Saturday, February 07, 2009

Saturday in the Basement


Today's a work-in-the-basement homeowner day. Also, the locksmith is coming up from Denver to install a boring, old-skool mechanical lock on my gun safe, which admittedly has worked fine since I took the lock apart and Radio Shack'ed the circuit board. That safe will move into the secondary role when the new Liberty safe — with a mechanical lock, natch — is delivered in the next couple of weeks.

I was swamped this week working on TBD: SURVIVAL, which will go into production next month for a July 1 premier. I'm now pretty comfortable with the format and have a good start on filling in the subject grid. Pincus and Janich are on board for this one as well. I'm also very excited about SG2, a new spinoff show from SHOOTING GALLERY that focuses more on rock and roll, so to speak. You'll see that show July 2010. Hoping for a clone to be delivered any minute now...

I ordered a couple of the Lipsey's special run Ruger Blackhawks in .44 Special yesterday. I have to say that these .44s, built on the smaller 50th Anniversary Blackhawk frames, may well be the ultimate single action revolver. A lot of his, probably starting with Skeeter Skelton and fueled by (my friend) the great John Taffin, have spent a bunch of money with people like Hamilton Bowen (shown below; click on the image for a big 'un!) and Dave Clements converting old 3-Screw and Flat-Top Rugers to .44 Specials. I have a .44 3-Screw from Hamilton and a magnificent restored 1950s-vintage Flat-Top .357 from Dave. I'm thinking the new .44s will become my cowboy action shooting main match guns...yeah, I won't be able to run with the whiz kids and their reduced load .38s, but I'll be cooler!

And as a benefit, I have a new holster rig from Nick Asadi at Tombstone Leather Products made for my 5oth Anniversary .357 Blackhawks, so the ,44s should fit just fine.

If you don;t have a single action revolver and think you might like to try one, I heartily recommend the .44 Specials! So would Skeeter.






4 comments:

nj_larry said...

"That safe will move into the secondary role when the new Liberty safe — with a mechanical lock, natch — is delivered in the next couple of weeks."

MB you never mentioned what model Liberty safe you purchased, or the reasoning behind the selection. Do you care to?

Anonymous said...

Michael,
Any word on when Lipsey's will start shipping the 44s? My dealer has ordered six of them, and I'm on the waiting list. Thanks!

Eric said...

I picked up my .44 Specials last week. I have one of each barrel length.

kbarrett said...

Load them with IMR Trailboss, and reduce them yourself.