you have to ask yourself a question: "Do I feel lucky?" Well, do ya, punk?!
I am totally blaming liviapenn for this one: she had her first range trip recently, and waxed about how much fun she had shooting, among other things, a Smith & Wesson revolver. Now, I like Smith & Wesson firearms, and my #2 carry piece is a J-frame, the 638, but that was the only Smith & Wesson revolver I owned. Most of the firearms I've bought recently are semi-automatics, particularly the long guns, but handguns, too. My first gun was a revolver, so Livia's post got me thinking that maybe my next acquisition should be a wheelgun. And there have been two big holes in my handgun caliber collection for a while: the .357 and .44 Magnum revolvers. (I have a .357 Magnum handgun, the COP, which stands optimistically for "Concealed Off-Duty Police," but as a target gun... hell, as anything other than a safe queen, it leaves something to be desired.)
So today we had the pre-assessment portion of the rifle instructor class. This basically means that the NRA's Training Counselor takes you to the range and hands you a rifle to see if you know what the hell you're doing. It's not hard -- my work schedule has played havoc with my range time of late, but I did well enough to get a high-five from the TC. Afterwards, one of my classmates mentioned that he was looking for a gun shop willing to do some wheeling and dealing; he needed to sell off some guns he had to get other guns he wanted. Naturally, we asked what he was getting rid of, and one of the items was a Smith & Wesson Model 29. Nickel-plated. Basically new in box.
I have a weakness for nickel-plating. It's *pretty.* And he named a great price, and I said, "Sold."
So, yeah, *another* gun. Yay! Gratuitous gun pics will be forthcoming.