My Guns – at least some of them.



Colt Detective 38 Special. I bought this gun at Sile Arms near the old Colt factory in 1967 or 68.  I’ve shot this guy I don’t know how many times.  It still has that wonderful Colt Royal Blue finish.  Now it’s kind of retired and I only use it in some of my gun classes to demonstrate the difference between single and double action.


Here it is.  My Browning Hi-Power also known as the P-35.  This was John Browning’s last design and although he died in 1926 the gun wasn’t produced until 1935.  This one was manufactured in Belgium in the late 60s or maybe the early 70s.  Browning was the Steve Jobs of the gun industry.  He created guns based on a remarkably-intuitive sense of how to combine absolute reliability with aestehtics.  In other words, his guns are all beautiful and they all function flawlessly.  You don’t need to worry about whether you have this kind of ammunition or that kind of ammunition.  You don’t have to worry whether or not you cleaned out the channel that holds the firing pin.  You simply load and pull the trigger and it goes – bang.  Genius.  Absolute genius.


And the favorite of all, my Colt 1970 pistol, a modern version of the 45 caliber pistol that John Browning designed in 1907 and was then adopted by the U.S. military in 1911.  And there are still some military units that carry this gun, which means that there’s actually a piece of military equipment being used  by troops whose design is more than a century old.  And the reason it is still out there  is because it may be the best engineered small arm of all time.  Not only does it work no matter how dirty it is, what kind of ammunition you use, or anything else.  It works.  And here’s two things about this gun you might not know.  First, when the genius John Browning designed this gun, he actually cut blocks of wood to the correct size of the slide and upper frame and then cut and shaped each piece to figure out the relative weights that would allow the slide to work against the frame depending upon the pressures of the round.  He figured out metal ratios of different parts of the gun using wood!  Second, when you field-strip the gun each part as you take it down becomes the tool that is used to strip the next part.  Do you understand how brilliant that is?


Bill Ruger once was asked the difference between what he did and what John Browning did and he said, “I’m just a designer.  I made guns that looked good but I didn’t invent anything new.  John Browning invented new guns.”

Ruger was a pretty modest guy.  The Mini-14 was new in every respect and I’ll still take it over any AR platform.  Why?  Because it always works, it’s accurate as hell, and the truth is that there’s no reason to add any kind of optics to a gun that is probably going to have an effective distance of less than 100 yards.  Yea, yea, yea, I know about all those sniper ‘kills’ out to 500 yards but let me break the news to you gently: sniper rifles are 30-caliber jobs and the real sniper guns are bolt-action platforms anyway. Want a true Modern Sporting Rifle?  Here it is – the Mini-14!

Do me a favor. Don’t send me an email saying that I don’t actually own those guns because those aren’t pics of my guns.  That’s right; they aren’t pics of my guns because my camera is nowhere as good as the cameras used by the companies which produce pics for gun magazines.




I’m getting interested in Walther again, even though the guns they made for Smith & Wesson were all junk.  But maybe now that they are back on their own they’ll turn out something good.  I had a beautiful James Bond PP but traded it for something or maybe just sold it.  I also carried a P5 for a while but the combination dropdown lever and safety was too complicated for point-n-shoot. But recently I picked up a TPH and even though it was assembled over here after 1968 the blue version is reliable, as opposed to the stainless which just doesn’t work.  It really is a very small gun so you can take it just about anywhere and the stopping power of a 22 is formidable if you know where to aim it.  I’ll pay a grand for a blue, German-made PPK, so let me know if you have one for sale.

7 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. rikilii
    Jan 27, 2015 @ 19:07:54

    You “know as much about guns as anyone” but don’t know how dumb it is to carry a gun without a holster, especially one like the G19.


    • mikethegunguy
      Jan 28, 2015 @ 07:10:13

      Another expert shares his expertise.


      • Steve
        Mar 31, 2015 @ 12:19:44

        rikilii is 100% correct. I only hope that the person you end up shooting when you negligently discharge your weapon is yourself.

  2. Stephen
    Apr 16, 2015 @ 12:59:30

    Funny how every single one of those pictures where found via a google search.
    So this page pretty much shows here are some guns I googled


    • mikethegunguy
      Apr 16, 2015 @ 16:24:42

      That’s right, because Google takes much better pictures than I do. I’ve been meaning to update that page since I recently bought a lot more guns. I’ll use the Google pics for those guns too.


  3. Fla Catman
    May 22, 2016 @ 11:39:57

    My first 9mm was the Baby G-26. I still have it and generally like it. I bought a new G-19 and worked it out at the range quite a bit, even carried it (almost) everywhere. I sold it for the singular reason that the trigger safety became irritating to the point of needing a Band-Aid after 50 or so rounds at the range. I had it worked on but nothing made the bump in the trigger any better.

    I bought a Sig SP-2022 after playing with one at the range but I still miss the Glock’s ease of total disassembly for cleaning and the number of after market “stuff”. The Sig is comfortable, has a good grip and night sights but the Glocks were ultra reliable and intuitive. When I need a 45 cal out in the woods, it will be a Glock!!!


  4. khal spencer
    Jul 29, 2016 @ 15:36:43

    So someone besides me likes the Mini-14?


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