In today's episode of "I Carry," we have a Smith & Wesson Model 638 J-frame revolver carried in a Galco Front Pocket Horsehide holster along with a Nebo Inspector 500+ flashlight.
The current war in Ukraine has populated the internet with an abundance of images that have piqued the curiosity of firearm and militaria collectors worldwide. Photos with captions like: “Russians fighting with 19th century muskets” are disingenuous at best when the accompanying illustration is of a soldier with a bolt-action Model 91/30 Mosin-Nagant with a sniper scope—an effective rifle in any century.
For me, one of the many bonuses of this gunwriter business has been the opportunity to meet and become friends with a number of the firearm enthusiasts of an earlier generation; legendary figures such as Frank Hamer Jr., Bill Jordan, Bill Toney, Col Walter Walsh and the subject of this column: COL Rex Applegate.
Is it my fault? Maybe. You see, two years ago when Colt introduced its new Python revolvers at a Gunsite media event, I was let in on a secret. After signing my life away in a non-disclosure agreement, I was told the next revolver would be an Anaconda chambered in .44 Mag. (it was) and, following that, a 2.5-inch-barreled Python.