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Old February 24, 2013, 08:04 AM   #1
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They say 1957 was the happiest year...

Well, that must mean something for me, as I find that three of my favorite revolvers were made in 1957, 1958, and 1959:



1957 Cobra has the smoothest action I've ever experienced in a snubby. It is a joy to shoot.

1958 M17 3T, becuase it makes it VERY hard to miss what you're shooting at, even for me.

1959 (this one is approximate, but I am quite sure) M30, because it is so darn cute!
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Old February 24, 2013, 08:13 AM   #2
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Beautiful revolvers, blued with walnut, not so common these days. There were a few nice cars from that era too.
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Old February 24, 2013, 09:25 AM   #3
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>>There were a few nice cars from that era too<<

And I remember them well too!!
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Old February 24, 2013, 09:28 AM   #4
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Those three are worth hanging on to.
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Old February 24, 2013, 05:48 PM   #5
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Thanks, folks. DonĀ“t get me started on the cars- was there ever something better than a 57 Bel Air?
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Old February 24, 2013, 05:54 PM   #6
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Well, they're still using them in Havana!
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Old February 24, 2013, 08:47 PM   #7
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Geeze! I'm older than they are!

Nice looking revolvers . . . I'll bet they shoot great as well! Thanks for sharing!
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Old February 24, 2013, 08:50 PM   #8
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Monte a 58 T Bird!
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Old February 25, 2013, 09:06 AM   #9
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A '57 'Vette fuelie...................



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Old February 25, 2013, 05:01 PM   #10
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I think the S&Ws from the 50s are holding up better than the cars!
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Old February 26, 2013, 07:53 AM   #11
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>>A '57 'Vette fuelie..................<<

Ah, back when Vettes were Vettes!
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Old February 26, 2013, 02:14 PM   #12
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1957 really was a great year. I turned 16, got my driver's license, and bought a beat-up old 1937 Mercury for $20. Once repaired and on the road, the car enabled me to expand my summer lawn-mowing business. I already had a Stevens double-barrelled 16 gauge shotgun. With the lawn-mowing money, I purchased two additional guns that fall - a pre-transfer bar Ruger Single Six revolver and an older Winchester model 62A gallery gun. (OK, OK, I know that the really authentic gallery guns only fired .22 shorts while mine could handle shorts, longs or long rifles. But still... : )

Alas, in 1958 I enlisted in the Navy and, in a moment of reckless idiocy, sold my guns to a friend. When my enlistment was up and I offered to buy the guns back for a significantly higher price, my friend just grinned and shook his head. I think every gun I have purchased since then has been an attempt to recapture the pride and pleasure I felt in those first three guns.
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Old February 26, 2013, 02:30 PM   #13
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Hey, I turned 16 in '57 too! YIKES!
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Old February 26, 2013, 07:26 PM   #14
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Damn, I turned 20 that year! You youngsters are making me feel old.

Wait--I AM old.
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Old February 27, 2013, 04:49 PM   #15
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How about a 1958 Buick Roadmaster Limited? My fiance's father owned one and I think this car epitomized all that was right (and wrong) with the gold-plated fifties. This port-holed, heavy-weight, dripping in opulent decadence, had every doo-dad you could get on a car at the time, from the WonderBar radio to the Autronic automatic headlight dimmer and everything in-between. I was allowed to drive the chrome-plated barge on dates and such and did my own "road tests" whenever possible. It accelerated like a hog sprinting on ice and cornered like a rhino on a wet, clay bank-but, when it came to turnpike cruising, even Bentleys had to take a backseat to this icon of the fifties era of American conspicuous consumption.

Those fabulous fifties were also one of the best times ever to get finely- finished, superbly-made firearms that were still affordable for the average person. Revolvers made by Colt and Smith & Wesson in that era were as good as any ever made and, sadly, not likely to ever be made again on a mass-produced basis.
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Old February 28, 2013, 02:39 AM   #16
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S&W Target in 1955- back when they were really made.

Colt's Python would have been new as well.

Ruger's Single Sixes,

1911s, Hi-Powers/Lugers and P38s, and you could buy them all through the mail.

Then cruise downtown in your 1957 Chevy.

My Dad was lucky to live back then.
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Old February 28, 2013, 02:52 AM   #17
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1957 was the year I purchased a S&W K 38 Special and also got married. Still got the old 38 and the old girl.
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