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Driftwood Johnson, SASS #38283

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  1. Not really sure what you mean when you say "3 rd NM Russian". I am not aware of the Russian model, 1st, 2nd or 3rd being made with adjustable sights. The New Model Number Three was made in a target version with adjustable sights. This is one that I am still kicking myself for not buying. Notice the adjustable rear sight and the target type front sight, which incidentally is not the same as the front sight on the Taylors Frontier model. This one was chambered for the S&W 38-44 target cartridge, not to be confused with the high powered 38-44 round of the 1930s. This is a page from a reprint of the 1900 S&W catalog. Yes, it does call this model out as the Russian model, but modern collectors refer to this model as the New Model Number three. This page from the 1900 catalog shows some of the many cartridges that model was chambered for (over 17 in all IIRC). The 38-44 is second down on the left. Basically an elongated 38 S&W, with the bullet completely contained within the case, not protruding out at all. Revolvers chambered for this cartridge had the chambers bored through the entire length of the cylinder and there was almost no bullet jump at all as the bullet left the case. These were very accurate revolvers. Frankly, if you have an antique, I would not suggest using J.B. Weld on it, that would affect the value.
  2. Howdy I use the Mav-Dutchman 200 grain Big Lube bullet for all my 44-40 and 44 Russian loads. I don't load 44 Special with Black Powder, but if I did I would use the same bullet. Here is what my Mav-Dutchman mold looks like. Half of it anyway. I used to cast my own, but these days I buy all my Big Lube bullets from Springfield Slim. A little bit too much lead in my blood. This is a photo demonstrating the huge lube groove in the Big Lube series of bullets. On the left is the 200 grain Mav-Dutchman loaded into one of my Blackpowder 44-40 rounds. The bullet on the left has had all the lube removed from the lube groove, the bullet on the right has the lube groove filled with lube. On the right is a 45 Colt round and the 250 grain PRS Big Lube bullet. These bullets will provide enough lube to keep the barrel of a rifle coated with soft bullet lube for its entire length.
  3. It used to be that revolvers with adjustable sights, such as a Ruger Blackhawk, were legal in the Modern category. I can't keep track of the changes in categories these days, but if Blackhawks are legal in any category, I have to assume the Taylors Frontier with its adjustable rear sight would be legal in the same category. By the way, the adjustable rear sight on the Taylors Frontier model is nothing like the adjustable rear sight on a modern Blackhawk. While not a Taylors Frontier rear sight, this is the rear sight on a S&W 44 Double Action Target Model. It is only adjustable for windage, by loosening the two screws and sliding the sight blade to one side, then tightening the screws again. There is no adjustment for elevation, only windage, and the groove in the blade is very small. Nothing like the big rear sight on a Ruger Blackhawk. From what I have seen, the rear sight on Taylors Frontier model duplicates this sight. Compare that to the rear sight on my old 45 Colt/45ACP convertible Blackhawk. Yup. this revolver is over 40 years old and the finish could use a bit of touchup.
  4. Howdy When I got my first S&W New Model Number Three I wanted a fancy holster for it, so I had El Paso Saddlery make up a Slim Jim holster for it. I paid a few extra dollars and had it lined and border stamping applied. When I bought a Schofield I had another holster made up just like the first. My 2nd Model Russian also fits in these holsters. This particular holster has some wear on it now, but when I bought a second NM#3 it fits in fine too. For those times I bring my Merwin Hulbert Pocket army, it too fits into these holsters. Note, these holsters have no plug at the bottom, so the slightly longer barrel of the MH pokes through at the bottom with no problem. Although these are all originals, I'm sure the modern replicas would fit fine in these holsters. It has been sometime since I bought these holsters. They were standard models from El Paso, but they were both made custom for me. When ordering there are options available. You just check the options you want, regarding barrel length, right or left, straight hang or cross draw, belt width, lining, and stamping. I strongly recommend spending the few extra dollars on a lined holster for a prized revolver, so the finish will not get scratched.
  5. Howdy There is no loading gate on my 44-40 Uberti 1860 Henry. So if I want to do a quick reload I have to do it over the top. Yes, it is close, my 44-40 rounds barely fit, but after shoving the carrier down with my thumb I start the nose of the bullet into the chamber, then they slide right into the chamber. I do not keep any shorter 44-40 rounds around, all mine are full length.
  6. Howdy Most serious competitors are going to shoot a matched pair of pistols. It only makes sense, keeping everything the same. No one has ever accused me of being a serious competitor. One Colt has a longer barrel than the other. The long one always goes in my cross draw holster, easier to pull a 7 1/2" barrel from cross draw. I found out a long time ago that trying to pull one from a strong side holster often results in my elbow getting tangled in my arm pit. When I bring my Merwin Hulbert I usually bring a New Model Number Three along as my second pistol, because I don't own another Merwin Hulbert. Things get a bit confusing at the loading table because the S&W is chambered for 44 Russian while the MH is chambered for 44-40. I think this is the closest I can come to a matched pair of pistols. One New Model Number Three is blued, the other is nickel plated. But they are both chambered 44 Russian, at least that makes loading easier.
  7. The angle has to be just right to see the firing pin extending through the frame in a photo.
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