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Video Vault / Firing the "Shooters" model 1858
« on: May 18, 2017, 04:23:39 PM »
Some of you may have seen this video I made on the Remington forum, I'm not sure how appropriate it is here on the Colt forum, though I'm working on a Colt Walker video now, which should be up soon.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IJiO133UO5I

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Powder Horns & Flasks / My Powder Flasks
« on: May 10, 2017, 06:57:04 PM »
 
(Click on picture to enlarge)

Going through my many boxes of gun stuff in the garage the other day, I came across several powder flasks that I own, several I had forgotten that I even had.

1.  My first flask, an Italian knock off purchased in 1969. I removed the dark finish on it at the time and buffed it to a bright copper shine which has aged well over the last 48 years. I still use this flask for most of my shooting and have a number of various size spouts for it. I keep it full of FFFg black powder.

2  A Dixon & Sons flask made in 1971 for the very first 2nd Generation Colt Navy revolvers with “COLTS PATENT” and "Dixon & Sons" stamped on it.

3. Another Dixon & Sons flask made in the 1970s, with “COLTS PATENT” stamp, but not sold with the 2nd Gen Colts.

4. An Italian copy of a Navy Stand of Colors flask with “COLTS PATENT” stamp, Not sure of the date, I think I obtained it in the 1980s. I’ll bet Colt threatened to sue if they didn’t remove the “COLTS.”

5. A very shiny flask made in the 1990s. Looks like it may have originally been made by whoever made the Signature Series Colt flasks as the “PATENT” stamp remains but the “COLT” above it is covered by a rectangular block.

6. A Cabela’s modern version of the Colt flask I bought for using Triple 7 with my Rugers.

7. A silver colored Remington style .36 flask I obtained in the 1980s.

8. A very nice modern Remington flask that I purchased from DD4lifeusmc on the 1858 Remington forum about a year and a half ago. I use it with my Pietta ’58 Shooters Model.

Number 3 came in a James Dixon box:



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Vehicular-type contraptions / Just my Jeep
« on: March 30, 2016, 06:40:40 PM »
This is what I use to get around in the backcountry near my home in California's Eastern High Sierra. It is also my daily ride: a 2005 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited. Jeep produced this model for a short time only, between 2004 and 2006. Kind of a modern version of the old Scrambler. This two door stretched Jeep has plenty of room in the back for tons of camping and black powder gear. No lift and just 31 inch tires, but it takes me anywhere I want to go.


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Scatterguns / Riverside 16 ga hammer double
« on: March 19, 2016, 05:50:26 PM »
Nothing special about this one, it's a "hardware store" shotgun made by Stevens and marketed under the name Riverside Arms. It is a 16 ga with 30" fluid steel barrels and outside hammers. According to the serial number, it was made in 1927. I used to hunt quail and dove with it but mainly use it for home protection now. Due to its age, I only shoot black powder English made felt wad Gamebore shells in it, though 16 ga is getting harder and harder to find in both smokeless and black powder.


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Flintlock Muskets and Rifles / John Rupp Rifle
« on: March 15, 2016, 08:09:52 PM »
Gone, but not forgotten, sold this a while back, a custom made 1790s John Rupp style rifle in .50 cal with a Getz swamped 48 inch barrel, button rifling, and Chambers lock. Similar to the type of rifle my ancestors used back then. I have a written account in an old 1830s book of my 4 times great-grandfather fighting off Shawnee Indians (one of whom may have been Tecumseh) attacking his homestead on the frontier of western Virginia in 1794 using a rifle like this, his military musket and two flintlock pistols.


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Winchester / My Uberti 1873
« on: March 15, 2016, 12:44:23 PM »
Just a couple of pics of my Uberti 1873 44/40 made in 1997. I shoot both smokeless and black powder cartridges with it. Because it has a 30 inch barrel, the muzzle end gets a little fouled so I swab the barrel about every 15 shots to keep it clean when using Swiss black powder.




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Navy Models / Shooting an old 2nd Gen 1851
« on: March 02, 2016, 06:56:48 PM »
I have a 2nd Generation C Series Colt 1851 Navy made in 1971 that is in mint condition, has never been cocked, the cylinder has never been turned, but I have decided to shoot it. Should I take it apart and get what is likely 45 years of gunk out of the internals before firing it? Do these C Series 2nd Gen pistols have the short arbor problem that the Uberti's have?


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Navy Models / Very Rustic 1851 Colt Navy
« on: December 06, 2015, 04:30:19 PM »
Three or four years ago, my wife who works for the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), brought this home for me to identify. A BLM archeologist found it afield not far from my home after a brush fire had gone through the area and he wasn't quite sure what type of pistol it was. Of course, it is clearly an 1851 Colt Navy, with what appeared to me to have a silver front sight dovetailed on to it. We had some Indian wars in this area back in the 1860s and this piece might have been lost by a militia member long ago. We are also not far from the ghost town of Bodie, the wildest of Wild West towns back in the day.

I photographed the Colt and my wife returned it the next day to the archeologist who placed it in their archives. Thought members here might be interested in seeing it. And yes, it was still loaded.


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Conversions / Ejector rod for 1851 Navy
« on: November 25, 2015, 07:48:09 PM »
OK, this is my first simi-official post on this forum. I have an 1851 Navy made by American Frontier Firearms which I bought used in 1999 from a police officer who was an Old West aficionado. It is a Richards conversion to .38 cal (firing pin) with a cap and ball loading lever which is actually historically incorrect for a Richards conversion. I would like to remove the loading lever and barrel latch and install an 1851 cartridge ejector rod from Kirst. Does anyone know if a Kirst ejector will fit on this firearm? I have read that Dave Anderson's American Frontiers Firearms were manufactured from ASM parts.


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Welcome Wagon / Howdy from the High Sierra of Calif!
« on: November 24, 2015, 08:51:45 PM »
At the urging of Captainkirk on the 1858 Remington forum, I decided to join in here after lurking for a while. I like shooting my Remington's, but love my Colt's too. Here is my current collection of Colt's:

First is a Uberti Cimarron Walker followed by my Signature Series 1860 Army, then a 2nd Gen "C" Series 1851 and below that is an American Frontier Firearms 1851 .Richards 38 conversion and finally an "F" series 1862 .36 Police.


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