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Doc Coles SASS 1188

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  1. I had a friend who had this problem with his walkers, which have a much weaker latching system. He worked in a lab that had a machine for magnetizing steel. He used it to make the levers strongly magnetic, and no more falling loading levers. I thought that was a neat trick. In your case, I would inspect the latching surfaces (the lug on the bottom of the barrel and the latch piece in the end of the lever) and replace them if they show any wear.
  2. If you shoot two handed, there is nothing better than a Colt Bisley. The hammer is low, the trigger is wide and better contoured, and the grip does not move in your hand after every shot. The grip was designed for target shooting where reestablishing a proper grip after every shot is a bad idea. The SAA grip was designed to roll under recoil. As others have pointed out, the Ruger Bisley grip has absolutely no relation to the Colt. It is much bigger. Even the reproductions are different than the originals. The real Colt Bisley grip is not great for one handed shooting in my opinion. I have been shooting Colt Bisleys since I started shooting CAS in the 80s and they are great. Frankly, I don’t understand why more people don’t shoot them. Give it a try and don’t worry about comparing it to the SAA grip. It is it’s own thing. Enjoy your new gun. It looks like a good one.
  3. I second(or third?) the advice to hold off buying anything until you go to a shoot and try some different guns. For someone starting out, I would recommend a .357/.38 or a 45 Colt. If you don’t reload, shooting 38s will be much cheaper. If you do, it will still be cheaper, but components for .38 and .45 are the most readily available. Although I own and shoot 38-40s and 44-40s, I would not recommend them for someone who does not reload or for someone just starting out. They are great, but a bit more involved. As for guns, the Rugers are very popular and well built. The New Vaquero is arguably the most common handgun for the sport, but that’s a matter of taste. I prefer Colts but I have some Italian guns as well. Italian guns are good. Go to a match and try some out and see what you like. As for your approaches, everyone should own a .22 handgun since they are cheap to shoot and a lot of fun. But cowboy loads, especially .38s don’t have a lot of recoil. If recoil is your concern, I would buy a gun that shoots .38s and get out to the range. With ammo options the way they are, having a 9mm conversion cylinder could be useful, but I wouldn’t let that drive my purchase. Good luck, have fun, and don’t overthink things.
  4. I used to shoot a 26 inch double and liked it a lot. It balanced and pointed well and stayed open when reloading. I didn’t find the extra 6 inches caused a problem. Unfortunately, I wore that gun out so I now shoot short barreled 97s and an 87. I would love to find a 26 inch SKB, but have never seen one for sale. I think the big draw for the short barreled shotgun is that it handles better around windows and props. My solution to that was to position myself back a bit further from the prop (6 inches or a foot) than I normally would. That distance makes no difference to getting a hit and I found that not stepping up to and back from the prop (especially when moving between windows) was faster.
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