to the very low survival rate of this model, of which only about 1000 were made.” More here.

According to the script, Clint Eastwood’s character (originally to be nicknamed “Three Fingered Jack”) used a Starr .44 revolver and a Remington 10 gauge shotgun.

Incidentally, if you’re a fan of a particular movie, find the script. It’s hugely enjoyable. You’ll find discrepancies between the script and the movie, script directions for setting and plot points, and interesting details. In David Webb Peoples’ Unforgiven script, his instructions have Little Bill ejecting five rounds out of the revolver he gave English Bob, not six. That shows Peoples knows his guns. Revolvers of that era lacked a safety block between the hammer and cartridge. A blow to the hammer would set off a round. The only safe way to carry them was with five chambers loaded and the hammer down on an empty chamber.

Pirates of the Carribean, Sort of

This is an interesting account of a boat that successfully repelled two pirate boats off of Yemen using a 12 gauge shotgun, and using the boat itself as a ram. That story lead to interesting accounts of travelling with guns in international waters, and shooting from a boat at sea.

We used old empty 20 lb freon tanks for targets 15 miles out from the coast. The general consensus was, due to boat/target wave movement, hitting anything over 75 yards away was pretty much a matter of luck.

A lot of near misses. You’ll hit say, a 24 ft boat, but point targets such as the bad guy’s head are a matter of wishing. Shotguns/Ar15’s work a lot better than heavier M1A’s or Garands, 50 yards and in is best. Keep in mind they have to slow to board, and the pilot is way too busy to do any shooting

From a discussion of the same events at The High Road.

/1/ Legally, a shotgun is easiest to declare as you visit countries around the world. Declaring an AR-15 is like declaring C-4 or heroin in many places. Many countries ban military calibers, PERIOD. No 9mm, .45ACP, 5.56, 7.62X39, 7.62NATO etc. Besides a “legally safe” shotgun, obsolete milsurps are a good bet. An Enfield in .303 (obsolete caliber) could be called your “shark gun.”

/2/ Accuracy on land is not like accuracy at sea. An M1A is no more likely to get aimed hits at long range than a Mini-14. You adjust by your splashes. Shooting from a boat is like shooting from the roof of an SUV, as it lurches over bumpy fields. ALL shooting is “off hand.” You cannot “rest” a rifle, since the boat is moving in all directions at once, pitching, rolling and yawing.

Now I understand why shotguns are so popular on boats, and why Jeff Cooper thinks a submachine gun is a good anti-boarding weapon.

The Weekly Piracy Report keeps tracks of piracy and piracy attempts. Things apparently cooled off in the Pacific after the tsunami, but as pleasure boaters returned so have the pirates.

Gun Pic of the Week

This is the Smith &Wesson Performance Center 627, an eight-shot .357 magnum best known as the gun from Clint Eastwood’s Blood Work. S&W still offers the gun, but only with a five inch barrel rather than the 2.65 inch barrel. Both models have “.357 Mag 8 x” stamped on the barrel.


Remington Industrial Guns

kilnuse.jpgDidn’t know these existed.

The MasterBlaster is perfect for knocking out or knocking down material rings in rotary kilns processing cement, lime, phosphate, zinc, manganese, and many other metallic and nonmetallic products. Since there is no need to stop production and wait for “cool-down”, you can break up rings and balls before they interfere with production flow.

So you can use it to shoot clinker balls and vampire zombies. Cooool. Here’s the 8 gauge ammo, which is also available in a handy 12 gauge shell for grandpa’s old scattergun.

Gun Links #33

Late addition: I’m selling a new in box S&W 332 TiSc snubnose .32 revolver on GunBroker. Check it out.

  • 4bbl5.jpgThe High Road – Pictures of side by side and over/under shotguns, and one homemade gun that’s both. (That’s it to the right.) There’s also a commercial four barrel shotgun, the Famars Rombo.

  • No Quarters – Gun sweepstakes for February.
  • Publicola – A detailed and lavishly-illustrated look at re-stocking an M1 Garand.
  • Jeff Soyer – Weekly check on the bias, with a profile of gun rights advocate Reginald Jones.
  • SayUncle – Review of the Seegars case challenging the D.C. gun ban.
  • Sandcastles and Cubicles – Ronald McDonald machine gun charity shoot in Memphis.
  • InstaPundit – Good and bad news on the progress in arming airline pilots.

New for 2005

  • Marlin – New O/U and SxS shotguns and .17 caliber rifles, and the 1894 in .32-20.

  • Mossberg – Mossberg is now in the bolt action rifle business.
  • Remington – A little bit of everything, from rifles and shotguns to ammo and accessories.
  • Smith &Wesson – New 1911s, DA pistols, X frame revolvers, a Jerry Miculek special, and more guns factory-equipped with Crimson Trace Laser Grips. GunBlast reviews the new S&W Model 60 5″ barrel kit gun. S&W is doing great these days!
  • Beretta – New Storm pistol and more. Not listed but apparently shipping: the .45 ACP version of the Storm carbine. There’s one for sale at Gunbroker tonight.

Gun Pic of the Week: Zeleska 600 Nitro Express Revolver – True or Not?

Via Freedome Sight, Airborne Combat Engineer has the specs on this bruiser. I’d like to get confirmation that this thing really exists. As ACE points out, there was a picture of a .50 BMG revolver picture floating around that turned out to be bogus. This seems more legitimate, but after I got burned on the German prostitution story, I’m more skeptical than usual.


Gun Links #30

AK-Pattern Rifles

Dharkbayne.jpgEAA is no longer importing Baikals or Saigas. The (non-AK Baikal guns will be imported by Remington under the Spartan by Remington brand, and EAA suggests the prices will be higher. There’s apparently no distributor for the AK-based Saigas at the moment.

SayUncle passes along this link to a deal on a WASR (Romanian AK) with accessories from AIM Surplus. I was curious how they managed to import AKs using 30 round mags. (The Saigas use proprietary 10 round mags, and don’t accept standard AK mags.)

Apparently the guns don’t accept AK mags when imported, but are modified after the fact. Instructions for converting WASR to accept AK magazines. Rec.guns threads here and here. My one comment on seeing WASRs in person at a local gunstore: if that’s the best wood they could scrounge for the stocks, it’ll be a cold day in hell before you can convince me that Marxism is better for the environment than democratic capitalism.

For more info on AK rifles, see The AK Files and GunsNet.net.

I’ll give you three guesses about that funny-looking gun to the right. It’s:
A) A surplus rifle from Bakwardistan.
B) An AK made to be California-legal
C) An entry in SomethingAwful’s Worst Weapons in History Photoshop contest, which is high-larious.

Right to Keep and Bear Arms

“You living in CA is a big problem. Basically, if you think a gun would be fun, you’re not allowed to have it.”
– Third_Rail on The High Road

SayUncle is trying to decide whether the winds are shifting towards gun owners or gun controllers. Based on the expiration of the 1994 Assault Weapons Ban and the increasing number of states with shall-issue carry permits, my take is that things are very definitely going in favor of gun owners. And at this point, there are no forceful advocates of gun control outside of California, Massachusetts, and New York, the un-free state projects.

Smallest Minority explains (with pictures!) why ballistic fingerprinting doesn’t work.

Neal Knox, past vice-president of the NRA and a champion of the second amendment has passed away after a battle with cancer.

Jeff Soyer has the latest check on the bias.

LATE-BREAKING NEWS: Michael Moore’s bodyguard has been arrested for carrying a gun in New York. “If guns are outlawed, only rich celebrities’ bodyguards will have guns.” Confederate Yankee has more on anti-gun politicians and celebrities who hire armed guards

Revolvers: New Smith &Wessons

xframes.jpgZeroForum has pictures of the 2005 Smith &Wessons.

The K frame .357 Smiths are all gone. The few remaining models (the 65 and 66) are going to be built on the slightly beefier L frame, using a semi-lug barrel instead of the full-lug typical of L frames. And names? L frames usually begin with a “6” which would mean the new models would be the 665 and 666. Wicked! Then again the 66 is a stainless 19, so S&W might go with the 619 moniker.

The 5″ J frame model 60 is interesting, even if the long-lug barrel is slightly funky. Lots of people are excited about it as a lightweight, accurate hiking gun. Tamara tells me some people with small hands will like it because the J frame has the smallest grip size of any S&W, and this gives them an option in a long-barreled gun.

Tamara showed me something about the 2005 Smiths the other day. The shape of the area around the hammer has changed. It’s less dished out, and shows less of the hammer. I can’t say I like the look of it. S&W keeps coming out with new models that are interesting and sometimes functionally superior to anything that’s come before, but for aesthetics the older models are generally the way to go. One nice thing about Smiths is that you can choose the guns you like from different eras.

There’s more at the link. And for Ruger fans, next week I’ll have lots of love for Ruger revolvers old and new.

Gun Pic of the Week: Smith &Wesson Model 63