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Media Matters / Purgatory
« on: February 25, 2019, 10:42:51 AM »
My father in law wanted me to watch the movie "Purgatory" with him the other evening. I won't reveal much of the plot but its a mix of religious movie and western; it aired on TNT back in 1999. Movie quality aside, one character dual wielded 1851 Navy's.

Highlights - The Navy's were actually quite nice

Lowlights - The usual, on close ups they are standard 1851's, however in the firefights the character is using a cartridge conversion, including during "reloading" scenes.

the Weird - Perhaps some of you SASS guys or Cowboy Action people might know why, but the Navy wielder had them both in cross draw holsters, butt facing out, and yet drew them straight instead of cross, basically sweeping himself with both barrels on each draw. Why would anyone do that?

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Knives, Swords, 'hawks, etc / Sharpening 420HC
« on: February 25, 2019, 10:18:57 AM »
Hey guys,

I'm fan of Buck knives (I carry a Bantam or a 110 depending on mood) however I'm having difficulty getting the 420HC blades to what I would consider sharp. Using my Smith's pocket sharpener I can get the Bantam "working sharp", like sharp enough for small cutting jobs like cutting down boxes, loose strings, etc but even for letting opening it'll tear more than cut and pass the "paper test". The Smith's has done wonders getting kitchen knives pretty done sharp but isn't quite doing it on the 420 HCs. Any advice from you knife guys? I've looking into hand sharpening using stones, but I have no idea what grit to use. I know the low numbers are for setting edges (which I might do as practice on some beater pot metal knives) but I don't want to mar up the otherwise nice edges on the Bucks.

Let me know what you all think!

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Brass and Other Cartridge Casings / Questions regarding 45LC
« on: April 18, 2018, 10:36:03 AM »
Now that I'm over 100 posts, figured I'd start a topic, and hopefully get a question answered while I'm at it.

While back I saw a guy whose SASS rig included a Pietta 1860, and a drop in conversion cylinder of unknown origin. At the time he was shooting Federal brand .45 LC.

Now my question is, I've seen a lot of people recommending Trail Boss for their 45's when in comes to reloading, but is off the shelf, smokeless .45LC dangerous to use in a conversion cylinder; or lacking danger, is it just bad for the gun itself?

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Media Matters / Three Amigos
« on: November 20, 2017, 08:24:56 AM »
Yesterday some friends and I were watching the old Steve Martin/Chevy Chase/Martin Short classic Three Amigos. Great movie if you've never seen it. Now that I keep my eyes peeled for all things BP, there is a great cameo by a Walker towards the end of the film.

Martin Short gets his '73 SAA replaced with the massive Walker, which manages to throw him backwards about 12 feet with the recoil. Even more impressive is he manages to get several shots off without the loading lever coming down and locking the cylinder!  *6'

Since I haven't fired a walker, and its funnier than the truth, I'm choosing to believe the recoil is accurately portrayed.

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Off-Topic Discussion / 1858 Forum is down
« on: October 26, 2017, 08:20:41 AM »
Hey all, it appears the 1858 forum is down, at least as of now (1119 EST). Everything all right over there? I know there's a lot of carryover between here and there user wise. Just thought I'd inquire.

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General Discussion / Gander Mountain
« on: May 09, 2017, 10:33:39 AM »
Hey all, thought I'd share this tidbit of information. So Gander Mountain was recently acquired by Camping World, well the name, leases, buildings, etc were purchased by Camping World but not the inventory.

What does this mean? Well all of the merchandise, nationwide has been sold to a liquidator so at the very least discounted prices on stuff, at best discount prices on black powder stuff. Also apparently the Camping World guy wants to keep 70 of the 122 stores open (at least according to an interview I read) so it'll be the last hurrah for some of these stores. Either way thought y'all might appreciate a heads up in case there was a Gander Mountain nearby. Apparently it is in store only, I can't seem to find anyway to access their old online store.

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Navy Models / Navy Arms G.U. 1851 Colt Navy, from the first run?
« on: April 22, 2017, 11:16:51 AM »
Hey all, thought I'd post about the Navy Arms 1851 Navy I picked up recently. Was looking to just add a nice percussion shooter to get into black powder after being introduced to it. Upon inspection closer inspection/research I think I picked up a much nicer gem that I originally thought. It's a G.U. with no proofs or any identifying marks besides a Navy Arms on the frame and barrel, a serial # in the 1700's and a tiny "9" stamped on the barrel assembly and inside of the frame. Outside of placing it in the '59-'61 range I don't know too much about the value of this guy, so I'm still in the "do I keep it nice or shoot it" area. It definitely has had some use, a little corrosion in the rear of the cylinder and a tiny ding on the barrel, plus I bought it off a re-enactor so I'm pretty sure he fired it at least a few times. Beautiful piece though, and functions smooth, Val Jr definitely made the right choice getting Gregorelli and Uberti to make these. If I can find the photo outside of a copyrighted database, while doing research on this guy I also found an old NY Times article on Val first bringing these guys over from Italy, has a great photo of him and a table full of Colts. Pictures of my Navy are below:










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NEW MEMBER CHECK-IN / Happy to be here
« on: April 21, 2017, 10:05:03 AM »
Hey all,

New member checking in here. Mostly been a long time .22lr plinker until some friends talked me into trying out black powder, and recently picked up my first cap and ball revolver, an 1851 Navy imported by Navy Arms that I'll post about later. I'm a librarian and a former history major so shooting cap and ball fits right in with my usual obsession with early American history. Glad to be aboard!

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