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Offline Long Johns Wolf

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Colt 1847 Walker - Another Project - Idea Generation
« on: March 07, 2021, 03:27:19 AM »
This 1988 production Armi san Marco followed me home a few days ago.
Produced in 1988 (AT).
I don't want a Walker C&B pistol but like to have another conversion, however.
Hence, pards & pardettes, I need your help.
What kind of conversion method would you suggest for this Walker?
This is what I already know regarding this new project:
# the conversion will be a "field" conversion but something similar should have existed back then during the 1870s.
# the existing engraved C & B cylinder will be used for the project and
# the caliber shall be .45 Colt. This implies that no liner is need for the barrel.
I am looking forward to you suggestions.
Thanks & regards,
Long Johns Wolf


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Re: Colt 1847 Walker - Another Project - Idea Generation
« Reply #1 on: March 07, 2021, 01:45:01 PM »
Hi Wolf,

It seems as if you have had this project in mind for a while. Saw your post on the SASS Forum around June 2020 with this photo:



I would be very interested in more information about the one in the Connecticut State Museum.

I have nothing to add info-wise. Good luck and keep us apprised!

Regards,

Jim





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Re: Colt 1847 Walker - Another Project - Idea Generation
« Reply #2 on: March 08, 2021, 01:41:57 AM »
Hi SD and campfire:
If memory serves the replication of the CT State library Walker conversion master Karl Nedbal made in 2017 for me.
Project gun was was 2nd gen Colt 1847 Walker, caliber was changed to .45 Colt, i.e. no liner needed.
The original was a gated Richards-Mason field conversion and so was the Nedbal one.
The interesting and unusual feature was the ejector/ejector housing: for reasons unknown the housing or tube rather of the original had a straight slot.
It was fitted by means of two O-rings to barrel lug and barrel, in a diagonal manner over the wedge, the tube could be twisted.
The wedge had to be cut and was held in place by the ejector tube.
This ejector construction of the original and the Nedbal conversion incorporates a shooting/carry & unloading mode: 
#handle turned under the barrel/spring not visible: shooting/carry mode
# handle turned away from the barrel/spring visible: unloading mode.
The beast was a fun shooter.
A good friend of mine and Walker aficionado sweet-talked me out of this Colt.
When this ASM Walker came along I had these Walker-Conversion feelings again.
But this time the conversion will have to stay.
What I have in mind is a more basic construction with the ejector fitted paralled to the barrel.
Long Johns Wolf

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Re: Colt 1847 Walker - Another Project - Idea Generation
« Reply #3 on: March 11, 2021, 09:36:57 AM »
I like your idea Wolf. And it definitely needs an ejector. But that's just my aversion to drop in conversions. I prefer the gated type with ejectors.

To keep the ejector parallel with the barrel, maybe a relief cut can be made in the ejector housing. That's how mine is on my 1860 Army gated conversion.

Look forward to your progress, as usual.
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Re: Colt 1847 Walker - Another Project - Idea Generation
« Reply #4 on: March 12, 2021, 01:41:38 AM »
Relief cut for the ejector, that is  a good idea, SD.
Thanks.
Regarding the conversion cylinder I am currently thinking in terms of a 2-part cylinder.
Like this pocket extension in the MacDowell book.
But 6-chambers, of course,
With a slim gate attached to the backplate.
Provided such a replication of a historical conversion cylinder can be proof tested over here.
Long Johns Wolf