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Ezra Hawthorne

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  1. Hello Wire Forum, today I thought i'd make a post sharing about me buying my first firearm with everyone here on the site. For years i’d been considering buying my first firearm but kept putting it off. When I finally decided it was time to commit to owning something, that’s when the pandemic started and due to all of the panic buying and ammo shortage everything I was interested in wasn’t available, and what was available I couldn’t afford. I wanted something for the common man to use, and to me that meant a revolver. Not a military or law enforcement grade weapon, just a basic sidearm that any average Joe could own and operate to defend himself should the need arise.


      I was hoping to find someone’s old safe queen or dad’s service pistol/hunting sidearm from the 70’s or 80’s for a modest price and I wanted my first pistol to be something that would have sentimental value to discourage the temptation to sell it in the future as I didn’t believe i’d feel the same attachment to a polymer sub compact semi-auto like I would an old heavy wheelgun of yesteryear. I mistakenly believed that older revolvers would be more affordable due to their age and condition but it seems like the reverse is true; they go up in value instead of down. I couldn’t even rent one to try because my local ranges were out of stock on everything and almost none of them had revolvers for sale or even ones to rent to try out, those that did had absolutely no ammunition for them anyway.


      I attended my fourth gun show last year after walking away from the previous three empty handed, still not finding anything to my liking after browsing each booth a couple times. The few revolvers that were available were either heavily worn and pitted relics from the 1800's chambered in weird calibers or top-of-the-line modern day things going for well over $2,500. Just before I decided to concede defeat and go home, the last table near the exit had someone selling a shooter grade Colt 3-5-7 for a price that was nearly my exact tax return budget. I had never heard of the model before but knew Colts were good so I decided to take a chance on it and bought it to take home with me as my first official firearm purchase.

     Before there was the Python, there was the Colt model 3-5-7.

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    "In 1953 Colt introduced two new DA revolvers, the premium Model 357 and the "Budget" Trooper. The Model 357 was intended to be Colt's premium holster gun, and the Trooper was to be for sales to police and civilians wanting a similar but cheaper gun. The Model 357 was available with 4" or 6" barrel, blued finish, and choice of Target hammer and grips, or Service hammer and grips. Caliber was 357 Magnum, only.
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    Model 357 had the firing pin mounted in the frame, and was the first Colt made so. The early Model 357 and Trooper had Colt's 1950's finish of a "two-tone" bluing where the sides were polished, but the "edges" of the frame and the flutes in the cylinder were bead blasted to a dull black finish.

     Things got complicated in 1954 when Colt's top West Coast salesman convinced Colt that he could sell a "Super Target" revolver, and the famed Python was introduced. In fact, the Python was simply the
    Model 357 only with the famous lugged and vented barrel, a super-polished blue job, and a much more hand tuned action. Problem was, people wanting the best bought the Python, and police and budget minded civilians bought the Trooper. So, in 1961, Colt discontinued the Model 357. What they actually did, was discontinue the .38 Special Trooper with the firing pin mounted on the hammer, lowered the finish of the 357 and started selling it as a Trooper with the firing pin in the frame. After this, the Trooper was available in .38 Special and 357 Magnum."

    https://web.archive.org/web/20090213131721/http://coltrevolvers.net/trooper.html

      Born in 1959, mine is the 4" barrel version with a narrow target trigger and narrow service hammer in nickel finish which leads me to believe it was a former LEO's sidearm back in the day. It's still in decent shape for being 63 years old aside from a little finish loss here and there on the barrel and cylinder fluting, and it did not have the original wood grips but the springs are still crisp and the trigger is smooth. I got a tube of Flitz polish and spent an hour meticulously scrubbing every groove and edge inside and out which brought it back to a mirror shine. Afterwards I bought a Versacarry belt, a Desantis Speed Scabbard, two HKS speed loaders, some Steelworx snap caps, a basic $10 Hoppes cleaning kit and the last box of .38 special left in stock at my local Sportsmans. After spending a few weeks watching revolver-specific tutorial videos on Youtube, practicing drills using the snap caps and getting used to wearing it in my holster I decided (or rather my Colt decided) to take us out to the range for it's first official outing.

       I arrived on a cold and bright morning to our bay to shoot with two other early birds like myself. We had three metal targets and a paper one set up and I decided to choose the metal ones first. I stepped up to the firing line, decided that the Isosceles stance felt right to me and held my revolver at low-ready, drew and took my first three shots in single action, hitting all three almost dead center. I finished the remaining three in double, missing once. I wasn't sure exactly how far up to hold the front sight but once I figured it out, things went swimmingly. At the paper target my first group of six were low and left, so I adjusted my fingertip position on the trigger and the next 12 grouped nicely in the center circle.

      Every shot I took from then on hit the target save for one failure to fire which eventually did on the second attempt. I would fire three cylinder cycles for 18 rounds shot then step aside to let the next person have a turn to give myself a moment to refill the speed loaders and take a swig of water. One guy had two 1911s in .45ACP and he practiced quick drawing and an exercise where he would stand with his back to the targets, spin to face them, draw and shoot, alternating between targets as he did. He had a few moments where his gun didn't fire or cycle correctly, including one that he referred to as a three-point jam and showed me how to clear it. I smiled and informed him I had a wheelgun so i'd never encounter that problem myself which garnered a laugh from both.

      After this he pointed at the top of the hill behind our targets and suggested I try hitting a gong placed up high. I took aim, thumbed back the hammer, and after a few seconds to steady myself, fired and hit it both in single and double action, earning me praise. He asked me how often I went out shooting and I admitted that this was my first time. Amused, he offered a slightly-sarcastic challenge to hit the buffalo target at the top of the second hill. Those things are about as wide as a car up close, but this one was so far away it seemed to be the size of a clipped fingernail from where we were standing. With four rounds left in my cylinder I took aim, hitting too low twice but striking the buffalo with the remaining two which mightily impressed the three of us. The 1911 guy threw up his hands admitting defeat and joked that he wants me to be on his team "when the zombie outbreak happens" I nodded and told him i'd be happy to have his six should it ever occur. Afterwards we cleaned up our brass, put the targets away and I drove home ending my first outing with the Colt.

     The day after this range visit I opened up my Hoppes cleaning kit, loaded a tutorial video on Youtube and gave the revolver it's first official cleaning session. I have read that people say the time you spend cleaning your guns is almost therapeutic or like a bonding ritual and I have to agree, I didn't mind the process one bit and I take great pride in keeping the Colt clean and shiny. In all, I had a great time and i'm very happy with how the 3-5-7 performed. Someone asked me if it was going to be my EDC, I wasn't sure at first but now that i've gotten used to the weight on my hip and what kind of recoil to expect, I've decided it will be. Drawing, shooting, holstering, reloading, and thumbing back the hammer is like second nature to me which is strange as i’d never held nor shot it before,  yet it just feels right. (maybe I was an old revolver cop in a previous life, who knows?) I've been to the range a few more times and it's become my constant companion ever since then, it truly is a joy to own and it's become part of my personality.

      Linus has his blanket, and I have my Colt.

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  2. 1 hour ago, Rip Snorter said:

    Consign at a LGS?


    All the stores in my area only sell firearms and don't buy them or sell on anyone else's behalf.
     

    1 hour ago, Father Kit Cool Gun Garth said:

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    I don't understand this reference.

     

    44 minutes ago, Last Call Saul said:

    post it here on classifieds


    I don't have my SASS number because I was waiting to acquire my cowboy guns first, but I can't afford all of them yet because I don't have the funds because I haven't sold the LaRue. :wacko:

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  3. Some pictures of it:

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    So far this thing has been an absolute headache to try to sell; i've had a dozen people referred to me who express interest but then they don't commit to a deal so it fizzles out. Recently someone contacts me through the cowboy club saying he wants to buy it so I scheduled a day and location to make the sale, then he calls back 10 minutes later to say he changed his mind and doesn't want it after all. I bring it to an FFL whose number was given to me and he lists it online, only for him to email me this morning saying the ATF says he can't sell it on my behalf after all. If this doesn't sell at the next gun show I attend then i'm all out of ideas.

  4. On 5/3/2022 at 9:55 AM, Rip Snorter said:

    An old style police Captain I knew advocated shooting for the hip / groin area.  His contention, they might not die, but they definitely would not keep coming.


    I watched this video the other day, I wonder if he saw the same footage back then:
     

     

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  5. 7 hours ago, Pat Riot, SASS #13748 said:

    I was looking at some revolvers yesterday floored at the asking prices AND at some of the prices paid. :blink:
    Good Lord! Used guns going for hundreds over New prices on some. Classic S&W revolvers going for 2-3 times what they were worth before the CCP virus. Crazy!


    What was buying used guns like in the before times? I've wanted a classic double action revolver for years but it appears i've been priced out of the market so I have yet to acquire one. :(

  6. I want a medieval crossbow, but it's difficult to find them for sale. Most of the options online are either purely decorative and the ones intended for use are plain wood and stainless steel jumbles that look like they were assembled in a garage being sold for hundreds. Something like this would be cool to own:

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  7. While discussing the topic of Wild Bunch categories the other day, someone mentioned seeing a Ruger 10/22 rifle modified to look like a Thompson somewhere online. I looked it up and while it appears the website what sold the conversion kits is no longer active, I did find a few pictures and even a video of our own @Jed I. Knight, SASS #36423 using one:
     

    I like the iconic look of the Thompson and would love to own one of these or the genuine Auto Ordnance reproduction. With a new .22 category created due to the ammo shortage, this seems like a more affordable way to participate in Wild Bunch matches. I can't find any of the kits for sale online and only the magazines show up on Gunbroker so i'm curious if anybody else here has one and what you think of it?

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  8. I got a printable coupon for a free dozen eggs by Vital Farms, just in time for all your Easter egg decorating needs. Make a 12 egg omelette or throw them at your neighbor's house, the choice is yours.

  9. While counting down the days until a possible deal I can make next month, i've been looking at recoil pads/butt stock covers online. Amazon doesn't have too many that look all that decorative, so i'd like to see what custom touch people here have put on theirs to get ideas and inspiration for my own things. Share pictures if you have them and maybe where/who made them if you like.

  10. My late grandfather left behind a nickel Colt Frontier .22 single action revolver with the original box. It has two tiny gouges at the barrel tip and a slightly bent blade sight (they said he tripped and fell on it while holding it) but aside from that it's in great shape and the springs are still crisp. I would love to inherit it but I am only the grandson so I don't get a say in who gets what from the estate.. :(

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