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Leather / 32 Auto shoulder rig
« on: October 13, 2020, 06:42:05 PM »
Jaxenro asked how hard it would be to build a vintage shoulder holster like one he saw for a Colt 1903 32 Auto 
(see this thread..... https://blackpowdersmoke.com/colt/index.php/topic,3704.0.html

Here's my answer...

Colt Automatics / 1911 Officer model by Girsan
« on: June 06, 2020, 07:57:35 PM »
I picked this 1911 Officer model up to keep in the truck and take on road trips.   I've wanted a compact 1911 for a while and with the current social climate (Corona virus, social unrest, unemployment, etc.) I figured now was the time to get a dependable pistol to keep handy.    The pistol is made by Girsan and imported by EAA.   It came stock with an extended Beavertail safety, ambi-safety switch, and adjustable sights.   Reviews are pretty good online so I hope it holds up.    I had to trade in one of my revolvers to afford it but I think this will be more practical and I never used the revolver much anyway.

Leather / Black Powder accessories
« on: January 06, 2020, 07:28:41 PM »
Here's a few photos of a  a set of BP accessories I made for a member over on the 1858 Remington forum.    Interest in Black powder shooting is pretty low these days.  I don't make as many BP items as I used too but I wish I did.   Black powder shooting is what I prefer and making the things for the BP discipline is what I like to make.

Cartridge Pouch

Polish capper holster

Dual cylinder holder

Powder flask holster

General Discussion / PHOTO CONTEST PRIZE
« on: December 17, 2019, 10:14:31 AM »
Hello all,   on Saturday I received a box from Shotgun Dave that contained the prize for the photo contest he conducted over the last couple weeks.  The box contained one of Dave's hand made paper cartridge forming tools.   As you can see from the photos the tool works great and makes nice cartridges fast and easy.
I made some with .454 roundball and also some with Johnston & Dow conical bullets.    The J & D bullets worked with the forming tool just like the roundballs did without any modifications.  I did have to put just a bit more powder in to fill the cartridge because the J &D bullets don't go quite as far into the paper tube as the roundball do.
Thanks to Dave for the great prize and thanks to everyone for participating in the contest.   


Photo Gallery / New shop assistant
« on: September 29, 2019, 08:34:29 PM »
After nearly two years since my old buddy died I finally gave into the idea of getting a new assistant for the shop.    So far he works cheap but really doesn't do a good job of keeping the place clean.    I'm sure he'll improve with a little experience.   
He's 3 1/2 months old and goes by the name of Otis.

Photo Gallery / Keeping busy
« on: August 10, 2019, 07:45:53 PM »
Here's a few things I've been working on lately.   Knives, sheaths and belts are taking up most of my time.


At The Range! / More shooting in the desert
« on: August 10, 2019, 01:12:38 PM »
I had forgotten about these pics until I ran across them on my phone a couple days ago.
I went back down to New Mexico the first week of July and of course I took some guns along for fun.    This trip I figured it was time to shoot some .36 cal revolvers that I fired maybe one once or twice but really hadn't paid any attention to.    I rarely ever put anything on paper but I did with 3 of these .36 cal revolvers for a change.   The shooting was done Offhand at 25 yards for each of the targets.   The load and projectile are written on each target.   Each of the paper targets were taped to a self healing plastic gong style target so that an "X" was formed in the center of the paper plate.   The "X" was used as the aiming point.

Uberti 1861 Navy

1858 Navy

Uberti Paterson         I didn't notice until I finished loading that the front sight was missing on the Paterson.   I have no idea when it was lost.

It appears that all three revolvers are shooting pretty well elevation wise.  I think the vertical spread is the shooters fault.    The Paterson group was not bad considering I had to just sight down the barrel and had no post for reference.   

I also took along some other firearms but don't have any photos except for the 1860 Thuer conversion.

General Discussion / Cleaning... how soon?
« on: March 30, 2019, 06:52:05 AM »
We all hear a lot of different opinions on how and when to clean our BP firearms.   I have always been of the opinion that sooner rather than later is the best policy and it really doesn't matter how, as long as the gun is clean and dry when finished.   I don't believe that cleaning is as urgent as some guys profess but I have always cleaned my BP guns as soon as it is convenient.
This past week I did a fair amount of shooting with several different long guns and revolvers.  All were loaded with real BP (Goex 2F and 3F) and all loads had some lube involved in various amounts.    Circumstances made cleaning guns a bit difficult on this trip so I left all the guns dirty until I returned home.   
Below are some pics of the revolver I fired 75 rounds from last Monday.   I cleaned it last night (Friday) so it was left dirty for
4 1/2 days.   The fouling was still soft and clean up was as easy as if cleaning right after firing.

Barrel of 1860 Thuer conversion before cleaning  (75 rounds fired)

The rest of the gun cleaned up just as well with no signs of rust or corrosion.   
I'm not advocating wait long periods before cleaning but this has convinced me that maybe I don't need to be in a big hurry to get things cleaned.     I do live in a very dry climate and it may not be a good idea to wait 4 or 5 days to clean your guns if you live in an area where humidity is high.

Barrel of 1860 Thuer conversion after brushing and swabbing with a bore mop.

At The Range! / Shootin in the desert
« on: March 29, 2019, 07:03:27 PM »
I spent a few days in New Mexico last week visiting my son, daughter in law, and grandkids.    I took the opportunity to bring a few guns along and get some shooting in.   3 rifles and 4 handguns were heated up over 3 days and my ammo reserve was depleted by several hundred rounds.   All the guns functioned perfectly with one minor exception.   Goex Black powder was used for all the loads in all the guns whether metal cartridge, paper cartridge, or loose powder.
I use a 10 inch steel gong target  and estimate distances for the most part so no real range data here,  lots of photos because that's really what most of us want anyway.

Pietta 1860 half fluted cylinder.   The only percussion revolver I brought this time.  Both paper cartridges and loose powder/projectiles were loaded and fired.    Appx. 150 rounds went through this revolver.

1871 Richards/Mason  45 Colt

1860 Thuer Drop-in conversion.    This is the only gun that I had a problem with.   On the first shot the loading lever catch came loose from the dovetail on the barrel.  It happened last time I fired this gun, I thought I had it fixed but I guess not.  I put the lever catch in my pocket and kept loading it up like nothing happened.

1875 Remington  45 Colt    I fired this one more than any of the others.  I am getting to like it more all the time.   Biggest problem is the cylinder pin is small and binds up no matter what you lube with.

1860 Henry Rifle  44 WCF    This old Uberti is just fun to shoot.

1892 Winchester  SR Carbine 44WCF    Also fun to shoot and looks good too.

1872 Sharps Sporting Rifle 45-70 (IAB Marcheno)       This rifle will shoot farther than I can see.  Lots of powder and big heavy bullets.

I don't get many chances to shoot anymore so I try to take advantage of any opportunity I get.

Off-Topic Discussion / Nice start
« on: January 01, 2019, 05:36:13 AM »
Went outside at 5:00am,  cleared a couple inches of fresh snow off the cars and driveway.   It was 3 degrees and unusually quiet for around here.  Enjoyed it so much I stayed out and cleaned up the neighbors drive too.   Now I'm back inside with a fresh cup of coffee.   Nice beginning to a New Year.

Happy New Year everyone.

Photo Gallery / A few recent projects
« on: August 05, 2018, 11:40:33 AM »
Not much being posted of late so here's a couple things I've been working on lately.   

1860 crossdraw rig.   This one has an extra long billet end, hence the extra keeper on the wide part of the belt.

Damascus Blade with Elk antler handles and horse hair lanyard.   Crossdraw sheath reversible for right or left hand use.

Ipad cover for Ipad pro 12.9    This thing is huge.  Seems like it took a whole side of leather to build it.   It's going to a guy in Cheyenne Wyoming.

That's what I've been up to.

General Discussion / Thanks to Polish Cappers
« on: May 18, 2018, 06:06:26 PM »
Several months ago the owner of Polish Cappers company contacted me about the new modified model they were working on.  He asked me about the changes I had made to make my capper work with Colt model revolvers.   I sent a him a couple pictures and a brief description and hadn't thought about it since.   
Today I received this in the mail......

Polish Cappers sent me a free copy of their new model which works on both Remington and Colt revolvers.   
The gift was totally unecessary but greatly appreciated. 
Thanks to Polish Cappers for going above and beyond.

Here's a link to the post I made about the original Polish Capper   http://blackpowdersmoke.com/colt/index.php/topic,2413.0.html

Knives, Swords, 'hawks, etc / New Venture
« on: May 06, 2018, 07:34:15 PM »
I've decided to do a little knife making in my "spare time".      I've had a few inquiries about knives I've made sheaths for.   Mostly about knives my Uncle had made.   Since he is not able to do anything any longer I figured I could make a few to go along with the sheath work I did for his knives. 
I made this one to donate for an auction fundraiser to a non profit organization in New Mexico.   This design is popular with ranch workers that use their knife daily.    It has a handle made of Redwood burl and brass bolsters and pins.   It fits in a crossdraw sheath that covers most of the handle with basket weave pattern on the pouch.


Leather / Paper Cartridge box rig
« on: May 06, 2018, 07:03:00 PM »
No one is posting much here lately so I guess it's up to me to keep this topic going.   

I made this rig up for the cartridge box set up that Omnivore has designed for paper cartridges.   Omnivore gets the credit for the carrier and box design.   I just make the leather for the box to his specs.   The belt and holster are what I felt was a good match for the cartridge box system.   A standard 2 1/2 inch belt with a crossdraw holster.   This one fits a Remington NMA but a holster for any 44 cal. could hang on the belt.   I intend to use it for my 1860's as well as the Remington.

If you want to go shooting in the woods without a bag full supplies this is the way to go.   The weight of the cartridge box is balanced quite well by the revolver on the opposite side.   It works equally well whether crossdraw or strongside holsters are used.   

The holster and belt are lined with soft milled cowhide, (feels like buckskin) and the entire rig is done with a medium-oil finish.


Leather / Possibles bag
« on: April 10, 2018, 08:39:48 PM »
I've needed a bag for my long gun stuff for awhile so I put this one together the other day.   It's oil-tan buffalo hide I had left over from a project a couple years ago.   The strap is 100% Jute and I made the rings and keepers from some brass rod I had laying around.


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