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Walker pointed loading lever?
« on: December 19, 2015, 05:34:09 AM »
Hi, does anyone know why colt designed the Walker with a pointed loading lever? Was it used as a monopod, or as some kind of weapon?

I understand that most Walkers drop their loading lever when shot with heavy loads. I saw a reference where a rare earth magnet will hold the lever up. Besides rubberbands are there any other tricks to holding the Walker loading lever up?

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Re: Walker pointed loading lever?
« Reply #1 on: December 19, 2015, 09:27:27 AM »
Reprofiling the latch so it holds the lever better.
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Re: Walker pointed loading lever?
« Reply #2 on: December 19, 2015, 09:30:30 AM »
Hi, a little research is suggesting that back in the day the Walker users used a leather strap to hold the loading lever up on recoil. Maybe the point on the end of the loading lever is to allow the leather strap to slip on to the loading lever easily?

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Re: Walker pointed loading lever?
« Reply #3 on: December 19, 2015, 09:50:17 AM »
I saw on e-bay a guy is selling 2 copper rings soldered together. You just slip it on over the barrel and loading lever.

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Re: Walker pointed loading lever?
« Reply #4 on: December 19, 2015, 10:11:48 AM »
I saw on e-bay a guy is selling 2 copper rings soldered together. You just slip it on over the barrel and loading lever.

Hi Sam, don't you think that metal rubbing on the barrel would be tough on the bluing?

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Re: Walker pointed loading lever?
« Reply #5 on: December 19, 2015, 10:27:28 AM »
I bought one of those clips for my Walker and it works great, the inside is lined with felt to protect the barrel.


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Re: Walker pointed loading lever?
« Reply #6 on: December 19, 2015, 10:33:56 AM »
One reason copper rivets are used for gunleather is the fact it is easier on the bluing than other metals such as brass or nickel plating.
The leather thong is the most common way I've heard of to hold the lever in place.   As Fingers mentioned reworking the latch profile has been successful for some people.   I think the tapered end of the lever is just a way to make the revolver slide in and out holsters and saddle bags and such.   No blunt or sharp edges to hang up anywhere.

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Re: Walker pointed loading lever?
« Reply #7 on: December 19, 2015, 10:57:57 AM »
Hi Bishop, neat! Did you make or buy that? I wonder if PVC pipe would work?

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Re: Walker pointed loading lever?
« Reply #8 on: December 19, 2015, 11:21:56 AM »
I bought it on another black powder forum from "Doc Hoy." He makes them at home and occasionally sells them on eBay for around $15, though I see none listed there right now.  Search on eBay under "Colt Walker Clip" from time to time.

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Re: Walker pointed loading lever?
« Reply #9 on: December 19, 2015, 12:04:07 PM »
I was going to say that looked like the one Doc posted on TFL.

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Re: Walker pointed loading lever?
« Reply #10 on: December 19, 2015, 01:12:30 PM »
I was going to say that looked like the one Doc posted on TFL.

You're right Hawg, that is Doc's photo from TFL. Here is a photo I took of the clip on the barrel of my Walker.


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Re: Walker pointed loading lever?
« Reply #11 on: December 19, 2015, 04:07:12 PM »
I reshaped the profile of the lobe on the latch. Mine stays in place now under recoil.

I did some minor filing to both of my Dragoons too.
They were falling down as well. Not any more though.

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Re: Walker pointed loading lever?
« Reply #12 on: December 19, 2015, 05:37:39 PM »
Supposedly the re-profiling works well as Scooby mentioned.
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Re: Walker pointed loading lever?
« Reply #13 on: December 19, 2015, 07:52:41 PM »
Supposedly the re-profiling works well as Scooby mentioned.

I've heard if you file too deep you can't get it back down. That would suck.

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Re: Walker pointed loading lever?
« Reply #14 on: December 19, 2015, 08:28:06 PM »
Supposedly the re-profiling works well as Scooby mentioned.

I've heard if you file too deep you can't get it back down. That would suck.

That's true.  You have to go slow with the file.
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