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Grip frame on Pietta 1860
« on: October 24, 2018, 04:31:40 PM »
I bought a late model Pietta 1860 lately. I noticed that the trigger guard is brass, and the back strap is blued steel. Does this seem odd to anyone else? I noticed because I have a Cimarron Arms 1860 Richards-Mason conversion pistol, and was considering swapping the brass hardware from one pistol to the other. With both pistols having a steel backstrap, I'm not sure if it's worth messing with.

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Re: Grip frame on Pietta 1860
« Reply #1 on: October 24, 2018, 05:00:44 PM »
I have four Pietta 1860's, 2 Uberti 1860's and one ASM.   All have blued steel backstraps and brass trigger guards.   My 1860 Richards/Mason conversion has a blued steel backstrap along with a blued steel trigger guard.   Seems that this is the standard configuration.

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Re: Grip frame on Pietta 1860
« Reply #2 on: October 24, 2018, 05:12:20 PM »
Historically, or just with the repros?

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Re: Grip frame on Pietta 1860
« Reply #3 on: October 24, 2018, 07:09:59 PM »
Not sure about it but I thought 1860's issued to the military had steel trigger guards.   I bet Fingers will set us straight.

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Re: Grip frame on Pietta 1860
« Reply #4 on: October 24, 2018, 07:25:19 PM »
I suppose I could order a brass backstrap from VTI to make the Army all steel, and the conversion pistol all brass.

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Re: Grip frame on Pietta 1860
« Reply #5 on: October 24, 2018, 08:16:31 PM »
Hi Electric, there can be differences between replacement parts where you may have trouble ending up with a good fit.

BTW, all my many 1860s have brass trigger guards and steel backstraps.

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Re: Grip frame on Pietta 1860
« Reply #6 on: October 24, 2018, 11:36:05 PM »
Original 1860's had brass trigger guards and iron backstraps

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Re: Grip frame on Pietta 1860
« Reply #7 on: October 25, 2018, 07:38:48 PM »
I believe the army 1860 back straps being made of blued steel is because of the option of using a shoulder stock, whereas the civilian models were brass in the back strap.

My Uberti civilian 1860 ( 3 screw model ) has the brass back strap with no frame cutouts for the shoulder stocks.
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Re: Grip frame on Pietta 1860
« Reply #8 on: October 25, 2018, 10:21:03 PM »
I believe the army 1860 back straps being made of blued steel is because of the option of using a shoulder stock, whereas the civilian models were brass in the back strap.

My Uberti civilian 1860 ( 3 screw model ) has the brass back strap with no frame cutouts for the shoulder stocks.

There were no civilian models per se. The only difference is the lack of the U.S. stamp as to which market they went to. The brass back strap was a special order as were guns without cutouts. As far as standard factory offerings went they all had brass trigger guards, iron back straps and shoulder stock notches.

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Re: Grip frame on Pietta 1860
« Reply #9 on: October 26, 2018, 10:02:03 AM »
Not sure about it but I thought 1860's issued to the military had steel trigger guards.   I bet Fingers will set us straight.

The New Model Holster Pistol (1860 Army) was available with steel back strap; brass, plated or blued trigger guard.  I don't know the breakdown of which was standard.  I've just gotten the new Colt 1860 Army book & haven't found anything about standard characteristics yet.
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