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First a video called "La .38 Super Con Tuba" to set the mood. (can someone here that speaks Spanish translate this?)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XldFyy--_zc

Charlene sent all of these to me and it got me to wondering about gun ownership in Mexico. What are the laws like for citizens there to own firearms?
They seem to really gravitate towards nickel or high polished stainless and pearl grips. Seems to have been that way since the days of the Merwin Hulberts.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QCCeMx6rycY&feature=youtube_gdata_player

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w5VsQ_NdByE&feature=youtube_gdata_player

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GqTcb4wF2Bk&feature=youtube_gdata_player

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yXGusXu41qQ&feature=youtube_gdata_player

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PDnY4nq3aSA&feature=youtube_gdata_player
 

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That's because back in the day, the .45ACP was the restricted Army caliber and owning a .45 was/is worth a jail sentence.

Mexican jails aren't 'Camp Cupcake' like ours are - they take their 'judicial punishment' like their Jesuit-influenced Spanish forebears did - seriously...

The plated weaponry is/was quite common in the Southwest - it was like an early form of stainless, and kept the piece in better working condition in a harsh climate.

Take a look through any of the decent Old West references, like Rattenbury's 'Packing Iron' and you'll be surprised at who many were plated.

Today's South of the Border plated weapons are more 'narco-trafficante' stuff - built for deadly show to others - and I've seen quite a few gold-plated AKs that were pretty efficient.
 

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Mexicans love their shiney pistolas, common names are, supur (means super 38), la esquarda (square shape of the 1911 ), el cabaillto(pony), la quarenta cinco(the 45 acp).

quick story; my Brother (RIP) once bought a nickel 45 from a mexican national ,about 35 years ago little did he know about makers. i found out about it to late myself until i was telling him about the different manufactures.Well he happen to have a SINGER on his hands that had been nickeled.At that time not knowing he sold it for double what he paid and that is the last he saw of it:bang_wall: . i used to kid him about it,how much money he had in his hands,how rare.

PS. the word tuba in that song is the instrument they are using to sing about the 38 super using the tuba.
 

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Well the cartridge was popular enough for Star to make .38 autos as well.
Me thinks that if you pad the palms of the right "el hefe" a pistol permit is attainable in Mexico.
 

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First a video called "La .38 Super Con Tuba" to set the mood. (can someone here that speaks Spanish translate this?)
"The ( feminine tense ) 38 Super with Tuba."

or...

"Her 38 Super with Tuba."


La can mean the singular something, or her something, and or is a feminine tense.

Las the feminine plural something, or feminine their.
 

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.38 ACP had been pretty popular South of the Boarder and in South America back when.

It may have followed, that .38 Super then was popular also.


Mexico of course, as others have relayed, forbade private ownership of .45 Caliber Hand Guns, so, it maybe that .41 Colt was popular down there at one time also.
 
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