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Offline Canaris

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ASM Squareback 1851
« on: September 08, 2015, 08:19:28 AM »
I just did a little upgrade on my ASM Navy.  I swapped out the hammer for one made by Uberti. Never did like the shape of the original.  It appears that all the parts on my ASM are fully interchangeable with Uberti components.
(Plus it gave me an opportunity to try out my new Nikon 16-35mm lens)








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Re: ASM Squareback 1851
« Reply #1 on: September 08, 2015, 11:30:36 AM »
A fine series of photos there Canaris.  That Navy looks great.  What year is your ASM?

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Re: ASM Squareback 1851
« Reply #2 on: September 08, 2015, 12:42:57 PM »
It has an "AL" code, so 1983.

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Re: ASM Squareback 1851
« Reply #3 on: September 08, 2015, 04:21:00 PM »
Looking good.  I like the square backs.   Funny how parts are with these reproductions,  My ASM 1860 will swap parts with a Pietta revolver.  Uberti parts are close but not exactly right.

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Re: ASM Squareback 1851
« Reply #4 on: September 09, 2015, 08:56:18 AM »
Looks good!  L@.

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Re: ASM Squareback 1851
« Reply #5 on: September 09, 2015, 10:43:41 AM »
I, too, have always liked the squareback TG (I have a 2014 [CM] Pietta 1851 Navy .36 that originally came with the round TG but "upgraded" it to a Pietta squareback TG from Taylors'). Before you stated the date of manufacture, I was straining my old eyes for the date code and the proof marks. Could not see them even with those nice pics. Is it marked S. Marco (or similar) anywhere? Just curious as I have an ASM 1848 Pocket 6" .31 squareback w/load lever (marked REPLICA ARMS CO EL PASO TEXAS / MADE IN ITALY) that has the 2 proof marks (frame, barrel, & cylinder) and the date code XIX (1963: first year of manufacture) but not marked as an Armi San Marco anywhere (I have completely disassembled the pistol). I have it on good authority (Dr. Jim L. Davis:  http://rprca.tripod.com/ ) that it is an ASM.

I especially like your pistol because all of the screw slots are in very good shape. You must have a very nice set of gunsmith (hollow-ground bit) screwdrivers and I can well appreciate that!

It is always appreciated when folks post pics of older replica C&B revolvers of different manufacturers/dates, along with posts like yours and others explaining what other manufacturer's parts fit other pistols and the degree of fitting necessary, even just for comparison. That's why I like the BP forums on every site I frequent.

Very nice, Canaris!

Jim

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Re: ASM Squareback 1851
« Reply #6 on: September 09, 2015, 11:32:06 AM »
Much like current Uberti's, the manufacturers name and "Blackpowder Only" is stamped under the loading lever.  Plus they have Colt's name stamped on the cylinder.

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Re: ASM Squareback 1851
« Reply #7 on: September 11, 2015, 04:47:07 PM »
That is a nice looking ASM. I have a few of them on hand. ASM should have stayed in production. They had the capcity to be the best Italian firm as far as quaility and finish.

The boys on the CASS and SASS gave ASM a bad name, and everyone seemed to jump on the band wagon.
But they never done any worse than Pietta or Uberti. However, every one that came along later took a disliking to ASM based on what they read on the web.

ASM's case coloring and internal tolerance were most often better than both the other firms. I have also seen better bores, as far as being smooth, on ASM's than I have on Ubertis. However, Piettas always seem to have good, smooth bores.

Your 1851 does not have the vivid case coloring that I am used to seeng with ASM, but look how well the barrel lug portion meets the frame. I would be proud to own that 1851. Thanks for putting up the pics. This forum need more of this!!!


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Re: ASM Squareback 1851
« Reply #8 on: September 11, 2015, 05:00:30 PM »
I own 4 ASM revolvers and agree with Scooby.   All of mine are finished at least as good as the Ubertis I have of the same vintage.   I would put them above any Pietta revolver I have.

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Re: ASM Squareback 1851
« Reply #9 on: September 12, 2015, 09:11:50 PM »
I only own one San Marco, my 'accidental' Schneider & Glassick....and it's really a fine piece. I have no bones to pick regarding ASM's
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