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  1. There were also internally primed cases, which were centerfire but were not reloadable and look like rim fire. The army used a lot of these in the early days. They held a pellet of priming in the center of the copper case which was crushed between the base and a bar or cup on the inside of the case. They are identifiable by the caliber, lack of a visible primer, copper case, and the crimp near the base that keeps the internal primer in place. Here are a .45 colt and Schofield.
  2. I have a 311 that I reworked the stock on to have an English stock (no pistol grip) but it is not ideal for SASS. The locking lug that projects into the action from between the barrels gets in the way of quick reloading. It was a cheap gun in its day, but well built. Decent starter gun at a low price.
  3. I am in the middle of doing the same thing with a 1890 Bannerman version of the Spencer (you can see the process on the cascity Spencer forum if you like). Spencer’s have a strong action that can not fire out of battery. They also have a spur on the bottom of the hammer that allows you to decock it and see that the hammer is down. Frankly, I think it would be a pain to use a Spencer pump for SASS given the way that the action works, which makes it tough to single load after the first round. But it’s biggest drawback is the Damascus barrel, which is the only reason I can see to ban it from SASS. I am building a shooter with a barrel modified from an 870 because I admire Christopher Spencer’s designs and wanted a version of the first practical pump shotgun to shoot. I will still use bp in brass shells in it.
  4. It is worth a check, but the 1886 is a very strong action. I would be surprised if the headspace was bad.
  5. I disagree. There are lots of ways to play this game and if folks want to shoot a gun with the original feel of a Colt, there is room under the SASS tent for them. Saying otherwise is a good way to drive folks away, which does not make much sense in light of all the posts asking “how do we bring people to the sport?” As for what is period, my 1890 cavalry model with all original parts has a stout mainspring. They wanted to make sure it went off no matter what! I have been shooting SASS for more than 30 years and I too dislike the feel of the new uberti action design. For me it’s a design only a lawyer could love. I am lucky to have Colts and a couple of older model Italian guns, but I have so far passed on one of the new 1862 conversions as I was told by uberti that it has the new action.
  6. Having a winchester letter stating that it is a deluxe would be well worth the money. There is a pretty good premium for a deluxe.
  7. Personally, I would be interested in a standard manufacturing gun if it were something I could not get in a Colt. I would pony up for a target flat-top (preferably a Bisley) in .44 russian because I can’t get it from Colt or afford an original. Other than that, you can buy some pretty nice Colts for what they are asking. One of these days I think I will buy one of the uberti flat-tops sold by Dixie gun works and tune it up into a nice gun.
  8. I worked at Old Sacramento Armory with Dick for a number of years then we started the River City Regulators along with five other good folks. Before he retired, Dick was captain of homicide for the Sacramento County Sheriffs Department and carried a nickled ivory gripped Colt Sheriffs model as his duty gun (there was a 1911 in his glove compartment as well as a riot gun, and an m16 in his trunk in case things got serious). He was a great guy and had great stories to tell about old time law enforcement. A true friend who helped me out at a critical time in my life. Another good man gone.
  9. Isn’t that Diamond Dick on the right?
  10. The pictures got me reminiscing. Here are a couple of shots from Northern California. The first one is the main stages at Railroad Flat up at Mokolomne Hill somewhere about 1985-1986 and the second one was me at the same match, back when I was a 22 year old kid and had a 28 inch waist! Not sure why I am only wearing one gun. This match changed my life. I met friends here including the late great Carl Ontis (Pawnee Bill), who got me interested in reenacting, which led to pursuing my interest in history, and eventually a Ph.D in historical archaeology. On top of that, we had a heck of a lot of fun. Sad to say, many of the old crowd are gone. But it was fun while it lasted.
  11. I remember shooting the stage on the bottom with all the red buildings. You went down stage as you shot and the last target was inside the outhouse in the center. It was in the dark and you shot it through the half moon...if you ever saw it! This kind of stage would cause a riot these days, but it was great fun. I recall that the team match was shot on this bay and the props really took a beating. Brings back good memories.
  12. Thanks guys, I am pleased to have it. It came from a fellow from the Seattle area headed into a home who could not take it along. It was handed down in his family and the are a number of notches along the forearm representing the game killed with it. My pal called me with a price that made buying it with scant information worth the risk. At some point, I will get a letter for it.
  13. I picked this up a while back through a pal based on a couple of poor photographs and a statement that it was “nice” but it took some time to get it shipped up. It’s an 1888 manufactured 1886 deluxe in 45-70. The stock was replaced at some point as it lacks checkering (the forearm is checkered) but it has a bright bore, quite a bit of blue, and good traces of color case. Based on the sketchy information I received when I bought it, I got it for a short song. It showed up yesterday and man am I pleased. A nice addition of the collection. A couple of pictures just for bragging rights.
  14. I have been a sass member for 31 years and been shooting cas for about 35 and have never had a cart. While I see the convenience of them at the range, I have always figured that was canceled out by the hassle of hauling it back and forth and storing it at home. I also find that not having a cart keeps me from bringing everything but the kitchen sink to the range. To be clear, I am not against carts, I just have not found a design I was willing to deal with. At one point I toyed with bringing the horse I used to ride for cavalry reenacting as my gun cart, but that would have been a bigger hassle than a regular cart! So, no they are not absolutely necessary as long as your club has rifle racks at or near each stage. Your mileage may vary, to each his own.
  15. The Sheldon Jackson museum in Sitka, Alaska has a collection of reloading tools made by Inuit from walrus ivory. The bullet molds were made using slate inserts hand carved to cast the desired bullet shape. Very interesting and ingenious.
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