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Remingtons / More on Witloe Remington Revolvers
« on: July 04, 2016, 04:16:01 AM »
Thanks to Dan Mentzer at Horst Auction House I was able to acquire Witloe Lee #5. This was the first Witloe with a serial number lower than #500. Since there are no records available it has been assumed that serial numbers started at #500 since these are the only numbers that have shown up in 20 years of collecting and researching. There are currently 45 revolvers on the registry list, all with #500 thru #624 for 1st Generation revolvers and #700 thru #735 for 2nd Generation Revolvers. It appears that all 2nd Generation revolvers are steel framed with the exception of #700 (Lane's prototype) which has a Bronze frame with target sights. Other Bronze frames in 2nd Gen are numbered with a "B" prefix, none of these with target sights. There are also three revolvers discovered that are "Sample" models and ae so stamped on the butt. Two rough castings, one Lee & one Grant, have also been discovered.

I also was able to win Lee Model #510, NIB, at a Rock Island Auction Last weekend. I am still looking for a Lee Model with a 6" barrel and a Grant Model. Contact me if you run across either of these.


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Remingtons / Witloe Precision Inc. Remington New Model Army
« on: February 12, 2016, 01:06:58 PM »
Witloe Precision Inc Remington Revolver
It has been a couple of years since I last posted about the Witloe 'Grant" and "Lee" Models of the Remington New Model Army produced by Witloe Precision Inc. of Collingdale, PA. I am still interested in finding any of these either 1st or 2nd Generation. From these postings over the years I have found over thirty five of these and RPRCA has been able to add twelve to its collection.

The "Grant" has a steel frame and the"Lee" is bronze. These are almost exact copies of the original Remington New Model Army except the the frame screws go in from the right side instead of the left. This was done deliberately to discourage counterfeiting an original.

Over the last twenty years I seem to be the only person collecting these and the only person who is buying them. People contact me wanting me to buy one or evaluate it. Since I am the only person I know who has actually bought a few of these I have pretty much set the price.

There is a misconception that because something is rare that it is valuable. The value of a collectable firearm is determined by Supply and Demand. The Supply of the Witloe revolvers is pretty much set as to number produced. I had one person contact me about a Lee Model that the owner wanted to auction. I knew of this revolver and had told the owner that I would Insure it for around $1500 but that I did not think that he could sell it at that time for more than $500-$700 if that much. The person who contacted me was merely trying to position himself between me and the owner before he acquired the gun himself. Long story short he bought the gun for $1300. Needless to say he still has it and cannot sell it for anywhere near that price.

I mention this because even though I am interested in finding out where these revolvers are and how many still exist I am also interested in purchasing them if they are unusual. I have paid all the way from $395 to $750. The higher pice ones were cased and 2nd Generation. There were only around thirty five of these produced. I am particularly interested in purchasing the "Grant" Models at this time but want to get info, particularly the serial #, on as many as possible
bprevolver is online now   

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Remingtons / "Witloe" Remington New Model Army
« on: January 15, 2013, 01:32:08 AM »
Wanted, any information concerning "Witloe Precision, Inc.". They made a replica Remington 1858 New Model Army revolver.  Two models were made, the “Grant” and the “Lee”.  The “Grant” had a steel frame and the “Lee” had a bronze frame.  Also, revolvers marked just "Witloe".  I wish to purchase any of these as well. 

drjldavis@hotmail.com


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Remingtons / Remington New Model Army made by Witloe Precision Inc.
« on: August 08, 2011, 07:35:47 PM »
I wish to express my thanks to the members of this forum for their help in locating information about Remington New Model Army revolvers made by Witloe Precision Inc. of Collingdale, PA., and those produced by R. T. Lane.  Over the past fifteen years I have posted on all forums I could find seeking information and wanting to buy Remington New Model Army Revolvers made by Witloe Precision Inc. or R. T. Lane.  As a result of these postings I have been able to locate twenty three Witloe revolvers of both 2nd and 3rd Generation.  I have started a registry of these revolvers and would like to add anyone that may have one of these or of someone who might own one.

I have been able to add six of these revolvers to the RPRCA collection but still need pictures or to purchase the Grant Model with steel frame and the Lee Model with bronze frame.  The ones I have are well used.  Contact can be made through the RPRCA email at:

rprca@hotmail.com

Again, thanks for the help over the years.

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Confederate Revolvers / Schneider & Glassick "Accidental" Replica
« on: July 16, 2011, 09:55:16 PM »
I have posted an article about the Schneider & Glassick "Accidental" Replica. Since there has been some discussion about these revolvers I had to add my two cents worth. Again, I preface all my opinions on what I have uncovered at this point and restate that, "The more I learn the less I seem to know".

The following link will take you to the article on the RPRCA web site. It does not yet appear in the directory of the web site.

http://rprca.tripod.com/Article%20Schneider/schneider.htm

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Confederate Revolvers / Tucker & Sherrard Dragoon- "Texas Dragoon"
« on: November 23, 2010, 11:59:15 PM »
Gentlemen,

I can use your help.  I have been contacted by a relative of the manufacturers of the original Tucker & Sherrard Dragoon.  He informed me of a couple of articles that supposedly appeared in the February, 1979 and November, 1979 issues of Guns Magazine.  If you have these issues or know where I can find them I will share all the information that I gain from these.  The articles deal with the introduction of the Uberti replica Tucker & Sherrard Dragoons.

Also, if you own one of these revolvers please share the serial number range and the Date Code, year of manufacturer.  I have never come across any of these revolvers that were made after 1979-80.  However, I have seen EMF Catalogs that advertise this revolver up into the 1990s.  I can remember calling EMF way back in 1994 to order one of these revolvers but were told they were out of stock.  It would be valuable information for all collectors to know just exactly when production of this particular revolver ceased.

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Did you know?? / Birdhead Percussion Revolver
« on: October 14, 2010, 06:36:04 PM »
Did you know that Traditions has an 1861 Navy with half fluted cylinder and a Birdhead Grip?  I have noticed several custom modified revolvers with Birdhead Grips on the Forums, Auctions, etc.  Piettal lists severa variations of percussion revolvers with the Birdhead Grip but this is the first one to be offered in this country.  It is very expensive in the $500+ range.  It is a really handsome piece.

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General Discussion / Increased Prices of Replica Percussion Revolvers
« on: October 13, 2010, 09:14:12 PM »
I have been conducting some research into the price increases that we have all seen in the past couple of years.  A lot of this is due to the economic fiasco of out illustrious Obama’s total lack of how free economics work.  As he prints money without any form of backing the value of the dollar on the world market depreciates, thus more dollars are required to attain the same revolver than it did two years ago.  This could be temporary depending on how the government reshapes itself in the next couple of years.  I have communicated with many people in both the collecting and shooting fraternities and many are putting off acquiring new revolvers thinking the prices will go back down.  However, in talking with the importers of Pietta and Uberti percussion revolvers this is definitely not going to happen.  If you check out the Web Sites of the major importers you will find the disclosure, “Prices may change without notice”.  All have informed me that they have already been notified by the manufacturers that there will be a definite increase in prices of these revolvers in 2011.  Also, more and more the manufacturers are requiring CASH from the importers rather than credit.  This means they can only order in small quantities for resale.  Many have discontinued offering percussion revolvers because of this.  Uberti was absorbed by Beretta and as a result the delivery of percussion revolvers has become totally unreliable.  I have been told that an order placed now may not even be filled until October of 2011, with a possible increase in quoted prices.  This is also true of Pietta.  Cabela’s is probably the largest retailer of Pietta revolvers and many are on back order.  One reason for the low Sale prices that you see Cabela’s offer is an attempt to turn the inventory fast in order to maintain a high volume of new orders from Pietta and maintain a contracted price.

Another very important point is the sesquicentennial of the Civil War.  Manufacturers and importers both sense that this also may cause a resurgence of interest in reenacting thus an increase in the sales of replica percussion revolvers.

The collector value of replica black powder revolvers is most definitely causing prices to increase.  One of the most outstanding examples of this is the in depth research done by Wolf Niederastroth into the Centennial 1860 Army manufactured in Belgium by Centaure.  This was the first mass produced replica 1860 Army that came into existence with the efforts of William B. Edwards.  The prices of these revolvers were pretty much the same as their Italian counterparts through the years.  With the information uncovered by Wolf the collectability of these revolvers dramatically increased as did their prices.

In short it is suggested that the prices of new replica black powder revolvers is not ever going to drop to the levels of two years ago.  Indeed, right now the prices of rare markings on older revolvers are probably as low as they will ever be.  As the number of collectors increase, so will the prices.  As more information is uncovered the number of collectors increase.

Do you think the price of gasoline will ever be $1.25 a gallon the same as when a replica black powder percussion revolver was $69? 

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General Discussion / Helpful Books for the Replica Collector
« on: July 30, 2010, 07:20:07 PM »
When I became interested in the potential of collecting the replica percussion revolvers 16yrs ago, I discovered that there was very little information in print about these revolvers.  I was not a big fan of the old antique guns except for the Winchester lever action rifles.  I did not know one revolver from another.  The first project was to learn about the original revolvers that the replicas were reproducing.  There are numerous books about these but containing far more information than I felt I needed for my purpose.  I tried to find those books that were more of an “encyclopedia” format to give fast information about specific questions.  That is when I decided to try to put together a quick and easy collector’s guide.  Needless to say over sixteen years later and I am still “collecting” both guns and information with no end in sight. 

I am listing the few publications that I found of great use back then.  A great many of these are no longer in print but can be obtained over the internet from sources such as Amazon, Half.com, EBay, and other book outlets.  Some of these have become extremely expensive, but by shopping around they can be found at reasonable prices.

As with most collectors of these percussion revolvers I explored the Colt models first.  I even was able to get in touch with Lou Imperato of Colt Black Powder.  He was very cordial and we had several conversations.  He informed me that someone else was already researching a book dealing with the 2nd & 3rd Generation Colts.  I have never been a believer of “re-inventing the wheel”, so I concentrated my efforts on the other replica that had been produced and also in current production. 

The Colt book being researched was Dennis Russell’s book, “Percussion Colt Revolvers – The Second Generation – Collector’s Handbook & Price Guide”.  Dennis has continually revised this book and the last edition I have is #5.  For the 2nd & 3rd Generation Colt percussion revolvers this is the only book that you need.  It is laid out in a format that makes it easy to find information about specific question that arise.  It is the only source of information about the accessories, special editions, display cases, and even the packaging the revolvers originally came in.  Dennis publishes this book himself so it is only available from him direct.  Ordering information is available on the RPRCA web site at:   http://rprca.tripod.com 

An absolute ‘must’ book is William B. Edwards’, “Civil War Guns”.  This book has an excellent history of the beginning of the replica percussion revolver industry for which Bill Edwards was responsible for bringing into existence.  Chapter 35, “The Rage Over Replicas”, covers first hand this history.  Where Val Forgett was the “Father” of the replica revolvers’ distribution, William B. Edwards was the “Creator” of this Industry.

Flayderman’s book, “Guide to American Antique Firearms”, is also an excellent source of information about the original revolvers that the replicas have copied.  It has excellent coverage in easy to list format the different variations of, not only the Colts, but the Remington’s, Roger & Spencer, Starr, Whitney, etc., as well as the Confederate models.  This is an annual publication and easy to find.  Any edition will suffice.

CVA published a little book, “An Introduction to Black Powder Revolvers”, by Phil Spangenberger.  This book covers the CVA replicas that were available at that time, as well as shooting them and other activities for which they were being used.

The Dixie Gun Works Catalog is a must for the replica collector.  It contains information about the different revolvers being produced and that are available, proper loads for shooting, spare parts available, etc.  It is published annually and for $5 it is one of the best buys around.  I have every edition of this catalog from 1961.

Blue Book publishes, “Blue Book of Modern Black Powder Arms”, edited by John Allen, every two years.  This book covers long guns as well as the revolvers.  Even though the price guide and the coverage of the percussion revolvers are not complete, the book is also a “must” for the picture coverage.  This started with Dennis Adler’s book, “Colt Blackpowder Reproductions & Replicas – A Collectors & Shooters Guide”.  Good coverage of the special edition and commemorative issues with excellent pictures.  This is out of print but available on Amazon for $14 up.  It is interesting that this book went up as high as $100+ when it went out of print.  If replica revolvers are not collectable then why would a book dealing with them suddenly become “collectable”?  Since the publication of the revised edition the prices of the paperback 1st edition have dropped to a reasonable level.

All the back issues of “Gun Digest”, “Guns Illustrated”, “Shooter’s Bible”, and the Black Powder Annuals are excellent sources of information of the development of the different models and distributors involved with the industry.  It was Guns Digest where I first discovered the Witloe Remington New Model Army revolvers.  The RPRCA library has all of these publications back to 1955.

Any and all catalogs produced by the various manufacturers and distributor are a valuable source of information.  Much of this information is readily available on the internet.

There are many other publications that at too numerous to list at this time.  The bibliography of the purpose book will contain these.





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Did you know?? / Exchange of Parts Between Italian Manufacturers
« on: July 25, 2010, 11:46:42 PM »
Did You Know

Manufacturing of Replica Revolvers

It is coming to light that there was a great deal more sharing of parts among the Italian manufacturers than was ever suspected.  During the 1960’s, 1970’s, and into the 1980’s there was a bonanza market for the replica revolvers.  The major manufacturers could not meet the demand.  American distributors wanted more of and different models of what were being produced. 

There were a good many very small “family shops” in the Gardone, Brescia area of Italy.  It is becoming apparent that the major manufacturers used these shops as sub-contractors as a source of parts as well as complete revolvers for those distributors seeking cheaper and cheaper guns.  The well known manufacturers did not want their name and reputation on a cheaper firearm, so these were subbed out.  These small manufacturers started with supplying only parts and then evolved into completed guns.  It is possible that these shops did not have an Italian firearms manufacturer’s license so could not sale their products direct, so they were sold through other manufacturers who had a license.  So we have a group of markings appearing on replica revolvers that will never be identified because of the special conditions in the market at that time.  There is a complete lack of any records. 

Are these in themselves collectable?  You bet they are!  They represent an historic connection of the time and thus become a very important collectable firearm.  They may not be pretty or of good quality, but, just as one of the most valuable postage stamp in the world is also the ugliest and of the worst quality possible.  Yet this stamp is worth over one million dollars.  These cheaper, unknown manufacturers are a valuable part of the history of the Replica Revolver Industry. 

It is a known fact that the Italian arms industry was on the verge of collapse during the 1950’s and 1960’s.  Italy had been through World War II with the destruction of their factories and the loss of many fine Gunsmiths, and the Korean War was winding down.  The demand, world wide, for arms was shrinking.  This was made worse with Russia and China becoming the cheapest and most prolific supplier of military arms in the world.  The Replica Firearms Industry literally saved a large portion of the Italian arms industry until they could get back on their feet.

Some of these markings are:

DOM           
COM
Double Diamond Logo 
PR
Mofra
"O.O.M.-Gardone-V.T"
Unknown -   - GB?



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Did you know?? / Manufacturers of the .31cal. Revolvers
« on: July 25, 2010, 11:22:39 PM »
Manufacturers of the .31cal Replica Revolvers

It is interesting to note that the original Colt .31cal. revolvers had two different size frames and used Oval Cylinder Stops and Rectangular Cylinder Stops.  Also, on the early Baby Dragoons the frame is shorter than on the later models.  This is found in the replica revolvers as well but in reverse order.  Only four manufacturers made the Colt .31cal. replica revolvers.  They were Armi San Marco, Palmetto, Uberti, and Colt in both 2nd & 3rd Generation Series.  Both ASM and Pietta made the Remington 1863 Pocket Model.  Only Pietta made these in steel and nickel plated.

Armi San Marco was the first to produce the Baby Dragoons and Pocket Models.  They all have the Short Frame and Rectangular Cylinder Stops.  This is just the opposite from the original which had short frames but oval cylinder stops.  ASM produced both the Baby Dragoons and Pocket Models in addition to the Remington 1863 New Model Pocket.  The first observed ASM markings on .31cal. revolvers are in the mid to late 1960’s.

The only observed .31cal. Palmetto produced was an 1849 Pocket Model.  It was marked  “HARTFORT POCKET MODEL “ on top of the barrel.  Serial Number was on the Cylinder with the Palmetto logo of a Palm Tree.  It has a Long Frame with Rectangular Cylinder Stops.

The Uberti .31cal. Baby Drgoon revolvers have the Long Frame and Oval Cylinder Stops, again, just the opposite of the original Colt revolvers.  The Pocket Models have Long Frames and Rectangular Cylinder Stops.  From revolvers observed (over 100) it appears that Uberti did not start producing any .31cal. revolvers until the early 1980’s. They did, however, provide parts to Colt in the late 1970’s for its 2nd Generation “F” Series Baby Dragoon.  

Colt produced the 1848 Baby Dragoon in both the 2nd & 3rd Generation Series.  It offered a Cased Limited Edition of this model in a 1 of 500 edition, as well as, a regular issue in the 2nd Generation Series.  It offered only a regular issue in the 3rd Generation or Signature Series.  Since Colt used Uberti parts the Colt 2nd & 3rd Generation Baby Dragoons have this same configuration as Uberti of Long Frame with Oval Cylinder Stops.

The Replica .31cal. revolvers may have plain cylinders, the Ormsby’s Ranger & Indian Fight, or Ormsby’s Stagecoach Holdup engravings.  The size of the frame is measured from the face of the flash guard to the front of the frame where the barrel attaches to the frame.  The Short Frame measures 1 5/8” and the Long Frame is 1 ¾”.  They can be readily be identified by the difference in distance between the back of the barrel and the front of the cylinder.

An added note:

It is not really known when Colt stopped using the Oval Cylinder Stop and started using the Rectangular Cylinder Stop.  Even though the Oval Cylinder Stop is usually associated with the short frame this style could very easily have been used on the first Long Frame Baby Dragoons.  The cylinders are the same length.  It was the barrel that was modified to accommodate the longer frame.

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Pocket Revolvers / Collecting .31cal. Replica Revolvers
« on: July 25, 2010, 06:59:09 PM »
Collecting the Replica .31cal. Revolvers

The .31cal. revolvers are an interesting group of replica revolvers that offer enough variations to be collectable by themselves.  Listed are a number of variations that have been uncovered.  It is interesting to note that in the original Colt .31cal. revolvers, that two different size frames were produced.  (See “Did You Know” section of this Forum)

1848 Baby Dragoon .31cal. Five Shot (Square Back Trigger Guard)
 
       1.   1848 Baby Dragoon Short Frame(SF) with LL - Brass SqBk TG & BkS
       2.   1848 Baby Dragoon Short Frame(SF) with LL - Silver SqBk TG & BkS
       3.   1848 Baby Dragoon Short Frame(SF) with LL - Brass SqBk TG & BkS - Barrel
                   Wedge from Right
       4.   1848 Baby Dragoon Short Frame(SF) without LL - Brass SqBk TG & BkS
       5.   1848 Baby Dragoon Short Frame(SF) without LL - Silver SqBk TG & BkS
       6.   1848 Baby Dragoon Long Frame(LF) In White without LL -
                    Brass SqBk TG & BkS - Oval Cylinder Stops
       7.   1848 Baby Dragoon Long Frame(LF) with LL - Brass SqBk TG & BkS -
                    Oval Cylinder Stops
       8.   1848 Baby Dragoon Long Frame(LF) with LL - Silver SqBk TG & BkS –
                    Oval Cylinder Stops

1849 Pocket Model .31cal. Five Shot (Oval Trigger Guard)
      
       1.   1849 Pocket Model Short Frame(SF) - Brass TG & BkS
       2.   1849 Pocket Model Short Frame(SF) - Silver TG & BkS
       3.   1849 Pocket Model Short Frame(SF) - Brass BkS & TG - Dragoon Barrel
       4.   1849 Pocket Model Long Frame(LF) - Brass TG & BkS
       5.   1849 Pocket Model Long Frame(LF) - Silver TG & BkS

1849 Wells Fargo Model .31cal. Five Shot (Oval Trigger Guard)

      1.   1849 Wells Fargo Short Frame(SF) - Brass BkS & TG
      2.   1849 Wells Fargo Short Frame(SF) - Silver BkS &
      3.   1849 Wells Fargo Long Frame(LF) - Brass BkS & TG
      4.   1849 Wells Fargo Long Frame(LF) – Brass BkS & TG
      5.   1849 Wells Fargo Long Frame(LF) - Silver BkS & TG)

1855 Roots Side Hammer
      
       1.   1855 Roots Side hammer .31cal. - 3 ½” barrel
       2.   1855 Roots Side hammer .31cal. - 5 ½” barrel
      
Baby Dragoon Revolvers .31cal. - Brass Frame
      
       1.   1848 Baby Dragoon Brass .31cal. with loading lever - 4” Barrel
       2.   1848 Baby Dragoon Brass .31cal. with loading lever - 4” Barrel - Engraved
       3.   1848 Baby Dragoon Brass .31cal. with loading lever - 6” Barrel
       4.   1848 Baby Dragoon Brass .31cal. with loading lever - 6” Barrel - Engraved
       5.   1849 Wells Fargo Brass .31cal. - 4” Barrel
      
Remington New Model Pocket
      
       1.   1863 New Model Pocket Brass
       2.   1863 New Model Pocket Steel
       3.   1863 New Model Pocket Nickel


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Confederate Revolvers / Collecting the Replica Confederate Revolvers.
« on: July 24, 2010, 09:16:49 PM »

Collecting Replica Confederate Percussion Revolvers

There has been a number of replica Confederate percussion revolvers manufactured that these alone can make a very nice collection.  Following is a list of these revolvers that I have found in my research.

Brass Frame - (Original Brass Frame Revolvers were all .36cal.)
1.   Griswold & Gunnison Prototype - Navy Arms - There were only 6 of these made by
      Gregorelli & Uberti.  Very, very rare.   
2.   Griswold & Gunnison Plain Cylinder
3.   Griswold & Gunnison Plain Cylinder Sheriff
4.   Schneider & Glassick Octagon Barrel - Plain Cylinder
5.   Schneider & Glassick Octagon Barrel - Plain Cylinder Sheriff
6.   Spiller & Burr - These were produced by Pietta, Palmetto, and an Unknown
      (using the double diamond logo).  Distributor markings known at this time are
      Cabela’s, Navy Arms, Dixie Gun Works, and Armsport.  Pietta discontinued marking
      any revolvers for distributors around 20yrs ago (with a few exceptions) so revolvers
      are also marked Pietta.
7.   Spiller & Burr .44cal. - L. A. Jensen, Lake City, FL - This was the one of the first replica
      percussion revolver ever produced.  Very, very rare. (The .44cal. was purposely
      done by Mr. Jensen in order to readily identify it from the original Spiller & Burr).

Steel Frame
1.   Leech & Rigdon – These were produced by Uberti, Pietta and High Standard (using
      Uberti parts).  Distributed by Navy Arms and Cimarron.  There are a few Leech &
      Rigdon revolvers marked “Navy Arms” with the “GU” initials on the right side of the
      barrel flat. Rare.
2.   Leech & Rigdon Sheriff - Distributed by Navy Arms.  There are a few Leech &
      Rigdon revolvers marked “Navy Arms” with the “GU” initials on the right side of the
      barrel flat. Extremely Rare.
3.   Leech & Rigdon - Currently made by Uberti with engraved cylinders (Historically 
      incorrect)
4.   Leech & Rigdon Prototype by Centaure - Only one known to exist.  This prototype
      was discovered by Wolf Niederastroth in interview with Mitchell Shore and Leslie
      Field.  Part of Sig Shore’s estate.
5.   Tucker & Sherrard Co. Texas Dragoon - Offered as a cased set with “T”
      prefix on Serial #, only 400 made.  All cased sets bear the “Western
      Arms” markings.  A few single revolvers were also marked “Allen Arms”, “Western Arms, “A.
      Uberti & C. Gardone V.T. Italy”, and “Cimarron Arms”.  Rare
   
Dance Revolver
1.   Dance .44cal. - Commemorative Dragoon Prototype - Uberti - Only one in existence.
      Owned by Tony Gajewsky.
2.   Dance .36cal. - Commemorative - Uberti - Only 44 complete sets produced
3.   Dance .36cal. - Commemorative - Uberti - Frame only - Six of these
4.   Dance .36cal. - Uberti - Only 50 produced.  All marked “SMLS Co.” on barrel.
5.   Dance .36cal. - “Dance Firearms Co., Angleton, TX” - Pietta - Only 35 produced
6.   Dance .44cal. Rebated Cylinder Prototype - “Dance Firearms Co., Angleton, TX”
      Pietta - Only 4 in existence.  RPRCA Ltd. collection.
7.   Dance .36cal. - Pietta -  Only 75 produced
8.   Dance .44cal. Rebated Cylinder - Pietta - 105 produced
9.   Dance .44cal. Straight Cylinder - 8” Barrel - Pietta - Current production

Foreign Manufacture for CSA
1.   LeMat Army Model -  Plain Cylinder
2.   LeMat Army Model -  Engraved Cylinder
3.   LeMat Navy Model - Plain Cylinder
4.   LeMat Navy Model - Engraved Cylinder
5.   LeMat Cavalry Model - Plain Cylinder
6.   LeMat Cavalry Model - Engraved Cylinder
7.   LeMat Army Model Case Hardened Frame - Plain Cylinder - Very Rare

Augusta Confederate
Replica Revolvers marketed as Augusta Confederate, mainly by Uberti in around 1982, were more
accurately Colt Model 1851 Navy with Brass Frame and engraved cylinders.  These
Replicas made by Uberti are rare.  Uberti produced mainly the Griswold & Gunnison with
a brass frame.  The Augusta Armory originally did not produce brass frame revolvers.
They only produced a copy of the steel frame 1851 Navy, octagon barrel browned finish,
with both 6 and 12 cylinder stops.  Another revolver produced in Augusta, Georgia was
the Rigdon-Ansley.  This revolver, similar to the Leech & Rigdon, had steel frame, six or twelve
cylinder stops, and a Dragoon style barrel.

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Suggestions / Section on Confederate Replica Revolvers
« on: July 22, 2010, 01:16:41 AM »
Recently I have received several emails asking about the Confederate Replica Revolvers.  There seems to be an interest in starting a collection based on the Confederate replicas that have been produced.  It is possible for a collector to build a complete collection of these without too much investment.  This will not endure for long because the number of collectors is increasing rapidly and so will the cost of the revolvers.  Do you remember what the cost of a LeMat revolvers was when it first came out?  Look at it now.

A section for Confederate revolvers might be considered.

Another area of collecting is specializing in only the .31cal. revolvers. Baby dragoons, Remington 1863, and the Roots are some of the examples.  The Roots is no longer made in either .31cal. or .36cal. since Palmetto went belly up.

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Links / Friends of the Centaure Society
« on: July 21, 2010, 06:44:02 PM »
The Friends of the Centaure Society is an organization that every collector should be aware of.  This organization is a result of the in-depth research of Wolf Niederastroth, a fellow collector.  The web site for this organization and all the information you want to know about the very collectable Centennial 1860 revolver is:

http://www.1960nma.org

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