So...I have a bit of explaining to do...
You see, the shops here don't tend to get unique and special firearms in. Its usually the normal stuff...M&P's, Glocks...lever guns, bolt guns, shotguns...etc etc. One store specializes in vintage smith and colt revolvers/auto's and bolt guns. The other store has a larger selection of newer firearms, with occasionally a hard to find or special gun here and there, like S&W Performance Center revolvers...or a Colt.
For those who don't know, that is how I got my Springfield MC Operator. They just happened to get one...and if I did not buy it, someone else will in short order. So, I was originally going to buy a full size M&P9 to replace the M&P9c that I sold. It was going to be my birthday early birthday present so I could enjoy it on the 5th. Of course, I got delayed and had to wait...a few days before my birthday I got the call to come in and pick it up. So, I was browsing around and thought..you know...I have a lot of 9mm's...I don't HAVE to buy another M&P...and that is when I saw this.
As with all special edition/brand new/hard to get firearms...they had 2. One in the case that everyone molested with the eyeballs in their fingers...and a fresh one in the back. So after some long, hard thinking...I had to have it. I knew what it was, but I did not know a lot of how it came to be. So, it was fun to come home and do additional research on how this revolver came to be. Enough blabbering...
It shoots like a dream. I love everything about it except two minor things. The first is that the finish, while it looks sexy, is apparently rather difficult to clean powder burns off of. The second is that the mechanics are a little rough because of the type of finish. It is smoothing out the more I shoot it however.
I shot a variety of ammo to include PMC 158 grain JSP's, The equivelent load by Federal, some PMC 132 grain .38 Spcl FMJ, Federal Fusion .357 158 grain...and it seemed to like them all just fine. It's very soft shooting with .38's of course and a bit of a bear with magnums, but the rubber grip does a good job of keeping it from being unbearable. I shot it in the freezing cold of night on a farm and lemme tell you...magnums stung something fierce (my hands were FREEEZING). It also bellowed forth a mighty report and large fireball from the Federal 158 grns.
Pics or it's all stories, right?
The 5th picture is my current collection of Ruger revolvers, which includes a 4 inch Security Six .357 and a Redhawk .44 Mag. I also have an SR1911 (Love it, amazing 1911) and intend to buy the officers model whenever I can get a hold of one. The holster is a Galco paddle holster for 3" GP100's which I purchased from OpticsPlanet for around $67. It fits the gun very well, but sets off the body a little bit. I have not carried it about or in public yet, so I cannot comment on that just yet. I have never been displeased with Galco products though.
No, the 6th picture is not a fake. Those familiar with Ruger revolvers should be pleased that it is capable of extreme accuracy!