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Old April 25, 2013, 04:12 PM   #40
444
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Join Date: November 20, 2000
Location: Ohio
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I have two Model 10s. One pencil barrel and one heavy barrel.
I have a total of $75 tied up in both of them combined.

The pencil barrel is one of the Royal Hong Kong PD guns. It came with a set of those skinny Hogue rubber grips on it, which FWIW I think are the best feeling grips of all time. Not much to look at, but they feel fantastic. This gun came into a local gun shop and was a true piece of crap. No finish, rusted....... Another local guy was playing around with gunsmithing out of his garage and the dealer gave it to him and told him to take a shot at making it look better. When he got done, I can't tell it was ever re-finished. He did a great job on it. I ended up paying $75 for it.
For years, it was easily my most frequently fired gun. I have fired thousands of rounds out of it. I haven't shot it for years and am really missing out.

The heavy barreled one belongs to a buddy of mine. It is a police department trade-in but it is in real nice shape. Used, but very well cared for and no holster wear at all. One day about 20 years ago, we went shooting and he left it in my car. At least once a year since then, I reminded him that I still had his Model 10. Finally, I moved away and still have it.
I guess that kinda makes up for the Browning lever action .22 rifle that I left at a different buddies house and moved away and he still has it. Spread the wealth.

I got out both my Model 10s last week and gave them a good cleaning. The next time I go to the range, I am taking them both.
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