I think my cougar is rather handsome. One gunmaker or another should pick up the ball and run with it.
Bill Davis was a retired police armorer and a national PPCchampion, and the guns were built to take advantage of a rule situation in the national PPC competitions. Most cops then, me included could not afford a Python and S&W hadn't introduced the L Frame series yet. The Bull Barrel PPC guns were too expensive, more than Pythons so if you wanted a heavy bbl PPC gun or carry gun, Davis built them on a S&W frame or Ruger SS frame.
The advent of the Smith&Wesson 686/686 series killed the custom market, and took a heavy toll on the Python niche.
I would have it...I think It is sweet looking! and original. It is like a chopper or a hotrod. bad ass. hey at least its not a Glock..........
I would take a Smython or Cougar any day of the week. Never heard of one that didn't shoot.
Spokanguns a recognized Smithy of good stature used to make Smythons then convert the Smith K frame to a 5 shot 44 Spl and bore the Python bbl to 44 dimensions. I remember visiting his shop in 1981 and he had just finished such a model $800.00 and it was all mine. I was a Deputy Sheriff on a medium sized Sheriff's Dept. and 800.00 bucks was completely out of the question.
I understand the need for an inexpensive heavy barreled .38 as a PPC gun, but always wondered why people didn't just buy one of these weird looking things-almost like Colt invented the PPC gun in 1949! The Officers Model Special is one of the least successful Colts ever and they seemed to always be bargain priced.
Now, if someone just doesn't like the Colt V spring action, that's another story-got this one for well under $250 just a few years ago.
Not going to argue for a single moment that you have a lot of very well funded arguments to favour any gun over a Python. Even when a Ruger comes along, or a Taurus, or an Astra.
But that's not my point.
I don't debate your statement that there are better guns out there then Pythons.
My fact is that the Cougar is butt-ugly. Period.
Defense rests, your honours.
Who's the idiot that sold-off New-Amsterdam? I could have been reading this board in Dutch!
If guns are the cause of gunviolence, pens are responsible for writingerrors.
Its funny that this thread popped up a day after I was looking at a Security Six with a Python barrel and wondering WTF. Love Ruger's for what they are, I have one that is on my hip quite a lot but it's a Colt forum and we're debating the qualities of two very different animals. Someone brought up Glock's (which I can't bear to look at) but a lot of people trust those with their lives and from what I have heard of this may be a good choice. Not my choice but might be the right one one for a specific purpose. When I saw this one I immediately thought of when I heard of people breeding horses and zebras, but I digress. Anyways based on what everyone's said here this may be a screaming deal for someone who like's these hybrids:
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In the meantime I'll keep my Colt's the way they are and the same goes for my Ruger's. That's the way I like 'em.