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Old August 8, 2012, 10:26 PM   #31
Willie Sutton
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Or just start with the history of the US Martial Handgun from early revolver to today and then build on the theme later.

Nice selection:

Colt 1860 Army (Uberti copy).

Colt 1872 Peacemaker (Uberti Copy).

Colt M1911A1

Colt or S&W .45 ACP revolver, Model of 1917

Colt or Smith & Wesson .38 service revolver (pick the opposite manufacturer as from the 1917 above).

Beretta 92 nee M-9

That's a nice representation of from a number of different viewpoints: Martial, revolver v/s auto, and the general history of the repeating handgun from cap and ball to today.

After that you can branch out into filling-in different Colt and S&W revolvers, and see what else you end up being interested in. Think about adding samples from the adversaries: Walther P-38, Luger, Nambu, etc. Think about adding arms of the Allies: Webly, etc. Then perhaps rifles, then... well then let your mind and budget dictate. It's a lifetime of education to enjoy. The study of the arms leads to a study of history, and that's the beginning of an entire holistic education.



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