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You could own Bonnie Parker’s snubby…!

Going up for auction, Bonnie Parker’s Colt Detective Special .38 revolver. It’s expected to fetch $100K. Referred to as her “squat gun” because it was found taped to the upper inside of her thigh with surgical tape, where no true gentleman would dare frisk her. I guess the same rules don’t apply to ladies’ corpses.

In the same auction, other objects from the death car, some of Clyde’s arsenal and general stuff associated with other outlaws and lawmen. Really interesting auction house, that — worth a poke around. They specialize in autographs and historic memorabilia.

For what it’s worth, my grandma was a nurse in Baton Rouge about the time the Bonnie and Clyde went down. She claimed to have seen Bonnie’s body in the mortuary. Said it was dirty. Like, old dirt. Like someone who hasn’t had a good scrub in a long, long time.

On the other hand, my grandmother was often — how you say? — full of shit.


Comment from Stark Dickflüssig
Time: July 16, 2012, 7:42 pm

I strongly dislike “collectible” tat like that. Guns should be used!

Also: ass porn

Comment from S. Weasel
Time: July 16, 2012, 8:02 pm

Oh, well, now, if I bought it, I’d probably shoot somebody with it. Just to legitimize the purchase.

Comment from Randy Rager
Time: July 16, 2012, 8:17 pm

Would you shoot them in their pinky toe?

Comment from Deborah
Time: July 16, 2012, 9:45 pm

Funny you should mention guns today. I’ve misplaced a Luger. Liberated in North Africa by an Yank Spitfire pilot. (He was always in a hurry.) I put someplace safe, and now I can’t remember where I hid it. Damn. I hate it when I do that.

Comment from Redd
Time: July 16, 2012, 9:59 pm

How many innocent people did she shoot with that gun?

Comment from Rich Rostrom
Time: July 16, 2012, 10:09 pm

Hmm. How would a pilot liberate enemy gear? More likely he bought it off a ground-pounder. NTTAWWT.

Also: an American flying a Spitfire. Probably with the 31st Fighter Group, which was converted from P-39s to Spitfires when they got to Britain in 1942. They went to Africa with TORCH in November.

He might have collected the Luger during the Axis collapse in May 1943, if he had some ground assignment during the surrender (i.e. go to this airfield, secure any aircraft, fuel, or munitions, report on conditions for Allied use).

I hope you find that Luger.

Regarding Ms. Parker’s gun: is it known whether she ever used it?

Comment from Scubafreak
Time: July 16, 2012, 10:29 pm

Actually, I’d love to have that in my collection, if they have an established provenance.

Hell, a friend of mine in Denver currently owns the .44 automag that Clint Eastwood used in SUDDEN IMPACT, complete with the marks on it from when Eastwood threw it to the ground in disgust at the number of times it malfunctioned during filming….

Comment from Anonymous
Time: July 16, 2012, 10:44 pm

The provenance is excellent. They don’t say if it was ever used, but I think they mostly used long guns in their robberies, didn’t they?

Comment from Insecto The Wise
Time: July 16, 2012, 11:27 pm

Meh. Oddjob’s Hat-o-Death went for like 120k.


Lizzie Borden’s Choppa Choppa would be old school.


Plus, Lizzie was kinda of a hottie.

I’m a pacifist at heart, except for crows which are my mortal enemies and deserve death at any opportunity, but having a famous melee weapon would be awesome. Like being a 19th century Tupak or something.

And my Don Ho inlay is proceeding nicely.

Insecto (actually BBB but I’m incognito)

Comment from Joan of Argghh!
Time: July 16, 2012, 11:35 pm

I have a .38 snubby just like that. Helluva little kick. Not sure I’d want to tape it to my thigh unless I could rig it to some sort of um. . . er. . . remote trigger. I could wait for the frisker to stoop down. . . and then smile to myself and know that I killed a man with Kegel.

Comment from Stark Dickflüssig
Time: July 16, 2012, 11:36 pm

Hey, now, you don’t have to shoot someone with it to use a gun.

‘course, there ain’t many bayonets that fit a snub-nose .38

Comment from Insecto The Wise
Time: July 16, 2012, 11:37 pm

. . and then smile to myself and know that I killed a man with Kegel.

Greatest thing ever posted on the internet.

Comment from JeffS
Time: July 17, 2012, 12:12 am

‘course, there ain’t many bayonets that fit a snub-nose .38

No, but the Webley MkVI revolver had a bayonet. God knows why — maybe Uncle Badger could shed some light on the British innovator mindset?

Comment from Frit
Time: July 17, 2012, 1:30 am

Joan of Argghh!, The Dragon and I thank you for a delightful and prolonged belly-laugh! The mental images kept us going for several minutes. Heeeee! 🙂

Comment from Scubafreak
Time: July 17, 2012, 2:08 am

Jeffs – Funny you should mention it, considering that alot of new pistols, including my EAA Witness, have the rails for attaching a 3rd party bayonette, a laser, flashlight, or whatever else you can think of…..

Comment from Scubafreak
Time: July 17, 2012, 2:12 am

Actually, I’m surprised no-one has gone for the low hanging fruit here.

First we had the COACH gun, now we have the COOCH gun….

Cooch cannon? I dunno, some of those new +P rounds are pretty powerful……

Comment from sandman will resist
Time: July 17, 2012, 2:28 am

“If ye love wealth better than liberty,
the tranquility of servitude
better than the animating contest of freedom,
go home from us in peace.
We ask not your counsels or your arms.
Crouch down and lick the hands which feed you.
May your chains set lightly upon you,
and may posterity forget that you were our countrymen.”

Gentle reminder of the times we live in, gang.


Comment from Scubafreak
Time: July 17, 2012, 2:30 am

Ya know, someone with a dirty enough mind could take this and turn Hollywierd on their ears, with a little creative rewriting of Veruca Salts ‘I want it now’ song from Willy Wonka……

A COACH gun! A COOCH gun!
I wanna vajazzle with a tape it to the HOOCH gun!

Mr Salt-
Sounds painful when pulling it off the hair down there!


Mr Salt-
(facepalming) OK…..

And by the way….

Mr. Salt-
Aw shit, here we go…..

YOU put it awayyyyyyyyyyy!!!!

Mr Salt-

Sorry, I took a lady-friend to see TED last night, and it was just that kinda movie……. 😉

Comment from Christopher Taylor
Time: July 17, 2012, 5:09 am

Now that’s a short range pistol.

Comment from SCOTTtheBADGER
Time: July 17, 2012, 7:36 am

I don’t trust revolvers. Once, while shooting a S&W Model 27, I had a primer back out of it’s casing, and lock the cylinder so tight, that a gunsmith had to hammer it free with a leather mallet. My duty weapon is a Heckler & Koch USP45F, and will remain so. .45ACP is an acceptable cartidge for my purposes.

In a weasel related area, I was reading a book about the 1940 Federal Writer’s Project, America Eats, where wrtiers were commissioned to write about the food eaten in thier states. In the recipie for cornbread, there was what I believe to be a misprint. ” You should only use fresh ground cornmeal, before it becomes infested with weasels “. I would have thought weevels to be the more likely problem, but the recipie was from Michigan, and who knows what goes on over there. I feel as if I have ne real grounds to criticise, however, as the Wisconsin recipie was for lutefisk. TRIPLE YAK!

Comment from Anonymous
Time: July 17, 2012, 12:38 pm

It has nothing to do with snub noses or Kegel but it


Comment from ITW
Time: July 17, 2012, 12:40 pm

Next time you meet a ferret, buy her a beer


Comment from S. Weasel
Time: July 17, 2012, 1:22 pm

Service ferrets. Who knew?

Comment from Can’t hark my cry
Time: July 17, 2012, 2:33 pm

No, no, no–a “service ferret” is a whole different category: http://www.bellaonline.com/articles/art40334.asp

Mind you, the ADA regulations limit “service animal” for purposes of the Act to dogs and miniature horses. But in the great wide world, all kinds of animals (you know–snakes, parrots, monkeys) are being used as service animals.

Which is a whole different category from “therapy animal,” although the distinction isn’t always preserved in practice.

Sigh. Yup–I recently had to research this for a client. The practice of law leads one into peculiar byways at times.

Comment from Davem123
Time: July 17, 2012, 3:06 pm

Remember that the common nickname for that weapon is the “Dick Special.”

I carried an almost identical one (but made in the 60’s, so the +P “FBI load” was usable) as a backup/off-duty weapon in the 90’s. It came from a Detective with the Metropolitan Police Department in DC. The recoil was pretty stout with the factory grips.

Comment from yippee mcskittles bear mcsandman
Time: July 17, 2012, 4:05 pm

New Hogue grips with round butt, Barami hip-grip and 125 grain HP +P rounds. Then that .38 is actually deadly and not just eventually lethal (thru blood loss). Stopped is different than killed. One is instant: the other takes time.

Why I carry .45 1911s if at all possible. And another for back up. NY reload.

You can never be prepared enough.

Comment from yippee mcskittles bear mcsandman
Time: July 17, 2012, 4:06 pm

And I am not a big fan of Colt anything. I have learned not to trust them under any circumstances. Last ditch choice, very last…

Comment from Bob Mulroy
Time: July 17, 2012, 4:16 pm

I had one of those for Missus to carry. She hated it.

We traded it to a preacher for an S&W model 10-5.

Comment from Davem123
Time: July 17, 2012, 5:06 pm

You can’t go wrong with a Model 10. I’ve got a 3″ and a 5″. I don’t know how I’ve avoided a 4″.

Comment from S. Weasel
Time: July 17, 2012, 5:11 pm

I was an S&W gal, for sure. I had to sell my whole little arsenal when I moved, of course, but I kept one pristine S&W .38. Left it at my father’s house with a severe warning not to knock over any filling stations with it or I’d get him.

Comment from Nina
Time: July 17, 2012, 5:35 pm

I wonder how much it will bring in?! Someone has got to be willing to put up a chunk of change for it, doncha think?

Off to Oslo tomorrow, then back to England on the 23rd. Just in case y’all are keeping track of my whereabouts. 🙂

Comment from ITW
Time: July 17, 2012, 5:42 pm


Could you stop by Stockholm while you’re in the neighborhood? I forgot my glasses at the Seven Houses restaurant sometime in 1992. They have black frames.
Thanks in advance.


Comment from Bob Mulroy
Time: July 17, 2012, 6:06 pm

S&W revolvers are part of my retirement program.

Comment from mojo
Time: July 17, 2012, 6:22 pm

Short range? Nonsense!

Ol’ Efrem Zimbalest Jr. regularly shot bad guys IN THE LEG from over 50 yards away with that piece. Or so “The FBI (A Quinn Martin Production)” would have you believe…

Comment from Davem123
Time: July 17, 2012, 6:29 pm

That’s nothing. Frank Cannon (William Conrad) once shot down a Cessna with a 2″ .38.

Comment from Davem123
Time: July 17, 2012, 7:11 pm

My mistake, due to a faulty memory. Investigation reveals that PI Cannon shot down a P-51 Mustang on take-off, firing a belt-fed Browning M1917 from the hip. That may be more impressive than using a .38.


Comment from Some Vegetable
Time: July 17, 2012, 9:02 pm

I do martial arts, and I always make it a point to warn the young fast tough kids that ancient Chinese martial arts aren’t effective against the modern American art of self-defense called concealed snubnose .38

And think about it. Could you snatch a thigh-high hidden gun away before Joan could snatch it?

Comment from Frit
Time: July 17, 2012, 11:31 pm

On the topic of fun & helpful ferrets:


Comment from Sordy
Time: August 19, 2012, 6:49 pm

I love this handgun – I generally love 38’s but, I prefer the S&W versions

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