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    Old school cool



    This is a 1903 Colt pocket pistol. I came by it when my FIL gave it to my wife. It seemed to make a good piece for her, as it is small, easy to conceal (she won't be OCing- leaves that to me) and of low recoil. It is .32 Auto caliber.
    She was all excited to have one "her size" to carry. She's been wanting me to show her (again) how to use a home defense arm. Try as I might, she isn't interested in the 870. That's my choice in the house.
    Anyway, thought you might like to see an old school auto. This one has some provenance attached, which I'm not going into here, but makes for an interesting story, anyway.
    What slays me about this is that when these were made, they were deemed adequate for police use, and were apparently popular in Europe.
    To me it is a pipsqueak of a cartridge, and one of which Dad used to say
    "If'n ya git one o' them little-bitty belly guns, make sure to file the front sight off"
    To which I would ask, why, do they shoot low?
    And he would answer, "No, so if ya shoot somebody with that and pi$$ them off, it won't hurt so bad when they shove it where the sun don't shine"
    It's prolly enough gun to dissuade the fearful, but not enough for me to bet my life on....

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    .32 auto

    One of my trusted and always present & with me firearms is my .32auto Keltec.

    What I tell people who think the caliber is small.....

    the .32 auto started The Great War (WWI) (.32 Browning Automatic Pistol)

    If it is big enough to put the whole world at war, it is big enough to help me.
    Live Free or Die!

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    Quote Originally Posted by gogodawgs View Post

    If it is big enough to put the whole world at war, it is big enough to help me.
    Well, the world has gone to war over a good deal less than a .32 Auto ctg
    Hell, there are wars started all the time with nothing more than a few words.
    I keep plenty of those on hand, but rarely do they get me out of trouble. More often into it.
    But if yer happy with a .32, more power to ya.
    I have a deep BUG in .22LR
    If it's all ya got, it's what ya got.
    File the front sight off!

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    That pistol looks like it's in pretty decent condition. If the inside is in good condition I'd consider sending it to a good 'smith to have it re-finished. A good polish and re-blue would make it a fine looking pistol.

    Don't worry about the .32 cal. It'll get the job done. Far better than a stern look or harsh words.
    "If I shoot all the ammo I am carrying I either won't need anymore or more won't help"

    "If you refuse to stand up for others now, who will stand up for you when your time comes?"

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    Quote Originally Posted by gogodawgs View Post
    One of my trusted and always present & with me firearms is my .32auto Keltec.

    What I tell people who think the caliber is small.....

    the .32 auto started The Great War (WWI) (.32 Browning Automatic Pistol)

    If it is big enough to put the whole world at war, it is big enough to help me.
    Interesting, it was a .32 that shot the Duke? Never knew that.
    I am not anti Cop I am just pro Citizen.

    U.S. v. Minker, 350 US 179, at page 187
    "Because of what appears to be a lawful command on the surface, many citizens, because
    of their respect for what only appears to be a law, are cunningly coerced into waiving their
    rights, due to ignorance." (Paraphrased)

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    Quote Originally Posted by sudden valley gunner View Post
    Interesting, it was a .32 that shot the Duke? Never knew that.
    Yes it was. A very interesting part of world history. A Browning nonetheless.
    Live Free or Die!

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    Quote Originally Posted by amlevin View Post
    Don't worry about the .32 cal. It'll get the job done. Far better than a stern look or harsh words.
    I've seen enough terminal ballistics to know better than to trust my life to a .32 Auto.
    And it pales by comparison to a .45 Colt in a Ruger loading, or a 10MM and XTPs, which are some other choices available to me.
    No, it's just a curio to me- but one rarely seen, I think, thus why I brought it up.

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    All that, and your wife gets the carry the handgun Philip Marlowe carried.

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    Quote Originally Posted by amlevin View Post
    That pistol looks like it's in pretty decent condition. If the inside is in good condition I'd consider sending it to a good 'smith to have it re-finished. A good polish and re-blue would make it a fine looking pistol.
    Thereby destroying any residual historical value the gun might currently have.

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    Do NOT refinishsas per the pervious posters observation , they are great pistols with lots of character . The one I used to own was quite accurate and reliable , the low recoil made it a lot of fun to shoot .

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    Quote Originally Posted by heresolong View Post
    Thereby destroying any residual historical value the gun might currently have.
    Thank you, a decent gunsmith should refuse to refinish it, well at least once anyway.

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