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Forum Donations / MOVED: Forum Web Hosting Donations
« on: July 17, 2019, 11:10:03 AM »

Off-Topic Discussion / What are the odds....?
« on: July 03, 2019, 07:37:24 AM »

        Anyone want to take a shot at the odds of this ever happening again?

        For those who have served on a jury, this one is something to think about.

        Just when you think you have heard everything!

        Do you like to read a good murder mystery?  Not even Law and Order would attempt to      capture this mess.

        This is an unbelievable twist of fate! At the 1994 annual awards dinner given for Forensic Science (AAFS),

        President, Dr. Don Harper Mills astounded his audience with the legal complications of a bizarre death.

        Here is the story:

        On March 23, 1994, the medical examiner viewed the body of Ronald Opus, and concluded that he died from a shotgun wound to the head.

        Mr. Opus had jumped from the top of a ten-story building intending to commit suicide.

        He left a note to the effect indicating his despondency.  As he fell past the ninth floor, his life was interrupted by a shotgun blast passing through a window, which killed him instantly.


        Neither the shooter nor the deceased was aware that a safety net had been installed just below the eighth floor level to protect some building workers, and that Ronald Opus would not have been able to complete his suicide the way he had planned.

        The room on the ninth floor, where the shotgun blast emanated, was occupied by an elderly man and his wife.

        They were arguing vigorously and he was threatening her with a shotgun.

        The man was so upset that when he pulled the trigger, he completely missed his wife, and the pellets went through the window, striking Mr. Opus.

        When one intends to kill subject 'A' but kills subject 'B' in the attempt, one is guilty of the murder of subject 'B.'

        When confronted with the murder charge, the old man and his wife were both adamant, and both said that they thought the shotgun was not loaded.  The old man said it was a long-standing habit to threaten his wife with the unloaded shotgun.  He had no intention to murder her.  Therefore the killing of Mr. Opus appeared to be an accident; that is, assuming the gun had been accidentally loaded.

        The continuing investigation turned up a witness who saw the old couple's son loading the shotgun about  six weeks prior to the fatal accident.  It transpired that the old lady had cut off her son's financial support and the son, knowing the propensity of his father to use the shotgun threateningly, loaded the gun with the expectation that his father would shoot his mother.

        Since the loader of the gun was aware of this, he was guilty of the murder even though he didn't actually pull the trigger.

        The case now becomes one of murder on the part of the son for the death of Ronald Opus.

        Now comes the exquisite twist...

        Further investigation revealed that the son was, in fact, Ronald Opus.  He had become increasingly despondent over the failure of his attempt to engineer his mother's murder.  This led him to jump off the ten-story building on March 23rd, only to be killed by a shotgun blast passing through the ninth story window.  The son, Ronald Opus, had actually murdered himself.  So the medical examiner closed the case as a suicide.


        A true story from Associated Press.

General Discussion / Should I, or shouldn't I?
« on: June 26, 2019, 11:44:53 AM »
I'm not one of those "safe queen" kinda guys...normally, if I own it, I shoot it. Not that there's any shortage of hardware to shoot, mind you. )lI

I'm wondering, however, about this recent purchase of my Santa Barbara Remington. This gun is so tight and so crisp, and market value is substantially higher than your garden variety Uberti or Pietta, of which I have a half-dozen to choose from if I want to shoot a Remmy anyway. Not that this one is unfired; the powder residue in the innards showed me it's definitely been fired, and more than once. And the SB's were definitely built to be shooters, not lookers. I've pretty much convinced myself to drag it along next range trip, but what's your opinion? Shoot or don't shoot?

EDIT: Also, spare parts are rumored to be unobtanium, though I'm sure I could make stock Pietta/Uberti parts work if need be.

Off-Topic Discussion / Happy Summer!
« on: June 21, 2019, 05:05:35 AM »
Though it doesn't feel like it this morning (57 F) today is the official start of summer.
Happy Summer, all!

General Discussion / Put on yer thinkin' caps...
« on: June 19, 2019, 11:39:24 AM »
Don't answer this question quickly unless you only have one gun. Give it some though and cogitation.

What is your favorite BP gun you own?

Doesn't have to be a Colt, or even a revolver...could be a long gun, in fact.

Tell us which one, why, and show a pic of your 'shining star'.

Me; I gotta do a bit of thinking here!

General Discussion / Next Week
« on: June 19, 2019, 09:52:26 AM »
Next week, June 25th-26th, is the 143rd anniversary of one of the most iconic battles in American history; the utter decimation of George Armstrong Custer's 7th Cavalry at the Little Bighorn. And while it was deemed "Custer's Last Stand", it was, in reality, the last stand of the plains Indian. It had much to do with black powder and the weapons we enjoy shooting and collecting as well, particularly the 1873 Colt SAA.
This has always been a fascinating subject for me; I've read a number of books and watched several TV specials and YouTube videos on the subject. Anyone else a fan/historian with some input on the subject?

General Discussion / Smoke On The Water
« on: June 13, 2019, 11:52:45 AM »
Dah dah dah, dah dah dahdah, dah dah dah, dah dah...

Well, OK. Not actually ON the water. But close to the water.
I brought my "Goonerized" '60 Army along up to the north woods and made some smoke BY the water, anyway.
Yup. It was fun. And smoky.
But I did learn it's a mother to try to reload without a table surface of some sort. Next time I head north Imma roll me some paper ca'tridges for shore.

Forum Information / Announcement
« on: June 04, 2019, 12:13:15 PM »
Beginning Jun 1st, 2019, I have begun putting anniversary dates of famous well-known historical events involving black powder firearms (especially Colts!) on our forum monthly calendar. For any of you historians who have an event you would like to see added, shoot me a PM with the info and I'll try to get it added ASAP.
Viva le Colt!

Calendar is located at the bottom of index page (click on the icon) For a quick link, click HERE:

Media Matters / Gunsmoke
« on: May 30, 2019, 12:53:21 PM »
Watching a Gunsmoke rerun the other night...was genuinely surprised to see one of the actors loading his pistol with honest-to-gosh .44-40 bottleneck ammo!

General Discussion / The sad reality
« on: May 30, 2019, 10:20:16 AM »
Here's the sad reality of it. I live within city limits, in a fairly congested midwest suburb located within a liberal bastion of gun-hating snowflakes, in a state with one of the most stringent firearm codes out there (the Illinois FOID card), where they consider black powder firearms to be 'guns', rather than historical replicas. The indoor ranges do not allow black powder, or loose powder of any kind. The nearest outdoor range is 45 minutes away, the black powder portion only open May through November, and costs a whopping $30.00 per day to shoot there unless you are a member. (Being a member means only paying $5.00 per day, but you would need to shoot 7 times during the season just to break even. Do the math; almost $300.00 not including gas, etc) And while working full-time, with an aging house needing constant repair and a disabled spouse and grandkids over every weekend, even getting out to the range 3 times during the season can be considered a raging success story.
Suffice it to say, if I had a backyard range out in the country, I'd be out torching off a few after dinner every evening. And I truly envy you guys that have this opportunity. But, it is what it is.
My BP range has been fighting viciously, tooth and nail, to stave off lawsuits from idiots who have purchased $350k homes in the constantly encroaching new subdivisions near the range by gun-hating millennials complaining about the "noise pollution" (yeah, the range has been there since long before they were even a twinkle in their daddy's eye) and so I can't really complain about the range fees...these poor guys have their work cut out for them.
It's just a shame that while the anti's and gun-haters can't attack us from the front without severe resistance (Second Amendment) they are flanking folks like myself by legislating, ordinancing, and inconveniencing us into submission...because black powder to them is still a gun, and all guns are bad.
Are any others here feeling the squeeze, and how are you dealing with it?

General Discussion / I wonder...
« on: May 29, 2019, 10:58:27 AM »
Do any of you DIY guys do hobby sand casting?
Was wondering how difficult/easy it would be to make a mold of a brass frame and cast a bronze (or as Hawg says, "gunmetal") replacement?
Seems there could be quite a demand for such a thing.

Griswold & Gunnison / Ruh Row
« on: May 28, 2019, 10:04:24 AM »
The LGS has a Pietta G&G .44 there. I don't need another brasser, and especially not in .44 cal. I hope somebody buys it before I cave.

General Discussion / Remember when...?
« on: May 16, 2019, 11:14:17 AM »
Wonder if any of you old timers remember when you got started in BP?
I bought my first cap & ball '58 Remington back around 1983 or so. It was after the initial resurgence of the late '60s/early '70s had sort of died off, and before there was any internet to speak of. I asked the guys at the gun store where I bought it about ball size, overball lube, powder selection and size, and was met with blank stares. Thank Goodness for Sam Fadala! I bought his book, and the Lyman Black Powder Handbook, and at least got a starting point. I was scared snotless the first time I torched one off all by my lonesome, but after that it was all gravy. It must have been much more difficult for those who started burning charcoal back when Val Forgett's Navy Arms first began importing the Italian repros back in the late '50s. Nowadays with forums like this one and You Tube, you can be an expert after one evening of brushing up. Times sure have changed! Any stories from when you first started shooting, let's share 'em!

General Discussion / SASS/CAS, anyone?
« on: May 14, 2019, 12:11:49 PM »
I know a few of you are members of CAS or SASS (or both). Having watched a few YouTube vids, I'm mildly curious as to what all is involved, and what you forum members who are members of either have to say about it. Any pictures would be great!

General Discussion / How many holes in your collection?
« on: May 10, 2019, 12:53:52 PM »
If you have any serious intent at all to have some sort of a BP collection, unless you are old, rich, or both you likely have some holes in your collection. What might they be, and what would your collection look like without any holes?
I have plugged two really gaping holes recently with the recent purchases of my Starr SA and Rogers & Spencer. Not easy to find or come by, either!
I'm not gonna answer this right now as I have to ponder it a bit to decide what I still think I need...

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