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Harper's Ferry
« on: March 05, 2020, 09:45:26 AM »
Hi, ordered the Pedersoli Harper's Ferry today:

https://www.dixiegunworks.com/index/page/product/product_id/8634/category/320/category_chain/312,318,320/product_name/RH0225+Pedersoli+Model+1805+Harpers+Ferry+Pistol

Does anyone here have any experience with this pistol?

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Richard
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Re: Harper's Ferry
« Reply #1 on: March 05, 2020, 09:51:40 AM »
I have zero experience with them, but this is the only pistol of it's type that I'd care to own. And someday I will. I don't know what it is about the Harper's Ferry pistol, but I just like it.

I'll be anxious to hear your thoughts on it once you receive it Richard.
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Re: Harper's Ferry
« Reply #2 on: March 05, 2020, 09:59:49 AM »
Hi Dave, what interested me is that the Harper's Ferry is the first official handgun that was made for the USA military. The is the video that got me juiced:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iBUBGR_TbCs&t=620s

Ordered a 0.575" round ball mold to produce balls for this pistol.

This pistol that doesn't have a rear sight, but should be a hoot to shoot. Should make my steel targets ring loudly.

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Richard
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Re: Harper's Ferry
« Reply #3 on: March 05, 2020, 12:41:12 PM »
Hi Dave, what interested me is that the Harper's Ferry is the first official handgun that was made for the USA military. The is the video that got me juiced:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iBUBGR_TbCs&t=620s

Ordered a 0.575" round ball mold to produce balls for this pistol.

This pistol that doesn't have a rear sight, but should be a hoot to shoot. Should make my steel targets ring loudly.

Regards,
Richard

That's exactly why I'm interested in it too Richard.
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Re: Harper's Ferry
« Reply #4 on: March 05, 2020, 03:34:27 PM »
That Pedersoli should be a very nice pistol. The only "Harper's Ferry" pistol(s) I have are the Japanese ones that look almost like the Navy ( pirate's pistol) except they have the slim brass strip on the front of the forend.

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Re: Harper's Ferry
« Reply #5 on: March 10, 2020, 03:58:37 AM »
Hi, the Pedersoli Harper's Ferry pistol arrived yesterday. It is in generally good condition with the exception that all the brass is very discolored. I suspect that a little Brasso will soon resolve that problem. The barrel looks to be in the white, but is nicely chrome plated to minimize corrosion. A Lee 0.575" ball mold also arrived yesterday to cast lead balls for this pistol. Shooting it should be fun.

Regards,
Richard
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Re: Harper's Ferry
« Reply #6 on: March 10, 2020, 06:49:10 AM »
Hi, the Pedersoli Harper's Ferry pistol brass has been polished and 0.575" balls cast. Regular 3/4x7/8" flints are too long so square 3/4" flints were ordered from Track of the Wolf. The flint that Pedersoli installed in this pistol was sh*t.

Some good weather and my steel targets will sing getting hit with those 0.575" balls.

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Richard
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Re: Harper's Ferry
« Reply #7 on: March 10, 2020, 09:19:56 AM »
That is a beautiful pistol Richard! I can't wait to hear how it shoots.
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Re: Harper's Ferry
« Reply #8 on: March 14, 2020, 12:37:54 PM »
I see they've done the same thing with the pistol that everyone does with the rifle. It's the wrong caliber. The original rifle and pistol were .54 caliber. All the reproductions are .58 caliber. I know my Antonio Zoli rifle is .58. I'm going to have it sleeved to .54 caliber.

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Re: Harper's Ferry
« Reply #9 on: March 14, 2020, 07:12:59 PM »
Hi, the Pedersoli Harper's Ferry pistol arrived yesterday. It is in generally good condition with the exception that all the brass is very discolored. I suspect that a little Brasso will soon resolve that problem. The barrel looks to be in the white, but is nicely chrome plated to minimize corrosion. A Lee 0.575" ball mold also arrived yesterday to cast lead balls for this pistol. Shooting it should be fun. Regards, Richard
To me, that brass looks just right!