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Old 09-10-2020, 06:22 PM
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Two years ago, my grandfather's 629-1 was the only pre-lock Smith I owned and I decided I wanted at 4" model 19 to go with it. 19s aren't exactly rare, so I didnt see a problem adding one to my stable.

After a few months of looking, I was hooked on pre-lock Smith's and since a 19 didn't readily appear, I decided to grab the 686-3 that presented itself. Soon a 649-3 came along and since they are fairly rare uncommon, I drug it home. Then came the 64-3 3" and who can resist one of those.

A few months later I wandered into a local pawn shop to look an over priced model 12-2 that had been sitting for a while and saw a little j frame. Just for fun, I asked to look at it and, as anyone with my disease would, I fell in love. After all, who can resist a clean Chief's Special from '67 with B&Ps.

So, I was set for a few months, but I still didn't have that model 19.

I had a friend that had a nice 19-4, but he was keen on selling and I didn't want to lean too hard, so I place a "want to buy" ad and hoped a 19 would be offered. Well, I got an email, "I have a long barrel 586, I'll take $500." What do you think I did?

Now, back to my friends 19-4. After a bit of gentle coercion, we were able to strike up a deal and I finally, had my model 19.

Sweet, my "collection" is complete, right? Well, as you my know, that's not how this disease works.

Somewhere along the way, I realized my "collection" was 38/357 heavy and I "needed" a rimfire revolver...ideally a model 63. Here we go again. You guessed it. There were no pre lock 63s for sale within a 1000 miles of me that I can afford, BUT a nice 617-1 popped and I grabbed it.

It's been an interesting journey these past two years. All and all, I dont think I've done too bad. We'll see were I go from here...j frame 22? 44 special. I only have one N frame?

It never ends...

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Old 09-10-2020, 06:30 PM
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[QUOTE=rwadley1;140896928]Two years ago, my grandfather's 629-1 was the only pre-lock Smith I owned....

"My Grandfather's 629-1"......Momma-Mia..I think I vapor locked
after that sentence.
Guess I have have gotten very old.

Good luck with your collection...........
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Nice collection, it may slow down for a while, but it doesn't end. Just the thing for those with a short attention span.
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Old 09-10-2020, 07:12 PM
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Moderators, I thought I put this post in the 1980s to present forum. Please move if appropriate. Thanks.
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Old 09-10-2020, 07:16 PM
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Nice collection but...you need a Model 66.

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That's quite a few for just two years. But then I have had periods of "excessive acquisition" to the point that I have tried to restrict myself to one a year.

It's working, sort of. I can really relate to your situation of going to look for an M19 but getting distracted along the way.
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Old 09-10-2020, 08:25 PM
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Just like potato chips just can't have one. Nice group picture.
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That is a group of some of the finest firearms ever made. Enjoy!
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[QUOTE=Jack Flash;140896985]That's quite a few for just two years. But then I have had periods of "excessive acquisition" to the point that I have tried to restrict myself to one a year.

This made me think of a good day I had a few years ago. At the Fond Du Lac, Wis gun show I got a 19-3, 6", a 15-2 snub nose, and a pre model 10, 6".
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Old 09-11-2020, 07:24 AM
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That's a great collection over such a short time period. I got my first S&W 5 years ago; a 66-1 4". But I had to start over again after my wife shot it for the 1st time...it became hers! Usually add at least one S&W a year but sometimes that unique one comes along that's NOT in my collection and got to snap it up before it's gone. Restraint is difficult once you're infected with the S&W disease!

Don't slow down now...
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You are definitely afflicted.
It is a fine and pleasant misery.
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You're off to a good start. But this is just the beginning.
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... who can resist a clean Chief's Special from '67 with B&Ps.
Great collection so far.

Am I the only who doesn't know what a Chiefs Special with B&P's is?

Please help me learn.

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Cowboy, The Chiefs Special is a model 36. This one is from 1967 and came with it's original box and paperwork.

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Congratulations o a great collection. When I go to gun shows or look online, I used to look for very specific guns and barrel lengths. That did not seem to work out. Now I just look at everything and see if anything suits my fancy. Something usually turns up.
Fortunately there are some very good shows in my area. I picked up a 64 three inch about a month ago. Last show two weeks ago I purchased a 65 four inch in excellent condition for $ 435 OTD.

This weekend is the OGCA. Always 2 or 3 things I want.
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I did this in two years and now all of them are gone but two. LOL
Top to bottom,
1959 8 3/8" M27
1960 6.5" M27 - kept this one
1961 6" M27
1975 5" M27-2 kept this one too
1957 4" pre-27
1955 3.5" pre-27
1967 6 nickel M27-2
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That's a great collection! But I have to ask, how do you guys restrict yourselves to just one or two a year? If I don't get at least 2 per month, I wind up weeping and trembling in the corner, getting strange looks from Buddy "The Wonder Dog."

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Fredo, I only restrict myself due to budget and availability. I only deal face to face and have been pleased that I've found some interesting pieces within a couple hours drive.

I do what xfarfuldog does. I dont look for anything specific. I see what pops up and decide if it fills a "need".

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Sweet! Keep going!
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the cure is a twelve step program...
so as I see it, you have to get 4 more S&W before you get there.
every collection needs:
model 10
model 28
just trying to help...
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... box and paperwork.
Ah, ha.

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[QUOTE=rwadley1,I do what xfarfuldog does. I dont look for anything specific. I see what pops up and decide if it fills a "need".[/QUOTE]

My problem is there a ways seem to be a "need."

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Great collection so far.

Am I the only who doesn't know what a Chiefs Special with B&P's is?

Please help me learn.

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I wasn't going to ask...just figured it was another alphabet soup
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Once I get all the blued steel ones
I can branch out to include
Stainless models. But blue
Guns look better to me.
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I can branch out to include
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Guns look better to me.
Wow, very very impressive collection. They look so comfy tucked in!
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Fredo, I only restrict myself due to budget and availability. I only deal face to face and have been pleased that I've found some interesting pieces within a couple hours drive.

I do what xfarfuldog does. I dont look for anything specific. I see what pops up and decide if it fills a "need".
I do the same rwadley. Sometimes looking for a specific one, you can easily overlook one similar right out in the open. Whoa..wait..what's THAT one?
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