The month of May marks two anniversaries for me. In May, 1946, my brother returned home from WW II, and brought this Mauser .25 ACP home with him. It was the first handgun I ever shot, and started me on my lifelong study of the handgun:
And, on May 2, 1956, I bought this Ruger Blackhawk .357 Magnum:
Was a very young soldier at Camp Roberts, California, went into Paso Robles one Saturday and found this in a sporting goods store there. It was my first brand new sixgun. Sixty-three years old, 16,000+ rounds fired through it.
P.S. The Ruger was recently case-hardened by Doug Turnbull, tuned up by Dave Clements. Grips are mesquite by Cary Chapman. Cary has told me these are the first pair of mesquite grips he ever made.