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General Discussion / Not so good a buy...
« on: September 23, 2020, 05:21:19 AM »
Over the many years that I have been buying and selling guns (mostly buying) I have gotten burned a few times.
I'd love to hear about purchases you have made that did not turn out so good.  &\?

Percussion Muskets and Rifles / 1859 Sharps Berdan
« on: July 15, 2020, 04:51:28 PM »
My 1859 Sharps  Berdan with double triggers. This rifle was made in 1998. Italian replica by Armisport. Very accurate.

Navy Models / Colt 1851 Navy
« on: July 15, 2020, 06:57:52 AM »
Last week I was in Cody WY at the Winchester gun show. I bought this Colt 1851 Navy with all matching serial numbers except the wedge. All lettering is crisp and the cylinder engraving stands out really good. Nearly all of the case hardening on flash guards is intact but darkened. Very little pitting in the bore, timing is good and it locks up tight!

Serial numbers show it was make in 1861.

Unfortunately someone on the past appears to have used steel wool on the side of the frame.

Off-Topic Discussion / Confederate Flag
« on: July 02, 2020, 08:21:08 AM »
I see the forum has yielded to the rioting and burning Marxist, minority of the population and taken down the piece of our history, the flag of the Confederacy.  :(

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"!!

Video Vault / Damascene guns
« on: June 11, 2019, 06:04:52 PM »

From forgotten weapons

Percussion Muskets and Rifles / My birthday present
« on: June 11, 2019, 03:05:02 PM »
Attached are some pictures of the new to me Kentucky half stock rifle I got for my birthday. It was made between 1835 and 1844 by Levi Biddle. It is a 32 caliber squirrel gun. The gun is in great condition with 13 engraved silver inlays. Note the brass pieces to protect the wood around the nipple. A black powder gunsmith has told me he would have no issues with shooting it as it is in very good condition!

I must apologize in advance for the quality of my pictures. I do not have the artistic eye some of you do in posting such fantastic photos of your arms. :)

I feel very blessed to own this fine firearm.

General Discussion / Revolver "Chain Fires"
« on: June 11, 2019, 02:25:47 PM »
I know this will probably stire up quite a bit of controversy, but what the heck. :)
In my real life career I spent 30 years as a professional firefighter. Consequently I have a very good understanding of fire and it's behavior.
I hear and read continually and have ever since I started shooting C&B revolvers in the 1970's that it is important to grease the open end of the cylinder to prevent a chain fire……………

As I am sure we all know, after putting our measured load of powder in the cylinder, some add a lubed wad and then we press home the correct size of round ball. If the correct ball is used, a sliver of lead will be shaved off. For the life of me, I can not see how fire can get to the powder from here as the ball has tightly sealed the cylinder from the front up. I also have read many times and heard more that if your percussion cap won't stay on the nipple or is a bit loose. Pinch it a bit. Now when we do this, we are providing an opening for fire to enter. Obviously as it bulges it gets misshaped.

I have seen and taken a lot of pictures of people shooting these guns over the years. Occasionally we get the perfect shot of the flame blasting out the muzzle and the cylinder engulfed in flame!!

Of the thousands of rounds I have shot from a C&B firearm, i have had a gun chainfire only one time. I had pinched the caps by the way. :) BTW, I had grease the cylinder with Crisco. At the time I was wondering why I was doing this becaue after the first shot it is all melted out anyway. Ha!

Even with my back ground I am very open to learning more. If I am wrong, please enlighten me on the physics of this. Please do not quote some gun writer. Those folks have been promoting this for years.

In the attached photo, note the fire going to the back of the cylinder. I have some showing the entire cylinder engulfed. Will post when I find them.

Navy Models / 1871 Navy Conversion
« on: June 10, 2019, 02:11:46 PM »
This is the latest addition to my collection. It is a 1871 Open Top Colt Conversion in 38 special by Uberti. Nicely goes with my 1860 Richards Mason conversion.
I just found this and purchased it this morning, It is 6 years old. It has a few minor a few dings and small scratches but mechanically everything works perfect. Excellent bore also and it came with a holster.

Anxious to get to the range to shoot it.

This is one of my Walkers. It is a Uberti that has been defarbed and the bluing removed from the cylinder.

Video Vault / Favorite Colt Video Clip
« on: March 04, 2019, 01:57:44 PM »

Off-Topic Discussion / Brrr! it is cold!
« on: March 04, 2019, 09:31:25 AM »
When I got up at 7:30 this morning it was 30 degrees below zero Fahrenheit!

Absolutely gorgeous other wise, the sun is shining on snow piled deep and the deep blue of the Montana big sky is gorgeous!!

To cold to shoot but a great day to sit in front of the fire and look at the beauty of God's creation!

Miscellaneous And Other Rifles / Go Fund Me
« on: March 03, 2019, 05:08:41 PM »
I am going to start a "Go Fund Me" for a Colt Gatling Gun!!

Let me know how much you want to participate in my wonderful cause!

Off-Topic Discussion / Log in and posting issues
« on: March 03, 2019, 11:19:49 AM »
Not sure this is the correct place to inquire about a couple of issues I am regularly having but....

Nearly every time I log in I have to do it several times. I am told incorrect password or user name. I am going out of my way to be sure I type each character methodically and carefully so it is accurate. Still have to repeat it. Sometimes several times!

Additionally, when posting to something, especially with a picture, the page locks up. I finally give up and move on. As an example. The recent article about showing your flintlocks I was able to post some but when trying to post another picture showing more guns. Lock up!  The pictures are with in the size limits.

Any suggestions to rectify these issues will be appreciated!

Thank you ahead of time!!

Navy Models / 1851 Navy Commerative
« on: March 02, 2019, 12:32:22 PM »
Today at our local gun show I picked up the 1851 Navy in the photos.  The seller says he has had it over 50 years and never shot it. The man he bought it from told him that he bought it new and had not fired it. He said it was a Turner Kirkland Commemorative. I can not locate any markings, proof marks etc. or numbers, no manufactures name either. The case is plywood. The seller says the grips are ivory. I think this is correct as I can see the lines in it and they are beginning to yellow. I have no idea what I have and am hoping one of you experts can help!

I just got it home so have not disassembled it. I do know that it is filled with dust and lint.

Just disassembled the revolver and cleaned it up. Absolutely no sigh of BP residue. Also found the serial numbers stamped on the end of the arbor, the cylinder, barrel and the frame. More importantly, Stamped on the left side were the grip attaches it says, "T Kirkland 1970"!

I will post a separate picture of that.

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