Friday, June 8, 2018

Had I Known - I Would Have Bought An AR-15...

...instead of a Ruger Mini 14 Ranch Rifle. It's no wonder my son owns two AR-15s if they make holes like that - after all he is a smart young man.

It is truly said: Abound they, like multitudes innumerable, 
the assholes of the left.
All kidding aside, are leftists loons that out of touch with reality? 

All the best,
Glenn B

Savage Model 101 - The Revolver That Wasn't...

...a revolver at all.

I was just going over the Hessney Auction Comany catalog for their upcoming Rod & Gun auction on June 16th. One of the things that caught my eye was a Savage Model 101 revolver. It was of interest to me because first off, I had no clue that Savage ever made revolvers. Then something else about it caught my eye - it was a single shot. I wondered - how could a revolver be single shot and why on earth would anyone make a single shot revolver? 
Doing so seemed to invalidate the whole reason for it being a revolver, which is to have multiple rounds loaded and ready to fire.

I did some checking and the first thing I came up with was an article from the NRA's American Rifleman magazine (online version). The article was dated may 2010 - so while it is not that old, its first line could lead you to believe that this revolver is of  pretty recent manufacture:

"The latest handgun to appear on the market is the Model 101 Single Action offered by Savage Arms Corp., Chicopee Falls, Mass." (source)

The truth is, at least from what I could find, the Savage 101 was produced between 1960-68 (source - requires online subscription to view). so, in 2010 it was not the latest gun on the market. The American Rifleman article goes on to give a description of the Savage 101 as being a revolver in appearance only. In fact it is a single shot pistol with a faux cylinder and no gap between the cylinder and forcing cone basically because there is no cylinder and no forcing cone. As I said, it is a revolver in name only.

According to that piece: "The barrel and cylinder swing to the right to expose the breech for loading or ejection." They go on to give a bit more info about it and essentially say that it has long trigger pull, a heavy hammer fall and is thus unsuitable for precise shooting but better suited for fun time plinking - or at least that is how it read to me.

To give you a better idea of what it looks like and how it functions I scavenged up this brief but informative video from YouTube:

The way I look at it, this revolver would be little more than a novelty to bring to the range and then let others, whom you want to frustrate, shoot it. Of course, that does not preclude me from placing a bid on it - that is if I can get it for the right price after others who look at it think it is broken because the cylinder does not turn!

All the best,
Glenn B