View Full Version : Old School Bullseye Gun Collection

November 13, 2014, 01:44
Over the last 11 years I have been buying guns on a fairly regular basis; 165 handguns alone, including 54 1911 style pistols. Two days ago I went to my local gun shop and picked up my latest - the Jim Clark Sr. Shreveport, LA marked long-slide .38 Special Wad Cutter Bulls-eye gun that began life as a 1968 built .38 Super Colt. The gun was built in August, 1968 so without proof I suspect that the gun was bought new to be converted by Jim Clark. The newest Colt (the Clark gun) was manufactured in 1968; the Dinan in 1962, and the Harpe and nickel gun, in the 1950s.

A note about the Clark, Dinan, and Harpe guns: Greg Derr explained why the barrel bushings are so tightly fit and hard to remove, even with a wrench. Greg said the bushings were normally not intended to be removed; that the barrel was meant to be cleaned from the muzzle end!

I gathered all the other bulls-eye guns that I have and took some photos this evening; please have a look see:

Jim Clark Sr. long slide .38 Special midrange wad cutter gun with short Bo-Mar rear sight rib/sight
Possibly an Alton Dinan built .38 Special wad cutter gun; barrel bushing marked Dinan, front and rear grip stippled; full length BoMar rail and rear sight. Many of the guns that Dinan built had two holes in the front sight - according to Greg Derr all Al Dinan had to do to see who was shooting his guns in competition was look down along the firing line and see those front sights! Mine doesn't have the holes in the sight.
Probably a Jesse Harpe .45 acp hardball gun; both the barrel bushing and main spring housing are marked with Harpe's logo; notice how thick the barrel bushing is; you need a wrench to remove it.
Unknown gun smith Colt .38 Super from 1952; re-nickelled; rear sight is marked U.S. and Triangle; originally a .45 acp pistol the gun also came with the complete .45 acp upper including the correct ejector. It shoots a lot better in .38 Super then in .45 acp
Smith and Wesson Model 52-1 "Master"; .38 Special wad cutter gun; complete with box, manual, 5 magazines; very nice shooting pistol.
Rear sights of all 5 guns.

Thanks for looking!

November 13, 2014, 05:57
Sure are nice to view
Many thanks

November 13, 2014, 08:44
Boy i remember these along with the Model 41's and Supermatic Citation's esp. the fluted bbl model 106. Thanks for posting.

November 13, 2014, 16:40
Didn't expect to see quite so much windage for the rear sight positions.

November 13, 2014, 17:11
Very nice collection!!!

There is a 38 Spec Colt for sale on gun broker now

http://www.gunbroker.com/Auction/ViewItem.aspx?Item=451198504 Not mine

November 15, 2014, 20:10
Great collection of some fine shooters. Those pistols were built for only one thing, putting numerous holes in the X ring of a Bulls-eye targets. It is really sad that this sport is on it's last legs. Most everyone would rather be "running and gunning" instead of standing on the line with their fellow competitor waiting to bring aimed, timed fire onto the target. I have seen lots of matches won by X ring count. Personal gun handling skills plus the most accurate pistol and ammo combo were required to win. Those pistols that you have collected are the best of best for what they were built for. I am glad that you were able to gather them all together.

I LOVE my old Smith and Wesson Model 52 -no dash. It goes " SNICK" when the slide runs home. It was built old school style. The closest modern pistol to it in fit and function is my Les Baer. I have been using it for several years in a modified Bulls-eye pistol match that I shoot in for 7 months out of the year. I think that the tight barrel bushing is the key to it's accuracy.

Thanks for posting them for us to see.