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Army Models / Re: Interesting Front Sight
« on: November 13, 2016, 04:22:05 AM »
The missing screws are probably why it went for less than expected.

The frame is cut for the stock as is the grip strap.  A shoulder stock will work even with the missing 4th screws.

It should make an interesting albeit single purpose experiment.

Kevin

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Army Models / Re: Interesting Front Sight
« on: November 10, 2016, 04:32:16 AM »
He and I figured it for a long range sight used with a shoulder stock.  I have a several spare 1860s so may give it a try with one.

Kevin

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Welcome Wagon / Re: New member
« on: November 10, 2016, 04:22:56 AM »
Grab a seat and get some coffee.  Better to bring your own, the stuff around here is old and bitter, like many of the members!  Listen to the scuttlebutt and join in when you are comfortable.

Anchors Aweigh!

Kevin

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Lead casting / Re: Some Plinking Conicals
« on: November 07, 2016, 04:24:32 AM »
Cool beans. I was wondering how they did since there's not much bearing surface for the rifling.

There is a bit more bearing than on a round ball.  I would guess that if loaded straight, the bearing surface is sufficient to allow reasonably accurate shooting.  The nose shape is what troubles me.  Talk about something that will make a small wound.

Kevin

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General Discussion / Re: Goofy things in movies and Audio books
« on: November 07, 2016, 04:21:13 AM »
I just read, on another forum, that when the Colt 1911 is used in movies, a 1911 is used for scenes where the pistol is not fired.  But, in scenes which required firing, a Star pistol would be substituted because they could be made to work with the blanks.  A still from "The Wild Bunch" confirms the use of the Star Model "P".

Kevin

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General Discussion / Re: Goofy things in movies and Audio books
« on: November 07, 2016, 04:16:28 AM »
A dragoon is a horse pistol and as such, the Walker does indeed satisfy that definition.  A "Dragoon" is commonly held to be a Colt's revolver of some sort.  The spoken language rarely allows one to hear a capital letter!

I believe Colt's described the Walker as a dragoon.

Kevin

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Army Models / Interesting Front Sight
« on: November 07, 2016, 04:12:48 AM »
My brother missed out on this 1860 in an auction.  We speculated on the reason for the front sight.  Let's hear your thoughts.

https://www.ebth.com/items/4396599-colt-1851-navy-single-action-revolver

Kevin

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Gunsmithing/Tuning/Parts & Repairs / Re: I Hate Brand New Italian Guns
« on: October 27, 2016, 04:24:40 AM »
I have been through two phases of my life were I used BP firearms in competition.  At both times, I had more than several revolvers all set up to hit point of aim.  In the 1960s and 70s, I was using original Colts and this last time, Uberti's.  All of them needed work to keep me competitive.

For rough and tumble fun, out of the box is okay.

Kevin

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General Discussion / Re: Historical prices
« on: October 27, 2016, 04:19:20 AM »
In 1972(?) I paid less than $150 for a pair of 1861's built by Uberti and imported by Replica Arms, new, not used.  As I recall, they were priced a bit higher individually but I made a deal on the pair.  Powder, lead, caps and leather also included.

Kevin

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Navy Models / Re: My growing desire for an 1861 Navy civilian model.
« on: October 21, 2016, 03:44:56 AM »
The first 100 or so had fully fluted cylinders, similar to the first offerings of the 1860.  I am not sure if/when the civilian version was offered.  Colts used up frames as they needed them to fill orders so the frames would be pulled from a pile and built.

Kevin

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Miner's Diner / Re: My restaurant recommendations
« on: October 21, 2016, 03:42:26 AM »
I haven't been to Prescott in over a decade.  Last time I was there, I ate in a little hole in the wall place facing the square.  A M&P shop but great lunches.

Kevin

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Lead casting / Re: New .380 mold coming
« on: October 20, 2016, 04:00:04 AM »
There is a bit of a learning curve to using the Lee six cavity mold.  A hotplate is a good investment to get it up to temperature.  Also, the sprue cutter needs to be in it's proper location or the cam handle will break.  Make sure the cam is tight to the blocks before pouring the lead.  Once you get the hang of it, you will be pouring a good amount of lead.  There are a couple of tweaks that make it easier but the mold is a good one.

Dick Dastardly, dba Big Lube Bullets, also offers a six cavity mold for round balls. 

http://www.biglube.com/BulletMolds.aspx?ItemID=8ea1b8fc-d133-4c8d-83d9-20b3e2959d21

Kevin

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The Colt Open Top is as strong as any top strapped revolver.  The top strap was added at the request of the Army when they were searching for a cartridge revolver because it "appeared" to be stronger.

Kevin

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Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Complaint letter being sent.
« on: October 20, 2016, 03:43:22 AM »
I used to travel a lot, 350+ days a year.  I preferred to eat at the local Mom and Pop places, better food and supported the local economy more so than a chain.  We still prefer to deal with the local entrepreneurs.

Kevin

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General Discussion / Re: Goofy things in movies
« on: October 17, 2016, 04:01:50 AM »
The leaves would be mixed in mud to allow the wet mud to hold it's shape while drying.  Soil on the roof was often used to protect from fire and to grow stuff.

Kevin

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