Friday 30 December 2022

Scum On Top:

 Can somebody in The Beehive explain to me how registration of lawfully owned and used sporting firearms is supposed to discourage terrorists & out of control criminals from violent crime?

When you consider how we organise stuff to live on this unique planet - It is surprising that we haven't extincted sooner.

Fancy dress Bishops In Our British Government ..

Much of our "leadership" claims to believe in various brands of winged spirits, devils, and gods with harp playing angels on the clouds above and horned red imps torturing unbelievers in a firey Hell under our feet - Some club teams reckon that every martyr has 72 virgins gasping to service his sexual needs in Heaven and 80,000 servants to keep him fed and watered. 

These prats are our LEADERS, - they pray to those fabled super-masters of the world while ripping off as much of our cash into their bank accounts before leaving it all behind.

We have a Head of State MONARCH whose family was chosen by 'GOD' to rule over us ...

- Oh well .. perhaps we should lower the voting age to sixteen ..

Bearing in mind at all times that we New Zealanders ARE British .. what do you think the IQ or the criminal morality might be, of a British Government that spent 

NZ$ 70,503,422,633.(37 Billion pounds), on a COVID "TRACK & TRACE' scheme  that completely failed to work in any useful way?

God help us if these 'leaders' are the best of us - while exactly HALF of the rest are of below average IQ.

2023 presents a new opportunity to ditch King Charles III and his fellow parasitic aristocrats from our corrupt administration - to form a CITIZENS ASSEMBLY Upper House womanned by 'sortition' for one year terms only - on the same just basis that we decide serious criminal cases in our higher courts.

- THAT might work better to bring logic and common sense to the management of this beautiful "Switzerland of The Pacific".

Marty K.

Monday 26 December 2022

True Democracy Defends & Respects It's Citizens:

Most firearms owners will be aware that some independent countries are NOT anti-gun but actually require their citizens to be armed, and to be able to defend themselves and their homes .. eg SWITZERLAND where every citizen has access to the so-called MILITARY STYLED ASSAULT WEAPON.

Swiss Motorway

Here is a video that shows something of Switzerlands preparations to keep themselves safe - of course most of that shown is 75 year old obsolete stuff - because the current preparations are 'SECRET' and restricted ..

The presenter is purile & inane with annoying music overlay but facts show through despite the producers attempts to ridicule the results of Direct Democracy:

In contrast -  New Zealands' current anti-gun legislation is:


Even Kiwi Catapault Is Likely Illegal Now ..

We used to have such safe practical affordable firearms regulations with training provided for firearms licences by The Mountain Safety Council - before political stupidity & lies reacted to police neglect ..

Marty K.

p.s. You can reliably expect any reaction by our NZ Government to a war escalation to be too little & too late - so the prudent might want to get some IODINE supplement to combat thyroid radiation damage .. likely not to be needed but ..

I note that Ukraine seems now to be further attacking into Russian homeland territory with drones ..


Friday 23 December 2022

Threats & 'Geiger Counter' Radiation Detector:

 Isn't it weird how the dumbos worry about lawful gun ownership - when every kitchen has a drawer full of sharp knives ..


Some people don't duck when they hear a loud noise .. They might not even blink.

- Me? - I flinch, blink, and duck for cover while seeking for the threat, - does that make me a coward? - perhaps so - as I'm also sh#t-scared of stuff like chain saws and power bench-saw blades. - It doesn't stop me using them but very carefully.

I guess maybe my survival instinct is self preservation working ... Do you know how the Austrian GSG Anti-Terrorist personnel operate at airports? They carry full-auto Glock 18 pistols and if there is action in a terminal building they draw and fire off a full magazine of 9mm into the air - causing all the innocents to hit the floor ... fast reload with a 30 rounder AND ANYONE STILL STANDING IN THAT SPACE IS DEEMED TO BE A TARGET.

I think it pays to be aware and reactive.

I was once using a Router m/c and the high speed blade 'snatched' the wooden item I was holding & whipped it past the cutter with my fingers gripping it.  - A little blood goes a long way eh and I never saw the original tip of that finger again but it healed over cleanly in a week or so.

Everyone? knows that Russia is at war in Ukraine and that 'The West' NATO & NZ are piling-in with full support for Ukraine. - Some Europeans have moved to AMBER ALERT and are wisely prepping with essential supplies & emergency cooking-heating stuffs.

Others of course are oblivious to possibilities and are doing nothing.

I wouldn't have much idea of which Radiation Detector is the best but anything would be better-than-nothing if the organic stuff hits the fan eh.

'Survival Lilly'  is a sensible vlogger ..

being based in central EU in GSG country - here testing a range of 'Geiger Counters'.

I bought an affordable one from AliExpress and am very impressed with the quality, packaging and service .. all I need to do is find an old radioactive watch & learn/practice how the meter functions.

YES I know the odds on a nuclear war are 50-50ish .. but the Boy Scouts motto of  'Be Prepared' impresses me, so far as I didn't have to scramble to buy toilet rolls in our last three EARTHQUAKES - or didn't need anything else come-down-to-it.

You see folk asking in U S "What is the best gun for self defense?" and a sometime wise reply is "Bring what you got".

- What "YOU got"? .. plenty of toilet tissue?

Marty K.

Monday 19 December 2022

Handmade "Boolitts" .. or a "NEW Nuclear STRIKE AIRCRAFT"

STOP PRESS: U S President Trump has been referred to their Dept of Justice on FOUR CRIMINAL CHARGES re. inciting a revolution there ..

B21 RAIDER .. Coming To Your Local SOON ..

American TV recently held an unveiling for their latest 'ANGEL OF DEATH'  - The B21 Raider 'Strike Aircraft'  from Northrop Grumman. - This superb stealth nuclear attack plane is great value for taxpayers @ an estimated cost of only 750 MILLION Bucks each (Double that for some reality eh) & is true value for your tax dollar as it can kill and completely vaporise hundreds of thousands of ordinary folk on every single mission flown. 

This is fantastic news and it MUST be true 'cos their Chief Exec. is a woman.
Ah - you can relax a bit as even if the crew get fried at the controls - the plane can continue robotically as it doesn't need any crew onboard.


Oh Yes .. they also just announced a "breakthrough" in nuclear electricity generation where they scientifically managed to 'light-up' a laser controlled FUSION event in a lab - Hmm - they told us about seventy years back that 'CALDER HALL' in UK when opened by the late Queen was going to give us cheap power in our homes too. LASER CONTROLLED FUSION IS NOT ABOUT ELECTRICITY.

It is about a 3rd and 4th generation of nuclear scientists learning new skills for the military delivery of destruction.

My latest *NEW* shooting iron is a thirty year old replica Remington New Model Army percussion revolver known now as an 1858 Model. - A much used 30 year old Uberti copy of a 160 year old sixgun. - Yes we are still permitted to load and fire target handguns in New Zealand as long as the Clubs remain functional and we can afford the THOUSANDS OF DOLLARS Licence FEES, ENDORSEMENTS, SECURITY COSTS, SAFES & Permits etc. etc.

Consider now, that the 'modern' Glock pistol was created FORTY YEARS AGO. 1982

I'm playing with these black-powder guns as I think that it is rewarding to develop skills and to experience the basics of how it all works by "doing it yourself" - by working at "hand made" stuff.

This below link is to a Jack Hargreaves TV video about long gone old country skills and ways of life (buttons, brass, leather and horses.

BUT you'd learn a much different current reality from Russel Brand linked below ..

Marty K.

Sunday 11 December 2022

Political Trickery by 'Conflation':

How can you tell when a Politician is lying?

- What is a political party actually doing when it links the lawful legal ownership of sporting firearms - to acts of terrorism and criminal gang activity?

 - Are they trying to slip something past you?


The act or process of combining two or more separate things into one whole, especially text or ideas.

- Say your Government introduces 'clean water' legislation to address an issue of industrial-agricultural pollution of New Zealand waterways caused by multiple commercial discharges including faecal SEWAGE release into rivers .. but clause 63 (a.  states something like .. The discharge of heavy metal pollutant such as lead or lead alloy of any detectable weight on to any terrain subject to precipitation and drainage into any waterway as defined by note 37 B. of this act shall henceforth be controlled and any breach committed subject to a fine not exceeding 10 million dollars and/or seven years imprisonment.

- This would be classic 'CONFLATION' into an anti-pollution Act of a clause totally banning the use of conventional ammunition by any shooter in the whole of outdoors New Zealand, including all target shooting ranges - other than under exempted police & NZ Defence Forces control.


My example sub-clause is of course imaginary - but not impossible to conceive of in this era.

.. Stay AWAKE - because if so aware .. you naturally will observe that those who conflate will certainly be also those who constantly seek to ACCUMULATE.

Hereditary King Charles III of New Zealand 
& Queen Consort Camilla
(with 800 unelected aristocratic members of The House of Lords)

There is an intimate connection between greed and power - and with both lying and cheating ..

- Are YOU convinced that your 'elected representatives' are acting in the best interests of the majority of New Zealanders .. or are they protecting and promoting minority 'corporate business' wishes & profits?

Marty K.

Friday 2 December 2022

Aimed Fire versus "Spray & Pray" Thugs:

- Some 'modern' capitalist economics is ridiculous .. I have been buying very tasty supermarket Hot Smoked Peppered Salmon lately - The fish is Atlantic salmon from Norway - cooked & prepared in Belgium, for a wholesaler in Australia - before somehow arriving down here in NZ for $10 a vacuum pack.

- On December 19th 1854 - 38 y.o. U S Captain Jonathan Rutledge Davis was walking to a Sierra Nevada California gold claim location with two companions when they were ambushed by fourteen armed men of  "The Sydney Ducks Gang" a mixed nationality collection of killer robbers. (Don't blame the Aussie neighbours eh).

Both of his companions immediately fell with deadly wounds but those scum, who had robbed and killed nine men in the previous three days didn't oughta picked on Davis - who was a veteran from South Carolina's Palmetto Regiment in the war with Mexico. 

Captain Davis was known to be a crack shot and a good swordsman so he downed SEVEN of the attackers before another four rushed him armed with knives and a sword. - His revolvers now being empty he used his large Bowie blade to kill three more men and seriously wounded a fourth. - The remaining three cowardly thieves ran-off and escaped before suffering the same sport.

There were witnesses on a nearby hill .. a hunting party of miners who rushed to the scene - eighteen of them - and who later buried the eleven killed badmen - including three who "died from their wounds" while they recovered 491 dollars in gold coin, nine gold and silver pocket watches, plus four ounces of gold dust.


I've read six or seven versions of this story and it is clear that aimed HEAD SHOTS from Davis' .36 caliber Colt Navys were the cause of termination for the majority of the 11 unlamented interred - much against their intention and calculated odds.

- Buying a violin does not make one a musician. (Col. Jeff Cooper ?)

PRACTICE, TRAIN & SHOOT REGULARLY .. if you wish to be useful and safe.

Google for different dramatic versions of the tale .. but the page from WikipediA is factual:

Our surviver-shootist man lived to be over 70 - paying his way with more prospecting & lawyering .. but his final departure date seems to be unrecorded ..

Marty K.

Thursday 24 November 2022


 So I am a slow thinking - half Irish, retired forklift driver, - but stuff gets learned from time to time .. such as my COVID infection sucks all the way.

I've just watched a great doco made by Guy Martin about rebuilding a 75 year old WW2 Spitfire Mk 1. The man is a working diesel mechanic, - motorbike racing nutter, and all round OK bloke.

A small issue with becoming aged is that many start to treat you as an infant again and discount what you say .. so you don't need to keep offering pearls to the smelly pigs unless you think it's worth trying to enhance their quality of life.

- I had a distant memory of watching a Spitfire "dogfight" high above the English Fenland at my Mums village Parson Drove as a kid with my father .. BUT that could not be - as that would have to have been around 1950-55 - several years after the end of WW2.

- Maybe it was the spirit of some ghostly pilot sent out of the sky to befriend a young kid .. BOLLOCKS.

However - Guy Martin explained in his doco that these marvellous classic fighter aircraft remained in service with the RAF until 1955 - so their crews would still have been flying and training out of these East-Anglian airfields back then.

Purely in the interest of the historical accuracy - Guy demonstrates the power of a .50" Caliber Browning against a BMW car .. lovely.

Eight Of These On Many SPITFIRES ..

I'm no true flying enthusiast despite working at Air New Zealand for exactly 29 years .. but those wee planes sure are beautiful eh.

Marty K.

Tuesday 8 November 2022

Advertising is MIND CONTROL:

To date The Honourable Police Minister Chris Hipkins has neither acknowleged or replied to my open letter about the new SEPARATE Firearms Unit. - He may have been busy with the weekend Labour Party Conference ..


- 'We can fix this with More Gun Controls' ..

Voltaire 1694-1778  is somewhat well-known for once saying, "Those who can make you believe absurdities can make you commit atrocities."

Advertising'Spin Doctoring' are of the same stuff as PROPAGANDA .. The key is repeat,repeat,repeat,repeat,repeat,repeat.repeat,repeat,repeat,repeat,repeat

I've realized that we Kiwis are so strongly bombarded with advertising for a reason .. this is why I stopped watching "free to air" Television a decade ago.

Eat Apples and become Beautiful ..

The New Zealand ASA Advertising Turnover 2021 report was released in April 2022. The advertising revenue across NZ main media was $3.195 Billion dollars for the 12 months ended 31 December 2021.

These persuaders do not waste money - they spend dollars to make more.

The reason commercial and political "Greedies" spend large budgets on advertising, marketing, and on 'educating' public opinion - is that we ordinary people ARE much more influenced by this propaganda than we like to think.

- How much of what you believe is what you are told to think by others? - Opinions are emotional things sometimes changed by persuasion - whereas the facts always remain FACTS.

- You must have noticed how much Maori ''Te reo' is being required to be spoken on our media lately - and how we are being trained by a campaign, to think of New Zealand now as "Aotearoa" (the North Island - but Niu Tirini would be better historically).

My guess would be that currently around 95% of New Zealanders are emotionally 
ANTI-GUN .. because they have been bombarded with repeated angry statements that GUNS are the cause of CRIME - TERRORISM - DRUG ABUSE - SCHOOL ATROCITIES - SUICIDES - ANIMAL CRUELTY - POLITICAL INSTABILITY - & POLUTION .. We are told Guns are to blame.

The sad REALITY is that people are the cause of that horror listing above ..  but, of course - that is only a fact.

It is abberant behaviour by unstable, undisciplined, 'entitled' deluded & deranged greedy selfish nutters that results in aggressive violence - NOT any machine or useful tools owned by responsible law-abiding citizens.


Indeed the legislation in some lands insists that corporates do nothing that is not intended to take profit.

Marty K.

Wednesday 2 November 2022

Wild Bill HICKOCKS' Watch & COLT Navy Percussion Revolvers:

 Ain't it strange that the older I get .. the more I fancy 'old stuff' .. maybe it isn't at all odd really ..

The stuff that legends are made of .. 

Davis Tutt went West to SPRINGFIELD Missouri from Yellville Marion County Arkansas where his family had been active in The TUTT-EVERETT WAR - and he stayed there (unmoving - except for a later change of cemetary plots) after the morning of July 21st 1865.

Wild Bill Hickock was from Illinois and had headed towards the Western sunset with a guilty conscience - thinking that he'd killed someone in a drunken fight.

These two Poker players were "friends" despite having fought on opposite sides in the Civil War - and the fable of their fight has plenty of "MAYBE's" in it's telling. - Did Hickock father a child with Tutts' sister? 

- Was Wild Bill's then woman friend  Susanna Moore responding too warmly to Tutts' chat-up lines?

Tutt cleaned-out Hickocks cash at the card table and took his watch as security (That's real friendly eh) until the debt was resolved - but he then set about displaying the watch publicly to further taunt & belittle 'Wild Bill'

These two Western macho nutters faced off at 75 yards around 10.00 a.m.(or some say, at 50 yards, - just before 6.p.m.) after more argument about the outstanding debt and more drinks - neither rooster backing down from their public disputing.

Was it about women? - was it about money? - was it about that damn watch being dangled from Tutts' belly? Or was it all of that and more - with both 'hard men' needing to save face in front of the whole town?

Both armed and capable men were still shouting at each other in the hope that one of them would back-off when Tutt is said to have drawn and fired. - Hickock is said to have steadied his cocked .36" COLT Navy Model on his forearm before sending it's lead ball between Tutts' ribs into his heart.

Some legendary shooting ...

Maybe: Hickock's Gun .. Serial No. 204685 is recorded as being made 
in 1868 - THREE years after the shooting. 
- Attributed as one of a Pair Carried By James Butler HICKOCK:

The Wikipedia page on this fabled shooting is well detailed:

- There followed a three day manslaughter trial for William HAYCOCKE (!!) - the name Hickock had used in that town - where the four witnesses couldn't agree who fired first - who drew first - or if the dead Tutt had actually even fired a shot at all .. but the conclusion was not guilty, - as it had been a "FAIR FIGHT" provoked by Tutt flashing the watch around ..

No-one bothers to record what gun Davis Tutt was using .. is it likely it was that other 'America's Gun' - a Glock ???(bad joke) ...

The Watch ?  .. Doubtful .. But getting warm maybe .. Is this a 'Gold Cased' Waltham Repeater' watch?

Offered by 'LiveAuctioners': Open face vest pocket watch of Wild Bill Hickok. Marked on the inside J. B. Hickok. 1873. Chain drive key wind pocket watch by L. Desh, Glasgow, Scot. From Pine Ridge Reservation. The lot includes a signed letter re: the history of the watch. 1 3/4" D.

Maybe .. but the engraved date 1873 conflicts with the 1865 shooting date.

American History is a bit like that eh.

Many publications note that Wild Bill was carrying a S&W No. 2 Revolver when he was murdered while holding the famous "Dead Man's Hand" during a poker game in a Deadwood saloon in the Dakota Territory in on August 2, 1876, - according to a release from Rock Island Auction Company. 

A historic Smith & Wesson Model No. 2 Old Army Revolver owned by Wild Bill Hickok was offered by Rock Island Auction Company in its August Premier Auction,  August 26-28 2022.

- This would be the OLD MODEL in .32" Long Rimfire caliber ..

Haycocke-Hickock died in Deadwood in 1876, shot in the back of his head by Jack McCall .. who eventually was hanged for doing it.


.. Are any of you interested in seeing a true craftsman making a FLINTLOCK RIFLE the old fashioned way - using jigs and machinery he built himself - from the raw materials to a fine tool?


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New 'Firearms Unit' .. Open Letter To The Responsible Minister:

 Dear Police Minister Hipkins,

On 12 November 2021 the previous Police Minister announced "the establishment of the new dedicated regulatory Firearms Unit to manage changes to the new arms regulatory system aimed at improving public safety by stopping firearms falling into the wrong hands, and reducing the risk of anyone becoming victims of firearms crime.” - "This dedicated unit will allow arms staff to focus on this work within a unit separate from, but still aligned to, Police.”

I understand Minister - that in order to take possession of and to handle any firearm - these firearms registrars and inspection / examination arms staff - being separate from the exempted sworn police will be required by the Amended Firearms Act of 1983 to possess a current Firearms Licence with appropriate ENDORSEMENTS.

For instance you no doubt will be aware that the 'B CATEGORY' Endorsement to possess or handle any pistol requires full membership of an approved PISTOL NEW ZEALAND Club and range attendence a minimum of 12 times every year following the initial more strictly controlled probationary period.

As Minister, you will know that anyone such as yourself with a record of having been arrested and charged with any violent offence will not qualify under the current regulations as 'FIT & PROPER' to obtain a Firearms Licence within New Zealand.

I am not aware to date of any such membership applications by recruits for this dedicated Firearms Unit - indeed I understand that the complex Application and lengthy interview process currently applied to obtaining or renewing Firearms Licences here will certainly prevent many staff members of this Unit becoming lawfully operational by the planned commencement date of this December - next month.

One further small point of law directly concerns the meaningful function of this new unit and the safety of the NZ Public - regarding the SERIAL NUMBERING and registration of High Capacity Magazines for MSSA Rifles such as those possessed by Endorsed Licenced Collectors and the New Zealand Police Service.

Will you please Minister reply and comment specifically regarding these considerations.


This numbering & Registration of dangerous high capacity MSSA magazines - together with separate approved Secure Storage is required under the operation of the amended 1983 Act as an essential part of enhancing Public Safety in the event of  them falling into the wrong hands by LOSS or THEFT - I request information as to what progress your Department has made towards the proper numbering and REGISTRATION of the many thousands of magazines issued to police that may be found in their patrol vehicles and the premises occupied by serving officers? 

- Please release & publish the detail of series letter numbering registration sequences and locations allocated to permit the identification of these dangerous Public Safety items when found ..

My third & brief question is .. How much taxation revenue is allocated to the formation of this Separate Firearms Unit responsible for the controling and REGISTRATION of lawfully owned firearms and what is the amount Budgeted annualy for it's ongoing function maintaining the safety of the New Zealand population from firearms crime?

Thank you Minister for your urgent attention to my questions,

Marty K.

Friday 28 October 2022

The Criminal Classes:

 I see  NZ Prime Minister Jacinda has been out 'hitch hiking' again, - back in September she cadged a ride from London to a General Assembly at the United Nations, after Elizabeth II's funeral, with the Canadian anti-gun boss Justin Trudeau. 

- Now she's been on the scrounge to the Italians to fly her back to New Zealand from ANTARCTICA where she had been on a fly in  Photo-Op on the ice. Her flight down was delayed by weather issues with the RNZAF Hercules not being able to depart as intended - and the return leg was prevented by technical problems with an engine on the Hercules getting too cold.

Facts is Facts ..

Last year, 2021 - The U S Bureau of Justice Statistics, the Federal agency tasked with gathering data on crime and the criminal justice system, published a report that found roughly two in five – 38% of the 24,848 incarcerated people that they surveyed across 364 prisons reported a disability of some sort. 

- Across the entire U S incarcerated population, - that translates to some 760,000 people there with disabilities living behind American bars.

Here in New Zealand -The Mental Health (Compulsory Assessment and Treatment Act) of 1992 created a new definition of mentally disordered, that excluded those with intellectual disability from being found unfit to stand trial under the Criminal Justice Disabilities Act. 

It seems that around ONE THIRD of Youth offenders here have a NEURO-DISABILITY.

This FACT is known by our NZ Government.

I'm not here to make excuses for criminals. - If this is bullshit then those convicted persons should be isolated from further victims & property in our society by proper detention for a considerable duration - while they are given education and training opportunities to make their passage through life better and more productive.

IF it is true that a third of offenders are variously disabled intellectually to the extent of being diagnosed as sick .. there MUST be alternative action taken to extract them from our Justice System and to place them into proper HEALTH Facilities where they can be professionaly cared for and helped to live within society without falling into criminal activity.

I know that I am not dreaming here.

This situation is one specific example of our elected government NOT DOING WHAT THEY ARE PAID TO DO BY WE NEW ZEALAND VOTERS ..

They could use the money that they are wasting on new firearms legislation setting-up a USELESS FIREARMS REGISTER - to build better facilities and to staff them with qualified staff.

It is widely accepted that careful tutoring of prisoners to improve their READING abilities yields useful results in future employment.

It is well known that helping prisoners to obtain their DRIVING LICENSE reduces further traffic convictions as well as opening up decent employment opportunities. The country is seriously short of professional drivers. 

There is NO WAY that New Zealand can afford to waste these unfortunate peoples lives whereby they are a costly negative factor in society at the same time that we are short of workers.


Remove GST from essential basic foodstuffs.

Reduce general GST to 10%.

Introduce APT - an Automatic Payment Transaction Tax - initially at 0.5 % - a neutral broadbased fair tax to provide adequate funding for properly functional Law Enforcement, Justice, Health Services, State Housing, Social Services, Transport, & Education,

Introduce DRIVING INSTRUCTION into schools so that all leavers gain their License.


Return all essential services such as Power Distribution-Generation, Health and Dentistry to Nationwide democratic control for the benefit of New Zealand families.

Introduce an UPPER HOUSE CITIZENS ASSEMBLY staffed by One Term only Jurors selected by SORTITION.

End PARLIAMENTARY PRIVILEGE - that enables deliberate lies and misleading in our Nations Highest Court.

All of this might be achieved within months by the use of 'URGENCY' - as was applied to introduce oppressive ANTI-Gun Legislation reducing Civil Rights to end lawful firearms ownership.

Marty K.

This beautiful land of New Zealand once more can lead the world by example - running it's affairs for the benefit of all it's citizens.


Sunday 23 October 2022

Colts Model Of 1849 POCKET Percussion Revolver :

- Something for the weekend Sir? ..

I read a lot .. they taught me how to do it at school in the 50s. I have read both that this .31 Caliber gun from Colt is ".. almost forgotten today." and alternatively - that the Uberti reproduction M1849s are very popular, accurate and fun to shoot.

- You may take your pick from the professional writers eh - but by the standard of that era the Pocket Model was regarded as a sturdy and trusty 'manstopper'. 

A Popular Modern Replica 1849 From UBERTI ..

Experts state that this most successful percussion revolver was made by Colts over a 23 year period - starting 1850 - with production numbering around 335,000 units from factories in both U S and England. The appellation "Model 1849" is a label used by modern collectors & enthusiasts.

Sale numbers were doubtless helped by manufacture covering the whole span of the American Civil War period April 1861-April 1865 - with this small pistol being popular as private purchases by combatents of both armies. - Every review about this Model 1849 seems compelled to trot-out the apocryphal legend that this percussion five-shot revolver was carried mainly to prevent battle-field surgeons from over-eagerly amputating damaged limbs. 

Later improved steels led to SIX shot versions being machined without increasing the cylinder's size.

This best seller .31" 'Pocket Model' - 'The Gun That Won the West' - is reputed to have been nicknamed by some 'A Fifth Ace' due to it's popular carry by saloon card gamblers - to smooth the run of the betting.

Good Looking Lads Displaying Their Period Essentials ..

My "pet point" would be that the projectiles for these .31" Caliber black powder pistols actually measure larger than the later .32" caliber guns ammunition .. but only by a wee bit eh. - These revolvers were nowhere near as powerful as the earlier .44s - BUT they weighed half as much and didn't suffer from ball-creep, where the strong .44" recoil resulted in balls loaded into the chambers shifting forward with each shot to jam the gun by preventing the cylinder rotation .. the .31"s didn't kick as much .. nor blow apart so often either. Original M 1849 barrels have 'Gain Twist Rifling'.

Maybe - after a few beers - I'll admit that the '36" caliber makes a superior black powder arm and that then went on through the ages to become a 'sweet spot' sized cartridge handgun that encompasses the .38 S&W, .38 Special, .357 Magnum and the many other 9mm (.355") sized arms .. but the 'Thirty-Twos' (8mm really) had a lot going for them as early times tools and at the later higher smokeless velocities.

A thirty-one caliber .323 inch ball weighs 50 grains - which is somewhat heavier than a typical .22 Long rifle slug - and it will penetrate to plus or minus 12/13 inches in clear gelatine depending on how much black powder you like to ignite. Conical bullets are naturally heavier again and harder hitting. These 'Pocket Pistols' are small in the hand - and while small caliber, are multi-shot, easily carried and accessed .. being both accurate AND deadly.

Before I go on .. may I bring to your notice 'C&Rsenals' Small Arms Primer No.151 US Colt 1877     .. Which while being about a different, later cartridge gun - is VERY insightful & most interesting about Colts hidden innermost secret family stories.


Now - these wee pocket pistols would be scorned by some as being underpowered mouseguns - only fit to threaten before running away .. as they throw their 50 grain soft lead balls or 70 grain conicals at around 500 to 700 feet per second or above, producing POWER similar to today's 'two-two' rimfires and perhaps up to the 32 ACP lower levels.

I don't think that those 340,000 free citizen customers used their hard-earned bucks in the day to buy this compact tool because they were deluded - they were bought to serve a useful  purpose ..

The power debate continues (endlessly) of course .. but I insist that a HIT with a small caliber is far more effective than a miss with any magnum.

Colts slightly earlier small .31" percussion revolvers were known as "Baby Patersons" - then the "Baby Dragoons" appeared that developed into this popular model, - which itself was upsized in due course into the .36" caliber ''.Navy Models

The "Wells Fargo" .31" model had to make it's way through the West without the benefit of an under barrel loading lever .. as do too some other versions with the shortest of barrels.

STAGECOACH HOLD-UP Roller Engraving:

I got one - an ORIGINAL Colt M1849 ...

- love it - here's the other side ..

Five inch barrel, with a fair bit of silver plating still on the brass bits but no blueing or case hardening colour remains. The steel parts have a matt grey/pewter patina appearance. The 'safety' pins at the rear of the cylinder are battered & worn. There is an area (25%?) of bad rust pitting on the cylinder - but for a 165 year old it is in excellent working order eh. - Check-out the foresight, that has been changed sometime from a pin to a blade ..

This sort of forsight blade modification was not uncommon .. perhaps to correct damage to the original short pin - or to lower the usual high point of impact closer to the line of sight.

Grey patina o/a. - strong hammer spring - gain twist rifling - no major damage - suggested 1857 year of manufacture - such a sweet little original revolver I'm well pleased to have it ..

I've seen worse ..

Marty K.