Krist Konverter with Gate


August 31, 2006, 04:32 PM
Greetings all, once more.

I've been eyeballing the Krist Cartridge Konverter thingamabob on their website as of late and I haven't been able to find a way to contact the inventor/manufacturer. For those of us with fancypants target model stainless steel 1858's, is there a stainless (or at least non-black) version of this sucker available anyplace? I can't seem to turn one up.

I may have to get the stock one, remove the finish, and then chrome or nickel it...

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August 31, 2006, 06:28 PM
I don't think they make a stainless but here's two websites with Places that sell Kirst products.

I believe R&D Converters Dropins 1858's are made in stainless...

Howdy Doody
September 1, 2006, 01:25 AM
Walt Kirst sometimes posts on the cowboy boards like SASS wire, The Frontier Spot and CAS City. His alias is Samuel Remington.

September 1, 2006, 07:43 AM
They made one in nickel finish at one time.

Cincinnati Slim
September 1, 2006, 09:28 AM

I got a Gated Kirst in a Blue Pietta Remmie. It dropped right in and works great ! Grinding the loading port w/a Dremel took some work and about a dozen 5/8" sanding drums. I Blued the new port with Birchwoods/Casey Cold Blue. It looked good at first but I have to keep touching it up and it doesn't really match the deep factory blue of the rest of the gun. Of course a stainless or polished white steel revolver won't have that problem. I know R&D offers their cylinder in brushed nickle and a machine turned "jeweled" version. It is so easy to drop the cylinder out of a Remmie I'm not sure you really gain much with the loading gate.

As for having the Kirst plated I have some relevant observations. I took the trigger guard of a Remmie and the front strap/trigger guard of a 1860 Colt to the local chrome shop for nickle plating. The price was right; only ten bucks each!
But these guys restore auto bumpers for a living. The plating looked great but it was really thick ! I'm talking 0.003-0.004 thick at least !

This shop was used to chrome plating auto parts expected to be left out in the weather for years. I had to polish and do a little grinding to get the Remmie triger guard to fit back into the revolver frame. I would be hesitant to let these guys plate a close-tolerance item like a revolver cylinder. Especially since these conversion cylinders are usually a tight /close fit to begin with. The cylinder could end up too long, chambers too tight and/or bolt locking notches too small after a thick layer of nickle plating.

Perhaps a Jewelery plating service could plate your cylinder without laying it on too thick.

Good Luck,

Cincinnati Slim

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