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Gunnar's Restricted Handguns

January 14, 2019

To bring you up to date:

Jean is (slowly) recovering and we managed to have a good Christmas. She's driving now so that's a giant step forward!  Going forward with retirement (sort of) plans and that entails moving to a smaller house - still here in Prince George - with limited shop space.  A lot of guns, especially long guns, are now gone, although I still have some to get rid of, and some ex-prohibs to re-register.  I am keeping this website going for the foreseeable future, but plan to spend more time looking after Jean.  Look for deals, still a lot of cool stuff here!  



Coming in on trade - a hicap 45 Norinco with mags - pics soon.

A true Armco Custom with a distinguished past! Jean's STI Tactical 4.2" Standard Division gun - third Ladies Standard at the New Brunswick National IPSC Championships.  Chambered in 9X40 Armco (works very well with 357SIG, too, for a snappy, powerful alternative you don't have to hand-load), with a spare fitted STI barrel in 9mm, this smooth, handy pistol is a gem with less than 3000 rounds fired.  The trigger pull is an astonishing, reliable 1.5 lbs, and the action is slick and tight.  With a contoured, stippled grip, custom adjustable rear and fiber optic front sight, smoothed ambi safety, Custom extended mag button, top-class internals, large mag well, custom glossy bluing, this gun is ready for anything!  Six prepped mags in 357/40, 2 new mags in 9mm, a Safariland RH competition holster, 4 mag pouches,  inner/outer belt (34"), gun cover/rug, etc.  Comes with 147 grain bottleneck rounds and 9mm 115 grain hollowpoint loaded ammo (both minor). It would cost well over $5000 to replace, selling for $3000 out the door!  Trades? Hmm  $2300 for the gun and one mag in ech caliber, and the ammo... This is the TACTICAL STI, and it really does what it's meant to do :)  Sold, Colin :)

This is Jean's 9mm CZ75, one of the earliest, beautifully finished commercial ones in Canada(not one of the painted "Jungle" ones from the mid eighties.  This was Jean's competition pistol until she went to 38 Super 1911's.   Fitted with a new match barrel, custom safety, and a gorgeous trigger pull.  Jean had a red dot sight fitted for competition, the threaded holes were then filled, blanked and the whole gun reblued. Only 1200 rounds on the new barrel and it is super-accurate!  Will compete with the best bullseye guns :) I fitted the famous Wichita sights prized by bullseye and silhouette competitors (can't get'em any more :(  so the gun won't qualify for IPSC Production any more, but what a nice Standard or Target pistol - or a fabulous plinker! A piece of history that shoots phenomally well!  $900 out the door with 1 10 rd mag.

This is the last of the true custom Armco Race Guns! A 9x40 chambered very flat shooting masterpiece that could win a National IPSC championship today (Jean took 3rd at the Halifax Nationals with this pistol)   Some features :  2011 lower, shortened and lightened Caspian slide, new coned Match barrel (less than 1000 rds ago) and Armco multi-port comp, lightened and narrowed match hammer, fine-tuned first-class trigger/sear/disconnector. Armco single sided scope mount and C-More click-adjustable sight, Armco slide racking handle, sculpted and stippled grip, large mag well blended into grip, blended Ed Brown beavertail, blended ambi safety and thumbguard, full length superlight guide rod, Armco electroless nickel finish.  Gun is as tight and smooth as new and is phenomenally accurate as well as being a lot lighter than you'd think!  About the same weight as a stock 1911! Comes with its Armco modular holster (still the fastest, but prohibitively expensive to build), 3 Safariland mag pouches, 6 blocked hicap mags with custom basepads, and an Armco gun cover, a pile of loaded ammo plus a complete tool head/die set with powder measure and round counter for your Dillon 650.   I have shot minor ammo in this as well, and that's super mild, but it really performs with its Race Gun load of 14 grains of H110 and a 125 grain bullet, comes out at 1400 plus and is totally flat shooting.  And loud  :) This is a $6000 pistol plus the extras - close to $7000 total.  Now $3000 out the door! (or $2400 with two mags, the dies and ammo.)  On hold, Richard :)

  This wonderful 45 1911 is a brand new STI Trojan that I actually forgot I had (it was being cared for by the RCMP:). Hard case, one mag, manual, etc.  Wears traditional black-on-black Bomar sights (my choice), and lovely Cocobolo grips.  List price $2248 in Eastern Canada plus tax and shipping.  Let's do this!  How about $1800 out the door? 

9mm Trojan like new.  Very light use, way less than 500 rounds - and this in a pistol that remains accurate past 100,000 rounds! Gorgeous factory Cocobolo exotic wood grips, traditional blued steel front and Bo-Mar rear sights.  Factory case, one magazine.  $2049 out the door!   That's almost $2300 in a store...

  This is a state-of-the-art 38 Super Colt IPSC race gun.  Single stack for shooters with smaller hands.The whole package needed to start - or go all the way to the top - in the Open Division.  Also would make a fabulous casual shooter!  Set up for a right-hander, belt is 34-38.  The setup comes with 6 - 10 rd Shooting Star mags with base pads (and the holders), an Armco modular holster (the fastest - I stopped making them when the cost to build them far exceeded what I could sell them for).  Mounted is the popular and easy to use OKO red  dot sight, a handy thumb rest...The pistol is checkered, hard chromed, wears a hi-rise beavertail, alloy trigger, extended mag. catch,  S&A mag well - everything absolutely top rate - and it has a gorgeous trigger pull.  The barrel shows at least 40,000 rounds of life left in it.   Approx. 1000 pcs 38S good brass, Carbide die set...Or a simple barrel change makes into a 9mm... $2390  complete - Will consider selling gun only with 2 mags- $1800  :) - And let's talk trades...  Last chance before I send it back  :)


This S&W Model 59 is the forerunner of all the "Hicap" 9mm's we see today, and today's RCMP pistol is based on  it. Besides being a piece of history, this is a very nice pistol to shoot!  Soon being re-registered to Restricted, it comes with two 14/10 magazines.   As restricted - $800 - no tax..


S&W Model 39-2. This wonderful 9mm pistol is registered as prohibited but thanks to a very slightly longer barrel is being re-registered as a restricted.  These shoot very well and feel great in the hand.    $790 all in once the re-registration is finalized :) 


Another one I've had for a long time, and never got around to firing, although I did fit the other grips  :)  A Model 15-3  38 Special with the  8 3/8" barrel, target sights, trigger, and Pachmayr grips. I do have the original target grips as well - shown.  $790 - out the door :)   On hold, Sylvain  :)  


 Armco Machine & Plating has ceased operating as a business (although I will still be here clearing out a bunch of personally owned firearms over the next few months).  And sometimes I'll be accepting a nice trade-in on something, so new stuff will show up  :) Watch for some interesting and neat guns.  

My drop-in/visiting hours are still Wednesday from 1:00 to 3:00, plus Saturday 9-12 and 1-3. It has turned out to be a highlight of my week. As before if you're traveling from out of town we can make other arrangements :)