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I’m a full size gun guy, I never buy the compact version of a gun, like a 1911 commander instead of a Gvt model, or G19 instead of a G17. It’s probably linked to my own size, 6’3 and 250 lbs, made in Germany.

However I did buy just a few pocket size pistols over the years

It started with the Walther PPK in 7.65 Browning, or .32 ACP. As I was hanging around the LGS back in 1992, I saw it in a cabinet. Mmh, the James Bond pistol I thought. The owner further triggered my curiosity by explaining it is a Zella-Mehlis model, so built before the end of WWII, in what then became East Germany under soviet domination (Walther transferred its activities in Ulm). It was built in 1939.








The second one in a Bulgarian made Makarov, built in 1987. The reason I bought it at a gun show was the price : I was amazed that one could buy a 9 mm semi auto steel pistol for $ 160 (9 mm Makarov). And it was the official sidearm of the Eastern bloc.








The Beretta 1934 (made in 1937) was found in an acquaintance’s grandpa attic. It’s a very well made gun, solid, heavy and reliable. It also has the open top slide like the 92 series. It’s in .380 ACP, which we call 9 mm short in Europe.









The last two I bought to fill the third line on my permit. In Switzerland you may put up to three guns on the same permit but those have to be bought the same day from the same seller. That leads to some compulsive (and sometimes cheap) purchases that would not have been done otherwise.

A Colt Mark IV series 80 GM .380 auto. I really like this little gun. Made in 1992







I tried those whitish grips, but was never convinced so I’ll revert to the original ones in Black.



The last one is a toy really, I would not even shoot a cat with it from fear to piss off the cat. A Beretta 950 B in .22 short. It’s a fun gun though, minuscule and light, and it’s been reliable so far. I also like the tilting barrel. And it was $ 80 at an auction, opening bid.









 

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Birds of a feather..... blah, blah, blah, etc........I don't have all of those in my pile, but a few, and some others.
Nice group of fine iron, there, old and new(er). I believe there are very few $160 guns around these parts anymore....

(Not​ poachin' your thread):
Apparently, I am fond of the small, easily concealed variety as well. I prefer shooting full size handguns with good solid loads, but the small ones can be very convenient.
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Beretta model 21-A .22LR

FN Browning model 1910

Beretta model 84

FN Browning model 1900

Savage model 1907

CZ-27

There is also a bleepload of Colt model Ms and Ns.

So....I'm a little soft about 'em.....what can I say?
I ain't crazy........well, not completely.....not yet, anyway.
 

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Birds of a feather..... blah, blah, blah, etc........I don't have all of those in my pile, but a few, and some others.
Nice group of fine iron, there, old and new(er). I believe there are very few $160 guns around these parts anymore....

(Not​ poachin' your thread):
Apparently, I am fond of the small, easily concealed variety as well. I prefer shooting full size handguns with good solid loads, but the small ones can be very convenient.
OMC Backup (later to be AMT)[imgnhttps://i.imgur.com/xOWeDPmm.jpg[/img]
Beretta model 21-A .22LR

FN Browning model 1910

Beretta model 84

FN Browning model 1900

Savage model 1907

CZ-27

There is also a bleepload of Colt model Ms and Ns.

So....I'm a little soft about 'em.....what can I say?
I ain't crazy........well, not completely.....not yet, anyway.
Thanks for posting yours, you’re more than welcome to poach my thread, everyone can chip in.

I need a Colt M. I think they’re quite rare her, only saw two for sale in the last few years.
 

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^^^^You should have no problem finding the ones(s) you want. There are a lot of model Ms.
It would appear that your access to very good equipment is better than a lot of places.
I reckon there will always be a trade in model Ms. It is just a matter of 'how nice? ' and 'how much?' Even a beater is a lot of money nowadays.
I have suspended new acquisitions for the time being, but just like always, if the thing lands in my lap, I will have a real hard time resisting.
Until the temptation assaults me again, I will be content to work on some of my pre-existing projects.
I ain't stoppin'; just slowin' down for a while.......
 

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Some targets, I shot those at 15 meters, I try at 25 very occasionally but it is a stretch for those.

Except for the PPK, that group was shot at 25 meters, it’s a really accurate pistol for its size







 

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^^^^You should have no problem finding the ones(s) you want. There are a lot of model Ms.
It would appear that your access to very good equipment is better than a lot of places.
I reckon there will always be a trade in model Ms. It is just a matter of 'how nice? ' and 'how much?' Even a beater is a lot of money nowadays.
I have suspended new acquisitions for the time being, but just like always, if the thing lands in my lap, I will have a real hard time resisting.
Until the temptation assaults me again, I will be content to work on some of my pre-existing projects.
I ain't stoppin'; just slowin' down for a while.......

I missed this one for $ 750 two years ago, I was too slow, well I was on a business trip for 10 days and when I returned it was gone. It seemed to be in good condition








LGS has a beater for 1000, hasn’t moved for two years at least.

But as always, my time will come, I am patient
 
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