Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Got a crush on a pretty pistol...

OH HULLAH!  I have had an affinity for stocked pistols for a while now.  I can't say why exactly, but they are just too cool.  Especially ones that do not require NFA paperwork (because certain models of C&R pistols are specifically exempt, though many gun owners don't realize this).  I understand that having a stock on a pistol contributes nothing to accurate shooting, but I like weird and unusual pistols.  My obsession for stocked pistols started when I first saw Ocelot's stocked Single Action Army in Metal Gear Solid 3.  Since then I had owned a stocked 1851 Navy and have wanted to add more to my collection since.

I also had a stocked Mauser Broomhandle in 7.63 Mauser for a while, but quickly sold the stock after learning that reproduction stocks now require a tax stamp.  Apparently twenty years ago there was a letter stating reproduction stocks were exempt but recently the ATF decided to reverse their decision for no good reason.  I have yet to find an original stock that is reasonably priced.

Up until a few weeks ago I have been on the search for the next cheaper alternative to a stocked broomhandle - a stocked Canadian Inglis Browning Hi Power.  I originally had my sights set on a complete set from JoeSalter, but someone snatched it up right when I got my funds together.  I guess I'm glad I didn't purchase it because it was $925.  It also had mis-matched serial numbers (normally I don't care since I'm gonna overhaul the thing, but at $925 it better match!).  Not to mention the stock was suspiciously new-looking and had phillips head screws on it that looked like it just screamed 'Made in China' to me.  I'm kind of surprised at the outrageous price for an obvious, mis-matched fake.  After months of searching and coming up with nothing, I finally found one for a semi reasonable price.  It doesn't have a stock, but one day it will.  I'm embarrassed to say exactly how much (but I will tell you it was significantly less than Mr. Salter's).  If you're a clever internet detective you can probably find out in less than three minutes.