Monday, April 14, 2014

The season of Gorefrieren officially over

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.


rinardman said...

. Here's a little beauty I picked up the other day...

But you just looked it over, and put it back down, right?

Before the evil in it transferred to you, and made you bring it home!

RebeccaH said...

Lovely. Too bad that gun will soon be ... um ... stolen.

Anonymous said...

Deborah.... Lovely, Paco. Just lovely. The florals too. But why prop up such a beauty with a family artifact, especially one of such note. It is, afterall, a "genuine limited edition Junior Johnson".

My sister purchased a small revolver last week in G & C in Austin (Texas). We (Richard, Robin & hubby Chuck) went to the outdoor range in Bandra to fire it and our iother pieces. Her's certainly packs a big punch. Not my kind of thing.

Maybe the season has ended in your neck of the woods, but our new greenhouse is laying on its side with the skin peeled back. Luckily, the patio furniture is not in the nearly overflowing pool. The thunder and lightening was impressive, except to the cats and the animals on the place across the road. This is the second time we've experienced hail recently. Thankfully it wasn't like last week near Johnson City. Drving in that was like driving on ice peas. It's amazing how a four lane road can feel llike a two lane in hail. Hopefully today's hail didn't damage the pomegranet that is budding.

Minicapt said...

Forsythia since 20 Mar; and snorting the scent of the hyacinth since 27 Mar. Mid-season for the daffodils.


Paco said...

R-man: Get me a priest!

Rebecca: Given my unfortunate previous experiences, I expect that the bad luck will persist.

bruce said...

Almost looks like it walked home by itself.

NASCAR legend eh? In the good old days.