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Navy Models / Re: Short barreled Old Model Navy
« on: September 28, 2011, 02:39:18 AM »
It's an oldie! I see XIII=1957.

I'll have to look at it again, my records show 1973.

A better photo

1873 SAA Colts / Re: Where Are All The 1873's?
« on: September 26, 2011, 02:52:26 AM »
At least one of you members must have an 1873 Colt model to share with us!  :'(

I've had two, a 7 1/2" and an Artillery, 5 1/2".  The Artillery is gone and I have no photos of the Cavalry Model.  I'll get some for you.

Navy Models / Short barreled Old Model Navy
« on: September 25, 2011, 03:03:07 AM »
As some may know, I have an appreciation for short barreled revolvers.  Because of that I frequently take a hacksaw to the long barreld models and create a more easily carried piece but this one came to me already chopped.

I have only recently persued 1851s but this is the third one I have encountered and it is also the third one that is what I consider to be a civilian model, with no provisions for a shoulder stock.  Whoever shrtened it did a good job and replaced the front sight well.  I have not yet taken this to the range so I do not know if the front sight is set for my eyes but I doubt it.  Not sure if I'll replace the post or inlet a dovetailed blade.

Pocket Models / Re: My Pocket Navies.
« on: September 25, 2011, 02:49:54 AM »
Been a long time since I weighed any charges for C&B revolvers, I have spouts on my flasks that throw the correct amount to fill a chamber and still let me seat a wad and a round ball on top and clear the cylinder face.  Not sure how much that dose weighs but it speaks with authority.  Not nearly as much as the 1861s hold but I refer to my Pocket 36s as the 36 caliber revolvers with recoil.

As for carrying, a lot of times they are carried behind a belt or sash, in a pocket, in boot tops, or even in a holster.  I have made a couple of loop holsters for the Pocket revolvers and use the holsters interchangeably with my Pocket Police, Pocket Navies and the 31s.  The 6" barrels make it a bit tough to find the correct size pockets but I have a few coats that can hold them.

Pocket Models / My Pocket Navies.
« on: September 24, 2011, 03:57:33 AM »
(I did not want to steal the thunder of Fingers McGee's fine post of his PN so started this one to show mine.)

Here are my Pocket Navies, both by Uberti and each is 1 of at least 100,000 made.  In other words maybe not common as dirt but a bit less rare than T-Rex.

Not yet cased but there is some mahogany sitting in the back yard waiting for a project.  Both shoot and carry well and I have a lot of fun with them.  Round ball and loose powder is my preferred method of loading but I have used paper cartridges on occassion.  For walking the woods, a lot of fun but my Pocket Police is the more carried revolver.

Pocket Models / Re: Captain's Baby Dragoon
« on: September 23, 2011, 02:50:37 AM »
I have two of the Baby Dragoons and they both have the square guard.  No room for my trigger finger in either.  I wonder if the Wells Fargo Models have enough room?

Pocket Models / Re: Two of my Baby Dragoons
« on: September 23, 2011, 02:41:08 AM »
I believe they are both made by Armi San Marco.  The time frame is correct for ASM and to the best of my recollection neither have a makers mark on them.  I will look at them again soon and refresh my memory.

As for cases, I make my own.  I have a supply of recyled lumber and for these cases I will be using mahogany.  I resaw the 1x stock down to half inch and use the wider piece for the carcase of the box and the narrower pieces for the divisions.  I am currently material rich and time poor, so this is a project to be done at a later time.

Navy Models / The Improved Navy
« on: September 22, 2011, 02:58:57 AM »
(Since there is no sub forum for the Improved Navy Colt revolver, I will post them in this area.)

These are the revolvers that started it for me.  I was shopping at the Log Cabin Shop (Lodi, Ohio) and they had these two on display.  They came home with me nearly 40 years ago.  Both were made in 1970 by Uberti and imported into this country by the Replica Arms Company of Marrietta, Ohio.  They are much enjoyed and handled.

Another pair of revolvers that beg for a case in which to reside.

Pocket Models / Two of my Baby Dragoons
« on: September 22, 2011, 02:51:58 AM »
Here are two of my Baby Dragoons.

Both have the 6" barrel.

And another photo without the accoutrements.

It is my intention to build a case to hold the two revolvers but that is a project for less busy times.

Pocket Models / Re: Captain's Baby Dragoon
« on: September 22, 2011, 02:39:29 AM »

I see you have the square backed triggerguard.  Not much room behind it for the middle finger is there?!?

I have two 31s with the square guard and wish there was just a bit more room.

[(23 September, 2011)  Not the middle finer, there is no room for the trigger finger in the guard.]

Pocket Models / Re: Captain's Baby Dragoon
« on: September 22, 2011, 02:37:50 AM »
I have yet to get me a .31 cal. Isn't the Baby Dragoon built on a Pocket model frame?

Technically, the Pocket revolvers are built on the same frame as the 31s as the 31s came first.  It wasn't until Bessemer came out with an improved methos of steel making that the larger calibers were possible on the smaller frames, ie the Pocket Navy, Pocket Police and the 1860.

Welcome Wagon / Re: Remmies Rule?
« on: September 22, 2011, 02:27:12 AM »
When I got started shooting black powder revolvers (in competition), it was easier to add adjustable sights to the top strap of the original Remingtons we used.  Evnetually, my hands grew to the point that the smallish grips of the Remington was not helping me shoot good scores so I went to using Colts and from there replicas.  It's all a matter of fit.

Police Models / Re: Pocket Police
« on: September 17, 2011, 04:30:01 AM »
Your revolver is great looking. Is it an original? If it is, it is fantastic. What year was it made?

Well, it is an original Uberti and was built in 1988 (I believe, working from memory, not a list).  I stocked in with smooth stag when I was traveling in Arizona, just after I got it.  The case is from a 31 Baby Dragoon but hte Pocket Police seems to look better in it.

I was going to buy another Pocket Police, (an engraved, plated one) when I got back under 200 pounds but by the time that happened, it had been sold! 

The sold revolver

Conversions / Re: Richards Model
« on: September 17, 2011, 04:25:39 AM »

Sounds like you and I have a love of the old watches.  Having visited some of the pocket watch sites, we are not alone but those guys are SERIOUS.  Perhaps we need a pocket watch section on this forum ;) not really but watches and Colts seem to go together.

On my monitor, your photos appear so large it makes them difficult to view.  Do you post them that large or is it on my end?

Conversions / Re: Richards Model
« on: September 15, 2011, 03:17:44 AM »
Very nice, I collect watches as well as other things, that's a nice one, running?

Yes, it does.  A daily wind, it is key would and key set.  The only problem is that it looses a good deal of time each day and I can not find a watchsmith who can regualte the works.

I will photo graph and post better photos if you would care to see them.  It is a Ryerson model from the National Watch Co.  National became Elgin.

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