Incentivized for .22’s

There was a coupon in the box that incentivized me to buy some CCI Mini-Mags.

I don’t have much in the way of .22LR ammo since I don’t shoot it much – because I only have one .22 LR pistol or rifle, and it’s not really a plinker.
The only other .22 LR pistol I have is a 1913 Smith & Wesson Third Model Perfected single-shot with the Pope “Olympic barrel.”

Before I knew what it really was I bought it mainly for it’s irreproducible craftsmanship, and strange but purposeful flatness.
It’s ungainly and artless and it’s not at the same time.

You be the judge, from the trigger over-travel screw, to the knurling on the hammer and the break-top release, to the adjustable sights and the ejector mechanism.

I like the details.

I don’t like the way I cant stack these pictures in a cluster of four.

I like the weird flatness and the Buntline-Special length barrel.

UPDATE: His barrels could shoot:

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8 thoughts on “Incentivized for .22’s

  1. I'm grateful for your insights and appreciation! This is not the first time I've featured this old gun in pictures, but it is really the first time someone has recognized and spoken about H.M. Pope's genius.


  2. The margin notes edition is less than useful unless you intend to manufacture barrels.

    Get a copy of “the J.M. Pyne stories and other selected writings by Lucian Carey” and you'll have a little taste of who Pope was. he made each barrel himself, by hand, one at a time. What you have is not a piece of history, it's a piece of magic.


  3. I know he was awesome, and quite a schutezen shooter with offhand rifle-shooting scores that are practically unmatched today, and a superb gunsmith working out of Hartford.
    I'd love to have, The Bullet's Flight from Powder to Target, with his margin notes, but it's pricey.
    The nice folks where I bought the gun didn't know a lot about him, but he shot at Schutezenfests and a big one was held out here in San Francisco in 1901 – back before the city went all stupid-weird.


  4. Phlegmmy Dear – I get the feeling that I'm not just shooting it, but that I'm firing off rounds – and I must hold it one handed at arm's length.
    nk – Would that I fit the description!


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