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    1956 Great Western Arms Ads (With Pictures)

    Advertised in this E/M (probably associated with Hy Hunter) catalog, are new Great Western guns at what might be lower prices. The first one is just blued 5 1/2" guns. In a 1955 Hy Hunter catalog I also have they even have these in a satin electroless nickel finish and even call it something like that. Since Colts came back this year that might explain the lower prices on these her. I'm pretty sure they were $125 in old Gun Digests of the period. I wouldn't mind owning one of those "Deputys" in .44 Special. Note in that parts list the optional Colt style hammer/firing pin like John Wayne's guns had in "The Shootist".




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    A .44Spl Deputy is one of my grail guns.

    Actually, any Deputy would probably fit the bill. Rare gun in my experience.

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    Some time in the late 1950's or early 1960's an optometrist in a nearby town bought a quantity of Great Western revolvers in .22 Hornet. I have heard numbers from 20 to 30, but never knew for sure. They use to turn up at the local gun shows, but haven't seen one in years. They had a terrible muzzle blast, and the tapered cartridge tended to back up and stay there during firing, and by the time you had fired four or five the cylinder didn't want to turn.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JohnnyP View Post
    Some time in the late 1950's or early 1960's an optometrist in a nearby town bought a quantity of Great Western revolvers in .22 Hornet. I have heard numbers from 20 to 30, but never knew for sure. They use to turn up at the local gun shows, but haven't seen one in years. They had a terrible muzzle blast, and the tapered cartridge tended to back up and stay there during firing, and by the time you had fired four or five the cylinder didn't want to turn.
    I understand it to have been a dentist from Arkansas who got the .22 Hornet ball rolling with Great Western. Still, we're on the same wavelength.

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    I read a 22 Hornet just sold for $2750.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gazelle View Post
    I understand it to have been a dentist from Arkansas who got the .22 Hornet ball rolling with Great Western. Still, we're on the same wavelength.

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    I sure like that Sheriff's Model with the real stags in the model section of that link, gazelle. And my Hy Hunter catalog has that ad with the ivory Sheriff's Model and Berns-Martin holster.

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    Ok, I have a question. On the Deputy it shows an available caliber as the .357 Atomic. What the heck is that?? I've never heard of it.
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    A hotly loaded .357 Magnum.

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    Great post Matt, thank you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gazelle View Post
    I understand it to have been a dentist from Arkansas who got the .22 Hornet ball rolling with Great Western. Still, we're on the same wavelength.

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    They got his profession and name a little off. He was an optometrist, and his name was spelled Marcott. After he retired he moved back and built a new home at his old home place which was in the same county where I live. I usually saw him once of twice a month in one of the local shops.


 

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