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John E.B. Rawton

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  1. If shooting duelist. What is the point of having a loaded gun in your off hand? Is it to save time clearing leather? One still has to holster the fired gun then swap hands unless shooting double d. I never thought about the second gun until I was ready for it but I’m not competing against pards, just myself.
  2. Great archive post there in “Frontiersman setups” pards. A lot of great info and perspective. Now I’ve only shot cap and ball twice. The first was a week before the actual shoot and the second was the season’s opening shoot. I practiced at the range prior to see how the whole process worked. I loaded each gun on a stand which worked well. I have one flask for each gun because the caliber and charge is different. I prepped my colts by doing some diy smithy work on the uberti’s actions and cylinder pins. Setup the cylinder to barrel clearance. Fitted all with SliXshot nipples (no cap rakes installed) The day of practice and match day I liberally greased the cylinder pin with mobil grease. I thought that I was very successful in that I shot the equivalent 6 stages (30 rounds) through each gun without needing to disassemble or spray any extra lube in the works. The last shot was as smooth as the first. I was intrigued by the loading stands and am trying to figure why that might be faster than leaving the cylinder in the gun. The obvious to me is the ability to see clearly and perhaps the fact that the gun works are not in the way. The biggest challenge is over coming guilt. If any have seen some of my posts in the short time I’ve been on the wire, you may have picked up that I prefer shooting JWS over anything else. I found loading (4) cap guns during a stage did not allow me to help on the posse or watch the other shooters. It was good that so many shooters turned out and the posse was big. I am seriously considering collecting spare cylinders for the 1860 then the 1851. The (2) Walkers may come later. If it gets to be too much I have gated Kirst cylinders. I found out they just don’t give the same satisfaction. ps. I kept all my stuff at my cart and loaded up right there. I just keep an eye out for the occasional smoker.
  3. So I’ve learned that the word acronym is commonly misused to describe abbreviations derived from initialism. I’ve learned about the abbreviation of singular words. Now returning to the original question. Does anyone have an understanding as to why bbl is used to refer to a gun barrel?
  4. Thank you Alpo. That is why I posted 1). as an example of bbl as first letters of several words which also, can not be pronounced. How does one arrive at abbreviating barrel with only one “b” to “bbl”? I posed a question to get educated on the usage of bbl and greatly appreciate your additional input on the differences but I beg to differ. Not all acronyms can be pronounced such as LWTS
  5. ac·ro·nym /ˈakrəˌnim/ noun an abbreviation formed from the initial letters of other words and pronounced as a word An acronym by definition is an abbreviation.
  6. I was curious as to this bbl acronym everyone adopted to talk about their barrel size. bbl is the one most commonly used but the second does not seem to make sense. I like BL for barrel length but that’s me. I thought the definitions interesting 1). The BBL --- Barrel/Bull Barrel (Riflebarrel that is thicker than the normal hunting rifle barrel) 2). In the early 1860's, when oil production began, there was no standard container for oil, so oil and petroleum products were stored and transported in barrels of all different shapes and sizes (beer barrels, fish barrels, molasses barrels, turpentine barrels, etc.). By the early 1870's, the 42-gallon barrel had been adopted as the standard for oil trade. This was 2 gallons per barrel more than the 40-gallon standard used by many other industries at the time. The extra 2 gallons was to allow for evaporation and leaking during tranport (most barrels were made of wood). Standard Oil began manufacturing 42 gallon barrels that were blue to be used for transporting petroleum. The use of a blue barrel, abbreviated "bbl," guaranteed a buyer that this was a 42-gallon barrel.
  7. I have this used TTN. Last Saturday I was shooting, using brass shells and WLP primers. I had random misfires on the right hammer side. While I was cleaning, I found the right pin was short compared to the left so I ordered slixpins and read that I might need to trim springs. ~ Has anyone done this? ~ Will a standard socket loosen the assembly?
  8. When I first got the Walkers, I converted them right away with gated setups by Kirst. I was shooting trailboss and hadn’t ventured down soot alley until the end of last season when I started shooting again. Loaded some bp cartridge and got bit real hard. Had to buy two more cap guns and convert the Walkers back. It had been quite the learning experience getting everything together but well worth the time.
  9. I shot 2 Walkers an 1860 and an 1851. Those 4+ lb. Walkers just don’t move that fast but they do bellow out in a purdy way.
  10. Ha! I know. I’m only competing against myself especially when I’m the only JWS shooter. I just shot 4 clean stages, missed 2 on 1 and did bad ‘rythmatic on 1 and forgot to shoot the last round in the gun. It sure did seem to go by in a blur ... or maybe it was all the smoke!
  11. “Like ‘lasses in the winter time” I’m no clock chaser. I like to take my time and savor the moment no matter iffin I’m shootin’ double duelist or gunfighter. My average raw score at this year’s opening match, using 4 cap guns in a Josey Wales style, was 79.98. I actually shot close to a full 8 minutes Saturday. I know there are many ways for me to pick up speed such as moving faster from the rifle line to the pistol line or working with the sxs. But my real question is for the gunfighters out there. A posse pard was sayin’ that he double cocks to save time. I see others shoot stiff armed while shooting. What kinda’ things do you do as a gunfighter to speed up your game and stay on target?
  12. So I went out for the first shoot of the season, shooting Josey Wales with 2 Walkers, an 1860 and an 1851. I shot some stages double duelist, some gunfighter and some both just because JWS has no rules. In 120 shots I had one cap drag which was cleared by a hammer wiggle. I set up each revolver with slixshot nipples and remington #10 caps. I dresses the hammer face but did not install any cap post. The sweat equity that I pit in during the fall, I feel, has really paid off. The revolvers were just as smooth at the end off the day as with the first shot. Prep seems to be everything with these cap guns. The constant loading of 4 guns was the only hassle but the posse was good about it.
  13. Dirt Slider and Dusty Lady, your efforts are greatly appreciated. The day of shootin’ was most enjoyable. Many Thanks. Rawton
  14. Shot Josey Wales Style today. 2 Walkers, an 1860 and an 1851. All cap & ball. It was a busy day but extremely fun. I have to use shotgun though. CED711FD-BB4E-4C98-8B90-D5D647C62C59.mov
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