Army 1860 Purchase


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Calibre44
August 30, 2008, 03:38 PM
Just thought I’d share my latest purchase with you all.

This has been the result of a lot of personal debate between the Army 1860 and the Remmie 1858. I have read countless debates on THR about the virtues of both pistols and just couldn’t make up my mind. I decided on a Remmie first just because I thought a full frame would be a nice contrast to my Dragoon and Navy 51.

Anyway I made my way down to my local Gun Shop to order the Remmie. They made the call to the distributor (only one has the monopoly for importing Uberits’ over here - Grrr) and got the usual response: ‘It’ll take 3 months sir – which really means anything between 3 and 6 months!)

The owner told me that he had just taken a Army 1860 in part exchange for another gun. It’s almost new and would I like to see it. Well! … as soon as I clapped eyes on the elegant lines of the Army I made my mind up in a nanosecond! – ‘yep I’ll take it!’ So with eyes like ‘dinner plates’ the purchase was made and here it is:
http://i249.photobucket.com/albums/gg230/woodsy_2008/Guns/Army1.jpg

Here’s a pic of it settling in with the rest of the family.
http://i249.photobucket.com/albums/gg230/woodsy_2008/Guns/Colts.jpg

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4v50 Gary
August 30, 2008, 03:54 PM
Nice line of open-top thoroughbreds.

scrat
August 30, 2008, 04:49 PM
very very nice. congrats

black_powder_Rob
August 30, 2008, 05:48 PM
Ohhhh so pretty:what: makes me want my 1860 before Christmas.

Loomis
August 30, 2008, 05:55 PM
I was just thinking, there should be a rule against posting pics of newly purchased firearms.

Because now I want one.

Sagetown
August 30, 2008, 10:02 PM
Loomis' Quote: "I was just thinking, there should be a rule against posting pics of newly purchased firearms.

Because now I want one.

:D:D:D Ain't it the truth ! The only thing purtier than a 1860 is two of 'm. :D:D:D

PRM
August 30, 2008, 10:11 PM
Great, classic gun - looks good in the line-up

Let us know how it shoots!!!

mykeal
August 30, 2008, 10:44 PM
The only thing purtier than a 1860 is two of 'm.

Ok, you asked for it:
http://i122.photobucket.com/albums/o254/mykealsm/Guns/Colt%201860%20Army/1639and741.jpg

Old Wornout Soldier
August 31, 2008, 09:23 AM
My wife just ordered one from Cimarron for my birthday, it will be a great addition to my 2 Walkers and my 1851. Now I can look forward to my birthday instead of dreading it (74th).

scrat
August 31, 2008, 01:03 PM
good choice Cimarron makes some great guns. i have a Walker from Cimarron

Smokin_Gun
August 31, 2008, 01:28 PM
Calibre44 congrads on the new 1860 Army, a real beauty it is.
Just curious if it's a Uberti as most I believe are in the U.K. The grips had me thinking Pietta, so I asked just out of curiosity.

Very nice family you have there...

SG

scrat
August 31, 2008, 01:47 PM
ya those grips dont look Uberti. But the gun sure does. Pietta has the address on the right. Well they usually do

Calibre44
September 1, 2008, 02:02 PM
Smokin Gun wrote: Calibre44 congrads on the new 1860 Army, a real beauty it is.
Just curious if it's a Uberti as most I believe are in the U.K. The grips had me thinking Pietta, so I asked just out of curiosity


Yep the gun is definitely a Uberti as are the grips as far as I can see. The serial number is written inside the grips. See pic:
http://i249.photobucket.com/albums/gg230/woodsy_2008/Guns/misc017.jpg

Here’s another pic just for interest. The previous owner has used some leather to increase the spring tension.
http://i249.photobucket.com/albums/gg230/woodsy_2008/Guns/misc015.jpg

Still haven’t shot it yet as the weather over here has been awful but I’ll let you know how it shoots as soon as I can get to the range

Smokin_Gun
September 2, 2008, 04:23 AM
Thanks Calibre.44 thought it was...

The Leather is a novel idea...my friend Pohill had done something simular with a broken piece of spring to stiffen another.
This Pietta 1860 Army is about 10yrs. old, I got it 3yrs. ago from this pic...still a tack driver.
http://i29.photobucket.com/albums/c277/Smokin_Gun/1860ArmyPietta125.jpg
http://i29.photobucket.com/albums/c277/Smokin_Gun/07-07-08_1137.jpg

SG

Sagetown
September 2, 2008, 12:34 PM
That's a purty bunch of army's you all are showin. My Pietta is showin her age at 14 years, but she can still shoot. ;):D:D
http://www.myhostedpics.com/images/FourBee/brasspietta.jpg

scrat
September 2, 2008, 04:13 PM
Leather under the main spring good idea wow. i like that one

StrawHat
September 2, 2008, 04:16 PM
Skeeter Skelton or Bill Jordan wrote about using the leather piece under the mainspring. To soften the fall of the hammer if my memory is working. If the memory is not working, I am not sure where to begin looking for the info.

Omnivore
September 2, 2008, 04:40 PM
Nice photos, Calibre and others. Thank you for not using a flash. Nice looking guns all around. To my eyes, the '60 Army is about the prettiest of them all.

mykeal
September 2, 2008, 08:31 PM
The leather, or a wedge of harder material, actually stiffens the spring, making it strike harder. It moves the fulcrum up on the spring, shortening the effective length of the spring leaf, thus making it stiffer. A very effective fix for a spring that's getting weak when you don't have access to 3 day mail order service.

scrat
September 2, 2008, 09:01 PM
Or lazy to order one. Guilty

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