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  1. Well, that does not exactly set a high bar. Writing his memoirs really demonstrated the character of Grant (as if his wartime service was not enough). He was basically broke and he worked tirelessly on his memoirs while dying of cancer in an effort to make money to support his family after he was gone. He finished the work very shortly before he died in 1885. The memoir turned out to be a great success and, as he hoped the money it brought left his family financially secure.
  2. If you want a .357 1892, I would recommend a Browning B92. Very nice guns made by Miroku without the tang safety. They were built in the 1980s in several grades, but they show up on the gun auction sites, quite often new in the box. A Rossi will be cheaper, but the Browning is a much nicer gun. I have an 1886 carbine in 45-70, and an 1895 in 30-06 built by Browning around the same time and they are very well built.
  3. Your delay probably has nothing to do with NICS and everything to do with the state police. As others have said, the actual NICS works pretty well and fast. Some states have interjected themselves into the process, primarily so they can charge a fee. This tends to slow down the process (often intentionally as they seem to believe that the only reason anyone would buy a gun is because they are mad and need to kill some unsuspecting innocent person right now).
  4. Big lube sounds like a good way to go. I have always used SPG for my bp loads. The wax lubes just don’t cut it. I have never used bp substitutes.
  5. Glad it is working for you. I bought one of the very first Schofield’s when they came out and couldn’t get more than a cylinder of bp out of it. But, I shot strong real BP loads. I shot it with smokeless for a while, but since it would not shoot BP, I finally moved it on. I have had original no. 3s and a 3rd model Russian that shot BP just fine.
  6. I am sure they will sell a lot of them in these calibers, but not to anyone that wants to shoot bp. To allow for the longer cylinder required for these calibers they moved the cylinder gap to a point where bp fouling locks up the cylinder after a cylinder or two. This is true of the modern Schofield and I asked Cimarron if the new American used the same cylinder setup and was told it did. The original designers of these guns included features to prevent this issue, but they were removed to fit in the longer cylinder. Too bad, it would be a cool gun for bp.
  7. I would not avoid it per se, but that’s not what I would call a deal for what appears to be a pretty well used gun. I bought a brand new 1873 carbine in 44-40 at my local shop for that (on sale) a couple years ago.
  8. With the exception of some calibers that I use frequently, I rent reamers. There are several companies that do this and I have always received excellent sharp reamers. You get them for a week or so and the rental is about a third of the price of the reamer. If you can’t find a loaner, you might try that route.
  9. I love the look but I wish they would make them with the original length cylinder so that they would work with BP. This would require that they be made in .44 Russian or .45 Schofield, so it will never happen.
  10. No, it served is purpose. It got it in the country without all the stupid mods to the gun we see today. You then bought a standard pin and threw the two notch pin away so you could shoot it as Colt intended! At one point I owned the Uberti sherifs model that Mike Venterino got to write up when they were new, it was a good gun. One of my fondest memories in CAS was using it on a stage where you shot two targets across a poker table before you ran on to complete the rest of the stage. This was back before sheriffs models were banned as pocket pistols and at a non sass affiliated club (back when the sport was young). My compressed load of 3f bp put out a big enough ball of flame that it lit the paper targets on fire! They just burned while I shot the rest of the stage. Good fun!
  11. Component manufactures have been here before. When the first of these panics hit, lots of them ramped up and produced extra, then when the panic was over, the bottom fell out of the market for years. People had stocked up on so much stuff and they didn’t buy more till it was all gone. It almost bankrupted some companies. They learned from the experience and are not taking the bait. They can sell everything they currently produce and they know the heightened demand is temporary. Why incur more costs to destroy your future sales?
  12. I have seen a lot of very sketchy and stupid things go down at ranges, even members only ranges. Multiple people walking down range while the range was hot and people were firing, people handling/loading guns at shooting benches while the range was cold and people down range. unsafe gun handling, someone shooting himself in the foot doing “quick draw”. Many people are stupid or have no gun sense. If having cameras can help you weed out the morons on the range, they are worth having.
  13. I can’t imagine why this would be a good idea for any reason. Proven, well made, and reliable reproductions of original percussion revolvers are in production. If you want a cap gun, one of those are the way to go. If that does not tickle your fancy, buy one of the ruger cap guns of one the peace maker cap guns already mentioned. Also, the idea of converting a cartridge gun into a cap gun for use in areas where cartridge guns are not legal does not make sense for a number of reasons. First issue, if you can’t legally buy it how are you going to get it to convert? Second, once a gun has been manufactured and sold as a hand gun, it will still legally be a handgun after you convert it to cap and ball. So, it could not legally be sold into an area where cartridge guns are not legal even after it had been converted. Third, for many legal purposes and in many jurisdictions, a cap gun is treated as a fire arm. This is especially true when it is used and you go to court where state and local laws trump federal firearms laws. Honesly, why would this be a good idea?
  14. I have always admired the colt flattop target revolvers but buying and shooting a real one is unrealistic, which leads me to a reproduction. I would prefer a Bisley flattop, but only a few were made by us patent firearms, which is out of production. I have never actually seen one for sale. I am thinking of building an SAA flattop using a current production Uberti flattop as sold by dixie gun works. This would involve taking a new gun, blueprinting it, defarbing It (removing the Italian markings other than the serial number), remarking it, fitting the proper grips, and refinishing it in all blue, like the originals. I will do most of the work myself but there are a couple of things I will have to have done. For example, I would like to chamber the gun in .44 Russian. Since Uberti does not make ,44 Russian cylinders for the SAA, I would need to have a cylinder cut. I could use a .44 spl cylinder, but for best accuracy, I would like to line bore the cylinder, so I might as well get the chambering I actually want. Does anyone have a recommendation for a smith who does cylinder line boring a rechambering?
  15. One of the things you should know before you buy any 38-55 are the chamber and bore dimensions. 38-55 is an old round and Some modern makers have used the chamber dimensions for the old paper patch round. This can cause accuracy issues. Likewise some of the bores vary in size enough to require different bullet diameters. I have a winchester in 38-55 which takes a longer case (there are two lengths currently available) and bigger bullet. I don’t know what the various makers are doing now but I would want to know before I bought a gun and especially before I bought reloading components.
  16. In my experience, the Uberti long guns are quite good out of the box. I currently have 7 of them in various models and calibers and they all work fine. The springs that come in them are a bit stout and the screws are in tight from the factory, but the guns work fine. I bought my first Uberti 1873 about 30 years ago and shot SASS with it for 20 something years before I had to replace the trigger due to a worn sear. I did replace the Uberti springs with original Winchester springs when I bought it and properly adjusted it, but that is all. If you want to tune your rifle up, there are more parts and experience out there for the Uberti than anything else. I my experience, the Rossi and the Henry brand gun’s are a waste of time and money, because they can only be taken so far. I think the Rossi 1892 is a nice strong little gun. I have sold a lot of the Rossi’s but only own original Winchester 1892s. The 1892 design is just not as good a design for SASS as the 1873 (though it is a better/stronger gun for just about everything else). personally, I wouldn’t pay a dime for a Henry. Miroku makes very nice guns. I have a browning 1886 and 1895 made by them and they are both very nice. I have handled a number of the new winchester 1873s and they are nice. I just have not bought one because I already own three Uberti and two original 1873s. Kind of hard to justify laying out another $1200.
  17. The guy specifically asked for opinions and people gave them No one said he can’t do what he wants. Not sure why you are getting bent out of shape over this.
  18. To each his own, but I have seen too many nice guns that people have paid good money to ruin. Chrome plated Lugers, colt single actions with adjustable sights and vent ribs added, nice target 1885 Winchester’s torn apart to convert to weird wildcat cartridges. A real waste. I always advise folks not to spend hard earned money to destroy the value of good guns. If that’s not saying something nice, then so be it.
  19. Not sure this is the best idea. The .348 has a rim diameter of .610 and the 30-40 is .515, which means you would probably have some issues with the conversion beyond the barrel. On top of that, I would not ruin a 71 for such a project. My advice is enjoy the 30-40 in the guns it was designed for and buy yourself a nice 86, 71, or both and enjoy them as well. Better than spending a bunch of money to devalue a nice gun and create something that isn’t worth anything.
  20. Be very careful here. If it is a rifle receiver, assembling it as a pistol will make it a short barreled rifle which is an NFA weapon.
  21. I understand that some folks take issue with dressing up in western gear, but in my opinion, if someone is unwilling to meet the dress requirements, minimal as they are, they are unlikely to be happy in SASS. SASS was started in response to more serious shooting sports. In many ways, dressing western is the key to our sport. It requires you to join in and not take yourself too seriously. Abandoning that would make SASS a very different sport.
  22. The major issues facing the sport are high cost and demographics. The gear for this sport has never been cheap, especially if you want guns that are competitive. Some have suggested that we have a one handgun class, which could help some but does not do that much to lower costs. The demographics are just as daunting. Most younger folks today did not grow up on westerns. Fewer of them are shooters and when they are most are interested in modern guns. So if they shoot competitively they are more interested in sports like IDPA or three gun shooting. I some ways we are swimming against the tide. In my opinion, increasing membership is done at the personal level by building relationships and bringing people into the fold. Good public relations and increasing visibility is the place to start, but where the rubber meets the road is personal contact with perspective shooters and support to get them involved while they get their gear together. Personal relationships are what makes SASS strong. just my thoughts.
  23. 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.
  24. Isn’t that Diamond Dick on the right?
  25. 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.
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