The Washington Times reveals their list of the most exciting handguns of 2019.
So why am I not excited?
Okay, let me break the list down for you. I see some “exotic” guns (e.g. Chiappa), a couple of line extensions (e.g. Glock 43/48. Springfield XDe), a “new” Colt .357 Mag revolver, a Ruger .357 that attempts to fix Ruger’s notoriously shitty revolver double-action trigger, firing the bullet through a skinny barrel which looks like it’ll droop like a wet noodle after a few dozen rounds — and don’t get me started on the little revolver that shoots two rounds of .22 WMR simultaneously. (Has the world gone crazy?)
Then there are the two “pistols” which look like chopped AR-15 rifles — I mean, seriously: does anyone outside Hollywood think these things are worth a damn?
And finally, a new Nighthawk 1911 which looks lovely, will work flawlessly and probably costs as much as a small Florida Keys beach cottage.
These guns don’t “excite” me. To be quite frank, I wouldn’t accept a single one of them as a gift. This gun, however, does excite me:
It’s a S&W Mod 35 in .22 LR, made sometime in the 1950s. Sadly, because it’s somewhat rare, it sells for about the same price as a new Kimber 1911. But it still excites me because a) it’ll shoot the eye out of a gnat and b) it’s nicer-looking than any of the 2019 guns. And yes (hint to Son&Heir ), I would accept this gun as a gift for Father’s Day (even though I don’t observe Hallmark holidays).
Feel free to enlighten me, though, about the 2019 guns…