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Colt Pocket / Re: Colt 1848 Baby Dragoon Transitional Model Cal. .31
« Last post by sourdough on May 09, 2021, 06:50:53 AM »
According to the late Dr. Jim L. Davis, the first year of manufacture was 1963 for the Replica Arms El Paso Texas importer.
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Colt Pocket / Re: Colt 1848 Baby Dragoon Transitional Model Cal. .31
« Last post by Long Johns Wolf on May 09, 2021, 12:11:34 AM »
Wow, 1963, that is early, SD.
When did ASM start making the Baby Dragoons?
In 1961?
Long Johns Wolf
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Colt Pocket / Re: Colt 1848 Baby Dragoon Transitional Model Cal. .31
« Last post by sourdough on May 08, 2021, 01:52:11 PM »
Here are two I used to have. The first is a Replica Arms El Paso Texas datecode XIX/1963 and the second is a Replica Arms Marietta Ohio datecode XXV/1969. The rear shoulders on the trigger guards of ASM Pockets have a distinctive shallow slope, they have the short frame, short forcing cone, and the shallow V-notch load aperture on the right barrel lug, which are historically accurate. All are 5-shot here, but I have seen a photo of an ASM 6-shot 6".





Regards,

Jim
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Colt Pocket / Re: Colt 1848 Baby Dragoon Transitional Model Cal. .31
« Last post by Fingers McGee on May 08, 2021, 12:54:35 PM »
Nice one.  NIB/NOS San Marco's are rare.
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Colt Pocket / Colt 1848 Baby Dragoon Transitional Model Cal. .31
« Last post by Long Johns Wolf on May 08, 2021, 06:06:14 AM »
I could liberate this rare  Baby Dragoon variant with loading lever a few days ago at an Egun auction (iGerman internet auction house).
She had been kept under glass on display for more than the last 40 years in a museum which migt explain the spots on the bluing.
Somebody played with her using the wrong size screwdriver.
Interesting observations: the screw connecting loading lever and plunger gets in from the right side like on the early Dragoons, the forcing cone is of the short variant.
She is of 1974 Army san Marco production (XXX).
Typical marks and markings on the left side: BLACK POWDER ONLY and MADE IN ITALY on the barrel, MARCO forward left on the frame.
Under the barrel lug S/N 1817 and the ORION stamp of German HEGE subsidiary.
Long Johns Wolf
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Leech & Rigdon / Re: Dance and Leech & Rigdon Navy Project
« Last post by Long Johns Wolf on April 24, 2021, 02:06:00 AM »
Hi SD: some clarification:
The "medallion" is not a medallion.
What you see are the remnants of the glue of a sticker that was removed.
Per instructions Karl Nedbal will not work the wood.
The second from the right is definitively a 2020 made Uberti, see stamp on frame.
I know for sure that none of the project guns was Pietta Colt 1851 Navies.
They were either ASP/Euroarms or Uberti.
Regarding the bell shaped butts: Good ole Karl loves to take all pics with his camera of his smart phone.
I propose that the bell shape results from the angle he held the smartphone.
Long Johns Wolf
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Leech & Rigdon / Re: Dance and Leech & Rigdon Navy Project
« Last post by sourdough on April 23, 2021, 03:50:40 PM »
I would have to concur, somewhat. ASP wood tended to be on the lighter side insofar as color. I am curious about the "medallion" on the wood.



The last two look like Pietta Large Tail revolvers due to the trigger guard curvature and the wide butt.

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Leech & Rigdon / Re: Dance and Leech & Rigdon Navy Project
« Last post by ShotgunDave on April 23, 2021, 11:26:19 AM »
That is quite the lineup Wolf. Awesome.

Herr Nedbal has fantastic skill. I wish we had him over here.
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Leech & Rigdon / Re: Dance and Leech & Rigdon Navy Project
« Last post by Long Johns Wolf on April 23, 2021, 03:01:33 AM »
Karl Nedbal just completed two more of the Leech & Rigdons and two more Dance Brothers in his shop.
They are now ready to be shipped to the Vienna Proof house before they can be transported back to Germany.
Exect for one of the Leech & Rigdons I cannot tell you which of the pistols started life as a Colt 1851 Navy from Armi san Paolo/Euroarms and/or which one as a Uberti originally.
The one I know is a Uberti for sure is the 2nd from the left: Because that's a 2020 production Uberti, see makers mark on the left side of the frame.
According to the contour of the grip the far right Dance could be an ASP/Euroarms.
Long Johns Wolf
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Photo Gallery! / Re: Where are all the collectors gone?
« Last post by ShotgunDave on April 20, 2021, 10:09:46 AM »
Believe me Fingers, I've been asking myself that same question about all our forums. Lots of traffic but no one posts. We've even had a bunch of new members join.

I don't know what the answer is. We've spent many hours talking about it offline, behind the scenes. I look at other forums and see lots of posting going on. But I also see a lot of fighting and bickering. Maybe that's the problem? We need more drama. It seems people thrive on it. Maybe we're just boring.
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