When last heard from, the old guy here was talking about New Year’s Resolutions, and how a resolution not to buy any guns in 2022 would get in the way of my quest for the elusive S&W Model 12 4” barrel revolver I’ve been wanting for my collection.
My lovely bride and I spent Christmas with family in the frozen wastelands, and didn’t open our own gifts to one another until several days after the holiday, after our return home.
And, behold: the
Evil Sweet and Beautiful Princess had gifted me with the object of my desires. Complete with original box, a Smith & Wesson Model 12-3, with four inch barrel and round butt, found its gift-wrapped self under our Christmas tree.
The quest for the grail has ended. This revolver is in pristine condition, without even a discernible turn-line on the cylinder.
It took her quite a while to hunt that thing down, and she won’t tell me what she paid for it, but I strongly suspect it’s more than I would have paid for it.
And therein lies the rub. These rare models have gone out of sight price-wise. The Scottish blood of my maternal grandfather cries, “Ye should nae shoot it, Laddie!”
But I want to shoot it.
And, if there is a soul in its 4140 ordnance steel, its aluminum frame, and its checkered walnut stocks, it wants me to shoot it.
There is only one possible solution.
I obviously need a slightly worn, shooter-grade four-inch Model 12 Airweight .38 Special…