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Tools and other trinkets / Re: Nipple wrench
« on: December 17, 2019, 02:54:40 PM »
I ended up ordering the commercially made version for rifle and revolver. After soaking the cylinder in Kroil for a week and then kerosene for a couple more, when the fitting arrived, I put it on a impact driver and they spun off like nothing. Ordering new cones and all should be good to go.

Tools and other trinkets / Re: Nipple wrench
« on: November 27, 2019, 01:16:01 PM »
Hi Terry, other than machining a socket, this is the strongest nipple wrench available:

Just buy the insert that can be used with a standard bit handle.

If you have frozen nipples, I suggest you try this product first before breaking off a nipple:

Put a little Kroil on each nipple and let it stand for 24hrs before removing the nipples. Kroil can work magic.



Thank you for getting back to me. I am a long time fan of Kroil!! Soaked them for 4 days and still will not break free. Presently have the cylinder in a jar filled with kerosene. Will see about ordering the tool. It would be good to have anyway as I have numerous reproduction ones and they are all flimsy.


Tools and other trinkets / Re: Nipple wrench
« on: November 25, 2019, 05:51:17 PM »
Why did you quit making them Sam?
I didn't stop making them...I have like 40 to 50 deep sockets here that I was going to slot them and sell them. With the weather being too cold, I just haven't been out in my shop.

And with this cold/flu still with me is not helping.  :-[

Did you ever get around to making these nipple wrenches up? I am in need of a very strong wrench. If you do not plan to make them up will you share with me how to make one as I have a gun I pick up with very tight nipples.


NEW MEMBER CHECK-IN / Re: Hi, California here.
« on: November 24, 2019, 03:14:25 PM »

Looks like a lively crowd around here, I shoulda been here sooner ^j)

Welcome aboard from Montana! You will not only enjoy this bunch but will learn lots also!

Army Models / Re: spare cylinder ?
« on: October 10, 2019, 03:27:27 PM »
Indeed, one of the few cased sets where a spare cylinder was included. Opens up a historical train of thought considering the use of them.

Yeah like G Dog said they only came in sets without loading levers. Back in the day cylinders had to be machined to each individual gun to insure proper function. I imagine the sets with extra cylinders were priced accordingly or given the time period maybe it was the ones with loading levers that were priced accordingly. (7+"

I find the same thing to be the case.

General Discussion / Re: Are you buying BP guns
« on: October 05, 2019, 04:33:59 PM »
I have only bought 2 black powder guns this year. The first is an original Levi Biddle half stock Kentucky rifle in 30 cal. the other is an original 1851 Sharps Sporting Rifle. I have previously posted here with pictures.


Army Models / Re: spare cylinder ?
« on: October 05, 2019, 03:59:43 PM »
Back in the day of the Patersons, there was no loading lever. It took a little more effort to reload the cylinder. I notice looking at pictures of original cased sets of these guns, a spare cylinder was included.

Absolutely. the only mark that was not removed was the Uberti emblem of the muzzle of the barrel.

Looks very good. I really do not need to worry about rust much. Where I live is high desert and low humidity.

Right on Capt! That is exactly what I did. I soaked it about 15 minutes and wiped the blue away. Dried and then oiled it

Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Mass shootings too far??
« on: September 09, 2019, 05:17:51 PM »


That is exactly right! They do not want us to have guns. It is not about limiting them. the long term goal is to take all of them away from us.

The government requires registration and licensing of vehicles.

"For 2016 specifically, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) data shows 37,461 people were killed in 34,436 motor vehicle crashes , an average of 102 per day."  Why no attempt to ban cars by the libs?

Pocket Models / Re: 1st Generation Pocket Model
« on: September 09, 2019, 05:08:28 PM »
Very nice find indeed!

Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Mass shootings too far??
« on: September 01, 2019, 06:31:49 PM »
In the latest Texas so called "shooting", the law has said the guy has a criminal record. I bet he was not even legally able to own a firearm. We shall see if and when it is told to us.

In the meantime, I am wondering how many people have been killed this year with hammers, fists, knives etc.?  Suspect the numbers far out weigh those killed with guns.

The government has banned the use of cell phones in vehicles while driving in many areas yet a huge number of people die in accident caused by them. It is against the law to drive drunk. That law is not working very good either!

This is one of the earliest Sharps Slant Breech production rifles, made between Nov. 1 1852 and April 1, 1855. These were also call "Box Lock: models. The Slant Breach models were distinct . 1851, 1852, 1853 and 1855. The Sporting Rifle was chambered in 3 calibers. At the time Sharps used the English system. The Sporting Rifle came in 3 Bores. 32 Bore 60 Bore and 90 Bore.

The stock is walnut, brass hardware. Stock was varnished and barrels browned. The receiver and lever were case hardened. The fore arm tip was cast pewter.

Apparently a very few of the last 1851's had blued barrels. Single triggers, like mine were standard. double set triggers were and option. Apparently almost half were double set.

There are serial numbers barrel, receiver, wood forearm, patch box cover, Maynard tape primer cover etc.

Hope this helps give you a better understanding.

I will not be shooting this gun as I am NOT the owner but merely it's caretaker. When I meet my maker it will be donated to the Montana Historical Society so others may enjoy it..

I just got this 1851 Sharps rifle with Maynard primer system. It is a 60 bore (approx. 42 caliber)  According to Frank Sellers only 193 1851's were produced. Of these only 30 with round barrel and 60 bore were made. I am fortunate to be it's new "caretaker"!!

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