- February 22, 2018 at 6:10 pm #49239HarterParticipant
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I’ve started doing the annual cleaning but this year I will be picking a fair number them to put away for the move .
I got down to this old friend last night .
It missed being a Victory model by just few months .
It’s just one of about a zillion M10s .
Just a homely 38 Special .
It has a fair bit of holster but it’s marks are all crisp .
It left the S&W line in the summer of 47′ , hung out in the warehouse until some time early in 49′ , making it’s way to California by 50′ and into a law enforcement armory . In 54′ it was sold to a soon to be Kern County Constable and remained in that service until August 1958 .
William W Mitchell hung on to it after leaving the Constable job in 58′ . Off/on it roamed around the Panamint mountains , Mojave desert and the Sierras mostly just south of Mt Whitney on down to 5 Fingers .
It came to me from my Grandfather via my Grandmother after his death just before Christmas in 94′ . Since 95′ it’s been on a dozen or so deer hunts in 4 of the 7 Nevada mountain ranges ……I guess round about 5 since it was in the Sierras although Whitney and 5 Fingers are a long way from Nevada .
My boys and my oldest daughter carried it on a couple of hunts as a secondary tool . Soon William’s GGgrands will get to shoot it a little , and maybe even get to carry it on a hunt in the same Hunter holster it slipped into back in 1954 when it was brand new .
- February 22, 2018 at 7:02 pm #49241Larry GibsonParticipant
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Excellent story, really enjoyed it. Seems like a pretty special “special ” to me.
- February 22, 2018 at 7:49 pm #49243Jr.Participant
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That is a pretty good history there, it’s always fun to learn where a firearm started, and the path it took to get to you.
Sometimes the history is what makes them special, the legacy they carry on from generation to generation makes them absolute.
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