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Army Models / 1860 Short Barreled Revolver
« on: September 30, 2011, 04:43:55 AM »
I have a lot of 1860s and found myself needing a short barreled one.  While other than 8" barrels were an option from the Colts Factory, I have not found any authenticated ones so I did mine the way I believe most of them were shortened back in the late 1800s.  I took a hacksaw to the barrel and when finished, filed the muzzle square to the bore.  A finer file took care of any burrs in the crown and I was happy for a while.  Then I needed to add a front sight so out came the hacksaw and files to inlet a dovetailed rifle sight.  Plenty of height to file down to hit point of aim!

Eventually, this is what I ended up having as a fun little revolver!

The grips are smooth elk stag from a shed antler picked up in Arizona.  The watch is my National Watch Co, Ryerson model from 1870. 

Walkers & Dragoons / Dragoon and Walker
« on: September 28, 2011, 03:01:13 AM »
Well the sub forum is Walkers and Dragoons but I only have one of each so here is a photo of them together.

The Dragoon is an ASM from 1965 and the Walker is also from 1965 but I don't recall the maker.

Walkers & Dragoons / Second Dragoon
« on: September 28, 2011, 02:50:06 AM »
This is a copy of the Second Dragoon, imported by Replica Arms Company, Marrietta Ohio and built by ASM(?) in 1965.

A big heavy revolver, it nonetheless packs a good punch and has accounted for a good number of shots on small game, and targets of opportunity.

Navy Models / Short barreled Old Model Navy
« on: September 25, 2011, 03:03:07 AM »
As some may know, I have an appreciation for short barreled revolvers.  Because of that I frequently take a hacksaw to the long barreld models and create a more easily carried piece but this one came to me already chopped.

I have only recently persued 1851s but this is the third one I have encountered and it is also the third one that is what I consider to be a civilian model, with no provisions for a shoulder stock.  Whoever shrtened it did a good job and replaced the front sight well.  I have not yet taken this to the range so I do not know if the front sight is set for my eyes but I doubt it.  Not sure if I'll replace the post or inlet a dovetailed blade.

Pocket Models / My Pocket Navies.
« on: September 24, 2011, 03:57:33 AM »
(I did not want to steal the thunder of Fingers McGee's fine post of his PN so started this one to show mine.)

Here are my Pocket Navies, both by Uberti and each is 1 of at least 100,000 made.  In other words maybe not common as dirt but a bit less rare than T-Rex.

Not yet cased but there is some mahogany sitting in the back yard waiting for a project.  Both shoot and carry well and I have a lot of fun with them.  Round ball and loose powder is my preferred method of loading but I have used paper cartridges on occassion.  For walking the woods, a lot of fun but my Pocket Police is the more carried revolver.

Navy Models / The Improved Navy
« on: September 22, 2011, 02:58:57 AM »
(Since there is no sub forum for the Improved Navy Colt revolver, I will post them in this area.)

These are the revolvers that started it for me.  I was shopping at the Log Cabin Shop (Lodi, Ohio) and they had these two on display.  They came home with me nearly 40 years ago.  Both were made in 1970 by Uberti and imported into this country by the Replica Arms Company of Marrietta, Ohio.  They are much enjoyed and handled.

Another pair of revolvers that beg for a case in which to reside.

Pocket Models / Two of my Baby Dragoons
« on: September 22, 2011, 02:51:58 AM »
Here are two of my Baby Dragoons.

Both have the 6" barrel.

And another photo without the accoutrements.

It is my intention to build a case to hold the two revolvers but that is a project for less busy times.

Conversions / Richards Model
« on: September 14, 2011, 03:00:56 AM »
To open this category, an old shot of my Richards conversion.  This revolver is cut for the original 44 Colt cartridge and is a joy to shoot.

Nice smooth path to the chambers.

With a watch from 1870 built by the National Watch Co.

And finally with another conversion, a bastardized conversion no less!

Police Models / Pocket Police
« on: September 14, 2011, 02:55:37 AM »
To open this category I would like to show you my Pocket Police.

And the one that got me interested in them

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