Another rescued customized Single Six


October 3, 2012, 09:22 PM
Here's another stainless Single Six I bought used maybe 10 years ago. Dates to 1978 and is pre-billboard. Big dealer had it for sale, and it had apparently been part of a court case, because it had a docket or evidence number on the gun and the magnum cylinder too. Looked like it had been dragged or dropped on concrete, showing scrapes and gouges at the muzzle edge, a side of the LR cylinder, and the butt of the grip frame. Even had surface rust under the grip panels on the frame, and the walnut grips showed evidence of having dried out after some time under water. Some fella had scratched initials with a pointed object into the cylinder frame under the loading gate too. $200 out the door.
Disassembled it completely. Started repair by using wet and dry carborundum paper on the gouges and initials, followed on down to 1500 grit, and Flitz. Decided to give it my round butt and grip frame front straightening contour treatment, and installed my own lathe made stainless lanyard. Cold blue the front sight, and made and installed a trigger over travel stop button. I topped it off with extended rosewood grips made in my shop and secured by two stainless socket head screws. Those rosewood grips were terribly expensive.....found out the hard way I'm allergic to the rosewood family of trees. An hour after making them, I broke out in hives, had a rash all over my chest and was wheezing. A trip to the doctor, shot of steroids, oral steroids, and an inhaler later I swore of rosewood. Thank God I wore a mask and shop apron when I was working with the wood, or it could have been worse.
Have a Belt Mountain oversized base pin on order. Shoots great, and has new life. Don

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October 3, 2012, 10:17 PM
Nice restoration.

The grips are certainly different as well. is the idea of the shape simply for looks or does it let you more easily fit all three gripping fingers around the stocks better with no pinky overhang?

October 3, 2012, 10:42 PM
BC actually the grip gives full support to my pinky finger, and with the heavy recoiling .22 Magnum (LOL) I can keep control of this beast! I also wanted a little different look, instead of more conventionally giving the butt of the grips a step with a cutout for the lanyard stud. Don

October 4, 2012, 01:01 PM
I am fondly impressed. One of the 'funnest' guns that I have owned was a Super Single Six.

Now to the carry leather...?


October 4, 2012, 01:14 PM
Leather comes next. I'm thinking a cross draw Mexican style. Lots of wonderful antique leather holsters are pictured in the book "Packing Iron", with which some here may be familiar. Thanks. Don

October 4, 2012, 01:23 PM
Well done Sir!

October 5, 2012, 03:44 AM
Outstanding! Good on you for giving that beauty a second chance at life. Well done, sir.

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