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Colts / Miniatures
« on: January 17, 2017, 05:31:34 PM »
Uberti made a couple of different models like this 1851 2nd Model Squareback Navy  during the 1990s. Plain Jane and engraved ones, a few even with ivory grips.
I know because I just met a pard who owns quite a number of them and he showed me his collection!
That is impressive quality craftsmanship.
Long Johns Wolf

The Centaure Colts / 4-Screw Frame Colt 1860 Pattern Pistols
« on: April 20, 2016, 03:42:07 PM »
Centaure Cavalry 1st variation 7,5" barrel
# 1st sub-variation: white background #490 from 1961
# 3rd sub-variation: blue background (mock-up)
Long Johns Wolf

Cased Sets / Custom Cased 1960
« on: April 16, 2016, 01:19:16 PM »
Custom engraved and cased Centaure RNMA 5th variation 2nd sub-variation #102xx from 1970, original Dixon flask and cap box, Belgian nipple wrench, Italian mould.
Note wolf head on the hammer like on the 19th century engraved Colt 1860s.
Long Johns Wolf

The Centaure Colts / "Traditional Finish" Colt 1860 Pattern Pistols
« on: April 16, 2016, 08:21:35 AM »
Here is another Belgian Centaure: Regular New Model Army (RNMA) 4th variation 3rd sub-variation #124xx from 1972.
Regular 8" and matching S/N 5,5" barrel.
Long Johns Wolf

The Centaure Colts / "Stainless Look" 1860 Pattern Pistols
« on: April 13, 2016, 01:17:07 PM »
Centaure Marshal 1st variation 1st sub-variation from 1971.
The visible screws were custom strawed by a previous owner.
All screws and the wedge left the Belgian factory blued.
Only the screw connecting lever and plunger was left "in the white" in high gloss finish Centaures.
Long Johns Wolf

The Centaure Colts / Stainless Steel Colt 1860 Pattern Pistol
« on: April 12, 2016, 01:12:07 PM »
Belgian Centaure Regular New Model Army (RNMA) 7th variation #12306 from 1972.
Long Johns Wolf

Conversions / A Little Herd
« on: April 01, 2016, 09:36:06 AM »
A handful of Centaures converted in Austria.
From top: Thuer, Richards (R1), Richards Transitional (R2), Richards-Mason (RM), "Mystery".
Except for the Thuer - .44 Thuer cal. -  these pistols are all in .44 Colt cal.
Long Johns Wolf

The Centaure Colts / 3-Screw Frame 1860s with Notches in Recoil Shield
« on: April 01, 2016, 09:03:00 AM »
Two Centaure Regular New Model Armies from left: 2nd variation RNMA, 3rd variation RNMA.
Long Johns Wolf

Colts / 3-Screw "Round" Frame 1860 Pattern Revolver
« on: April 01, 2016, 08:52:02 AM »
Here are pics of 2 Centaures: 1st variation Centaure Civilian Model and 2nd variation Pocket Army with "round" frame.
Long Johns Wolf

Cased Sets / Cased 1960 Sets from Canada
« on: March 31, 2016, 04:48:14 PM »
Two Centaures factory engraved in Presentation style with their original accessories, certificates numbered to the pistols from the early 1970s plus subject factory letters were discovered this months.
What a great find.
Long Johns Wolf

Conversions / Colt Walker Conversion .45 Colt
« on: March 30, 2016, 07:59:01 AM »
My new toy made from 2nd gen Colt.
The objective was to replicate the Walker Conversion #137 documented in the Connecticut State Library.
#137 is an "outside" conversion assumingly in .45 Colt cal. from the 1870s applying the RM method.
The unique thing is the ejector housing. It looks like the Mason patented unit from 1871 but .... to carry, load or shoot the whole tube is turned clockwise til the key is under the barrel.
To eject you open the gate and turn the tube anti clockwise til the spring in the tube is visible.
The piece is fun to shoot with no felt recoil.
To hit POA she prefers hot loads under light bullets of 200 grains max.
Pic 1: photograph of the original. Pic 2: the "toy" in shooting mode and pic 3 ejection mode.
Long Johns Wolf

We plan to add a new page to the Centaure/FROCS website on “CENTENNIAL” marked Italian manufactured percussion revolvers. These Italian replicas were sold by Centennial Arms Corporation in the USA from ca. 1961 to at least 1975 in addition to their Belgium made Centaures.
Marks currently known on such percussion revolvers are
If you have an ITALIAN C&B revolver replica with a mark including "CENTENNIAL" please let me know. I'd appreciate to receive the following information per email at :
# picture of the revolver from the right and left side
# picture of the CENTENNIAL mark
# serial number
# name of the manufacture
# picture of the Italian proof mark/year of manufacture.
Thanks for your help.
Long Johns Wolf

Conversions / Centaure Richards Transitional
« on: April 18, 2011, 07:50:47 AM »
From my trip to Austria last months I brought this lady home. Originally she was a Regular New Model Army 1st variation, 3rd sub-variation. Conversion artist Karl Nedbal turned her into this .44 Colt cal. R2.
To honor him I placed her on the Austrian flag because this is the last piece of hardware the master made. He is retiring, unfortunately, at the age of 65. Which is sad for us over here in Europe.
Long Johns Wolf

Pocket Revolvers / Colt Pocket Armies
« on: February 17, 2011, 05:36:57 PM »
A few of the replica factories offered Colt Army clones with barrels of 4" or shorter. To the best of my knowledge none of these belly guns had a loading lever. Some came with a special loading tool.
One such pistol is the Pocket Army variant of the Belgian Centaure. They were made during the early 1960 on special order only for the US market. Probably not more than 100 were made, according to ads and catalogues in 3 variations. The only real life specimens that I had the chance to take a look at were 3 of this 4" barrel version with fluted cylinder, silverplated back-strap & trigger-guard in an US collection. They had the original factory loading rod. Caliber is .44. No serial number is visible.
I wonder if any more of these Belgians are known to exist. If you happen to know of one, please shout because I like to include her in the Centaure survey at

Long Johns Wolf

Shows & Events / 2nd FROCS & Centaure Meeting September 10 + 11, 2011
« on: January 22, 2011, 05:21:36 PM »
After the successful first meeting in July 2010 this will take place again at the shooting range and club house of the SV Hofheim e. V. in Hofheim/Germany. Futher details and registration forms will be available as downloads at during the next couple of weeks. This will again be an "invitation only" event. So register early to get your attendance confirmed. If you have questions send a PM at
Long Johns Wolf

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