Siles Distributor is actually a hole-in-the-wall gun shop in downtown Manhattan but the old man did some interesting imports, not known for their quality, like these with their name on them. I THINK they ended up owning Universal for a while. I believe the greasy son or relative or worker (Dino) took over and changed the name a decade ago. The store two shops down, Jovino's, the oldest gun shop in the country, owned Colt's Blackpowder and own Henry today and recently stopped manufacturing in Brooklyn and moved to New Jersey.
NY was once a major center of gun design, manufacturing, and shooting sports. Now they have Mayor Bloomberg -- national antigun crusader.
April 25, 2010, 08:38 AM
Jovino's, the oldest gun shop in the country, owned Colt's Blackpowder and own Henry today
Are you sure about that? I was under the impression the Lou Imperato owned Colt Blackpowder Arms Co and his son Anthony Imperato, owns Henry Repeating Arms Co.
A quick search reveals that Jovino's was founded in 1911 by John Jovino who sold it to the Imperato family in the 1920's.
April 25, 2010, 12:55 PM
I want to change a brass frame for a steel frame and Ive found one that has Sile on it. All of my other parts are Pietta. I was just wondering if they would fir.
April 26, 2010, 08:05 AM
I think you would be better off starting with all the parts from the same manufacturer. Even then there is no guarantee that the parts well interchange without considerable hand fitting. A Pietta made in the 70's may have different dimensions than one made in the 90's. I've encountered different arbor diameters with different years within the same manufacturer.
April 26, 2010, 03:55 PM
Thanks for the information. Ill let it pass and wait.
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