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Walkers & Dragoons / The Walker Colt; a primer
« on: May 30, 2017, 07:21:35 PM »
A few tidbits about the Colt Walker, some you might know and some you might not! Especially if you are new to the Walker.

The Colt Walker came about as a results of Captain Samuel Hamilton Walker, a Texas Ranger coming east in 1846 on a recruiting mission. While visiting, he stopped in to visit with Samuel Colt and expressed his admiration of the now-defunct Paterson Colt. Sam Colt was interested in getting endorsements for his revolver design, but Walker had other ideas and sat down with a list of improvements and modifications to the basic Paterson design, major among them being:
1) Caliber increased from .36 to .44
2) Do away with the folding trigger
3) Loading lever incorporated on the gun
4) Increased capacity from 5 to 6 shots
5) Increased powder charge capability (up to 60 grains)
6) The ability to shoot out past 75 yards with lethal force
Col. Colt not only convinced Walker that he could build such a revolver, he also gave him quotes for between 1-5000 units, which Walker swiftly turned into a real purchase order for 1000 units...despite the fact Col. Colt had no factory or machine tools, those having been liquidated with everything else in the failure of the Paterson and the bankruptcy of the Patent Arms Manufacturing Company which had produced them. Colt quickly obtained the services of Eli Whitney Jr. (son of the cotton gin inventor) and struck a deal for the production of 1,000 units for sale to the military, with an addition 100 units for the civilian market and to be given as gifts to persons of notoriety and influence.
The production numbers were as such:
Contract Arms were serialized in companies A through E as follows:
Company A-220 units
Company B-220 units
Company C-220 units
Company D-220 units
Company E-120 units
All were serialized from 1-1,000
The remaining 100 "civilian models" were serialized from 1,001 to around 1,100 and were sold on the open market or given as presentations.
The monstrous Walker Colt weighed 4 pounds, 9 ounces and stretched a massive 15.5 inches. It's chamber capacity held up to 60 grains of black powder, making it the most powerful revolver in the world, a record it held until the mid-20th century after the .357 magnum entered the game.
All the original Walker models came with the cylinder "in the white" for reasons unknown.
A number of these original Walkers fell prey to ruptured cylinders. The reason for this is still not clear although several theories present themselves;
*Inferior metallurgy of the cylinders
* The "picket bullet theory" in which (supposedly) Texas Rangers loaded the sharply pointed 'picket bullets' backwards to allow the use of more powder
*Corrosion of the 'white' cylinders due to extreme environmental hardship by the Rangers
*Inconsistency of powders available at the time
None of these, to my knowledge have been proved conclusively, if at all.
Captain Samuel Walker was presented with a pair of Walkers which had been gifted him by Col. Colt when he was killed at the battle of Juamantla in the Mexican War early in October, 1847. One of the revolvers, Serial # 1019, was returned by his request to Col. Colt and became part of his personal collection.
There you have it. One year of production (1847), 1,100 units (not counting the "transitional Walkers) and the creation of one of the true legends of firearms history.

For more on this iconic firearm, see the Wikipedia link below:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Colt_Walker


References: COLT-An American Legend, R.L. Wilson, pp 23-28

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Off-Topic Discussion / Memorial Day
« on: May 28, 2017, 08:44:15 PM »
In the midst of our 'Bees' tomorrow (BBQ, beers, brats n' burgers) family gatherings and get-togethers... let's all remember those who paid the ultimate sacrifice so we can do these things.

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Off-Topic Discussion / This is bullshit!
« on: May 25, 2017, 09:32:57 AM »
This was forwarded to me by a friend (I am NOT the author, I am just 'passing it on')
It appears 'PC' is going too far these days in our uber-liberal atmosphere. History and the brave struggles of our ancestors...both North AND South...is being erased and re-written to please today's new generation of PC hippies. Teach your children and grandchildren well before someone else teaches them 'their version'.  CK


This is Dee Clemmons.

http://henrydemocrats.org/dee-clemmons-wins-district-2-commissioner-seat/

She decided to erase the Nash Farm battlefield in Georgia.

 https://www.facebook.com/NashFarmBattlefield/posts/1608056289213768

Because she was "personally offended" by ALL Confederate flags.

 

Not just the Battle Flag of Northern Virginia - ALL of them.

 

First the flags were removed from the public square. Then the graves of fallen  soldiers. Now they are being removed from museums.

 

At some point those who still treasure Western Civilization will either completely surrender or fight back.

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Forum Donations / About Donations...
« on: May 23, 2017, 08:21:29 AM »
We all tend to take it for granted that our favorite forum will always be here. Smokey has never asked for a dime in donations from anyone here to keep up daily operations, but I know it can be tough at times keeping up the domains and related expenses, so...
While donations are completely "at will" and not required to be a member here, they are certainly helpful in defraying the costs of maintaining a forum and are very much appreciated!
I'm gonna put my money where my mouth is and start out with a small donation to help out with upkeep here. No donation is too small (or too big for that matter) and is very much appreciated. &\?

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At The Range! / Just a reminder
« on: May 19, 2017, 11:44:11 AM »
Just a reminder that if you find your target stock low before you head to the range, FREE downloads are available from Targetz.com:

http://targetz.com/index.htm

Happy shooting!

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Off-Topic Discussion / Adios, Chris Cornell
« on: May 18, 2017, 09:05:29 PM »
He must have "Fell on Black Days".
Adios, Chris Cornell.
Though I'm not a big fan of grunge it was impossible not to recognize his obvious talent.

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General Discussion / Uberti info?
« on: February 23, 2017, 10:42:35 AM »
Does anyone have a link to track down a particular Uberti serial number? Interested in an auction purchase, I have the S/N but can see no visible date code on the frame.

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General Discussion / Huh???
« on: January 10, 2017, 11:08:31 AM »
Not only is this a complete fabrication (of both history, and Cabela's/Pietta's description of it..."own a piece of history?"...) but looks to be the culmination of 'chainfire-generator' technology!

I am convinced the same engineer who designed the oft-maligned "Pietta Tail" was hard at work on this one. (l"

I can't save the photo, but go the the black powder page at Cabelas and look at the bottom of the listing to see this monstrosity!

What an abortion! (??

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General Discussion / So, I'm thinking...(Part 1)
« on: January 10, 2017, 07:55:27 AM »
So, I'm thinking...yeah, I know that's a stretch, but bear with me.
I'm think this is the year I should break into a cartridge conversion on one of my replicas. So, we'll do this one question at a time, if'n y'all don't mind...?
Let's start out with the basics. I have three basic revolver styles as listed in the poll...Remmy, R&S, and Colt. For ease of shooting and practicality, which would YOU choose, and (more importantly) why?
Common sense tells me Remmy simply due to speed of swapping and not having to pop a wedge, but I'm open to any and all suggestions.

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Off-Topic Discussion / Hunting Hitler
« on: January 05, 2017, 09:28:01 AM »
Now, let me put this right up front. I only started watching this ridiculous series because it came on right after Oak Island. And despite a plethora of evidence suggesting "possibilities" that Hitler might have had an out from Berlin, do I think he really did escape?
No.
In 1944, Hitler was in the final ravages of syphilis, if you believe history. If he had survived much after the war he would have been in really bad shape, and requiring constant medical attention. Certainly not in any shape to be crawling though tunnels and fleeing war tribunals and Nazi hunters well into the sixties as the show wants you to buy into.
But what IS important...far more!...is that they have discovered an extensive network by which other high ranking Nazi officials could have...and likely DID...escape both prosecution and retribution (Nuremburg) including war criminals such as Martin Bormann and Paul Schaffer. To me, this revelation is far more frightening than the original premise of the show...that Hitler somehow escaped the attack on Berlin. Also, that the Third Reich brain trust survived and began planning a Fourth Reich attack on the US and Allied countries. Hitler was only one man, after all.
Anyone else into this?

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Off-Topic Discussion / The Curse of Oak Island?
« on: January 03, 2017, 08:46:45 PM »
OI fans...talk it up!
Just finished the current episode where Gary Drayton found a button, various coins, and an engraved nameplate.
I have not missed an episode since the series started.
One thing that really bothers me is the fact that they haven't found anything of true historical significance yet, but keep dangling the carrot out there every week. It's getting frustrating. Now that they managed to drain the swamp I hope the heck they find more than a plank or a decking spike. That could have come from a fishing boat for all we know. A bazillion theories with everyone scurrying about their various projects likes ants, yet actual results? No more than a day metal detecting on the beach.
William Shakespeare's manuscripts? If they were there it would be nothing but paper mush by now.
Sometimes I think the real"curse" is that we have to keep tuning in every week to get disappointed! There have been better results on "Hunting Hitler!"

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Photo Gallery / I'm Dreaming....
« on: December 26, 2016, 02:08:00 PM »
...of a Colt Christmas!

Seeing as how I had the day off (and to myself for the better part of the day) I decided it might be a good idea to see just how many Colts I really had. Took a while to round 'em all up, but 'got 'r dun.'
Nine. I have nine. Thought there might've been ten but I guess there's nine for the moment.



L-R: EXCAM 1851 Navy, ASP 1860 Army #1, ASP 1860 Army#2, ASM 2nd Dragoon, ASM 1st Dragoon, Uberti 2nd Dragoon, ASM "accidental" Schneider & Glassick, Pietta Reb Nord, Baby Dragoon (maker unknown)

A motley crew if I ever saw one...

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Photo Gallery / FLAVOR OF THE MONTH!
« on: December 23, 2016, 06:21:23 PM »
JANUARY, 2017....the Colt Paterson revolver!

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Photo Gallery / Furlough
« on: December 19, 2016, 03:01:02 PM »
Even prisoners get let out to the exercise yard now and again, so I thought I'd let a few of the boys out of the cage today.

Top to bottom: ASM First Dragoon, ASM Second Dragoon, ASP 1860 Army, EXCAM 1851 Navy, Pietta Sheriff shorty brasser

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Walkers & Dragoons / Good article on the Colt's Dragoons
« on: December 15, 2016, 03:44:45 PM »
I found this good, informative reading for those of your who are fans of the "Horse Pistols"...

http://americanhandgunner.com/exclusive-web-extra-the-dragoons/

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