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    Hows bout a beater thread ??????

    Hopefully we all got some . A world full of 99% ,too nice to shoot guns is really kind of boring.

    I'm betting before any of us developed a need to collect pristine examples we grew up with , packed around and shot plenty of well seasoned iron.

    A good beater does not have to be a cheap gun . I'm thinking about a quality firearm that has had a life ,,,,and shows it.
    Too often we see pictures of a like new , not even a turn line handgun , in a fresh new holster without a scratch or sweat stain claiming it's a every day carry piece.
    I want to see the other ones.

    Here's a Colt Official Police dating from 1940 or 41. Probably an old duty gun but not marked . Larger than a model 10 and Colt claimed it safely handled the high pressure loads that S&W built the HD 38/44 for.
    Sporting ho-maid grips and a finish that looks to have worn out more than one holster,,,,,, but the gun shoots to the point of aim ,runs super smooth an timing is tight as a tick.




    What ya got ?
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    Where am I going ,,,,,,,,,,,,,,, and why am I in this handbasket ?

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    I have a smith & Wesson HD made in 1931 and shows use.Name:  DSCN0728.JPG
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Size:  115.3 KB I really don't think of this gun as a beater but it's as close as I can come. And it is a very good shooter with a super smooth action in both single and double action.
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    No pics, but I have a couple of prewar Regulation Police that have seen better days. They shoot fine, but aren't particularly "pretty". Also a M&P from the early 20's that has been buffed to nothing and nickeled. Great shooter, no collector value- it's my version of a Saturday night Special. I like it as a home defense gun- if the cops take it, I won't be crying (much).

    Edit: my 1st model ladysmith (first month of production)

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    This ole Bisley has had over 100 years of fun in the sun . Still a little beautiful blue left on it but you have to look under the ejector rod housing to find it !

    Just had an internal rebuild so should be good for another 100.

    Where am I going ,,,,,,,,,,,,,,, and why am I in this handbasket ?

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    "Beater" would describe most of my favorite carry guns... 317, 60-14, Cimarron Lightning. Excellent mechanically but finish definitely "beater". No pictures unless I go take some.
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    I have a little Colt 1908 Vest Pocket in 25 ACP with about 1-2% finish left. Is out getting a Cerakote finish and will post when get back.
    a S&W 1905 4th change from 1917, and is challenged finish wise and grips show wear but still shoots right where you aim it and is very smooth and reliable.
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    S&W 2nd Model HE 44 Special

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    Just a little cosmetically challenged. Old school.
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    I suppose my dad's old Combat Masterpiece would qualify, but it really hasn't been shot that much, just a lot of holster wear and 'jail house' customization of the finish!

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    Here's the only "beater" I own...
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    Here's a finish challenged Colt 1903 that is 105 this year. The book might be worth more than the gun.
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    1908 Colt Vest Pocket, could be worse, this is the better side.
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    Police Positive 32. Worn and someone took a file to the front site. I still had to have it when I saw it.
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    And my first S&W. Former policeman's Model 15-3
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