Spring has sprung here at the Paco Command Center, and the blossoming forsythia, hyacinths and wild plum trees seal the deal.
Ah, yes...spring. When a young man's fancy turns lightly to thoughts of...guns and ammo. Here's a little beauty I picked up the other day: a Smith & Wesson Model 58, from the Classics Collection.
This is the duty version of the more deluxe Model 57. During its regular production run from 1964 to 1977, it was marketed to police departments. Chambered in .41 magnum, the side arm never really caught on as a service revolver - partly due to the erratic availability of lower-charge cartridges in that caliber (the thing does pack a wallop) - but the .41 gained popularity with sport shooters and hunters. Today, guns in this caliber have a certain "cult" following, of which I am a proud member.
Incidentally, that thing sticking through the trigger guard to prop the gun up for the photo is a genuine limited edition Junior Johnson pocket knife, given by the great NASCAR legend (and moonshiner) to his former nemesis, Old Paco - in later years, when both had retired and buried the hatchet.