Richardson Boot Pistol - $50


August 18, 2008, 04:11 PM
I'm giving very serious consideration to buying one of these pistols from SOG ( (scroll midway down). They are black powder, takes a #11 cap, shoots .36 ball. I'm wondering if any of you have experience with them or know how they are. I know that you tend to get what you pay for, but I'm hoping this will present itself as an affordable and fun introduction to BP.

Here are some pics I found from CalGuns

Unfortunately I cannot find any youtubes of this baby in action.

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August 18, 2008, 06:49 PM
PH1305 Classic Arms New Orleans Ace Pistol Kit $97.50

Dixie Gun Works has sold a similar pistol in kit form for years. I had an uncle that passed away several years ago who had one. I sold it for my Aunt, and from what I remember it was a decent gun for the money. No sights. But they were a replica of a close quarters riverboat gun. The Dixie model was a .44 calibre.

August 18, 2008, 08:15 PM
Screw barrels are very weak when loaded from the breach due to the very limited amount of powder that can fit. Round ball at 300-400 fps, IIRC.

Loaded through the muzzle, with a smaller ball and a patch, and a larger powder charge, they're much more powerful.

Some, especially the cheap ones, eventually crack the stocks due to recoil and constantly twisting the barrel on and off, though.

Other than that, should be fun enough. Much easier to load than muzzleloaders.

August 18, 2008, 09:32 PM
Chinese crap.

I bought a pair at a "special" price of ~$70 for the pair.

I haven't bothered to shoot them yet, and probably won't.

August 19, 2008, 01:48 PM
A club member had one out this weekend. He loaded it up and fired it at the 25ft. range. missed the target (shooting at B-8p targets!:eek:).

Tried again, missed again!

I believe it is now a shelf ornament...

August 19, 2008, 02:24 PM
vis--vis , I gotta say what do you want from a "Boot Gun"? The width of a card playin' table or maybe 6-10ft. If ya like it get it, or Put it towards a Rem or Colt Pocket Pistol ifin yur a buyin' it fer shootin' much.


August 19, 2008, 02:46 PM
A friend of mine has one he shot at an old burned out fire barrel from 5 ft away....the shot bounced off the barrel and hit him ( No harm done to the barrel or him ). He wouldn`t shoot it through my crono ..when I told him about hit it buy it program .

August 19, 2008, 02:58 PM
I have one. On mine, it seems the spring isn't strong enough, takes more than one hammer hit to fire it usually. The internals are made of something like die cast metal toys, very soft/cheap, so I doubt it'd hold up to heavy use. Still kind of fun to fire now and then, but hitting what you're shooting at better not be your goal...

August 20, 2008, 01:03 PM
wow i often contemplated getting one. After reading this i am glad i never have.

August 20, 2008, 01:50 PM
This one was not made to load from the breach, just down the barrel.
That is what the instruction sheet says.
I have one and for what I use it for, I LOVE it.
I put in 15 grains of 777ff, a lubed wad, 125 grains of #9 shot, then a thin cardboard wad. I have two flasks sitting here by it in the dining room. One for powder and the other for shot. Laying there by that is a capper and a little tin with the wads in it.
In the fall and winter, when the blackbirds are thick, I throw about a cup of scratch feed out the dining room door. The blackbirds come in, it looks like a hundred at a time. They are about 10 to 20 feet from the door. I open the door just a crack and boom. Eight or ten at a time. Finish them off with the 22 rifle.
I put in a shorter nipple so the hammer would hit it flat. The original was tall and the hammer hit the cap at an angle.

I just noticed, this is my 100th post. I am going to celebrate by taking a nap.

August 20, 2008, 02:40 PM
omg now i have heard everything

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