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  1. Birdgun, This is my newest Pietta acquisition. Part of a special run of J.H. Dance .36 revolvers made in 1996, commissioned by Tony Gajewski. This one is S/N C00013 of 47 guns marked the same: DANCE FIREARMS CO. - ANGLETON TEXAS . I just took delivery of it an hour ago so this is the only photo I have so far. $300 plus $25 shipping. Info on these guns: https://www.cascity.com/forumhall/index.php/topic,32403.0/nowap.html Regards, Jim
  2. Birdgun Quail, Very nice revolver. I very much like the wood, much better than the standard quarter-sawn lumber that they usually come with. The case is nice, also. Congrats! Regards, Jim
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  4. Wishing all living combat Vets a very good day for having survived. They are more important than we Vets who served in a support position. I know all of the parts must work well together for the whole to function well, but I disdain the now one-word "thankyouforyourservice" robotic saying, especially by politicians who never got closer to the military than 1 mile from the nearest local Armed Forces recruiting station. In 1971 my Nixon-drawn draft lottery number was 037 (out of 366: leap years were not omitted) so I enlisted in the USAF rather than go to the Nam as an Army "grunt" (and that term is not one of disrespect, but rather admiration). I salute all of those who put their lives on the line, willingly or not.Sincerely,James PadbergUSAF 1971-1974 Sgt. E-4 AFSC 54550 Refrigeration & Air-Conditioning Specialist Honorable Discharge
  5. While I agree that the hammer should not drop while in the half-cock position by pulling the trigger (and should be repaired), no matter how hard (which is folly to begin with), I fail to see why it is "UNSAFE". At half-cock the bolt is still recessed in the frame so as to allow the cylinder to turn freely for ejecting empty cases and loading fresh cartridges into the chambers. At that time the booger hook should always be off the bang switch. If not, that is the "UNSAFE" condition. In addition, if the hammer drops during that process, for whatever reason, the chamber would have to be fairly aligned with the barrel and the hammer firing pin would have to be close enough in alignment to strike the cartridge primer. Under those circumstances, even if a round was fired, it might shave some lead from the bullet when entering the barrel forcing cone, but the gun would not pose a large harm to the shooter. Percussion revolvers, with a wide hammer face striking any portion of the cap against the nipple, would be more in misalignment under the same conditions. I still don't understand why someone would try to get the hammer to fall by pulling the trigger when in the hammer half-cock position. Regards, Jim
  6. https://www.emf-company.com/store/pc/LeMat-c555.htm https://www.taylorsfirearms.com/hand-guns/blackpowder-revolvers/le-mat-cavalry/le-mat-cavalry.html
  7. I have read many dissertations about the "Big Iron" gun that Marty Robbins saw in a North Hollywood gun shop and wrote the song around. Supposedly it was a Colt 1873 with a 9.5" Marlin .45 barrel. I have also read where someone posited that the pistol was fitted with an original Colt 1860 Army grip with a steel blued steel backstrap and trigger guard. Make no mistake: Colt never made a blued steel trigger guard for the 1860 Army: all were brass. The sole reason for the steel backstrap was because a brass backstrap would have worn prematurely at the bottom "divot" using the Type 3 shoulder stock, which was Colt's answer to the carbines in use by Army cavalry at the time. If I was going to make a Big Iron revolver (the Marty Robbins album only shows it in the holster with his hand on the grip), I would start with the largest revolver of that era, an 1847 Walker. It is a .44 but is actually a true .45 caliber with a bore diameter of .451-.454. Uberti makes one (available from Taylor's and other sources) and they all have the 9.5" barrel. https://www.taylorsfirearms.com/hand-guns/blackpowder-revolvers/1847-walker/1847-walker.html One can also buy a conversion cylinder from Taylor's (and others) chambered for .45 Colt, no modifications to the recoil shield needed: https://www.taylorsfirearms.com/hand-guns/cartridge-conversions/walker-conversion-cylinders/conversion-cylinder-for-walker-revolvers-45lc.html I do not like the Walker load lever arrangement as the lever is prone to drop after every shot. That is why Colt changed it to the latch type found on the Whitneyville Hartford Dragoon model, which used frames and other parts from leftover Walker production from the Whitneyville contract factory. With the conversion cylinder, the load lever arrangement can be discarded insofar as operation except that it is very handy to remove the barrel and cylinder in order to reload the cylinder with .45 cartridges. This is my "Big Iron" (Whitneyville Hartford Dragoon .44 with a 7.5" barrel and shorter cylinder than the Walker) at 4 lbs. 2 oz. compared to the 1860 Army and the 1851 Navy: Regards, Jim
  8. I don't do any SASS/CAS shooting, but I like replica Colt percussion C&B revolvers to occaisionally create some smoke. @Warden Callaway The Pietta 1851 Navy brasser .44s shown are manufactured post-2014 when Pietta changed to a more "conventional" style configuration, which are thicker and blockier than their earlier Navy grips. Prior to 2015, Pietta used what has been termed the 'tail" grip configuration which were longer at the base and slimmer at the wrist. @evil dogooder You are most correct. The 3-gun photo is as follows: ASM 1860 Army .44 full-fluted cylinder with standard Army grip profile. Uberti Whitneyville Hartford Dragoon .44 (Walker frame) with Walker "slim-jim" grips, longer than the 1860 Army. Pietta 1851 Navy .36 (datecode CM/2014) with the "tail" grips, shorter than the 1860 Army but larger at the base. Regards, Jim
  9. Was it for sale? If so, what was the approximate asking price? The one in the Forgotten Weapons vid is still up for bid. Only one bid @$3750 so far. https://auctions.morphyauctions.com/_A__CUT_DOWN_MODEL_COLT_1855_REVOLVING_SHOTGUN_-LOT467716.aspx Regards, Jim
  10. I don't know how to delete my previous post (above). I'll start over... I am not a SASS member and am just a guest. I am a replica BP C&B revolver shooter/collector, so I would like to make a few comments, if you folks would entertain them. The OP asked if a Pietta 1860 Army grip assembly will fit a Colt 3rd Gen 1873 Army revolver. As I believe those guns to be made from Uberti parts, it may take a bit of fitting to do so. Tex has ordered parts from VTI (a very reputable outfit) but I hope they were Uberti parts if he has a Cimarron (Uberti) gun; if it is a Pietta gun, Pietta parts will fit. They do not interchange well without some fitting. If they are Pietta, be aware that the wood will stand proud where it meets the rear of the frame. The 1860 Army grip frame parts will be a steel backstrap and a brass trigger guard. The photos below all show steel trigger guards. I took the liberty of copying and rotating some of the photos on this thread (all very nice looking guns), and my comments on them are as follows: This gun has a short grip frame like the 1851 Navy, but it is the wrong shape and has a screw through the grip panels, unlike the 1851/1860 one-piece grip. Very nice checkered grip wood but not quite the 1860 configuration. This is very nice, but it closely resembles the shape of the 1848 Whitneyville Hartford Dragoon with the so-called "slim-jim" grip. Both guns have a grip that closely approximates the 1860. Very, very nice! In summation, all of those grip frame substitutions are for various 1873 revolvers, and are not 1860 Army replica parts. This software seems not to allow a post preview, so I hope this is presented properly. Regards, Jim
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