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Darryl & Melanie Bolke  Welcome to DB’s Shooting Adventures! This is a place to see what Darryl and his wife Melanie are doing with a passion for shooting and gear, enjoy!

Gun of the Day!
Today’s gun of the day is a S&W 649-3 Bodyguard .357 Magnum revolver. Many of the guns I post are collectibles and guns I own purely for enjoyment. Today’s gun of the day is one I love to carry. I call it my retirement gun because I hope to some day live somewhere so crime free that this is all I need for daily carry. My first snub Revolver was a S&W 649 Bodyguard when they were first released. I consider this variant to be the best of the stainless Bodyguards. I love the humpbacks. They carry great in a pocket and are very snag free. While many find them ugly, I love their unique look. They are pure business. This 2 1/8” barreled variant is efficient to run getting good ejection from its longer ejector rod. It is fitted with an X/S Big Dot sight. I shot day two of the Pat Rogers Memorial Revolver Round-Up with this gun and it performed great, including a first round hit at 50 yards on chest size steel. Pat Rogers and I both shared a deep appreciation and love for the S&W Bodyguards (the classic versions, not the new things they are sullying the name with).
As many states and locations are getting just ridiculous on laws, this one will likely also be getting use as a travel gun. It is fitted with smooth Craig Spegel Cocobolo boot grips that fit the gun perfectly.
For carry, I just got a gorgeous Purdy Gear Roy’s Field holster and matching belt in Mahogany buffalo. Most of the time it is carried in a Safariland Pocket holster or a VDSMR City Special (http://www.vdmsr.com/2017/12/city-special.html?m=1) that I absolutely love. This gun also works well in a Thunderwear rig for very discreet carry. I think the reason I love this little revolver so much is that I can use it in so many roles from Very discrete carry in non-permissive environments to overt carry and everything in between. It is not my first choice for any sort of possible offensive carry, but it works really well for close quarters personal protection.

Gun of the Day-Colt 2nd Generation Single Action Army 5 1/2” barrel in .45 Colt. This was delayed a few days while out of town and the Internet would not cooperate. Today’s Gun of the Day is a sentimental favorite. It belonged to Ontario, California Chief of Police Wayne Simmons. Chief Simmons hired me and swore me in as a police officer in 1988. I went to the City of Ontario specifically to work for Chief Simmons. Chief Simmons was a cops cop. He was a true lawman. He was also an avid Colt and Gun collector and owned a gun shop. I was coming from working a a major west coast law enforcement firearms and equipment distributor in college and was a competitive shooter. We shared a love of firearms and history. Even as a nobody rookie, he knew who I was and we talked guns whenever he saw me with his “management by walking around” style. His words to me of “treat crooks like crooks and citizens like citizens” were how I conducted myself my entire police career. Sadly, Chief Simmons died during a very minor routine surgery shortly after I started at the police department. I was honored to be asked to run the gun auction the next year after his death. Chief Simmons would auction seized and evidence firearms to Federally Licensed gun dealers to raise money for the department. It didn’t last long after police administrators gleefully decided to destroy $30,000 shotguns and engraved investment grade pistols instead of aunctiining them and maybe buy more training ammunition.
After Chief Simmons death I was able to buy this Colt Single Action Army from his collection. I felt that owning the iconic firearm that defines the American west from a Chief that reminded me of working for John Wayne was important. To compliment this incredible firearm I also located a very rare Milt Sparks Western holster that is perfect for this special Colt. Enjoy this amazing revolver owned by a very special lawman. The Colt SAA was a favorite of Frank Hamer, and Chief Wayne Simmons, two of my hero Lawmen.
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Gun of the Day- BTJ Derringer. I picked up several guns today from Jackson Armory, my absolute favorite gun shop in the whole world. The first up is going to be a daily carry. These were made by Bellmore Johnson Tool in Connecticut for one year, 1985. I started working at a police equipment shop in San Diego in 1986 and I remember we stocked these. I was in love with the thing, but at an age where I could barely afford one or two guns at a time. Anything I wanted required selling or trading something. A hideout derringer was not a priority. I always regretted not getting one. They were like the High Standard .22 Magnum Derringers that so many squared away folks I knew carried, but were chambered in .38 Spl.. They had an alloy frame and stainless barrels with a faux wood grip. Later the parts and rights to the gun were bought by American Derringer Corp. who produced similar guns in .38 and a couple other calibers.
Over the past couple years of being in a crime ridden urban downtown area full of nefarious crooks, drug addicts, and mentally-ill degenerates I started carrying a lightweight .38 Revolver in my strong side front pocket instead of my support side so they I could have my hand on a gun and ready to draw when interacting with these street savages. It was a lifesaver on multiple occasions. This left me short the support side accessibility that I had when I carried my back up in a support side pocket. I thought about the BTJ derringer I wanted long ago and was able to track one down. It shoots surprisingly well two handed strong hand. Shooting one handed at three yards with my support hand only was workable for what I want, and it can be shot with either the index or middle finger on the trigger depending on how it is recovered from the pocket. It is a great little throwback to a different time and for a true contact range insurance policy it is a gem.
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We hope you’re enjoying our content! Feel free to comment any questions you have, we would love to answer and give you any advice you need! .
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Gun of the Day! This is a newer gun that takes me to a wonderful place in life. The Remington Tac-14 Hardwood.This 12 ga. Remington 870 is classified as a “firearm” by BATFE instead of a shotgun because of how it was configured by Remington from the factory and does not require a special tax stamp even with its short barrel. I first became familiar with this type of gun when I was in college working at a local police equipment store. One of our good customers was a legendary US Marshal and he carried a Witness Protection Shotgun. I thought it was about the coolest gun ever and talking to the Marshal who used it (who will hopefully pipe in with comments), it was effective when used within its parameters. One of the first things I did after becoming a police officer was configuring something similar, and even had a Galco shoulder holster for it! I was still a bit stuck on Miami Vice influences. A couple years later I had Robbie Barkman at Robar build two 12” barreled Remington 870’s with their stocks cut down significantly. They could be shouldered effectively in the heavy body armor SWAT wore, but got interesting using when wearing a t-shirt. They were loved by the couple of officers issued them. When the wood stocked Tac-14 came out I ordered one. Originally, it was nostalgic. I put an old Vent rib barrel that Hans Vang built for me back in the 90’s. I replaced the trigger assembly with a metal one with a Vang Safety and added a Vang follower. I took it to the range with Federal 9 pellet Flite Control 00 buckshot ammunition to pattern it. I shot a round at 5,10,15, 20 and 25 yards.The Vang barrel was amazing at holding everything in the center chest.Using the sights and a push/pull method of shooting it was easy to shoot and control.Shotguns are “my thing”. What I find controllable and easy to shoot is likely not for others. These are specialty guns with a limited use.They are not a great choice for most people.For those who can invest the practice and training time, they have a couple niche roles they fill well.The attached photo’s depict an original Witness Protection Gun with US Marshals escorting the Baghwan which has a lot of significance. Enjoy!

Gun of the Day!
How about a movie gun. If you love cars, guns and Steve McQueen movies, Bullitt is a wonderful classic movie of its era. Gun wise, the upside down shoulder holster and what everyone assumed was a Colt Detective Special was as much a part of the movie as the dark green Mustang (I would have rather had the Charger). It was actually a much cooler gun than a Detective Special. It was a Colt .38 Special Diamondback with a 2.5” barrel but fitted with Detective Special grips.
The Diamondbacks were great guns. Built on a D frame like the Detective Special they were essentially a miniature Python. They had the distinctive vent rib above the barrel and the big target hammer. They also had the beautiful finish that made Colt’s “snake” guns so special and coveted. I have a couple snub Diamondbacks. This one is set up to look identical to the gun Lt. Bullitt carried in a movie I loved from the time I was a kid. .
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A sneak peak about my next post....stay tuned 😏
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Gun of the Day. My wife and I have decided we want to do some competition shooting in the future. I try to avoid a lot of the more popular types with much regularity because while they are beneficial from a technical shooting standpoint I think they also set up a bunch of bad habits from a use of lethal force standpoint. That is just me, and others I respect feel different. So, I thought about Cowboy Action Shooting a long time ago, but it was not a good time in life to embark on a solo hobby. Now that I am married to an honest to God real Cowgirl who loves to shoot...we have revisited this and both are excited.
When the notion first popped into my head I contacted my “Leather Mentor”, Gordon Davis (RIP). He built a full rig that was custom built for exactly what I wanted. I have a pair of Birdshead Ruger Vaquero’s in .45 Colt. One is a 4 5/8” Barrel and the other is a Sheriff’s Model with a 3 3/4” barrel. I have a few Sheriff’s models and love the things. I figure these will be really fun to start with but will need to move to .38 Special if I ever get really serious about actually winning. .45 Colt made a lot of sense when I had a lot of ammunition around for it. For now it will be about having a balance to serious self defense training with some fun shooting. Enjoy.
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Another shot of my Christmas Essentials. Check out some of my previous posts to see the story behind this gear.
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This gun of the day is an old friend. When I first started in law enforcement in 1988, my duty revolver was a S&W 25-5 .45 Colt with a 4” barrel. It was affectionately named the “Hebrew Hammer” and will get its own write up at some point. I had several spares to it over the years and also built a couple of off-duty or concealed carry versions as I never took my primary duty guns home from work. Recently, a dear friend who was the big brother I never had passed away and this came back to me. It was done by TJ’s Custom Gunworks who worked on most of our officers guns during the 90’s. TJ took a 4” .45 Colt S&W 25-5, converted it to a round butt for concealment, rounded and polished the trigger for fast double action shooting and bobbed and polished the hammer so it would not hang up in clothing. I used this gun for plainclothes and concealed carry work. I also carried it working crime suppression in a custom rig built by G. Gordon Davis back in the jeans and raid jacket days. The gun has a wonderful double action trigger done by TJ that is heavy enough for a service street gun, but very smooth. It has a variety of grips in it over the years and looks amazing in factory S&W wood Combat grips, but is now in a very functional form with VZ G-10 grips. It was always carried with Winchester 220 grain Silvertip ammunition that worked spectacularly well in actual shootings.
After I retired it, my pal Chris used it for bedside home defense duty. This one is special because it has been carried for real during a great time in my Police career and also protected a dear friend and his family that are like my own. Enjoy this amazing big bore Smith & Wesson.
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I hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas!! This post is a tribute to some of my favorite Christmas movies...Lethal Weapon and Die Hard. I am carrying Berettas almost exclusively these days, which is unusual because I always liked them but hated the ergonomics. With the addition of newer well designed grips and the work done on them by places like Langdon Tactical and Wilson Combat, they are now completely workable for me. I also use the PX4CC as a daily carry so the 92 series guns become a natural fit for a full size service gun.
Today’s gun is a Beretta Model 92G. The G model uses a slide mounted lever that only decocks the gun and does not perform as a safety like the more common F/S Models. Mine has had an action job that is phenomenal by Ernest Langdon from Langdon Tactical Technologies (LTT). The grips are grey thin LTT grips manufactured by VZ for LTT and are what now allows me to shoot a 92 well. The barrel is a factory Beretta 92 Elite stainless barrel. The front sight has a tritium vial installed by ToolTec. The rear sight is from Wilson Combat and it also has a slightly extended magazine release. This is the gun I use for most of my dry practice. It is a great shooter and is the only gunI have ever shot a perfect 300 score on the HiTS Super Test with. I use 18 round MecGar M9 magazines for it exclusively and it is boringly reliable. I shoot it from a Keepers Concealment front appendix holster or a Shark Wilson Combat Outside the Waistband holster.
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