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Flintlock Muskets and Rifles / Charleville
« on: July 07, 2020, 04:17:12 PM »
Digging through the pile and found this old Charleville. Got it before (?) the bicentennial. Imported by Navy Arms and made by Miroku. I used it a bit and retired it. It accounted for several deer even though smooth h bored.

A good friend of mine and I hunted together. He had a Brown Bess. Charleville several pounds lighter. And the swivels did not hurt either.


Off-Topic Discussion / A Parting Gift
« on: January 06, 2020, 07:19:51 PM »
As some of you know, I have been paring down the number of firearms I have.  I have always bought and sold but usually a few more stayed then left.

We have two neighbor boys who have always been helpful to us, shoveling snow, raking leaves, cutting the lawn, etc. We have always paid them but the boys have been helpful, and not just to us. The elder boy came home from college and I was talking to him. He mentioned the younger brother was a Senior and would be in college next fall.  For some reason, I had not calculated that.

Anyway, I went into the house and talked to my wife. She agreed and I grabbed two boxes and a couple of gifts. I quietly spoke with the parents it I already knew the answer.

Neither boy expected a present from us and were reluctant to accept them. I explained that with us planning to move and them being away at college I felt it appropriate to give them these now. I do not believe you can imagine the look on their faces when they unwrapped the boxes. Each boy got two 1860s, one Uberti and one Colt. I explained the Ubert was for rough usage and the Colts for occasional range usage. We had all been to the range before and they knew their way around percussion revolvers.

A couple of days later I saw them getting out of the younger ones truck and the were shooter and smelled of eggs, with ear to ear grins.

It was a good Christmas.


Army Models / The last 1860s
« on: July 24, 2019, 09:09:47 AM »
Been whittling down the group of 1860s and got it down to these.


Forum Information / Old Posts/New Posts
« on: March 11, 2019, 07:48:33 PM »
Has something changed on the forum in my absence?  When I log in, the is no longer the shortcut for “new answers to your posts”  and “new post since last visit”.  Or similar phrases, there gone, I can’t clinch on them.


Off-Topic Discussion / Happy Thanksgiving
« on: November 22, 2018, 02:57:07 PM »
 Happy Thanksgiving to all!!!!!!!!

I am not as frequent flyer as I used to be but still think fondly of all of you. I hope today brought you good times with family, friends and good food.

My wife and I spent the day delivering over 100 meals to those who could not get out or cook for themselves. Very humbling to be thanked and blessed by those less fortunate than ourselves.  They are very appreciative but the blessings are misdirected, we are merely the messengers bringing the fruits prepared by others.


General Discussion / Been a While
« on: September 24, 2018, 07:09:02 PM »
It has been a while since I was last here. Life has continued and so have I. Our business is florishing leaving little time for internet or range. So ... I have listed a few things in swapping and selling columns

As stuff sells, more will be more offered.

Great for Christmas!!


Army Models / Interesting Front Sight
« on: November 07, 2016, 04:12:48 AM »
My brother missed out on this 1860 in an auction.  We speculated on the reason for the front sight.  Let's hear your thoughts.



Off-Topic Discussion / Happy Easter!
« on: March 27, 2016, 04:42:32 AM »
The tomb is empty!

For all the members, I hope today is peaceful and relaxed.


Off-Topic Discussion / Happy St Paddy's Day!
« on: March 17, 2016, 03:59:39 AM »
This is possible my favorite rendition of one of my favorite tunes.  The lad can sing!

Erin Ga Brae!


Welcome Wagon / What Do You Look Like?
« on: March 09, 2016, 04:18:10 AM »
I looked for one of these threads and could not find it.  Here is a place to show us your face.  Got a mugshot, go ahead and post it.

This is me at an event. 


Police Models / Old and New
« on: February 21, 2016, 04:09:32 AM »
Here are two of the Pocket Police model revolvers, one old and one new.

Let's start with the older one.  Imported by Replica Arms, Marietta Ohio, this one was built in 1972 and has a three digit serial number.  It is the oldest Pocket Police I have.  I like the longer barrel, 6 1/2".  The mainspring on this is a bit easier to draw than on a couple of the newer ones.


Navy Models / The First Replicas
« on: February 19, 2016, 04:03:46 AM »
Each time I read this I learn something.  Been reading it for decades.

Hope you all enjoy it.



Navy Models / My 1851
« on: February 18, 2016, 03:32:47 AM »
Posting the photos of DoubleDeuce1's 1851 got me thinking about my own 1851.  I was in the Log cabin Shop one day when a fellow came in with a few of his dad's guns to sell.  One was an 1851 and Dan merely pointed to the case that was full of them, probably a dozen or so.  Dan bought a couple of pieces from him but not everything.  As the fellow was walking away, I asked Dan if he would mind if I made an offer.  He says "Go ahead".  I follow the fellow and ask if he still want s to sell anything.  He had a bunch of single shot pistols left but only one revolver, an 1851.  Now, as some of you know, I am not a fan of the 51, preferring the improved belt revolver of Navy caliber, the 1861.  However, this one was somehow different.  It appeared to be unfired and in great shape.  I did not recognize the maker G&U, nor were there the usual stampings on the frame.  And there was no engraving on the cylinder.  We dicker a bit and the 1851 comes home with me.

As I am looking at it and cleaning it, other unusual things become apparent.  There are no safety pins on the cylinder.  There is no slot cut in the hammer for the pins.  The sight notch is not a hastily cut "V" but a proper square notch.  The frame is not cut for a shoulder stock, nor is the backstrap and the necessary screws have not been added either.

A bit of research and I find that before Uberti was well known, he teamed up with another fellow to make the replicas.  So, this revolver was built by the firm Gregorelli & Uberti. The forerunner of the Uberti firm and one of, if not the, first makers of replica percussion revolvers.  Mine is an early one, #1226. 

Of all my percussion revolvers, this one is still not fired.

The obligatory photo.


Navy Models / DoubleDeuce1 has an 1851!
« on: February 14, 2016, 01:26:42 PM »
DoubleDeuce1 asked me to post these for him.

Navy Models / 1851 in 40 Caliber
« on: February 09, 2016, 02:55:44 AM »
I had seen one in the old Colt Factory Museum in my teens.  They have since broken up the collection and sold it off.  Joe must have been lucky!  Wish it were mine.


Wonder when the Italians will start producing one?  Hope it is Uberti, and I hope they get the chamber/bore diameters matched up better.


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