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Old November 22nd, 2016, 10:29 AM   #1
 
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I didn't go looking for it, but I'm glad I found it. When my Tampa, Fl home was burglarized in the mid-90's I lost my prized 10" stnls MkII .22 pistol. When I got the check from my homeowner's insurance I headed down to the local Sports Authority (they sold handguns back then) for a replacement. They had the Browning Micro Buck Mark on sale for $199.00, and when I felt its crisp trigger I was in love! It operated like the commander sized 1911 I was carrying then and felt very similar in the hand. The short barrel made it easy to carry on my belt when fishing or just knocking around on my parent's farm. The great trigger and sights helped it to be very accurate. It has accounted for a number of snakes, opossums, armadillos as well as small game like squirrels and rabbits as well. My most vivid memory of shooting this gun was when I used it to save a dog from a gruesome death. I was fishing from a jonboat on my pond. It was a warm day, and several gators were lounging on the surface of the water. I noticed someone's lost bird dog (a beautiful pointer wearing an orange collar) standing on the bank looking at me. Possibly mistaking me for its owner, the dog jumped in and began swimming towards my boat. The alligators reacted immediately and were heading to intercept. My screaming didn't have any effect on the dog (or the gators) so I drew the Browning. Several shots aimed to splash in around the dog got him turned and headed for shore. It was obvious the gators would reach the dog before it regained the safety of shore so I emptied my clip trying to slow them down. I didn't hit those small (only eyes and nostrils showing) moving targets but I forced them under and maybe slowed them down. The pretty dog made shore and shook off never knowing death was only a few feet behind...
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Old November 24th, 2016, 05:38 AM   #2
 
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I forgot to mention that this pistol holds the record for armadillo slaying. I was riding my father's new Yamaha Big Bear 350 back in 1998 when I came across a whole 'dillo family in the open. I killed 7 with 9 shots in under 10 seconds using Federal bulk HP's. Too bad Guiness won't put that in their book!
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Great gun and great stories. I love "kit guns"! Do they still make these?

Edit.... I answered my own question. They appear to still be in the current production part of Browning's website. I want one!!!!!

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Mine is the original 6 shot version of the 22 LR SP101. This one was made in 1991. Great trigger, SA and DA, and pleasingly accurate well out to 25 yards or more. Could not ask more of a Kit gun.


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Mine is the original 6 shot version of the 22 LR SP101. This one was made in 1991. Great trigger, SA and DA, and pleasingly accurate well out to 25 yards or more. Could not ask more of a Kit gun.
Oh yeah, that little SP101 is the kit gun poster child. Small, accurate, and easy to carry...an awesome kit gun for sure!
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How about a nice S&W 34-1?

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Ah, the Kit Gun ! That elusive gun that everyone knows but no one can agree upon.

There are so many good guns that can fill that role and yet no single gun that is right for everyone.

But here are some basic criteria:

Small and light enough to be easily carried , or in hikers terms - worth the weight to carry.

Accurate enough to take small game at reasonable handgun distances.

Be fairly weather resistant and durable (Stainless steel is an obvious choice)

Most people can agree on the above for a kit gun, then the fun begins;
What caliber? .22 LR is popular but there are strong arguments in favor of the 32 S&W long, 32 H&R Mag, .327 Federal and even the 38 Special.

What type? Revolver of Pistol? Clearly there are pros & cons to both.

Sights? Fixed or Adjustable? Both types have their strengths.

Many guns can fill the role of a "kit gun" but I must say that Stainless SP101 with a 4" barrel shown above is close to the iconic definition of a kit gun.

Some of the S&W J & K frame revolvers also fill the role nicely.
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Thanks to cptpoly for posting that beautiful S&W 34-1. I have wanted one of those for years.
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