I got that 1903 Pocket Hammerless in .380 caliber, I’ve been drooling after. And I can still afford a plane ticket to visit my Ma in FLA.
I never would have gotten one, or really known about it, except for excellent sales pitch put up by 2 women bloggers, Tam and Denise. Also, both women are in part responsible for me starting this little blawg you are reading. To recap, this blog started after 1) MBtGE let out that there was a rifle range near him, and we went. 2) interest in improving my shooting now that I had a place to go lead to internet searches, finding many things there, including some very good blogs like Tam’s and Denise’s 3) realizing that I had an unique angle, the ability to string 3 words together, often spelling the same words correctly, and plenty of time on account of my lonely existence to share narcissistic gun thoughts to a panoply of eager readers (both of them.)
Anyway… the Colt .
It’s early-ish. 1920’s maybe. And the bluing is in decent shape. Everything Tam and Denise gush on about with regard to the lost art of steel bluing is true. This is a very handsome finish. It is a very pretty gun that way. It is also Browning design, and that was a feature I desired, and first impression from the range is that it is much more accurate than I am. It’s sights are indeed small, but that’s ok by me. It’s just so simple, and fits in a Jeans pocket.
The .380 cartridge is about the same as the ubiquitous 9mm. Wimpy? Yes. But this gun would never be intended as a primary self defense weapon for me, assuming I get a Concealed Carry License someday, somewhere. It would be a back-up or the gun you take when you really need to be discrete while packing. Like a wedding or somesuch. So the gun HAS a role in a self defense scenario, but I really didn’t NEED to splash cash on such a tertiary weapon at this time. I just WANTED to. Again, back to the Women’s saleswomanship. Plus all the cool people were getting one, and I need to jump on THAT bandwagon.
And Patton carried one when he wasn't in a 'dressy' mood and sporting the ivory handled pistols. If it's good enough for Patton, and Olympic-Level Pistol-Shooting competitior in the Pentathlon, then it is good enough for me.
I could have gotten the same caliber and same role gun cheaper and in a smaller package, but this is the weapon for me. History, aesthetics, function. It’s just right. And I had to get it now, as I mentioned, as Engage Armament is getting rid of the more historic guns.
I got a pocket holster to go with it at the gun show.
So, I’ll need to update the Master List now…