Cowboy Blob's Saloon and Shootin Gallery

I'm not a real Cowboy, but I play one in the movies.

Friday, December 30, 2005

Last Gun Pr0n of the Year

First Gun. In December, 1980, I bought the first gun of my adult life. I'd already been given a Remington Wingmaster when I was 16, but I wanted a pistol too, and at last I could afford one. Dad signed the paperwork, since I wasn't 21 yet, but I did all the shopping, finally picking out a Dan Wesson revolver at the Four Seasons Sporting Goods Store in Jim Thorpe PA. It was a perfect first gun, since it could fire inexpensive .38 Special ammo for practice, yet handle .357 Magnum defense loads. Another cool selling point was the easy-change feature for barrels/shrouds and grips. It came with an 8-inch ribbed barrel and over-sized target grips, which I've since added six- (shown) and four-inch barrels, and the comfy combat grip shown. The trigger felt more like a high-quality cap gun than a powerful firearm. It's super-accurate: I used to shoot the necks of bowling pins with it with positive results. The magnum rounds pictured are just for show; I shot so many .38 Special target rounds through it over the years that I need to do a heavy-duty cylinder scrubbing before it will chamber full-length magnum cartridges.

The smudge on the underlug is not an imperfection or wear spot; it's a reflection of the camera in the bright blue finish. I think I've got four or five boxes of .357 that must be close to 10 years old. I've shot thousands of rounds of 9-mm, 40 S&W, and .45 ACP in that time...I need to make time for a Beefy Revo range day.


  • At 7:41 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Went to the range today, two fridays in a row! Felt good, I still smell like nitro solvent. I like it.

  • At 7:54 PM, Blogger BULLSEYE said…

    I haven't forgot about your Dan or mine. Being a mechanic, it was only proper that one of the first few guns I bought back in the 70's came with a feeler gauge...heh.

  • At 11:19 PM, Blogger AlanDP said…

    The first gun I ever bought for myself, on my 21st birthday, was a used old model Single-Six, stolen several years later. Boy I miss that gun sometimes.

  • At 12:58 AM, Blogger Cowboy Blob said…

    BB Dude! What are you doing next Friday? What range d you go to? We gots to do a Range Day together sometime.

  • At 8:31 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Blob, I have to work next friday...But we will get together soon, I would like the opportunity to shoot with a real professional. The 1911A1 has about 275 rounds through it now. I really have fallen in love with the power and feel of the .45ACP.


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