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88 Magnum!

Discussion in 'Handguns: Revolvers' started by gazpacho, Nov 13, 2012.

  1. gazpacho

    gazpacho Well-Known Member

    Ever since I saw the movie Johnny Dangerously, I've wanted an 88 Magnum. If you don't know what I'm talking about, you really need to see this film.


    As the IMFDB states, the movie gun was a Colt New Service revolver in 45 Colt. Well, I didn't have a Colt to build on, but a few years back I did come across a Smith & Wesson Model 28-2 with lots of holster wear and a bad barrel. I bought it with the intention of building a custom revolver with the frame.

    Fast forward to the near present.

    Wild West Guns, maker of the fantastic Alaskan Guide Gun, openned up a full service sales and gunsmithing store in Las Vegas. After having them do some minor gunsmihing for me, I took the plunge and brought my project revolver to them. Working with Tim, one of their gunsmiths, we came up with this:





    (Yes, I know that isn't a completely accurate quote!)

    This is a range toy.

    How does it shoot? Well so far, I've only been able to test shoot it mid way though the build. At that time, it could hold a 2" group at 50 yards from a bench rest with 357 Magnum Blazer 158gr JHP. Recoil is insignificant. Range attention is high. Fun factor is high. It is surprisingly easy to hold it one handed while firing and 2 handed is a dream. The ammo in the picture is Buffalo Bore 180gr, which I hope to test soon.

    This revolver has prompted me to return to reloading.
  2. 7075-T7

    7075-T7 Well-Known Member

    Nice, But it needs a longer barrel :D
  3. gp911

    gp911 Well-Known Member

    I like it! Definitely a unique build!
  4. dalesp

    dalesp Member

    But can it shoot through schools?
  5. eldon519

    eldon519 Well-Known Member

    Looks like you'll still need another foot or two of barrel length to down a Batwing:what:

    Attached Files:

  6. Zombiphobia

    Zombiphobia Well-Known Member

    My wife says my 1858 Remington 'Buffalo' reminds her of that exact image.

    With cartridge cylinder-

    gazpacho, that's a sweet revolver! How much did it cost for the custom work, if you don't mind me asking?
  7. gazpacho

    gazpacho Well-Known Member

    I'd have to go back and total up the receipts, but I estimate about $1100 in custom work. It's a lot, but how often do you get to do something like this?

    Of coursenow, I have visions of a revolver based carbine in my head. I'm thinking of Ruger's Super Redhawk in 454
  8. skidder

    skidder Well-Known Member

    I like it.
    Reminds me of the Joker's gun in the first Batman movie.:)
  9. Walkalong

    Walkalong Moderator

    Very cool. I like the inscription.
  10. slicksleeve

    slicksleeve Well-Known Member

    It may be somewhat beside the point, but I really like the grips. What are they, and who made them, if you don't mind me asking?
  11. Joe_m107

    Joe_m107 Active Member

  12. rodinal220

    rodinal220 Well-Known Member

    I like it!!:evil:
  13. TennJed

    TennJed Well-Known Member

    You got too much sugar in your diet
  14. gazpacho

    gazpacho Well-Known Member


    Silverblack Checkered

    To be honest, at first I was ho-hum about the grips, but when I finally got the revolver back with the black nitride finish, the two just clicked.

    On a side note, what you can see is that under the grips there is a lanyard loop at the bottom of the frame.
  15. slicksleeve

    slicksleeve Well-Known Member

    The grips and finish look great together.
  16. Rexster

    Rexster Well-Known Member

    I like!

    As my eyes get older, I like longer-barreled handguns more and more; it gets the front sight out there whee I can see it better.
  17. hAkron

    hAkron Well-Known Member

    Can you do a quick run through of what you had done to it? Obviously the barrel, a refinish, and grips...what else do we have here?
  18. gazpacho

    gazpacho Well-Known Member

    Barrel with the slab sides and engraving
    Slight trigger work (trigger was great to begin with)
    Timing and cylinder gap (the gap now is the tightest I have ever seen without binding)
    Jack Weigland front sight
    Lanyard ring
    Black nitride finish

    The rear sight blade will be replaced when the part comes in.
  19. horsemen61

    horsemen61 Well-Known Member

    Sweet looking gun I bet she will shoot great
  20. rswartsell

    rswartsell Well-Known Member

    Whatever floats your boat, impressive work. I'm really chiming in to share how much the school comments grate on me. Fingernails on a chalkboard grating. Are we really so tone deaf that we would think this in any way funny? Is there some inside joke I'm not privvy to? Even if there is you get a vote from me for boneheaded post of the month.:(

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