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Anybody Ever See One of These???

Discussion in 'Blackpowder' started by coop923, Oct 19, 2009.

  1. coop923

    coop923 Well-Known Member

    Does anyone have or know anything about this? I don't know too much about it, but it seems I remember seeing some sort of write up on it back maybe in the early 90s; or maybe it was something in the Dixie Gun Works catalog back then. I'd appreciate any information or help that any of you may be able to give me.


    Left side of the barrel reads: BLACK POWDER ONLY CAL.44 MADE IN ITALY

    Right side reads: DIXIE GUN WORKS, INC

    Top of barrel reads: ARMI SAN MARCO GARDONE, V.T



  2. Ratdog68

    Ratdog68 Well-Known Member

    Never seen anything like that !!! Inktristink lookin' thing though. I guess that's one way to do up a single shot.
  3. Oyeboten

    Oyeboten Well-Known Member

    .44...Single Shot...Percussion...Target Pistol.

    I like it!

    Grip and Trigger Guard look like 1stor 2nd Dragoon...

    Might just be a 'Tack Driver'...
  4. Smokin_Gun

    Smokin_Gun Well-Known Member

    I think it was called a Scout maybe ... it's a breaktop is it?
  5. coop923

    coop923 Well-Known Member

    Seems like I remember reading something like "hunting muzzleloading handgun" but it's been a long time and I couldn't say for sure. I'm not even sure that what I'm remembering is for this gun.
  6. coop923

    coop923 Well-Known Member

    It doesn't break open, however if you remove the front set screw on the bottom, the flat lug under the barrel can be pulled out, then the barrel can be removed.
  7. whosyrdaddy

    whosyrdaddy Well-Known Member

    Marketed by Dixie as "Tingle Trophy Winner". Apparently, an Italian copy of Bob Tingle's target pistol.

    CVA marketed it as the "Prospector".

    Palmetto made a version with full target grips and fully adjustable sights and trigger. It came with a wood fore stock and the screw configuration differs from the others as well. It was imported by Richland Arms of Blissfield, MI.

    Here are some links that may be of interest to you.




    Hope this helps
  8. arcticap

    arcticap Well-Known Member

    Deer Creek [765-525-6181] listed that pistol in their 2006 catalog as the CVA Prospector for $149.
  9. BHP FAN

    BHP FAN Well-Known Member

    Very cool.
  10. coop923

    coop923 Well-Known Member

    Thanks for the input. It's in good shape and seems pretty sturdy, but what do you think a safe load would be? It's probably designed to shoot lubed .440 balls, right? There's no literature with the gun.
  11. arcticap

    arcticap Well-Known Member

    The CVA Prospector was listed as being a .44 caliber and bare balls are not usually fired from a rifled barrel.
    That means that it will shoot several different sizes of round balls that are loaded along with a lubed patch of the appropriate thickness.

    A ball is usually selected that's .010 under bore diameter along with either a .010 or .015 lubed patch.
    The .429 cast round ball is about right and is available from Track of the Wolf.


    A .433 or .424 round ball can also work but a different patch thicknesses might be needed to fill in the rifling grooves and provide the best fit.
    A .005, .007 and maybe a .010 lubed patch should work with the .433 ball.
    An .018 and maybe a .015 lubed patch should work with the .424 ball.

    A starting load of powder would be about 20-25 grains of "fffg or P" pistol powder using a volumetric measure. The powder charge can be increased in 5 grain increments all of the way up to 50 grains or more until the performance is satisfactory, but you probably wouldn't want to load over 40 grains of powder anyway.
    Last edited: Oct 21, 2009
  12. coop923

    coop923 Well-Known Member

    Thanks very much articap; very helpful information! Now I have a direction to work in.
  13. cane

    cane Well-Known Member

    I had one of the original Tingle pistols, it came with a detachable stock and 2 barrels, both .40 cal. All you had to do to change the barrel was loosen a set screw, the breech plug and nipple in on the back of the barrel. My pistol had a wooden forearm.
  14. arcticap

    arcticap Well-Known Member

    If possible, you might want to double check on the land to land bore diameter with calipers just to make sure that it's .44 caliber as advertised in the Deer Creek catalog.
    Since it's not a revolver, their .44 caliber designation doesn't usually ever apply to single shot pistols that are .45 caliber.
    In other words, with revolvers .44 means ~.45 caliber, but with single shot pistols .44 actually means that it's .44 caliber. :)
    Last edited: Oct 21, 2009
  15. zimmerstutzen

    zimmerstutzen Well-Known Member

    There's been several of those for sale on the auction sites over the past couple months.

    Palmetto Arms made a version of it as well. (I have two)

    I've never had the opportunity to examine a Tingle in person.

    On the Palmetto version, the bores are very tight for the stated caliber. The 44 cal is a tight, palm bruising fit with 433 balls and .005 patches.

    The 36 caliber actually runs about 350 groove to groove.
  16. whosyrdaddy

    whosyrdaddy Well-Known Member

    Do you have any pics of those that you could post? I have been searching for some to add to my database but they are especially elusive.
  17. Digger Odell

    Digger Odell Well-Known Member

    Perhaps I may be able to help you out with ID. I dug out old Dixie Gun catolog #125 page 82 it listsThe Trophy Winner .44 Single Shot Pistol list $xx.95 also lists Shotgun Pistol barrel:$x2.95. I just thought I might peak your interest leaving the full price out. I only do this to increase your interest. It gives a good full description of both, If you would like this passed on (I'm sure you do) just bear with me as I type very very slow & it has a lot of info. Arn't guns fun. Let me know & I will start typing.
    ...........keep your powder dry.
  18. arcticap

    arcticap Well-Known Member

    Someone referred to that model as the CVA Conestoga because of the wagon being engraved on the receiver. It's interesting to hear that the proper name is the Trophy Winner.
    If you would like to pass along the information from the Dixie catalog then it's preserved in the THR archives and others can benefit from it in the future. :)
    Last edited: Jan 23, 2010
  19. flintlock62

    flintlock62 Well-Known Member

    I have seem them many moons ago while on one of my visits to Dixie, but never held them. I did think they were intresting, but Dixie has a lot of intresting stuff.
  20. Digger Odell

    Digger Odell Well-Known Member

    I would be delighted to pass the info on to the THR archives. Being a newbe to the forum I would ask if you would assist me to do this. I know how to start a new link but I'm not sure how to direct to the archives. Do I just find archive heading & click on? I will start to do this tomorrow A.M. as I type very sloooow. Thanking you in advance for your help. Just to give you some info which I will include, the list price for the TROPHY WINNER .44 SINGLE SHOT PISTOL $79.95. SHOTGUN PISTOL BARREL .28 gauge $12.95. I think it's great to pass along helpful info........ :)

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