1920s era snubnose, Colt Banker's Special, available in three calibers
Fairfax, Virginia - Sometimes you get caught on a tangent.
Listen to nothing but Nirvana, playing Angry Birds non-stop or a week-long pizza binge. It can happen in any facet of life. If you're a gun collector, for example, you might start focusing on a particular make or model. Over the next few weeks, you'll see such a tangent on Curator's Corner.
"The snubbies, the belly guns, the 2-inchers," proclaimed Philip Schreier, Senior Curator for the National Firearms Museum.
Kicking off the obsession is the Colt Banker's Special. Based off of the classic Detective Special design, the Banker's Special has about a 1/4 smaller of a frame.
"They were looking for a small gun (for bank employees) to protect themselves in the teller cage," said Schreier.
Manufactured between 1926 and 1943, the Banker's Special was available in .38 New Police, .38 Smith & Wesson and in .22 ... find a .22 version and you've got yourself a real find. This particular gun, that of the .38 variety, also has a special story.
"The Army purchased 2,500 Banker's Specials for the Post Office," explained Schreier. "You can tell
by the serial number and the stamped cartouche on the side. They were carried, up until the late 1970s, by the Railway Mail Service's Postal Police."
And that's just a portion of Schreier's Banker's Special tale. As always, with Phil, there is more.
To hear the whole story, turn on the Sportsman Channel later this afternoon. That's where you'll find Phil, around 5:40 this afternoon, on his latest appearance on Curator's Corner. The first in a month's worth of snubbies.