Well, I went to the gun show here in San Antonio, determined to come home with a Smith & Wesson J-Frame, probably a 442, to use as a carry piece while my right arm is on the mend. I've been carrying my young bride's Cobra, but I knew it wasn't fair for me to deprive her of it for long. I'm considerate like that.
So I checked J-Frame prices on line, read lots of reviews, looked at pictures, got a pocket-full of cash, and had my plan. It lasted all of 20 minutes.
For what should I happen upon but a new-in-box, unfired, with all paperwork and manuals, Colt Detective Special. It's a 1993 model, the 4th Issue (which is just like the 3rd Issue, except with Colt-logoed Pachmayr grips standard). I looked at it, held it, talked price with the individual (not a dealer) selling it, even stepped back and talked with a holster vendor for a bit. Then I looked back at the booth and saw another fellow looking at it. As soon as he stepped away (without buying it - whew!), I was back. The power of cash spoke and it was mine!
I've been wanting another Dick Special ever since I sold mine years ago at a time of financial need, and I never found the right weapon when I had the right cash, until now.
Ladies & Gentlemen, meet my new CCW:
And here's the catalyst for the grand plan (and the latest in orthopaedic fashion):