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Posted: September 19 2017 at 7:56am | IP Logged Quote Old Ranger



With all those fancy high dollar shooters being sold and used by mainstream hungunners of America, here's one of two that I can count on to deliver repeatedly steady accurate fire every time. The humble S&W M&P.38Spl. Made in 1956, the last of the "4 screw" and before this model became the Model 10.

The quintessential "cop gun" for the past century. Was the sidearm that went to the streets of ours, and other countries, to protect the lawmen that carried it and the public they swore to protect as well. My uncle Harold carried one in police work before going to the FBI. In 1976 I was issued a M&P 4 screw in the academy and I shot expert with it.

Being an older version, it is not rated, nor recommended for +P ammo. The model 10 has the treatment and improvements for hotter fodder as we say in Texas. But I'm fine with heavy SWC's moving outcat 850fps. Everything I've hit with it stayed down. Countless encounters with the police armed with a M&P or Mod 10, had them emerging as the winner. In fact, my M&P was bought by the Victorian Constables in Australia back in 1958. It saw continued duty until replaced by auto loaders in the next century. The original walnut grips are well worn and the weapon shows ages of "holster time". But this old veteran of lawman's work is still up to any task assigned. Today it wears ivory and rides in my old PD rig, Don Hume mfg, Jordan Border Patrol holster on a Sam Brown belt.

Yesterday I burned through a mess of ammo that was coated with LLA that got all over the cartridges while loosely packed in a plastic bag. They were like something from a third world country. But that old M&P just gobbled em up with superb accuracy. In a time when I can't shoot a SAA worth two bits, I can always be 100% dead on accurate with my old M&P. Always.... When I hear "that bump in the night" it's either a stock 1911A1, or this M&P that fills my hand when I go to face the unknown. Yeah, this one works.

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Posted: September 19 2017 at 8:12am | IP Logged Quote M700

I like it!
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Posted: September 19 2017 at 9:21am | IP Logged Quote Rex

Wade, that is a great looking hand gun. I'm starting to turn a little green.
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Posted: September 19 2017 at 10:10am | IP Logged Quote John P.

Nothing beats an old K frame S&W! My 4 inch model 19 and model 13
are still my favorites.

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Posted: September 19 2017 at 1:25pm | IP Logged Quote Old Ranger

In Australia, the officers don't own their weapons. This old scared and scratched piece was in constant service for half a century before being retired and sold. I'm glad it made its way to Texas and me.

With 3.3gr Bullseye, an Ideal round nose #358250 circa 1904, this old warhorse will put them into a ragged hole at 15yds off a sandbag, when I can sit real still that is. But for a working gun of continuous use for decades in some of the harshest environments, I'd say that's still pretty good. Put this weapon in Guy's hands and it would flat out sing! (old Texas saying that it would do great) But I ain't too shabby with it myself

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My first handgun k38 6inch best gun I've got
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Posted: September 19 2017 at 7:02pm | IP Logged Quote M700

Ranger - you'd likely outshoot me with any revolver.

I'm at my best with a semi-auto. Preferably a 1911, or a similarly configured .22 pistol.

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Posted: September 20 2017 at 3:36am | IP Logged Quote Old Ranger

Aw shucks...

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