Monday, May 22, 2006

Boys and their toys


This is the Husqvarna m/07 military pistol (licensed Browning M1903 pistol). Originally chambered in the obsolete Browning 9mm a cartridge slightly less powerful than the common 9mm parabellum. It was manufactured in Sweden from 1917 until 1945.

A number of them were rechambered in the much less powerful .380 automatic round and imported into the US in the 1950s.

I carried one of these from the time I was 17 until 14 or so years ago when I sold it. (Parts and magazines were impossible to find). I used the proceeds of the sale to buy a Star model PD.

The Husqvarna was the most comfortable gun that I have ever carried.

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This is the Star model PD .45 ACP. It was manufactured by Star Bonifacio Echeverria, in Spain from 1975 to 1983.

This pistol Started the trend by other manufacturers of compact 1911-style pistols. Its aluminum alloy frame made for a light weight and compact carry piece which was favored by those in need of a powerful self defense or back up gun.

Not a "safe" gun, by today's standards, I still have mine and keep it at home near my armchair.

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The Ruger P90 .45 ACP pistol.

Mine, like the one pictured here, has a stainless steel upper an oversize trigger guard to permit safe function with a gloved hand, and the front of the trigger guard bow is recurved to accommodate the support-hand forefinger in a two-hand hold. The rear sight is dovetail drift-adjustable for windage; front and rear sights have white-dot inserts for high visibility, a de-cocking lever and transfer bar safety that allows me to carry it with a round chambered.

The Ruger is the gun I carry daily.

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The Dan Wesson model 715, stainless Steel, possibly my favorite hand cannon.

Chambered in .357 magnum. With an 8" barrel, its really to large for concealed carry although from time to time, I have been known...

Whenever I make a trip to the range, Dan goes along. With my hottest hand loads, I like to see what I can do to a 100 yard target.

I have other pistols and access to many more but these are the only pistols that I've carried on a daily basis.

83 comments:

Mad Zionist said...

FYI, this blog posting somehow ended up at the bottom of your web page. Fix it or I'll shoot!

Elmer's Brother said...

Yes a man's post. Thanks Sir Warren.

nanc said...

yeah, well when you can load your mouth up with about ten large ball bearings, and shoot a dog six times within a 75 foot fence line until he makes it safely out of your yard because you're tired of cleaning up his landmines, with one of these:

http://www.pyramydair.com/images/da
isy-slingshot-p51.jpg

you ain't got game!

nanc said...

oh, and lest you don't know all the while pulling a ball bearing out of your mouth to reload - you cannot keep them in your pockets - what good would they do you?

nanc said...

and why's the article way down here - did somebody forget their girdle?

Elmer's Brother said...

nanc sssshhhh this post is about guns sacred ground here

Warren said...

How does it look now?

nanc said...

it's still way down at the bottom.

Always On Watch said...

Warren,
Glad that we're on the same side!

Beautiful weapons.

You can say, "Go ahead. Make my day," and mean it.

Always On Watch said...

What happened to Beamish's blog? All I see is a white page--no text.

Elmer's Brother said...

try making the pics slightly smaller Warren

the merry widow said...

Nice! I got my daddy's WaltherPPK that he bought off a German in Brasil in 1946. I also have a Ruger from my late, with regular and magnum barrels. it's a 6 shooter. Dang, need to find a shooting range nearby!

tmw

the merry widow said...

Sir Warren, please disregard e-mail. It was about where your site slid off to!

tmw

FLORIAN said...

GUNS! GUNS! AND MORE GUNS! I LOVE GUNS! Great post Warren, now please re-align your page.
My .40 S&W is awesomely accurate and potent. I still have a ways to go though if I'm to catch up to your collection.

Elmer's Brother said...

whatever you did it worked Sir Warren

nanc said...

did you shush me, elbro? curtains.

nanc said...

warren said, "I have other pistols and access to many more but these are the only pistols that I've carried on a daily basis."

nanc asks, "what kind of holster system do you have?"

Warren said...

EB,
I increased the sidebar padding. It also has something to do with using Blogger's Image storage because I linked into a former post where I had used larger images and it was just fine.

That's what I get for not using my own image storage or writting my own html for the images!

I don't normally use Windows or IE so I couldn't see what was going on. I normally use a Linux based system and Firefox, (where everything looked fine), so I had to boot up a hard drive with Windows and IE and edit the template.

Now, if someone uses Firefox and a low resolution screen, the last few letters of text in the main post box run off the screen unless you bump the window over.

I can live with that,

I tried decreasing the image size first, but it didn't make any difference. I got in a hurry and forgot there was a CD in the burner when I shut Windows down. My reboot into Linux slowed to a crawl, (panic time!).

Then I saw the indicator light glowing on the burner and remembered I had a CD in it. (wipes forehead)

Warren said...

nanc asks, "what kind of holster system do you have?"

I use different holsters and rigs for different sized guns.

I used an inside the belt small of the back rig for the 07 and sometimes for the PD. A horizontal shoulder rig, very similar to THIS ONE, for the P90 and the rest of the time for the PD. The Dan requires a rather large Uncle Mikes vertical shoulder rig.

All padded ballistic nylon with reloaders or spare magazine on the off side. I don't care for leather rigs. A good one will cost a small fortune and the chemicals they use to cure the leather can corrode your gun and ammo.

nanc said...

imagine me nodding a smiling alot - thank you warren.

nanc said...

in the famous words of farmer john:

"nanny nanny noo noo"

i know something you guys don't know!

Lawman said...

Beautiful pieces Warren. I have an old Tabico .22 I got when my grandfather died. I love that old revolver.

I carry a Glock 22 in .40S&W for a duty weapon. Nice stopping power without all the overpenetration common in 9mm Parabellum.

The Glock 27 is a good choice for concealed purposes. I guess it really boils down to whatever you are most comfortable with.

Warren said...

Lawman, thanks for posting.

I like the .40 S&W over the 9mm, (the overpenatration thing).

I just never could get used to the way a Glock fits my hand. A lot of my friends carry them and without a doubt, they are one of the most reliable weapons on the market.

John said...

I best start calling you "Ma'am." :)

John said...

WHOA! lol Sorry, Warren, I thought you were nanc.

I mean I best start calling you "Sir!"

(NEVER call a guy with a gun-collection "Ma'am!")

Rightminded said...

Merciful God, please, someone rush me to the hospital! I need a decompression chamber.

I believe I got the bends coming up to quickly on this "fixed" blog.

P.S. Warren, a Browning M1903 pistol????????????--Hell, Son, you should have just carried around a Flintlock.

P.P.S. I think you should rename this here deal, "The Wareen and nanc-a-lee Show."--And Steadman, what did you do this weekend?--Spin the freaking wheel!

nanc said...

john said, "I best start calling you "Ma'am." :) "

no, that's what we call my mother.

nanc said...

and r.m. said, "i love nanc and warren like my own parents, but i'm a little upset they didn't offer me a bit part in their show! oh, well, maybe next time."

of course r.m. remembers flintlocks - he was there at there invention.

nanc said...

john also said, "I mean I best start calling you "Sir!"

nanc said, "beware and see next article down."

Elmer's Brother said...

Sir Wareen I saw the same thing happens to Brooke over at Neocon a few times that's sounds like a pain in the neck

Warren said...

Rightminded,
You're thinking of the common ,32 ACP round.

The design is the same but the original calibre of this pistol was a 9mm Browning. Only marginally less powerful than the 9mm in common usage today.

I'll admit that the .380, which it was rechambered for, is a marginal calibre at best but I horse traded it for little or nothing and I was 17 when I aquired it.

It served me well and kept me from a robbery once and an attack from someone known to be vicious, another. Once I snap shot the head of a copperhead while it was striking at my brother-in-law's leg.

It served its purpose very well.

Warren said...

EB, who was calling Brooke, sir?

LOL

nanc said...

remind me to tell you about those copperheads sometime.

good night all!

Rightminded said...

Warren said,

"I'll admit that the .380, which it was rechambered for, is a marginal caliber at best but I horse traded it for little or nothing and I was 17 when I acquired it."

I carry a .380, (9mm kurz) Sig Saur P 230 SL.

Studies have shown, with hollow point ammo, it has the stopping power of a .38 and it's truly easy to conceal.

P.S. Hey nanc! Make the proper substitutions. Muahahahah! You know, you and Skillet loves me!

http://tvplex.go.com/buenavista/regisandkelly/index.html

Mad Zionist said...

Sorry, us nice Jewish boys don't do guns, unless we gotta drop a moslem, of course.

Elmer's Brother said...

sir warren nanc and I are the comedic relief around here.

the merry widow said...

EB-What am I? Huh? Chopped liver? Do you want me to drop kick your fuzzy little bunny tail over the cliff?
R.M.- I hope you noticed the sidebar decorations! Sir Eous takes no prisoners.
Good morning and a very Blessed day to all!

tmw

the merry widow said...

MadZ- The way things are going here in the Sunshine State you better get loaded for bear!

tmw

Rightminded said...

What sidebar?

I got on the express elevator, left my stomach on the top floor and here I am.

I better leave now, so I can surface by noon. "Going up?"

"Hold please!"

"God I hope that's not a Frenchman or Skillete wearing that cheap perfume on the elevator."

the merry widow said...

R.M.- Upper lefthand, under the avatars and troll abortions. You will see Nanc and EB, bald! I'm under thier pictures!

tmw

the merry widow said...

BTW, that smell is not me! Slap him around a little, they respect strength!

tmw

Elmer's Brother said...

sorry tmw I was waiting for you to get over your snit

nanc said...

ODG - not again!

the merry widow said...

No snit, but there will be a huff if you don't think I'm funny! (Kidding!)
Nanc- You still haven't told us the fate of your little houseguest! And Bruce? I need to update the prayer list! BTW, I'm not surprised by your slingshot skills, you should have seen what I used to do to crows and starlings! With an air rifle and hollow point pellets.

tmw

Brooke said...

There is a certain elegence to those weapons, isn't there?

MissingLink said...

I used to have High Standard TX9247SB S.Trophy .22LR and Heckler & Koch VP70 9m.
Nice handguns

nanc said...

i see plucky put a wondy poem a month late in the month late national poetry month thread.

Warren said...

Rightminded,
That Sig Sauer will probably digest anything but neither of the .380s I owned would reliably cycle with anything but ball type ammo.

Brooke said...
"There is a certain elegence to those weapons, isn't there? "

Yes, there is.

MissingLink said...
"I used to have High Standard TX9247SB S.Trophy .22LR and Heckler & Koch VP70 9m.
Nice handguns
"

I'd say, top of the line!

FLORIAN said...

O/T: Iran just test-fired a Long Range (no pun intended) missle.

http://www.jpost.com/servlet/Satellite?cid=1148287850178&pagename=JPost%2FJPArticle%2FShowFull

nanc said...

i caught that at drudge a few ago, flo - they've got more balls than the back window of a '65 chebby!

wonder if we'll take the hint?

Elmer's Brother said...

tmw for the record I think you are hilarious, here's your chocolate

the merry widow said...

Thank you EB, now I will protect your fuzzy bunny tail from any attackers!
Brooke, you're correct, the old form follows function, engineers call it elegant when it is stripped of nonessentials.
Good morning and G*D bless all!

tmw
P.S. Pray for me, teenage sleepover season is now open!

nanc said...

just say no!

tell them you have allergies to teens - anything!

the merry widow said...

Nanc- One is a teen boy who has a terrible home situation, so he goes to youth group and sometimes ss and church. If letting him sleep over facilitates that I will run with it! Mission field coming to me!

tmw

nanc said...

they eat alot...

we take a few tweens and teens in also - my husband cannot say no. our son has some pitiful friends who enjoy him because he likes to go hiking, camping, swimming, turning over rocks.

as for our son, he is no nonsense and not very facilitating - when his friends say "hey, let's go shoot some hoops or ride the bicycles." he replies, "you don't need me to be your social director - go for it!" they keep coming back, so it must be my husband and of course a teen girl in the house. when boys are over, it's time to poke some eyes out!

i honestly don't know why my son has friends. wonder where he got that attitude...?

the merry widow said...

Nanc- You've spawned another contrary! Congratulations! My daughter sleeps with me, unless it's her friends, plus she knows silat. Besides the boy down the street is too young and likes her bf! He's more like a little brother, and that's how he's treated, he loves it! Even calls me mommy and yes he helps with the chores!

tmw

cube said...

They are beauties. I have a few myself.

cube said...

BTW Yay! A new post!

nanc said...

what's the matter, cube? you don't like old posts?

the merry widow said...

Warren, 'scuse me, Sir Warren, message on e-mail. Catch you later, going to church soon!

tmw

beakerkin said...

Pick me out a nice long rifle. I am hunting Ducky.

Warren said...

Rifles are next!

Warren said...

Ducky has a "galloping case of the ass" at me right now.

I dissed one of his director heros and so far he's made four posts trying to insult me. I'm drek, beneath pop culture, inconsistant and don't know my ass from my elbow. (in the Troll Awards at Beaks).

Hey! I could get this kind of abuse from my wife. And I wouldn't have to to put up with the Socialist BS!

LOL

the merry widow said...

Warren- A greater compliment would be hard to find! BTW, I agree with your assessment of elitists and other perverse creatures! "Culture" used to mean something good, but as usual the leftists have caused to mean the sewer!

tmw

tazzmax said...

Hey Warren, a great post,....I love hand guns, but at the time,I have only one, and it's my house gun,...I also take it with me when I go camping.
It is a Ruger P-85 9mm, double action de-cocker,....15+1 and I love it! What a sweet weapon!
I used to have a Ruger Blackhawk 357 convertible, but I traded it to my son for a "72" Fender Telly guitar,.....since he lives in the Ozarks and at the time, he was being bugged by a black bear and needed it more than I.

However, he ended up killing the bear in his back yard with a borrowed 30/30 rifle,ha.

If I had lots of money, I would buy many more guns, because I love them.

I also have a "76" bi-centinnial Ruger 10 shot 22 rifle, and an old 1924 Spanish 7mm Mauser rifle.

nanc said...

tazz - oh good, you found it!

don't you think your son could have just sat on the front porch and played a very bad rendition of innagodadavida and scared the bear away? hehe

cube said...

Ahem... you got sick of my old kitty post, I can get sick of your old gun post :P

Warren said...

Cube, she didn't get sick of your kitty post, she got hungry!

(snort, snort)

Warren said...

Tazzmax, good to meet you,

I acquired my guns over the years, not a lot of money involved but a lot of trading around.

The Husqvarna was in a box, the clown that owned it took it apart and couldn't get it back together.

The PD cost me exactly what I got for the Husqvarna from a military collector.

I traded a wore out Chevy Impala for the P90.

The Dan Wesson was a gift from my wife, (I bought her a Ruger SP101 in .357 magnum.

Ruger certainly makes great weapons. A few years ago, for fathers day, my son bought me a Ruger M77 .22 with walnut stock. Simply beautiful!

Its a shame to shoot it, (but I force myself). ;^)

I really am going to do a post on rifles. They're my favorites.

nanc said...

it twas i, nanc, who got sick of the kitty post! not warren - he probably would have used the hangers as a skewer and cooked it before anybody could have made a comment!

now, stop yourself cube...people are watching...

nanc said...

warren - you would not believe this if it weren't i telling you. a couple of years ago when my husband was working in mississippi, he went fishing and saw something shiny in the mud and being curious, george, went digging around and pulled out an 8.5mm mauser with the bayonet STILL attached to it!

he tried flagging down a cop - he was out in the middle of nowhere - and in the south, in case you don't know - if you DON'T wave they shoot you - anyway, to make a short story long, the cop didn't stop. my husband took it to his house, cleaned it up and it's in perfect condition and hanging on the wall on some deer horns.

who knows where it came from. perhaps you could give us some history on this type of gun.

Warren said...

Only wooden hangars, metal hangars leave a nasty after taste.

nanc said...

they sure do...

nanc said...

goodnight warren.

Warren said...

Good night, Nanc.

I'll check into the Mauser but I think you have the caliber wrong. It can be hard to read on some rifles.

The Mauser 98K was manufactured from 1898 through WW2 and used a 8X57mm cartridge. (actually it was 7.92X57mm but they called it 8).

When you get time, look through this list of pics and tell me if you see it.

And Good morning when you read this!

:^)

nanc said...

good morning -

it looks most like the top model, but has a bayonet.

all the numbers are visible on it.

if i have time today, i'll e-mail them to you.

tazzmax said...

Good to meet you too, Warren, I've seen your posts from time to time.
I am a gun lover and I intend to acquire a few more eventually.

My oldest brother,{rest his soul}, was an avid gun collector and trader,.....he made big bucks on some of them too.
He'd spend most of his paycheck and order new Colt commemoratives, with low # serials, and sometimes sell them after a year or so.
He had Weatherbys and Browning rifles and shot-guns, he even had a Remington 221 fireball single shot, bolt action target pistol with a scope,...ha, what a bizzare looking piece, but very accurate.
I saw my brother make a $100 bet with a beer drinking and{gambling} pal of his, that he could blow away a 16oz. Coke bottle at 100 paces,....he blew it to hell and "ole" Ellis had to pay up, LMAO!
Also, my bro. had a couple of German Lugers and a Walther P-38, which he liked very well.
He had an old Stevens hex barrel crack shot 22, single shot, breech loader that looked like it was made yesterday, and I would have given my interest in hell to own that one!

He lived on 5 acres in the Ozarks and he had killed so many crows with his assortment of varmint guns that they wouldn't fly over his place, but would fly around it, ha, LMAO, I saw that myself!

Sadly, he was killed in a p.u. truck years ago, and I didn't get a damn one of his guns, I don't know what his widow did with them.

the merry widow said...

Tazz- I have a Walther PPK that my Dad left me, he bought it from a German officer in Brasil in 1946. I used to put starlings in the compost heap with an air rifle, once got a crow out of a silk oak, it was so full of crows you couldn't miss! They all flew out of the tree, circled the house cawing for about 10 mins. After that they flew around our house and it was under the direct path they took twice a day to and from thier rookery! You could go outside and watch them swing wide then back on path!

tmw

Warren said...

Hi Tazz!
My son is a bigger collector than I. He loves military type rifles and he has some beauts!

I'm going to do a post on rifles, probably some time tomorrow.

I have a old Stevens Junior that I won't fire anymore. Breech loader, chambered for .22 longs, (not long rifle), looks like the hex barrel only its a round barrel.

It was the first gun I ever fired. Also the first one I ever did any smith work on. I had to make a firing pin when the old one broke.

My son also has a rifle chambered for .50 BMG. It weighs about 40 lbs. I'm going to take a picture of it and post it along with some other interesting stuff.

I recently picked up a couple of Taurus revolvers at a "divorce sale". A 6" blue .357 mag and a 8" blue compensated .44 mag. I could sell the 44 for what I paid for both of them. The deal just fell in my lap! I couldn't believe it. I didn't even haggle with the guy and offered to pay him more.

nanc said...

aren't divorce sales the best?

Warren said...

Only if you're buying!

I felt so sorry for him, his wife needed "space". She filed a restraining order against him, just for spite, then the next day called him up and asked him to come over and unclog the toilet!

He actually did it!

He told me that when he left she asked when he was going to come back and mow the lawn.

nanc said...

well, i had an amicable divorce and cannot imagine people being so barbaric.

the merry widow said...

That woman was a twit, probably still is too! Whatever happened for better or worse, richer or poorer, in sickness or health til death do us part? Relationships aren't like clothes, to change or trash when we're bored or want to try a new fashion!

tmw