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Tuolumne Lawman 6127

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  1. After a long (over two years) cooperative project by myself, Walt from Kirst Konverters, Debbie Sims at EMF, and Steve at Bear Creek Bullets in California, Bear Creek Bullets now producing .357" hollow base round nose bullets for .375" bore converted 1851/61 Colts and 1863 Remington revolvers! No need to line barrel, and will also work in standard .357" bore pistols and lever action rifles. More to come. This allows you to replicate the original 1892 Army load for the .38 Colt, which could be used in converted .36 percussion or all modern .357" bore guns. More info to come!
  2. Well, very interesting. Dave Anderson was actually the first to attempt to produce conversions in limited small production runs.. He used ASM 1860s as the host guns, and eventually contracted to ASM to produce stepped 1860 cartridge cylinders and some other parts. This was before ASM started to produce Type I conversions of their own. around 2000. I discovered that Truth and Justice's cylinders are NOT converted percussion cylinders! They are beefier, and actually almost the same diameter as Uberti's cartridge conversion's cylinders. When ASM started producing conversions, they used the shortcut of not having stepped cylinders or frames. Anderson, however, had ASM make stepped 1860 cartridge cylinders, and had the corresponding step on the frame. As I have said already, truth and Justice have have these stepped cylinders.
  3. Introducing "Truth" and "Justice"! 1860 Colt custom conversion in .44 Colt (BHA). Both have 5.5" barrels, The host pistols were Armi San Marcos from Cimarron (The bottom of the barrel says "ASM Fredericksburg Texas". Hand stamped serial numbers 71 and 72. After some research in Adler's book and reviewing them with those who know (including Walt Kirst) they are apparently early conversions done by Dave Anderson in the 1990s. (ASM host guns, threaded end plug in cylinder side of ejector rod housing, and several other small things). The engraving was was supposedly done by Frank "Texas Jack" Lehman in the same time period. I knew Frank, and he had engraved several of my guns back then, and it is the script and pattern is the same as he preferred. and used on my guns. They are well used, with honest wear, which is fine with me. The action is slick, with about a 2 to 2.5 pound trigger pull. The front sights appear to be from Mexican brass coins cut to size. The grips have been shaved down to make them thinner, but I plan on putting faux ivory on them. Need to figure out is I use Pietta or Uberti grips. Got them along with 500 rounds of Load-X .44 Colt cowboy ammo. I also already have dies and bullet from loading 44 Colt in the past. I got the from a shooting pard, that has been teasing me with them for a few years now.
  4. In my military service, I had a 1911A1, even when I was a Criminal Investigator. I had it issued instead of a 2" 38. I carried it in a Roy's pancake holster, strong side, under my suit coat In my entire LEO career, however, I only had a short window of one year that I was able to choose my caliber. I had a Para-Ordnance P13 (13 shot 1911 Commander style).n I did a two year Homeland Security gig as a domestic Security Contractor protecting infrastructure, and I carried a 1911A1. Now, I am 70, and I carry a Glock 43X in 9mm for EDC. It is a compromise for easier concealment, and I am not enforcing laws.. I load either Federal HST 124 grain +P or 9BPLE 115 grain +P+. Modern 9mm ammo is very effective, but modern .45 ammo is even better. I still have a 1911A1 I shoot in Wild Bunch, and carry in a drop leg holster when hiking in the woods.
  5. Military 9mm Nato FMJ never expands. .45 ACP has double the frontal area of the 9mm, and doen't need to expand. The best 9mm JHPs expand to about .60" + or -. Winchester T-Seriesd 45 ACP expands to a full inch! I have 7 years military and 20+ years as an LEO. The .45 has been a better stopper since 1871 (Colt .44 Richards use a .451" heeled bullet in the .44 Colt case).
  6. Main page up, but forums still Kaput!
  7. Timeless designs... The 1894 is 128 years old and the 1911 is 111 years old! I'm 70 and a firearms guy all my life. The longevity of these iconic firearms amazes me. I was shooting a Wild Bunch match at Railroad Flat this weekend, and I realized the 1911 is a top notch weapon to this day, and far from obsolete! In combat, I would rather have a 1911 than a Beretta M9 ANY DAY!
  8. Been 24 hours since the CAS-City web page and forum went down. Anyone know whats going on?
  9. !860 Richards Type II - 44 or 45 1861 Richards Type II -..38 1851 Richards Mason - .38 ?????????
  10. Type one has a conversion ring mounted floating firing pin and rear sight on the conversion ring. Type II has hammer mounted firing pin and rear sight notch on hammer like 1860 C&B
  11. Me at Rail Road Flat this weekend. MY brace of Richards Type II conversions and my HRA "New Original Henry" (their copy of the original 1860 Henry. Out of 120 rounds Pistol and 120 rounds rifle, I missed a couple with rifle, when the steel turned sidewise after my 7th hit, and dropped one round with the pistol, which screwed my chances of a main match pin! The rifle misses were actually with my Marlin 1894 Century Limited .44-40, so the Henry shot shot its stages clean!
  12. They are addicting! They just reek early Old West "Coolness!"
  13. Well, Wednesday I leave for the annual High Sierra Shoot Out at Railroad Flat CA. The pair of Richards Type IIs will be my main match pistols, with the Pietta/Kirst saber River 1860 as back-up. While the 12 stages will be divided between my Marlin 44-40 1894 Century Ltd. and my HRA 1860 in .44-40, but the Richards will go the distance for all stages. It is a shame that Bear Creek did not get in production with their 150 grain RN hollow base .357s for .38 Colt conversions with .375" bore. I would have liked to had some loads developed to try my Pitta/Kirst 1851s in .38 Colt on some stages.
  14. Folks don''t realize that most of the .45 Colt rounds were downloaded to 30 grains. with the 255 grain .454" bullet. The .44 Colt had a 225 to 230 grain, .452" bullet and up to 30 grains of powder, depending on loading. The 44 Colt was as good a stopper as the 45.
  15. These Ubertis chamber 6 (unlike my Kirsts' 5). These Uberti have the bore of the original Richards, however, which had the .452" bore of the percussion, and the bullets were .451" heeled bullets in a .44 case (like a giant 22 LR). Modern .44 Colts are an un-correct .429, in an un-correct .429" bore, so the Uberti 1860s in .45 are these are correct 2 out of 3 (bore and bullet), where modern .44 BHA Colts only have 1 of 3 - the correct case....
  16. I am REALLY excited! This is my first match with my "Ideal" armory: A pair of 1860 Richards conversions, an 1860 Henry (HRA "New Original Henry). and my Rossi Overland hammered coach gun! This is kind of special because always before I was using "Author guns" 1872s, 1860 R-Ms, 1860 Richards, all in varying flavors. (calibers, barrel length, finish). While I might have them for a year or so, they would either have to be sold or returned so I could get the next batch. While I did write about my Kirsts, I purpose bought those to be my main match guns, and they were not n"author samples.". They were (or should I say are, because I still have them) close to my ideal pair. There was, however, always that niggling "but they are only 5 shot!" floating around in my "always striving for authenticity" head. This pair is PERFECT!
  17. Here they are. Just in time for High Sierra Shoot Out (Railroad Flat).
  18. I really prefer the Richards Type I and Type II, with the classic 1860 barrel lines still intact, to the Richard Mason and 1871/2 Open Tops with their newly designed "S" lug barrel. My first pair of "Open Tops were Armi San Marco Type I Richards in .44 Colt. One was beautiful, and 100% reliable. The other, however, was a four of five shooter, with the locking notches in the cylinder milled incorrectly. It was beyond repair, and they were discontinued just after I got the pair, so I was out of luck. Since I couldn't have a pair, I sold them (with full disclosure) one to shoot, one for parts.
  19. My 5.5 Richards Type II. At the gunshop for 10 day jai!
  20. My 5.5" Richards type II arrives at my gunshop tomorrow, then 10 day Commiefornia jail. I'm like Ralphie in "A Christmas Story" waiting for his Red Ryder BB Gun....
  21. In the course of writing my Cowboy Chronicle articles, I have had the conversions The Richards, R-M, and 1872 Open tops in both .45 and .44 Colt (BHA). I like the .44 Colt caliber, but really did not want to start loading another caliber. (44 colt brass is REALLY scarce). I already load .45 Schofield and .45 ACP for Wild Bunch, using the same 230 gran RN bullets for both. The 8" Richards that I just got, and the 5.5" Richards I am getting are not author samples. I finally decided they were I wanted and bought them. I had a pair of 1872 Open Tops, but sold them because I really prefer the Richards with the classic original 1860 barrel contour, rather than the Rishards-Mason's and Open Top's "S Lug" barrels.
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