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Army Models / Old 1860s, New Photos
« on: January 30, 2016, 12:05:36 PM »
I have had these for quite a while but decided to take new photos.  (The website is not arguing with me since I got a new camera.)

Both of these are built by Uberti.


Patersons / DoubleDeuce1 has a Patterson!
« on: January 30, 2016, 11:46:33 AM »
DoubleDeuce1 asked me to post these photos for him.

I'll post them and let him add the commentary.


Off-Topic Discussion / Just When You Think...
« on: January 29, 2016, 12:31:49 PM »
Life threw us a twist.

Wednesday evening Herself was admitted to the hospital with pneumonia.  Things rapidly went downhill from there.  I have been with her and when she sleeps, I jump on line.

Those of you inclined to prayer, please remember her.


Off-Topic Discussion / Back In The Saddle Again
« on: January 24, 2016, 03:44:39 AM »

Off-Topic Discussion / Seven Spanish Angels
« on: January 23, 2016, 03:35:28 AM »
Heard this last evening with Herself.  At some point, we were holding hands and by the end we were both sobbing.

(The first 30 seconds are an advertisement.)


Gunsmithing/Tuning/Parts & Repairs / Not Your Normal Trapdoor
« on: January 22, 2016, 04:05:09 AM »
I know Emery is getting things together to build a Gemmer styled Trapdoor.  Wish I had one!  I have seen and handled an original and it was a treat.

But, this is not about the Gemmer.  This is about one that I put together a couple of decades ago and still enjoy shooting.  I have posted this on other fora so if it is old news, I apologize.  I was at Pop's house reclaiming some tools after he passed away.  I grabbed what I thought was a pipe to make a pipe clamp and lo and behold, it was a barreled action for a trapdoor.  The muzzle looked different and I figured the crown was washed out by a century of cleaning from the muzzle.  To see how bad it was, I grabbed a 45 ACP cartridge to test the crown.  Imagine my surprise when the entire cartridge dropped to the breech!  I opened the action and retrieved the cartridge.  Stamped onto the breechblock was the number 1866, so I knew I had a 50-70 in my hands.  It appeared to have a carbine length barrel on it.  After some research, it was determined to have been built as an 1866 rifle and when retired from service had made a trip to Bannermans Armory and there it was cut down.  Many of these cut down carbines were sold to overseas militaries and used for decades.  Anyway, I decided to restore it to original.  This decision lasted about a year until I found it would require a stack of $100 bills nearly as tall as myself.  What to do.  I was lamenting my problems to a friend and he asked, "How were the originals built?" I explained about the conversion of left over muskets and he laughed.  Why not go that route?  Well, I looked for a suitable donor musket but they are rather pricey also.  He then reminded me that the Italians are making and exporting many Civil War muskets each year.  The light went on over my head and I had a new mission, to find an 1861 or 1863 musket that had a crappy barrel or was priced right.  Several years and nothing that grabbed me had been found.  I walked in to the local gun shop and hanging on the wall was an 1841 Mississippi Rifle made in Italy.  I asked to see it and was told, the barrel is toast!  Music to my ears!  We haggled and it came home with me.  The 1841 used a different lock than the Springfield muskets, so I knew it would require a bit more than a simple barrel swap.  I pulled the barrel and lock.  The trapdo0r action fit with room to spare, nearly 1/8"of difference between the Italian built rifle and the Springfield product.  So out comes the bedding [products and I bed the barreled action in the stock.  As I mentioned, the lock did not have a notch for the breechblock cam so I grabbed my miniature hand held milling machine and proceeded to cut the lock plate to fit.  The hammer need to be reshaped but I did not think the cast steel would take to being bent.  I cut some of the hammer nose of and fitted a temporary extension in place.

So far I have about two weeks of work into this rifle, maybe 20 hours, and it looks like this.

Got to get ready for work, so more later.


Off-Topic Discussion / 19 Wonderful Years
« on: January 18, 2016, 03:54:22 AM »
This past Friday, (January 15), Herself and I celebrated 19 wonderful years of married life together.

Not bad since we have been married for 22 years.


Conversions / Conversion Cylinders
« on: January 08, 2016, 04:24:40 AM »
Morning All,

I was having a discussion with my brother and he asked what is the fascination with conversion cylinders for C&B revolvers?  I have my thoughts but would like to hear the thoughts of the members of this brotherhood.

Why do you buy a conversion cylinder rather than just getting a cartridge revolver?


Leather / A Holster for my Topstrap
« on: December 15, 2015, 03:27:58 AM »
Bet you did not know I even owned a topstrap revolver did you!?!  Well, I actually have a couple of them but this one needed a holster and Mike was kind enough to create it.  A well made copy of the style of holster popularized by A. W. Brill in the 30s.  Here are some photos.

Thanks Mike, it looks great!


Leather / Restiching an Old Holster
« on: December 10, 2015, 04:54:45 AM »
A question for you leather stitchers.

I have an old Safariland holster and the stitching that holds the folded flap to the holster body has given up.  Is it cost effective to get this restitched or cheaper to find a new holster?



Off-Topic Discussion / Vehicle Shopping
« on: November 09, 2015, 05:03:15 AM »
About a month ago, after a sharpening event, another driver decided the front end of my vehicle needed to be rearranged.  Just got the word that the Insurance Company is going to total my vehicle.  The old van, ( a GMC Sonoma 2500) had nearly 200000 miles and was just getting cranky so maybe it is for the better.

I am currently in a rental and asked for and received a Ford Transit Connect.  It has been on my radar since they were introduced and I have wanted to test one for a work vehicle.  The rental is a wagon and with the seats folded down, I can get all of my work equipment in the back with ease.  If I get the cargo version, I would be able to build racks and such as I see fit but the wagon is a bit more comfortable.  I like comfort.

Anyway, I have to get it done by the 16th as the rental goes away on that day.

Checking inventory around the area and we'll see what is available.


Off-Topic Discussion / Smoke in the Valley
« on: October 03, 2015, 11:29:37 AM »
On my way home from work and saw this.


Off-Topic Discussion / Have a Good Day!
« on: September 07, 2015, 03:44:25 AM »
Today is Labor Day.  It is starting out clear and cool, promises to be sunny and warm.  I hope the weather in your area co-operates with your holiday plans.  Enjoy the day and be safe.


General Discussion / Colt's Instructions For Loading and Cleaning
« on: August 01, 2015, 03:49:24 AM »
From the lid of a factory cased Colt.


Welcome Wagon / Seamus
« on: July 20, 2015, 03:53:37 AM »
Thought this a good a spot as any to introduce Seamus to the community.

Twelve weeks old (July 20) and full of energy and mischief.  Needs to be guided, just as my folks guided me.  There is a six year old Golden mix to show him the way.


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