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H. K. Uriah, SASS #74619

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  1. Curious how the Volcanic pistol makes a cameo in the first video.  :)

    I notice it has an ugly Marlin style cross bolt safety.


    Clearly being marketed to hunters and maybe plinkers, but not us.  

    That being said, this is the first tacticool lever gun I've seen that's more Marlin based and in a pistol caliber instead of Winchester 94 based and in .30-30.  Maybe S&W figures it'll fill an otherwise empty niche.   Still, based on the caliber, the notion of there being a version that would appeal to Cowboy shooters is an obvious one to think about.  It would be interesting to see what would happen if they came out with a CAS version and see if it would sell better/worse/about the same as the tacticool one.

  2. Looks like a cross between a Marlin and a Henry Big Boy to me.   And the price?   No thanks!

    Although, it is is the 1854 "Series."   Maybe if there's a variant that has more traditional sights, 10 round capacity, and isn't tricked out with all the "tacticool" stuff it might appeal to SASS shooters if the price was say, $1500 or less.

  3. On 12/6/2021 at 3:56 PM, J. Frank Norfleet said:

    Here is a question for you 45 Colt Pedersoli Lightning owners. The Lightning is notorious for blowback in 45 Colt. Since I shoot 45 Schofield in my Marlins, I tried it in a couple AWA Lightnings. One I owned and one we just tried it on to check the blow back. Both of the rifles cycled the shorter round perfectly with no blowback. Has anyone here shot 45 Schofield rounds through their Pedersoli Lightning? Will a Pedersoli cycle the shorter rounds?



    My .45 is an AWA, but I've not tried Schofields in it.  But this makes me wonder about giving it a whirl.  I find it curious that the shorter shell gives no blowback.   Of course, I don't HAVE any Schofield ammo, and no revolvers chambered for it so, it may be a while.   

  4. Just out of curiosity, is there a magazine spacer/plug that limits capacity?  I have an AWA in .44-40 that it was very difficult to load round 9 and 10.   After I removed the plug, they went in fine and magazine capacity increased to 14.

  5. I mentioned above how I got my first AWA Lightning in .45 Colt.    Just to be clear, not only is it my favorite main match rifle, it caused me to get "Lightning Fever," and I have steadily obtained more of the things.


    Lightning #1 is of course my AWA .45.  It has become my primary main match rifle.  After using it for several years, some small internal part did break.  Gave it to Lassiter who fixed it, and it now again runs as good as it ever did.


    Lightning #2 is another AWA in .44-40.  I enjoyed the .45 so much that I said if I ever found one in .44-40 that I'd buy it.  When I did, I did.   In all honesty, the chamber was very tight.  Sometimes rounds would not chamber or come out after firing.  I had the chamber polished and the problem went away.  It also had a "spacer" in the magazine tube that limited capacity to ten rounds, and made the last couple very difficult to load.   Took that out and that problem went away too.


    Lightning #3 is a real Colt in .32-20.  This one was advertised as being beautifully restored with an expert action job, and was thus priced rather affordably.  .32-20 is a well liked caliber for me, so I grabbed it.  No problems with this one either.


    Lightning #4 another Colt in .22 Long.  A very sweet shooter.


    Lightning #5 is another Colt in .44-40, and is one of the very rare ones sold to the army of Costa Rica back in the late 1800's.  I really wanna find the bayonet for it.  I have not fired this one yet, but snap caps and dummy rounds go through it just fine.


    Lightning #6 is an AWA Lightning Bolt Pistol in .45 Colt.  Think pump action Mares Leg.  A fun little pistol, even if it's not SASS legal.


    Yep, I've got Lightning fever bad.  And it all started with an AWA in .45 Colt.  So, unless you really wanna contract this ailment. don't go there.  (Yes, all my AWA's are AWA-USA)


    Oh, and there will be a Lightning #7 someday.  It will be a large frame Colt in .45-85-265, which is the same case as .45-70.  I am saving my change and money left at the end of the week and any other unexpected extra money to save for one.  It's gonna take a while, but the fever will not be denied.

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  6. Factory loads should be find for deer or smaller.   In a 92 or, you could "hot rod" the round to much higher performance if you want too for use on larger game.

    I'd use it for deer, but nothing more than that.

  7. Reminds me of a local story.   The elementary school I attended is called Lt. Job Lane Elementary.   Named after a local Revolutionary War hero.   His grave is in the Old Burying Ground, and his house, not far from the school, is still standing and is a local museum.   When I was in Jr. High, (That should tell you how old I am...) a few kids going to Lane Elementary decided to learn more about the man for whom their school was named.   Turned out that he wasn't a Lieutenant at all.   Or even an officer.  He was private who got shot in the butt at the Old North Bridge in Concord on the very first day of the war, and never saw service again after that. 


    Since then, I never take anybody's word for anything. 

  8. 4 hours ago, Roger Rapid said:


    Thanks, and Yes, the Lightnings are subject to this, especially if you've either lightened the firing pin spring or replaced it with a lighter one. The overall length of the firing pin on these rifles is actually less than the overall length of the bolt - at least they are on the Pedersoli and Uberti versions. The firing pins are driven by inertia - the hammer hits the pin which drives it forward to the primer. If the spring tension is too light AND if there is debris in the firing pin opening or on the pin, the pin may not return far enough to protrude from the back of the bolt which, in turn, means that the hammer can't hit it. 


    They are still VERY fun rifles to shoot!!!



    Oh, they ARE a lot of fun to shoot.   My first ever clean match was with my Lighting.   End of the Trail two years ago!

  9. Plus one on the careful cleaning.   While my Lighting is an AWA, (.45 Colt) and therefore probably different on the insides, I will say that keeping it clean keeps it working.   The gun has never worked incorrectly for me with one annoying exception.  Last time I used it, there were a couple of times when I chambered a new round, pulled the trigger, and it didn't go bang, and I just automatically worked the action, ejecting the live round to chamber a new one.   Lost a few rounds that time.   :(


    So, when I got it home, I gave the bolt/firing pin a VERY careful cleaning with Gun Scrubber spray.  Cleaned out a lotta gunk.   But it has worked just fine ever since. 



    Run a Lightning?   Keep it clean!   :)








  10. On 1/9/2017 at 1:42 PM, Dantankerous said:

    I'm looking forward to seeing the Winchester '66 in a "working/shooting" model, not simply an engraved show gun. Hopefully the caliber selection will be diverse and usable.


    For what it's worth the "engraved show gun" model does work and you can shoot it.


  11. H.K.


    I am talking about a photo like this, which clearly shows how much bigger and stronger the 'old model' Vaquero cylinder is tjam tje Iberto Cattleman on the left and the 2nd Gen Colt on the right. All three cylinders are chambered for 45 Colt. I suspect the difference between you Colt 44 Special cylinder and the new Uberti 44 Mag cylinder may not be quite so obvious, but this is the type of photo I am talking about.








    Sorry it's taken me so long to get around to posting this, but here goes...





    The Cylinder on the left is the Uberti .44 Magnum. The right is a Colt .44 Special.


    As you can clearly see, the Magnum cylinder is bigger than the special, and the walls around the chambers are noticeably thicker.


    So I guess this finally answers Driftwood's question, yes, the Magnum is indeed heftier than the Colts.

  12. If memory serves, the bullet below the case mouth does not apply to Nagants. I can't quote or post a link, but the topic was discussed a few months ago, and I think the general consensus was the bullet rule did not apply to the Nagant cartridges. Hopefully someone with a better memory will come along and clear it up.


    You are correct.


    Many years ago, I asked that question here on the wire. I admitted that I was confused. Basically I asked how could the revolver be legal and the ammo that it shoots be not allowed.


    PWB very quickly posted that it was understood that Nagant Ammo shot in Nagant revolvers was an exception to this rule.


    All of that being said, I use the Lee dies that convert .32-20 brass to a straight wall case that properly fits in the Nagant chambers. It does NOT extend out beyond the front of the cylinder the way original ammo does. I load it with a .312" Wadcutter over a charge of Trailboss. The Wadcutter just barely extends beyond the the end of the case, and I have found it be very accurate and pleasant to shoot. I do plan to someday get some real Nagant Ammo, and maybe even the dies to reload it, especially if the law that deregulates silencers goes through, but I am in no hurry to do so..

  13. I have a pair of Nagants I like to use once a year or so.


    Remove that one part, and the DA's are indistinguisable from the SA's


    THat's what I did. No problem with doing it.


    Have fun.


    Question: Do you use "real" Nagant ammo, or the straightened out .32-20 stuff? I use the latter. Much easier to work with

  14. To answer a few questions, I have a friend who lives in Winnipeg, Manitoba. He has gone with me to some SASS matches when he visits me in the states. I discovered today that there is a SASS club in Winnipeg, and my friend has an open invitation to me to come and visit him. The idea of also being able to shoot with him again, as he really enjoyed it, is a plus (but not a requirement) but he does not own any guns.


    So, I am doing a little quiet research to find out what is permissible/easiest way to do it

  15. There is a chance to go to Canada this summer to a town that actually has a SASS club in it. I have done some very preliminary research on how to legally take guns up North. It looks like a lot of work, but can be done.


    In the course of my research, I saw something that said that antique firearms are not subject to most of these regulations.


    Then I saw that in Canada, "antiques" are one year older than they are in the US. No problem, I've got enough guns that qualify.



    But then I got a little confused. In a nutshell it *looks* to me that even if a gun is old enough to be an antique, if it can fire cartridge ammo it is not one. In other words a 1890 vintage Winchester 87 would not be antique because it can chamber and fire 12 gauge shotshells. A Colt SAA or Winchester 73 from the same year is also not an antique because it is chambered for .44-40. (These and other calibers were actually listed as disqualifying old firearms on the webpage I saw)


    The thing seemed pretty clear to me. But can any Canadian pards confirm this for me? Antique or modern, I would of course do whatever is legally required. I just wanna make sure I understand the rules and don't get jammed up over the differences in what defines an antique and how it is or is not regulated.

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