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Army Models / Re: Uberti 1860?
« Last post by LonesomePigeon on Today at 09:59:10 PM »
Richard, you could try a lighter bullet. In my .45 Colt caliber SAA copy a 250 grain bullet(factory smokeless load) shoots right at point of aim and a 150 grain bullet(black powder hand load) shoots about 10" low. This is the 150 grain bullet:
Navy Models / Re: Colt Signature Series 1851 Navy
« Last post by Hawg on Today at 08:42:04 PM »
Most Colt clones are a little difficult to break down the first few times but it will get easier without resorting to filing parts to make them fit. Dragoon is right, the arbor is short and needs to be addressed.
Navy Models / Re: Navy Arms G.U. 1851 Colt Navy, from the first run?
« Last post by Hawg on Today at 08:36:56 PM »
I always seem to be at odds with the majority, guess I'm just contrary but I have a gun that Dr Davis didn't know anything about until I sent him pictures and he even tried to buy it for his museum but it's a good shooter so I kept it. I care nothing about collector value and I delight in shooting rare guns and making collectors cringe. (7+"

Aw, Hawg, there are lots of repros out there to shoot and possibly get well tuned by folks like Goon and possibly others. I know you are a shooter first and a collector last.

I am just the opposite, as you probably know. I don't have the funds but there may be others that would trade your guns for new Piettas or Ubertis.

As always,


I've got a S&W 1926 3rd model. When I got it it was 95% or better. I carried it almost every day for years and fired a ton of ammo out of it. It's nowhere near 95% now. Yeah I devalued it by several hundred dollars but it's mine and a joy to shoot. I've always said if I had an 1873 Colt serial number 1 I'd shoot the snot out of it and go on Colt forums bragging about it. I'd do it too. The gun I was originally talking about is a 1976 Pietta Remington navy imported by Pioneer Arms. I wouldn't trade it for a new one because the grips are slender like the originals not the big fat monstrosities Pietta uses now and it has a very short front sight not the Eiffel towers that Pietta uses now. Yeah it shoots high but then it's supposed to. I'd be scared to send one to Goon even if I had the money to do so for fear of what he might do to it.  (7+"
Navy Models / Re: Colt Signature Series 1851 Navy
« Last post by Fingers McGee on Today at 08:34:41 PM »
Congrats on the find .
Navy Models / Re: Colt Signature Series 1851 Navy
« Last post by 45 Dragoon on Today at 08:32:11 PM »
  Nice looking Navy.  It should get better with repeated take downs. Just remember, the action parts are from the  '70's/'80's era and the arbor is short. That said, it's a great looking package!!

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Navy Models / Re: Colt Signature Series 1851 Navy
« Last post by ssb73q on Today at 08:02:36 PM »
Hi Lonesome, nice looking revolver and nice group.

Maybe the pins alignment issue will ease with use? My new Paterson was difficult to remove and install the barrel from the frame for a similar issue. As I got more cycles on barrel removal and attachment, the revolver is getting easier to remove and reinstall the barrel. My son-in-low has a similar issue as you with his 1851 that is getting better with use.

Photo Gallery / Re: Echinocereus triglochidiatus
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Navy Models / Colt Signature Series 1851 Navy
« Last post by LonesomePigeon on Today at 07:01:50 PM »
 I saw this gun on gunbroker with a relatively low starting bid of $454.99. At that price I could not resist putting in a bid and I was surprised that nobody else bid and I got it. It came with Colt Sig Series flask, mold, nipple wrench and cap tin as well as after market powder measure and capper. The ad did not show the Sig Series cap tin but it was included when I got it. The gun has some handling marks but it still had preservative in the bore and I don't believe it had ever been fired.

I fired it today and it groups well at 15 yards, about 6" above point of aim. The wedge slots and the frame pin holes appear to be slightly misaligned which makes the barrel very hard to get on and off. Performance of the gun seems fine but I hope the alignment issues do not put undue stress on the arbor.

If I bought a new in box, unfired GU I would not fire it. All 3 of mine have obviously been fired and I bought them to shoot so I have no qualms about shooting them. To me they offer a balance and feel that I can't get from other repros. It depends how well they function when I get them back from the gunsmith but if I like them enough I would even consider getting them refinished, with a high polish blue and real bone charcoal case colors.
Thanks for the heads up Jim, I've been curious to see what the market value of these GU's are. Jury is still out on mine, content having it stored away for now but definitely keeping an open mind about the possibilities of flipping it/shooting it. The in this auction is a very nice condition, always interesting to see these with really low #'s.
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