Pistol to go with my rifle


January 4, 2011, 12:32 AM
This was the very first gun I ever owned. It was given to me by my Dad on my 12th birthday. It's a Thompson Center .32 Caliber. I've shot it a grand total of once but have always held on to it and it's always meant something special to me.

I'd like to get a percussion cap pistol in the same .32 caliber and of the same "look" if possible.

Any recomendations?






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DoubleDeuce 1
January 4, 2011, 02:44 AM
You might consider finding a good used .36 cal Thompson Center Patriot pistol. They were made in both .36 and .45 cal. The .36 cal might be difficult to find. They would fit right in with your rifle. The hammer design is the same or at least very similar. I know the lock is the same as either the Seneca or Cherokee, I just forget which one. The Patriot is a good shooter.:cool:

January 4, 2011, 05:13 AM
If you are wanting a pistol in 32 caliber, it will probably be a custom job. I am not aware of any company that imported any pistols in 32. What size ball do you use in your rifle? If it is somewhere around 31 caliber, you might consider the clones of the Colt Baby Dragoon. A 5 or 6 shot revolver in 31 caliber. Of all the various Colt percussion revovlers, the 31s sold the most numbers. Compact and deadly (medicine being what it was in those days), the little revovlers fit into a boot top, pocket or behind a belt comfortably and carried well.

Here's mine.

Shadow 7D
January 4, 2011, 06:13 AM
Naw not that, with a gun like that you would want a nice cap lock, maybe a dueling or target pistol.

January 4, 2011, 07:40 AM
ARDESA (spain)

Davy Crockett percussion pistol in .32

...if u can find it.

Would be perfect.

George Mabry
January 4, 2011, 08:37 AM
As was suggested earlier, the T/C Patriot would go well with that rifle but I doubt you'll find one in .32. Here is a T/C Patriot in .36 for sale: http://www.cabelas.com/vista-gun-library-thompson-center-patriot-percussion-pistol-36.shtml

January 4, 2011, 02:01 PM
The Sportsman's Guide sells the Traditions .32 Crockett pistol:


DoubleDeuce 1
January 4, 2011, 04:39 PM
As George Mabry has mentioned, that Patriot pistol he found for sale is right up your alley as far as going with your rifle. Same company and same quality workmanship. It is twice the amount of the Traditions pistol. In my opinion it is twice the pistol also. The Traditions pistol is probably a fine shooter. The Patriot has a walnut stock and is/ was made here in the U.S.A. If something goes wrong with the pistol Thompson Center will stand behind their product for free. I'd call Cabela's and see if you could negotiate a lower price. But that is still a fair price for that pistol. I have seen them go for up to $600.00, and as low as $200.00.

I have two of the Patriot pistols in .45 cal. I had a loose rear sight. I called Thompson and was told to send the pistol into them for repair. I did. When I got the pistol back I found they had gone through it top to bottom. It was completely gone over and refurbished, and it was for free. That is what I would call customer service.

I have some CVA/ Traditions guns. You get what you pay for. They for the most part leave a lot to be desired, but they do shoot. I have found the metal work moderately acceptable. The locks were especially troublesome and needed extra hand finishing before they would perform without too much difficulty. The stocks are made of a mystery wood, either birch or beech, I forget. I had to contact the customer service folks at Traditions for something simple. That was two or three years ago and I am still waiting... After several attempts to contact them and to be contacted in return I do not believe they exist. If they do, you couldn't prove it by me. Just my experiences.

My money and vote is on the Patriot.:cool:

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