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Kel Tec P11 9mm and FEG PA63 9mm MAK. I'm not sure about the 'small caliber' requirement for 'Sat. nite specials'. A cheap .38 special would certainly qualify.
The Saturday Night Specials of the 1960s and '70s were usually small caliber simply because they couldn't safely build a .38 Special or .380 out of pot metal. Then along came the California "Ring of Fire" companies like Jennings and Lorcin who didn't care if their guns fell apart and hurt the shooter when firing. The reason why those companies kept going bankrupt then re-forming under new names was because they were constantly being sued by injured owners of their firearms.

A lot of these dont qualify as a SNS. I mean come on man. A Glock is definitely NOT an SNS and neither is a baby browning.
Remember it was anti-gun legislation that called the Baby Browning and Walther PPK Saturday Night Specials. Speaking of Glocks, when the first ones were imported into this country they all came with adjustable sights so that they would have enough "import points" to not be considered Saturday Night Specials. Once here in the USA Glock would remove those sights and put on fixed ones. Later when the Gen 3 models came out the thumb depressions and finger grooves qualified as "target grips", which added enough points that they no longer needed to import them with target sights.
 
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Man, y'all are all rank amateurs. I offered a buddy $5.00 for this back in the early 80's. He wasn't a real buddy tho because he took it. :ROFLMAO: It's a Burgo chambered in .22 short. It's DA only and has at least a 15 pound trigger pull. I came across it the other day when I cleaned out a junk drawer. It's not even worth cleaning the rust off of it.

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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.


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.
2 -3yrs ago, there was a thread asking for help to ID just such a pistol; a Spanish-made clone of that one IIRC. As I recall '@magazineman' had an example of the Spanish clone, the model name was Castillian Spanish for "Cub" or "Pup" ... I only recognized it by seeing them*.


*- not generally a one for such small pistols, though I do have a couple that size.
 

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Their version was in .44 ... which brought to mind my old Charter Arms. Even that one was too high quality for me to consider a SNS. And a .44 would need to be pretty darn cheap to be a SNS by my lights.
 
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The Saturday Night Specials of the 1960s and '70s were usually small caliber simply because they couldn't safely build a .38 Special or .380 out of pot metal. Then along came the California "Ring of Fire" companies like Jennings and Lorcin who didn't care if their guns fell apart and hurt the shooter when firing. The reason why those companies kept going bankrupt then re-forming under new names was because they were constantly being sued by injured owners of their firearms.



Remember it was anti-gun legislation that called the Baby Browning and Walther PPK Saturday Night Specials. Speaking of Glocks, when the first ones were imported into this country they all came with adjustable sights so that they would have enough "import points" to not be considered Saturday Night Specials. Once here in the USA Glock would remove those sights and put on fixed ones. Later when the Gen 3 models came out the thumb depressions and finger grooves qualified as "target grips", which added enough points that they no longer needed to import them with target sights.
The same kind of thing was done with other guns: import with a barrel long enough to gain the required points; replace the barrel with a 1 1/2" or 2" barrel; send the 3 - 4" barrel back to be imported installed in another pistol.

Introduce a distortion in the market: expect a distorted market in response.
 

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The same kind of thing was done with other guns: import with a barrel long enough to gain the required points; replace the barrel with a 1 1/2" or 2" barrel; send the 3 - 4" barrel back to be imported installed in another pistol.

Introduce a distortion in the market: expect a distorted market in response.
Taurus just cuts them down once they get here. At least they usually do. Sometimes they forget.
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And here's the points system for importing
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Look in the classifieds of any Men’s magazine from late 50s up thru early 60s. You will find small 22 short revolvers for $3 mail order. The name of one was the “Imp” For recreational reading get an old Shotgun News , pre PC. There were a lot of cheap guns for sale. Several outfits specialized in them. I bought a SA 22/ 22mag , brand H.S. Germany for 3/$99. It was really nice and much better made than today’s Herritage line. I must have bought over 50 of them. There was also a little 22short twist barrel derringer. Stainless barrels, brass frame and wood grips. [email protected] /5. Two of them would fit in cigarette pack. Once in awhile I would buy a cheapy 25acp but most of them were not worth the aggravation.
Like I bought a 30shot 22mag back in 80s, don’t remember but it was dirt cheap. It was junk and is the same pistol they are peddling today for big bucks and it’s still junk. Bought all the cheap stuff from Miller’s Distributors, Youngstown Ohio.
 

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My LITERAL "Saturday Night Special" (the original toss-away gun), The Röhm Gesellschaft RG-31 38-Special.








I believe this was the cheapest one they made, with the screw-in (non-ejecting) cylinder rod.




It was given to me, I have NEVER fired it...I'm afraid to, actually. I do keep it loaded and mounted under my bathroom sink in case its my ONLY resort to thwart a home invasion. +P ammo obviously NOT an option!!
 

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Just found this on a FB group.
That one was just used in NYC to shoot a 13 yo in the neck. By a multiple-time gun offender out because bail is cruel and racist or something..

EDIT: And while that wheelgun may have descended to SNS status...it seems it was born a Colt, a long, long time ago. So sad to see it used this way.
 

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Well dang. I guess that means I have four SNS. This one has about 1300rds thru it and is in my cc rotation. Lightweight, accurate enough and dependable. I did replace the recoil springs, firing pin and spring and the striker guide with Lakeline parts as soon as I got it. G2C 15+1
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That is NOT a SNS! 😉
 
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