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Yea, I thought Saturday Night Specials were supposed to be cheap, janky, typically a small caliber, and work when they want to.
Mine were two out of three lol.
 

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Yea, I thought Saturday Night Specials were supposed to be cheap, janky, typically a small caliber, and work when they want to.
Depends on the Saturday night guy, I'd say. What's cheap for one fellow might not be for another. So far as reliability goes, I'd just as soon it work every time.

As for janky . . . I don't know. In the days when I would venture out of the house on Saturday night I was attempting to be as elegant as possible under the circumstances. Janky was not part of that self-image . . . at least not intentionally so.
 

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My understanding of the term Saturday Night Special is that it refers to a sub-compact pistol designed to be carried in a pocket or other body carry where it is easily concealed because of it's small size and usually chambered in a very small caliber like .25ACP, .22, .32 etc. I guess these pictures of full size and compact size hand guns as Saturday Night Specials must be some kind of new Gen X or Millenial, metrosexual re-imagining of that term. Not that I like them, but, I expected to open this link to see a bunch of Ravens, Jennings, and those miniature Tanfoglio Gardone pocket pistols. Instead I see pretty much everything but.
 

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Depends on the Saturday night guy, I'd say. What's cheap for one fellow might not be for another. So far as reliability goes, I'd just as soon it work every time.

As for janky . . . I don't know. In the days when I would venture out of the house on Saturday night I was attempting to be as elegant as possible under the circumstances. Janky was not part of that self-image . . . at least not intentionally so.
It wasn't a term used to describe a gentleman's evening gun, but a term used to villify cheap pistols that were easily accessible to poor people (and of course often used in crime as throw away pistols) back when anti-gunners were focused on banning pistols instead of ARs. So by Saturday night, think Saturday in Chicago and by cheap I mean absolute bottom of the barrel (hence janky and not reliable). Jennings and Raven pistols, Rohm revolvers, basically the kind of gun we encourage first time purchasers to steer away from if at all possible because we'd rather they have something reliable in a respectable caliber for self defense.
 

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It wasn't a term used to describe a gentleman's evening gun, but a term used to villify cheap pistols that were easily accessible to poor people (and of course often used in crime as throw away pistols) back when anti-gunners were focused on banning pistols instead of ARs. So by Saturday night, think Saturday in Chicago and by cheap I mean absolute bottom of the barrel (hence janky and not reliable). Jennings and Raven pistols, Rohm revolvers, basically the kind of gun we encourage first time purchasers to steer away from if at all possible because we'd rather they have something reliable in a respectable caliber for self defense.
Okay, okay guys . . . . You win. I just wanted to show off my Kimber 1911. As for
must be some kind of new Gen X or Millenial, metrosexual re-imagining of that term
Ouch, that's a mite severe, now isn't it. I may be too old to be sexually relevant but that doesn't make me metrosexual . . . I don't think. Hope not.
 

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Okay, okay guys . . . . You win. I just wanted to show off my Kimber 1911. As for


Ouch, that's a mite severe, now isn't it. I may be too old to be sexually relevant but that doesn't make me metrosexual . . . I don't think. Hope not.
Don't sweat it. I was just asking because I'm over 60 and never heard Saturday Night Special (as far as handguns) used to define anything except subcompact, inferior caliber backup guns usually used by thugs. And, before the demokrats came out recently with their lame attempts to change the definitions of everything to justify their BS political antics (like changing the term infrastructure from roads, bridges, buildings into day care and safe spaces for college kids that are given free college tuition), the definitions of things were the same for over a hundred years. I just figured that these new demokrat and GenXers with their new trend to define things the way they "feel" like, was resulting in this "new" definition of Saturday Night Special. But, then again, I don't know the ages of the people doing this, so I could be wrong about all of this. In any event, metrosexuals are demokrat liberals. So, if you're not a demokrat liberal, it doesn't apply to you or anyone else.
 

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Remember that "Saturday Night Special" is just a derogatory term coined by gun control groups, just like "assault weapon" is. In the 1960s there was a big spike in violent crimes, and it seemed most were being committed by perps wielding super-cheap imported handguns like the Rohm revolvers. One of the main goals behind the Gun Control Act in 1968 was to ban small, cheap handguns, aka "Saturday Night Specials" which is why we now have a "points" system to allow handguns into the country.

This is one example of a "Saturday Night Special" which was banned from importation under GCA '68. An FN "Baby Browning" .25 ACP, which while certainly small was not cheap and definitely not of low quality. It's a precision-machined weapon that's every bit as well-made as an FN Hi-Power or a Colt M1911... but because it was so small and tiny it wound up caught up in the anti-gunners' attempt to keep the cheap crappy handguns out of this country.
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Other guns banned from import as "Saturday Night Specials" included the famous Walther PPK of James Bond fame. Yes kids, according the anti-gunners 007 carried a cheap SNS! :rolleyes:

As for gun buybacks, I am stoutly opposed to them on religious grounds and would rather smash my Jennings with a hammer and dispose of it myself than turn it in at a so-called "buyback" (a misnomer if there ever was because I never bought it from any of those turds). The term "gun buyback" is simply yet another anti-gun creation... in reality it's a voluntary surrender of one's firearms to the authorities.
 

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As for gun buybacks, I am stoutly opposed to them on religious grounds and would rather smash my Jennings with a hammer and dispose of it myself than turn it in at a so-called "buyback" (a misnomer if there ever was because I never bought it from any of those turds). The term "gun buyback" is simply yet another anti-gun creation... in reality it's a voluntary surrender of one's firearms to the authorities.
With payment in exchange for it with your own tax money. How hard is that BS to see through.
 

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Don't sweat it. I was just asking because I'm over 60 and never heard Saturday Night Special (as far as handguns) used to define anything except subcompact, inferior caliber backup guns usually used by thugs. And, before the demokrats came out recently with their lame attempts to change the definitions of everything to justify their BS political antics (like changing the term infrastructure from roads, bridges, buildings into day care and safe spaces for college kids that are given free college tuition), the definitions of things were the same for over a hundred years. I just figured that these new demokrat and GenXers with their new trend to define things the way they "feel" like, was resulting in this "new" definition of Saturday Night Special. But, then again, I don't know the ages of the people doing this, so I could be wrong about all of this. In any event, metrosexuals are demokrat liberals. So, if you're not a demokrat liberal, it doesn't apply to you or anyone else.
All is well. My first sure-enough short gun was a .22 IMP. I believe I am correct in remembering it was made by Imperial Metal Products in what was then called "West Germany." I bought it from a little store front shop on Dixie Highway in "Old" Pompano, Florida, circa 1960. I was 16 or 17 and spent $12 or $15, something like that. It was pre-GCA 68 but even then I think it was probably illegal to sell to a young hoodlum, such as I was. I cannot recall anything else about it, except of course carrying it to school, and strutting around armed on, yes, Saturday night. Thank heaven I did not shoot myself or anybody else or otherwise end up on the road gang or sitting in "Old Sparky."

I think you are probably right about "Saturday Night Special" being "subcompact, inferior" and "used by thugs." I have spent the last sixty years trying to rehabilitate myself, hence trying to pass off a real gun as a SNS.

As for the changing world . . . right about 1964 I decided my own personal influence on history was very limited and set out to cover my own tail (and by extension the tails of my wife and children) and let the idiots running the world continue to screw things up. I confess I do not know what half those words and phrases are supposed to mean.

Thanks for the kind words and good wishes from one beaten up and tired, but well-armed, old man.
 
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