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Uberti Leech & Rigdon
« on: December 22, 2018, 04:24:05 PM »
Hey guys, just thought I'd show off my new Uberti L&R. She's a real beauty! Smoothest, tightest revolver I own. It locks up like a bank vault and the action is like a Swiss watch. The previous owner fitted a new cylinder to it, without the roll engraving. It looks much closer to an original now. Hope you enjoy the pictures.



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Re: Uberti Leech & Rigdon
« Reply #1 on: December 22, 2018, 07:37:26 PM »
Nice pics Dave. I have the same revolver. I went ahead and removed the cylinder roll engraving myself. Like you, I prefered a closer representative to the original.

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Re: Uberti Leech & Rigdon
« Reply #2 on: December 22, 2018, 08:12:10 PM »
Nice!
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Re: Uberti Leech & Rigdon
« Reply #3 on: December 22, 2018, 09:36:08 PM »
Thanks Gents. I'll give a full report after I put some lead downrange with it.

I have to say, I really like it here. I have a pretty good collection of pistols now. I'll be posting more pictures as the days go by.
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Re: Uberti Leech & Rigdon
« Reply #4 on: December 23, 2018, 03:59:24 AM »
Hi Dave, very nice looking revolver. Does that model have the typical Uberti short arbor?

I look forward to your shooting report.

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Re: Uberti Leech & Rigdon
« Reply #5 on: December 23, 2018, 08:01:22 AM »
Hi Dave,

That is a pretty revolver.  I can't tell for sure in the photo but is the front sight dovetailed?

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Re: Uberti Leech & Rigdon
« Reply #6 on: December 23, 2018, 09:26:36 AM »
That looks like a Remington sight. L&R's had a Colt style cone.
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Re: Uberti Leech & Rigdon
« Reply #7 on: December 23, 2018, 10:18:29 AM »
Hi Dave, very nice looking revolver. Does that model have the typical Uberti short arbor?

I look forward to your shooting report.

Regards,
Richard

Thank you Sir. The arbor on this gun does appear to be short. I will be addressing that shortly.

Hi Dave,

That is a pretty revolver.  I can't tell for sure in the photo but is the front sight dovetailed?

Thanks Gary. The front sight isn't dovetailed. Hawg is correct, it has a Remington type short sight on it, that was installed by the previous owner. It does offer a really nice sight picture, but I will be removing it in favor of the original brass bead. I believe the original sight is under the Remington one. I think it is just glued on top of the bead. Should be an easy fix.
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Re: Uberti Leech & Rigdon
« Reply #8 on: December 23, 2018, 12:38:34 PM »
I'm betting they removed the original sight and soldered that one in.
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Re: Uberti Leech & Rigdon
« Reply #9 on: December 23, 2018, 03:48:14 PM »
I'm betting they removed the original sight and soldered that one in.

I hope you're not right. LOL! But we'll find out here pretty quick.
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Re: Uberti Leech & Rigdon
« Reply #10 on: March 01, 2019, 12:48:54 PM »
Well, Hawg was half correct. The original sight was removed, but the Remmie style sight was epoxied on. It literally fell off while I was handling the gun.





So I cleaned it up real good and soldered a brass bead on like original. Except I left it taller so I can sight it in.






Much better.

This week, I also corrected the short arbor situation. I measured how short it was and cut a small button from some steel stock. Then I soldered it on the end of the arbor and dressed it with a file until everything fit. The gun is very tight now and has a .003 cylinder clearance, that is 100% repeatable by pounding the wedge in. Hopefully the rain will stay away this weekend so I can go shoot it.
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Re: Uberti Leech & Rigdon
« Reply #11 on: March 01, 2019, 03:50:40 PM »
After reading about your new piece, I went to check on mine. I could not locate it. I was sure I had on. Checked my inventory records and dang if I do not!!
Guess I am in need of one!!  Checked Gun Broker and they have two. high priced. Dixie has them on sale for fair price but with 1851 Navy cylinders. All they did was build that revolver with a round barrel.

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Re: Uberti Leech & Rigdon
« Reply #12 on: March 01, 2019, 04:22:31 PM »
The L&R is hit and miss on GB. If you get the one from Dixie, I think a spare cylinder is available without engraving. I'm not sure how mine ended up with a plain cylinder, I got it this way. But I do not believe the engraving was removed. The bluing on it is as nice as the barrel. Right now, this is my favorite pistol.
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Re: Uberti Leech & Rigdon
« Reply #13 on: March 01, 2019, 04:45:32 PM »
I continue to wonder why Pietta doesn't offer a L&R.  They have all the parts - a round barrel assembly and plain cylinder from their Griswold to just put on a '51 frame. If they ever start selling those I'd snag me one ever so fast. 

Those are one hella good lookin revolver, like yours Shotgun.
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Re: Uberti Leech & Rigdon
« Reply #14 on: March 01, 2019, 08:44:27 PM »
Hi Dave, that is IMO, the finest looking revolver they make, even better with the plain cylinder. It almost remines me of a mini Walker.