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Walkers & Dragoons / Re: Walker
« on: Today at 05:53:55 PM »
I was thinking about that the other night. Didn't ASM have a run of Colt marked Walkers? And weren't they ordered to "cease and desist" by the court because Colt sued them? Or do I have the story wrong?

If I'm correct, maybe this is one of those guns, that someone has defarbed in an effort to look like an original.

It's a theory at least.

Yes. And if I got my stories straight, these were destined to be 2nd Gen Colts until the 'cease and desist' came about and Lou Imperato had a major part in these proceedings (father of Anthony Imperato, CEO of Henry Firearms) I'm sure I'm some mixed up here, but someone will straighten out the facts...the one missing piece is the "Colt's Patent" stamping on the frame. Without a date code there is no telling the age of this piece, but I do believe it to be ASM.

Walkers & Dragoons / Re: Walker
« on: Today at 10:39:18 AM »
A new discovery that I shared with Shotgun Dave the other evening...
After carefully examining 'Gus', my Goonerized Walker, it suddenly came to my attention that there are no markings on this gun other than an illegible snippet of a few letters on the underside of the barrel (under the loading lever) and traces of imprints of a former serial number on the frame and barrel junction forward of the trigger guard. Here one can see that a Dremel has been in use. No Gardone proof marks, no date code. Zip, nada, zilch. I guess I was so busy trying to make it function that I paid no attention. The only marking is the "address Sam'l Colt" bit on the barrel lug...which was cut into by whoever installed the rear sight. To me, this simply adds to the intrigue and mystique of this piece and leaves me wondering..."was this a kit gun"? And maybe...that's why there appears to be no blueing on this gun? I do know this much; I'm not done messing with it by any means. Dunno what I'm gonna do, but this one will play a HUGE role in my collection.
I will try to get some pix of these anomalies for you asap.

Walkers & Dragoons / Re: Walker
« on: October 27, 2020, 08:40:44 PM »
Thanks, Dave! I wish you could shoot this one...maybe someday!

Walkers & Dragoons / Re: Walker
« on: October 27, 2020, 07:02:12 PM »
At long last, got my Walker with C&B/Conversion cylinder back from the Goon this week. Haven't had an opportunity to get any good pictures yet, what with shortening days and lousy overcast weather, but I'll share some photos that Goon took right before shipping it...

Frankly, and honestly, what I sent him was suitable as a wall-hanger. I had managed to close up about .060 of cylinder gap (no, that's not a typo...sixty thousandths) but the arbor needed fixing and the barrel lug wedge slot and corresponding arbor slot had been beaten to the point where if you tipped the gun sideways, the wedge would literally drop out onto the floor (again, no exaggeration). Mike did the complete 'Outlaw Mule' package on this thing, fitted it with cap post and action shield, worked the loading lever catch spring so it won't hopefully be dropping with every shot, as Walker repros are wont to do, and worked over the innards so they are slick as pig snot! The new wedge is rock-solid, yet pops out with a light rap from a nylon mallet, which is good! Because it makes it super-simple to drop in the conversion cylinder, which BTW had to be shortened to match the original, and have the ratchet teeth tweaked so that both cylinders time the same with perfect lock up. The hammer, while not bad before, could now be cocked by a feisty five-year old. This gun looks worn, tired, used and abused...and I love it! Can't wait to get it out to the range. Mike really outdid himself this time, taking a potential wall-hanger and turning it into a family heirloom that will be passed down. If you haven't experienced being 'Goonerized', you don't know what you're missing! Kudos to the Goon on a job well-done!
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Oh, and while I don't normally hang a name on a gun, there is no way I could resist giving this one a righteous moniker...Augustus 'Gus' McCrae. Welcome home, Gus.

Happy Birthday! / Re: Happy Birthday Rebel Dave!
« on: October 27, 2020, 11:13:51 AM »
Happy Birthday, Dave! And hope it's a great one!  (7&

Happy Birthday! / Re: Happy Birthday bigted!!!!!
« on: October 26, 2020, 09:54:18 AM »
HBD, BT! Wait, what? :P

Knives, Swords, 'hawks, etc / Re: Tiny 'hawk
« on: October 23, 2020, 10:16:55 PM »
Looks like a war hawk, Em.

Gun Builds and Projects / Re: Short barrel Navy project
« on: October 22, 2020, 11:47:49 AM »
I second the bird's head mod. Mazo did a really nice version of that on his. Maybe he'll post a pic of it for you... L@J

Also, ditch the shoulder stock screws with some flush or Allen plugs. They look most heinous on an Army and worse yet on a Navy.

Gun Builds and Projects / Re: Short barrel Navy project
« on: October 22, 2020, 10:20:56 AM »
Personally, I like it! The round barrel in G&G styling is pretty appealing to me. LL looks fine just as long as you have the cheater bar in your possibles bag.

I was willing, only I didn't know what the hell I was talking about. Better to keep quiet than open your mouth and remove all doubt, right?

Percussion Muskets and Rifles / Re: Another oldie
« on: October 20, 2020, 03:50:22 PM »
So many pieces lost to history; under hammers are one of them. I don't know where you get all this cool stuff but I'm glad you are sharing it with us!

General Discussion / Re: Preparing a pumpkin to make pie
« on: October 20, 2020, 12:39:57 PM »
A little heavy on the 'pepper', no doubt.

BPCR Reloading / Re: Doin' "The Squeeze"...
« on: October 19, 2020, 06:17:51 PM »
Never used T7, but if I did I'd compress it same as black powder.

Walkers & Dragoons / Re: Walker
« on: October 19, 2020, 06:13:06 PM »
We are gonna have some fun with this one, boys. Gonna load up some 'indoor' loads (smokeless) using either Unique, or Trail Boss (if I can get it) and freak out the guys at the indoor range. Of course, that's nowhere near as fun as smogging up the outdoor range with 3F. Either way, I bet it gets lots of looks!

BPCR Reloading / Doin' "The Squeeze"...
« on: October 19, 2020, 03:43:51 PM »
No, it ain't some new dance. I'm getting set to load up some BP .45 Colt ammo. Planning on putting as much 2F (or should I use 3F?) as I can fit in the case topped with a 250gr hard cast bullet. My only questions now have to do with compression and seating. Do you guys use a compression die? And some sort of non-lubed wad, or just the bullet? I've read where using the bullet can deform the nose, and since a compression die is fairly inexpensive, I could be persuaded to get me one. Some folks claim wads made from milk carton or egg carton work fine and are consumed on firing, some folks claim you should use a non-sparking drop tube while others say not necessary for pistol carts. I just want these to turn out right the first time, so any advice from experienced BP cart loaders will be much appreciated as I'm ready to start cranking out ammo.

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