Does anyone have a Fitz Special?

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Does anyone have a Fitz Special?

#1 Post by Ysabel Kid » Wed Nov 06, 2019 7:59 pm

I'm sure Sixgun does. Probably a score of them.

I'm just collecting thoughts here. I inherited a little Taurus double-action .38 Special years ago, and it has just sat there. I have nicer double-actions to shoot (Smith & Wessons and Rugers). Then it dawned on me, maybe I'd make this into a "Fitz Special". It certainly can't hurt the value. :wink:

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Re: Does anyone have a Fitz Special?

#2 Post by Ray » Wed Nov 06, 2019 8:10 pm

I close my eyes and see one of those spoofs of soap opera operating room scenes where the patient is a revolver and the surgeon is Y.K. and the attending nurse is kate upton with scrubs that have shrunk in the wash or perhaps she has outgrown...... :oops:

surgeon : "hacksaw" holding out hand for the implement of destruction.....

nurse : "hackaw" nurse parrots as she hands it to surgeon......

surgeon "dremel mototool with 220 grit sanding drum"

you imagine the rest !
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Re: Does anyone have a Fitz Special?

#3 Post by AJMD429 » Wed Nov 06, 2019 8:16 pm

I had to look that one up....Given the hard trigger pull on my 8-shot 22 WMR Taurus, I don't think it even needs a trigger guard...! Now my 357 Mag Tracker is smooth and easy...
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Re: Does anyone have a Fitz Special?

#4 Post by Ysabel Kid » Wed Nov 06, 2019 8:18 pm

Ray wrote:
Wed Nov 06, 2019 8:10 pm
I close my eyes and see one of those spoofs of soap opera operating room scenes where the patient is a revolver and the surgeon is Y.K. and the attending nurse is kate upton with scrubs that have shrunk in the wash or perhaps she has outgrown...... :oops:

surgeon : "hacksaw" holding out hand for the implement of destruction.....

nurse : "hackaw" nurse parrots as she hands it to surgeon......

surgeon "dremel mototool with 220 grit sanding drum"

you imagine the rest !
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Re: Does anyone have a Fitz Special?

#5 Post by JimT » Wed Nov 06, 2019 8:29 pm

They are fairly easy to do ...
Neat looking ...
Totally impractical for regular use. All it takes is a hard bump to bend what's left of the trigger guard so that the gun cannot be fired.
Not what you want in a self-defense gun.

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#6 Post by wm » Wed Nov 06, 2019 8:49 pm

I've shot them, & they did not impress me. The theory is the are quicker to bring to action but the alteration did nothing for me in that regard and frankly I would be nervous to carry them day in and day out. I have super thick hands but average or even short fingers so the front of the trigger guard has never been a impediment for me. Just my experience and perhaps people with different hand geometry have a more up beat view of them.

There is a S&W victory model on GunBroker right now that someone Fitzed and I was wondering if there was a economical way to restore a trigger guard to it but I think its over all selling price is going to be so close to a normal model 10 that it would not make sense for me to buy it. Its worth checking out just to see what other modifications goes with trimming the trigger guard.

But maybe that would be an opportunity for you …… buy the S&W, sell the Taurus? Just a thought, you do the numbers.

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Re: Does anyone have a Fitz Special?

#7 Post by Lastmohecken » Wed Nov 06, 2019 11:59 pm

True Fitz Specials are interesting weapons, and it would be fun to have one, maybe for the novelty of it. But I never could see the value of removing the front half of the trigger guard, unless one maybe had very big and meaty hands and fingers, possibly with a little arthritis to boot, which might make it difficult to and slower to get one's finger inside the trigger guard for the fastest of fast draws. But for most people, I see little merit. Of course the short stubby barrel and large caliber of the true 45 cal Fitz did have some merit, no doubt in the right kind of holster.

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Re: Does anyone have a Fitz Special?

#8 Post by Walker » Thu Nov 07, 2019 12:23 am

I just had Mr. Horvath thin the trigger guard on mine instead of cutting it.
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Re: Does anyone have a Fitz Special?

#9 Post by JB » Thu Nov 07, 2019 9:11 am

JimT wrote:
Wed Nov 06, 2019 8:29 pm
They are fairly easy to do ...
Neat looking ...
Totally impractical for regular use. All it takes is a hard bump to bend what's left of the trigger guard so that the gun cannot be fired.
Not what you want in a self-defense gun.
I agree. Terrible idea and I can't see real practical advantage.

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Re: Does anyone have a Fitz Special?

#10 Post by piller » Thu Nov 07, 2019 2:41 pm

I have never carried a revolver concealed, so I don't understand why cutting the trigger guard would be of any use. I never understood wiring the trigger back on an old revolver to slip hammer it either.

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Re: Does anyone have a Fitz Special?

#11 Post by gamekeeper » Thu Nov 07, 2019 2:57 pm

The idea doesn't appeal to me, especially the bobbed hammer. However It sounds like a very easy project and a spare handgun might come in useful in some exceptional circumstances ???
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#12 Post by M. M. Wright » Thu Nov 07, 2019 3:06 pm

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Closest thing I have to a Fitz. I have an IWB and a shoulder rig for it so it does get used once in a while. 200 grain XTP at about 1000 fps. Should get the job done even with the trigger guard intact.
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Re: Does anyone have a Fitz Special?

#13 Post by Old No7 » Thu Nov 07, 2019 10:54 pm

Ray wrote:
Wed Nov 06, 2019 8:10 pm
I close my eyes and see one of those spoofs of soap opera operating room scenes where the patient is a revolver and the surgeon is Y.K. and the attending nurse is kate upton with scrubs that have shrunk in the wash or perhaps she has outgrown......
Yeah, that will straighten out Jay's, um... back -- yes, his back -- yeah, that's it, his back -- right away.

I'll bet he'll feel NO PAIN in that scenario. :wink:

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Re: Does anyone have a Fitz Special?

#14 Post by Rusty » Fri Nov 08, 2019 12:52 am

There a lot of people that going back to revolvers. I follow a Facebook group and a web page called "I'm with Roscoe." There are a lot of guys there that think a Fitz is the bees knees. In his book NO SECOND PLACE WINNER Bill Jordan did suggest one modification that I might be more inclined to go along with. That was cutting away half of the width of the trigger guard. for a right handed shooter one would cut away the right side of the trigger guard.
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Re: Does anyone have a Fitz Special?

#15 Post by Dave James » Fri Nov 08, 2019 8:50 am

Jordan's idea works great for a man with large hands, if you can lay your finger on the front of the guard. Remember the whole Fitz thing was before quality rigs for CC carry and they where just plain pocket carrying, maybe some times in lined pockets.
As a young'un I train with Mr. Bryce and Col. Askins . Mr. Bryce had no use fir them but the Colonel liked them. They are a hoot to play with, but aren't any quicker than newer concealed guns, about the only mod I would make on a pocket revolver now a days would to be BOB the hammer a tad

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Re: Does anyone have a Fitz Special?

#16 Post by Ysabel Kid » Fri Nov 08, 2019 6:13 pm

Old No7 wrote:
Thu Nov 07, 2019 10:54 pm
Ray wrote:
Wed Nov 06, 2019 8:10 pm
I close my eyes and see one of those spoofs of soap opera operating room scenes where the patient is a revolver and the surgeon is Y.K. and the attending nurse is kate upton with scrubs that have shrunk in the wash or perhaps she has outgrown......
Yeah, that will straighten out Jay's, um... back -- yes, his back -- yeah, that's it, his back -- right away.

I'll bet he'll feel NO PAIN in that scenario. :wink:

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Re: Does anyone have a Fitz Special?

#17 Post by PriseDeFer » Sun Nov 10, 2019 12:23 am

Lone Wolf Gonzaullas, Texas Ranger liked them...

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Re: Does anyone have a Fitz Special?

#18 Post by Walker » Sun Nov 10, 2019 5:47 pm

Mr. Horvath cuts Chevron patterned grooves on the bobbed hammer top so they can still be cocked for single action, you just have to pull the trigger enough to get a grip on the top of the hammer. Jordan's idea on the trigger guard is why mine are thinned, one right an the other left for when wearing gloves.

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Re: Does anyone have a Fitz Special?

#19 Post by Hawkeye2 » Mon Nov 11, 2019 11:17 pm

The ultimate Fitz special.
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