Here's my pre-war Smith & Wesson 2-inch M&P that was made about 1937. Estimates are that somewhere between 250 and 1000 snubbies were produced from about 1934 until commercial production stopped for WWII. After the war production picked up quite a bit but most were square butt models.
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S&W M12 Airweight .38 Spl. The M12 models were the same as the classic steel M10's, but had an aluminum alloy frame.
Nothing highly unusual about that though. What is unusual is that it's a 4" ROUND butt, which was never catalogued. Bought it when they discontinued the M12, can't recall exactly what year though.
My guess is they started grabbing anything from the parts bin when they discontinued. There were 2" round butt and 4" square butt available, but no 4" round. I occasionally use it in an old Safariland upside-down style shoulder holster for walks. Weighs about the same as a 2" J-frame, but easier to shoot. Especially with the large front sight.
Grips are a modified Herrett's K-frame round butt grip. I contoured the grips and put a spacer in to fill the space for the narrower M12 (versus M10) frame. Since the gun is a SD gun, I de-horned the hammer.
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Here's one you won't see every day. Sig Sauer P6, modified for training by the West German Federal Police.
This pistol has a demilled barrel and breech block assembly. Frame and other internal parts are perfectly functional and normal. Slide is never polished white steel. Barrel and Breech Block Assembly are not functional. Removable breech block is semi finished bevel faced with extractor cut but no extractor. It will not mate to the barrel’s chamber mouth.
Barrel is a standard 3 3/4 inch that has been ported and metal filled so that it can not function with live ammunition. Grips are factory checkered surface two piece polymer with a red enamel finish installed by the Bundespolizei. Magazine is original factory Sig, with dovetailed back construction, but it has been dimpled with a punch to hold only one dummy round. Hammer is bobbed to discourage trainees from practicing single action firing, but it will still cock.
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Posts: 17051 | Location: Virginia | Registered: June 02, 2006
Well, I own a few guns that not many own. A Sig P220-9-EU, An AMT Automag III, a Ruger Mark II 10" barrel model, a S&W 940-1, and a very low serial 952-1. Perhaps I'll take some newer pics later tonight. I have some other very nice pistols, that are a bit more common.
The rarest rifle I own is a Maunz Match Rifle, made before Springfield Armory Inc. began commercial production. A little piece of the history of the commercial M14.
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