I got to thinking about my previous post on PI guns, and remembered one I once had. A Colt 1903, blue. In NRA ‘fair’ condition.
Like so many of the closed-hammer Browning-designs from around the turn of the last century, she had many tiny parts and springs. Much as a 1911, but on a smaller scale.
I think I bought her at my favorite gun store, plus an extra magazine (after-market) which never functioned quite right. The original Colt mag functioned correctly.
The plan was – as she was already kinda beat up – to have her cleaned, stripped, polished and re-blued, and the trigger jeweled. Just because.
She was to be the PI version of a Barbecue Gun. Just for show. If I was to carry a .32, it would have been the Keltec, anyway. But plastic and hard chrome has no soul, compared to gutta-percha and blued steel.
And, if you remember the story about the burglary, both souled and soulless now gone.
No more Bogart trench coat pocket gun for Guffaw.