I was in Tucson today and as usual I find an excuse to go to the gun shops and the indoor range.
I got some gratis range time and decided to try out the Rock Island Officer’s Model .45 which hasn’t been out of the box since my Gunsmith in Benson had a go at it. (It’s fine but the Federal + P load prints too low for my tastes, mental note for some new sights.)
There’s a guy a few stalls over shooting a 30 shot .22 Magnum Semi Auto pistol. Everything’s polite and we are having a superb time of it.
As usual I shoot the carry firearms before shutting down; 200 rounds through the Springfield (Loaded) .45 ACP, 50 Remington JSPs through the S&W M58 .41 Magnum and finally the Speed Six .357 Magnum 4 inch (normally Silvertips but today I fired off a precious few Remington 125 Grain JHPs.)
The guy notes the 4 inch Magnum roar and meanders over when I’m done shooting it. He asks what it is and I tell him it’s a 4 Inch N-Framed M&P in .41 Magnum. I hand it to him and he raises an eyebrow at the big Smith. The Speed Six also intrigues him and the 4 Inch .357 has a nasty crack with the Remington 125 grainers.
I like to clean my weapons in the Van before the long trip back to Sierra Vista. And I notice the aforementioned guy walking over to the van as I’m getting situated. It’s at this point that I realize that the Springfield is empty, the Smith Model 58 (which is my back pocket firearm (it is legal to carry concealed in Arizona,)) is also dry as is my current Van gun the Speed Six! And of course the short barreled Stevens 620 12 Gauge Pump is down for work and the wife will have removed her Taurus .44 Special because she gets mad when I shoot up her Gold Dots and I do shoot them when I go to the range.
So I’m depending on the kindness and courtesy of my fellow man here not a situation I like to be in. I decide to brave it out rather than start a Chinese fire drill trying to load the Springfield.
The guy turned out O.K. and asks if I ever trade. Please! My middle name is old-trading-fart! (And it is!) Problem is that I have no need for a plastic 30 shot .22 Magnum Semi-Automatic. So he reaches in his gym bag and pulls out a Smith & Wesson Model 27 .357 Magnum with a 3 and a half inch barrel, and says he’s got an N-Framed Smith as well. And is it a beaut’!!! It’s a 4-Screw with that super fine S&W blue job done back when the factory boys really were dedicated to their work and knew what they were doing! My thoughts went back to Roy Jinks at the ‘Vegas Show and how much we’d have lavished over the big smith!
Any way the guy wants a trade on the Model 58 AND the Ruger Speed Six! No can do, I promised myself many years back when I sold the last Model 58 Smith’ to Harrison Carroll that the next one I got my hands on would NEVER leave! Not to mention that the 4 inch ‘Liberty Marked’ Speed Six is a bit of a rarity in itself!
(Perhaps I should mention that many years ago I carried a Model 27 3 ½ incher during two of my tours in Viet Nam. So I have a weakness for them.)
Now my current trading stock is pretty slim a S&W Model 13 .357 Magnum 4 inch barrel and a round butt, a Ruger New Model Blackhawk .45 Colt 6 ½ inch barrel, a Limited edition Satin Nickel S & W Model 469 in 9mm, a Charter Arms Bulldog .44 Special and the modified Rock Island .45 ACP. And all but one of those are a few hours away (at home.)
Well turns out he knows the rarity of the 4 screw Smith and we cant put together anything. We exchange phone numbers. And I set about cleaning guns and trying to forget that beautiful model .357 Smith. On the drive home I get a call (breaking up from time to time as I go in and out of cell phone tower range) from the guy telling me his neighbor has an Inox 9mm Browning High Power that he wants and maybe I can trade him something for it and we can then trade the 4 screw M27 on that!
So when I get home I call the neighbor, turns out he only wants black plastic rifles! A deal killer right there, semi-auto copies of military 5.56mm(s) are hard to come by and super expensive. I tell the guy I’ll see what I can drum up but that it’s probably the wrong time for such a trade!
My buddy Jack Durrant tells me a couple hours ago that his Son-In-Law still has the Daewoos that we went into Murphy’s for and that he only wants to keep the wire stock model and might consider a trade for the other Daewoo!
Well the kid wants an AK (or in this case a Saiga) for the Daewoo, so here’s the up shot. (Deep breath,) tomorrow I’ve got to get the Ruger New Model Blackhawk in .45 Colt, the Satin Nickel S & W Model 469 9mm and the Rock Island .45 spiffed up (including any accessories I can use to sweeten the deal;) trade Jack for his Saiga 7.62X39 and then trade that to his Son-In-Law on the Daewoo then get to Tucson and trade the Daewoo on the Inox Hi-Power and then meet the range guy at his workplace to trade the Inox on the 4 screw S & W Model 27 3 ½ inch .357! Anything goes wrong on the way and I could get stuck with the fancy 9mm or worse a Saiga 7.62!
It’s a complicated world we live in!
The Old Dinosaur