Can't keep a Walker! (an essay on loss)


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J.T. Gerrity
April 15, 2012, 01:09 PM
I've had three Walkers in the last thirty years, and I just don't seem to be able to keep them! I have other pistols I've had for nearly as long and never given a second thought to, but the Walkers all seem to slip out of my grip! What's the deal?!!

Bought the first one in the mid '80s - an ASM. A good friend and I would go out and do some plinking together; he with a .22 SAA and me with the Walker, and he was always in awe of the Walker's flash and boom. When he eventually moved to nearly the other side of the world, I gave him the ASM as a farewell gift. He still has it.

After a few years without one, I saw the Uberti version in Cabella's for a good price, so I picked it up. By now, I'd acquired an 1860 Army, a 3rd Model Dragoon, a "Confederate Navy" in .44 cal, and a Remington 1858 New Army, and was looking to increase the collection. While I wasn't impressed with the bogus "charcoal bluing" it was finished with, it was a good shooter and I had a lot of fun with it. During a move, the house was broken into and quite a few items were stolen, including the Walker. Fortunately, I had already packed and stored the other guns, so they were safe, but the Walker was gone (along with a Fender Stratocaster, a 1959 Gibson Les Paul, and a Marshall stack, among other things). I reported it to the police, but I never heard anything about it again. I always imagine some thief thinking he had something special, then tossing it into a lake when he realized he couldn't figure out how to get the bullets in...

A few more years passed and I picked up a couple more pistols, including the Uberti "Custer" model SAA with black powder frame and authentic military markings. I already had a 2nd gen 1860 Army, and a 3rd gen Dragoon, so the only model missing in the evolution of Colt's black powder "Army" series was the one that started it all; the Walker. In keeping with the authenticity theme, I purchased a 3rd gen new from Colt Black powder, built a special wall rack, and happily displayed my Army collection in my studio.

The only problem with the new Walker was that it was just too pretty to shoot, and the value nearly doubled shortly after my purchase, so it remained unfired on the wall. Six years ago, my wife developed breast cancer and a lot of things happened all at once so that, for a time, we found ourselves struggling to get by. We started looking for things we could sell and, of course, the Walker was a fairly valuable wall decoration. I knew there was a reason I never could bring myself to shoot it; and the price I got for it unfired was more than I could have gotten otherwise.

My wife has now been five years cancer free, and each passing year gives us just that much more hope it won't return. Things are back on a more normal keel, now; with her back to work our financial circumstances are better than ever, and we are looking forward to the future.

But, still... I sit in the studio and look at the "Army" wall placque, and there's a missing space... I recall the BOOM of my early Walkers, the feel of the kick of 50 grains of powder punting that ball-et down range, the cloud of smoke enveloping everything, and my friend gleefully shouting "Jeeze! That's a friggin' cannon!"

Power. That's what a Walker is all about.

So, I'm toying with getting yet another Walker. I'm not sure I'd go for full on authentic this time... maybe just a standard Uberti without all of the fancy stuff... I don't know... the urge just doesn't seem to want to go away.

There is one concern I do have about getting one, though, that makes it a risk I'm not sure I should take...

How long can I keep it?

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DoubleDeuce 1
April 15, 2012, 01:39 PM
Go ahead and get another one... Then post a picture of it and join the Walker Club. If you still need more convincing, check out the thread and take a look at all of those pictures of those beautiful Walker revolvers.:cool:

J.T. Gerrity
April 15, 2012, 02:04 PM
Thanks for the encouragement, DD! :) I actually was among the first to join the infamous "Walker Club" and posted this pic of the wall placque: 3rd gen Walker; 3rd gen Dragoon; 2nd gen Army; Navy Arms (Uberti) "Custer" model SAA

http://users.frii.com/keen/Armys.JPG

You can imagine what a space the missing Walker leaves!

If/when I do get another, I'll be certain to show it off!

DoubleDeuce 1
April 16, 2012, 02:09 AM
The Walker missing from that display must leave a huge void... After you take care of filling it, work on getting a Paterson.:cool:

ZZZ
April 16, 2012, 02:16 AM
The important thing is you have your priorities right. I think it's great that you gave one to a friend and the other to take care of family. It's just a thing that can be replaced. That said, replace that sucker. I have two of them and love shooting them both at the same time.

Skinny 1950
April 16, 2012, 02:53 AM
Forget about the Walker what about the Fender...I feel your pain. I sold my Strat and had to trade a gun to replace it.
That is a great essay I give it an A+

J.T. Gerrity
April 16, 2012, 07:38 PM
The Walker missing from that display must leave a huge void... After you take care of filling it, work on getting a Paterson.

I would actually get a Paterson before the Walker if I could find one! I've lusted after one for years but never acquired one.


The important thing is you have your priorities right. I think it's great that you gave one to a friend and the other to take care of family. It's just a thing that can be replaced. That said, replace that sucker. I have two of them and love shooting them both at the same time.

Thanks, Josie -er- ZZZ. You're right; stuff is stuff and people are family. As proven, these things can always be replaced!


Forget about the Walker what about the Fender...I feel your pain. I sold my Strat and had to trade a gun to replace it.
That is a great essay I give it an A+

Well, the Fender was a fairly new standard model not worth that much. What hurt the most was the '59 Les Paul. I've since replaced the Strat and the Marshall stack, but I'll never be able to replace the Paul...

Thanks for the grade, too! I know some of my old teachers would be shocked! :)


Thanks to all who have read but not necessarily responded; just sharing the pain makes things easier to handle sometimes!

4v50 Gary
April 16, 2012, 09:46 PM
In the past few years, this website and TFL has inspired me to purchase several Walkers.

Captain*kirk
April 16, 2012, 11:23 PM
I have an ASM Walker for sale for a friend if you're interested....$350.00 +shipping. Unfired.

J.T. Gerrity
April 16, 2012, 11:40 PM
Captain*kirk I have an ASM Walker for sale for a friend if you're interested....$350.00 +shipping. Unfired.

Now, that would be interesting - like going full circle; to start and end with an ASM! I don't know if I'm quite ready to make a purchase yet, but I'll let you know...

And, BTW, the ASM I bought back in '82 or '83 cost me $75, used, from the local gun store! Nobody wanted BP pistols back then - how things have changed! :):rolleyes:

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