Not Your Ordinary Gun Related Website

"If you are involved in this hobby of collecting old guns, hopefully you'll find something useful or of interest here."

Bob Dylan wrote a lyric in a song that said something like, "if you're not busy being born, you're busy dying." After a health-scare a few years back, I began downsizing my collection. In the process I came to the realization that I didn't have to give up my hobby altogether. It was during this time that I developed a self-awareness that gave me the power to influence the outcome of my endeavor of downsizing.

There was this one gun in my collection that I had stored away and not seen in years. Why not pass it on for someone to enjoy as much as I once had?

Early on, I had decided to sell some, give some away and keep some. And as the weeks turned into months and the months turned into years, I developed more self-confidence in my decision making. I also began to understand things more from multiple perspectives. I'm talking about my own outlook, the viewpoint of potential buyers, and the perspective of my friends and family members that I gifted pieces to.

Bob Dylan also wrote a song that said "the times, they are a changing." Boy, are they! Rising concerns about mental health could possibly usher in new gun laws. If our leaders get it right, hopefully any new laws will protect the public without encroaching on our Second Amendment.

The Pandemic and Disruption of Health Services in 2020 & 2021 Resulted in a 15%-20% Higher Death Rate in the U.S.

Our society and even societal or cultural makeup is changing, and due to the COVID Pandemic many changes have accelerated at a rapid pace. What am I talking about? Take for example...

Workforce Makeup in 2018
  • Baby Boomers—born 1946 to 1964 – 29%
  • Generation X—born 1965 to 1980 – 36%
  • Millennials—born 1981 to 2000 – 35%
Workforce Makeup Today
  • Baby Boomers—born 1946 to 1964 – 6%
  • Generation X—born 1965 to 1980 – 35%
  • Millennials—born 1981 to 2000 – 35%
  • Generation Z—born 2001 to 2020 – 24%

The future of gun collecting is slowly passing from us Baby Boomers to the Gen Xers. Research describes them as active, happy, and achieving a work–life balance. Optimistically, I believe our hobby will be in good hands.

SIG Sauer TALO Custom
Works P320 AXG Classic

The last time I bought a "new" handgun was 2015. This all metal-framed and real wood gun, produced in limited numbers in 2021, was just too special to pass up.

This is the first and only handgun chambered for the 9mm Luger I've ever owned. The cartridge was developed by Austrian firearm designer Georg Luger in 1901. The 9mm and .40 S&W are the only rounds absent from my arsenal, so Benny sold 100 rounds of Winchester ammo to me for $43 today. With three 17 round magazines, those will get gobbled up quickly.

A 21st Century Gun

The Custom Works P320 AXG Classic features the newly developed AXG metal grip module, precision machined with deep undercuts, and an extended beavertail for an ergonomic, comfortable fit, and is fitted with custom Hogue Walnut Grip panels for complete control.

At first glance I thought, hmm, a beavertail without a hammer. Once I got the gun in hand, the familiarity of the beavertail was appreciated.

2021 SIG Sauer TALO P-320AXGCA-9-CW-CL-R2 P320 AXG Custom Classic 9mm
2021 SIG Sauer TALO P320 AXG Classic

"TALO was established in 1965 by fishing and hunting wholesalers and is an acronym for Texas, Arkansas, Louisiana and Oklahoma."

  SIG Sauer P320

TALO commissions limited editions of firearms from gun manufacturers and distributes them to stocking sporting goods dealers across the U.S. Now I have a gun from each decade of the 21st Century and two are TALOs; that S&W made Walther TALO from the 00's, the Remington RM380 from the 10's and now this SIG Sauer TALO from the 20's.

Examples From Every Decade

20th Century Guns

Featured: The Perfect Collect & Shoot K-22 Masterpiece by Smith & Wesson

Smith & Wesson began production of these third model .22 caliber target revolvers in December of 1946 following World War II. So most of these third model guns you might run across were manufactured from 1947 to 1957. In 1958 it became the Model 17. Both Colt and Smith & Wesson were at the top of their game in the 1950s. It was a unique time when manufacturing processes were very different.

"I'm not saying these pre-17 third model versions of the K-22 are better or more valuable, just the period I chose to focus on."

The majority of the old guns I acquire and write about, are also guns that I want to take to the indoor range with my son and son-in-laws. The older I get, the less inclined I am to hang onto the safe queens. Oh, I still acquire unfired guns from time to time, just to photograph and write about. But the ones I really care about maintaining, are the ones I can shoot without thinking twice.

These 1950s Guns Fit The Bill...

The K-22 Masterpiece is an ideal gun to use for target practice. And with the ammunition shortage we've experienced in 2020 and 2021, .22 ammo is less expensive to buy, when you can find it.

Throughout the years of my gun collecting hobby (I'm really more of an enthusiast than collector), it was always in the back of my mind to acquire a special gun from my birth year. As strange as it may seem, that didn't happen until 2021 after I developed an obsession with this line from Smith & Wesson. I recently purchased this Model 17-1 just by chance.

On a final note, if you have an interest in these guns, you can find the Serial Number Table for the Smith & Wesson Third Model K-22 Masterpiece here. And in this blog post, I show how to easily tell the difference between 5-Screw, 4-Screw and 3-Screw guns without removing the grips.

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