Re: thunder 5??
Well, it's a manly gun...
This has been around for at least 20 years, and it was more popular when revolvers were king. It has GOT to be more useful than a 45/410 derringer (which is still a popular item). And it has got to be more useful than a COP .357, too, speaking of other weird "pocket" guns of the same era.
Personally, I would have a Thunder 5. I like snubbies, am not particularly recoil sensitive, and that sucker would stop a fight. In this age of "Alaskan" snubby magnums, I'd say this gun would not be all that much more difficult to shoot, and certainly not harder to conceal than the bigger frame guns. It's also fairly handsome, in person. As I recall it may be a two-tone job.
It does have a large frame and cylinder though, no getting around that -- of course, that makes the gun a little easier on the hand, no doubt. It's looong for a snubby too with that big cylinder. I recall seeing one in the display case once or twice. Yes, I have wanted to own one of these in the past, and if I were to find one very reasonable at a gun show, I'd consider it.... There probably aren't too many of these in gun stores. Not sure if they can still be ordered new, or not.
By the way, I agree it's not much of a dove hunter, unless you live in a NY hi-rise and are shooting doves off other people's window sills. It's more of a 410-gauge home defense gun, or a varmint handgun for farm or hiking, or... For me, it'd be a low-penetration home defense number loaded with shotshells. I do think I'd have to shoot some Long Colts through it for fun.
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Last edited by offeror; 04-23-2005 at 12:42 PM..