My New Pistol

By virtue of my occupation, I get to try out a lot of guns that I am interested in without having to purchase them. Often, during the testing some of the appeal wears off and my check book is spared. On occasion I do run across a gun I have to have and this was the case with the Gunsite CCO.

While at Gunsite in late March with Mossberg, Susan – the savvy pro shop manager – showed me one of these neat little pistols that Gunsite has not had in stock for a while. Essentially, this is a Colt Commander with an Officers Model frame. A great idea for a carry handgun indeed. I convinced Buz Mills who owns and operates Gunsite to let me try one out. After 50 rounds of Remington hardball I knew I had to have one. Problem was, I needed to sell something to afford it.

I did just that and on May 10th, to celebrate the birthday of COL Jeff Cooper – Founder of Gunsite and The Modern Technique of the Pistol, I called Susan and ordered a Gunsite CCO.

The pistol should be here early next week and I’ll be writing a review on it for NRA’s Shooting Illustrated magazine. In the meantime, as close to perfect as this pistol is, I’ll need to make two modifications; its will need a set of XS Sights and Crimson Trace Master Series Laser Grips. With a magazine full of carry loads that Buffalo Bore is putting together for me I think I’ll be able to call this pistol, “Carry Ready.”


About gunwriter

Born and raised in the West Virginia hills, Richard literally grew up in the woods. He has chased coon hounds until daylight, waited out whitetails perched high in an oak, canoed the New River and hunted from the Montana Mountains to the Green Hills of Africa. During service in the Army and later as a municipal police officer and Special Agent with the railroad police, Richard obtained numerous certifications in small arms instruction. He has trained military personnel, law enforcement officers and civilians in the application of firearms for defensive, competitive and recreational use. Richard won the West Virginia Governor’s Twenty Award for law enforcement, the West Virginia National Guard State Pistol Competition and earned his Distinguished Medal with pistol. Badge turned in, Richard is now a contributing editor for several magazines. He was the compiling author of the book, Rifle Bullets for the Hunter and conceptualized and contributed to Selecting and Ordering a Custom Hunting Rifle. Richard also contributed a chapter to the John Velke book, The True Story of the Baldwin-Felts Detective Agency. Richard has patents on a riflescope reticle and a revolutionary bullet testing media. A hillbilly at heart, Richard lives on Shadowland - his shooting range in West Virginia - with the most understanding wife in the world, their three kids and a very protective ridgeback hound.
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4 Responses to My New Pistol

  1. Charlie Jones says:

    Yes, this has been around for years. Springfield calls theirs the Champion. I have one and Icouldn’t be happier. For whatever reason, I can shootthis more accurately than my 5″ 1911. Probably something to do with sight planes and 57yo eyes. Also, since I have smaller hands, it feels and handles much better for me. Now, if it was only a bob-tail!

  2. Travis says:

    And a Versacarry holster!!

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