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Krist Konverter with Gate

Discussion in 'Blackpowder' started by Zero_DgZ, Aug 31, 2006.

  1. Zero_DgZ

    Zero_DgZ Participating Member

    Feb 3, 2006
    Greetings all, once more.

    I've been eyeballing the Krist Cartridge Konverter thingamabob on their website as of late and I haven't been able to find a way to contact the inventor/manufacturer. For those of us with fancypants target model stainless steel 1858's, is there a stainless (or at least non-black) version of this sucker available anyplace? I can't seem to turn one up.

    I may have to get the stock one, remove the finish, and then chrome or nickel it...
  2. Smokin_Gun

    Smokin_Gun Participating Member

    May 10, 2005
    Mojave Desert, California
  3. Howdy Doody

    Howdy Doody New Member

    Jan 10, 2006
    Bakersfield CA
    Walt Kirst sometimes posts on the cowboy boards like SASS wire, The Frontier Spot and CAS City. His alias is Samuel Remington.
  4. HUnter58

    HUnter58 New Member

    Jan 27, 2006
    Tippecanoe County
    They made one in nickel finish at one time.
  5. Cincinnati Slim

    Cincinnati Slim New Member

    Jul 2, 2006
    Stainless/Nickle Kirst Konverter


    I got a Gated Kirst in a Blue Pietta Remmie. It dropped right in and works great ! Grinding the loading port w/a Dremel took some work and about a dozen 5/8" sanding drums. I Blued the new port with Birchwoods/Casey Cold Blue. It looked good at first but I have to keep touching it up and it doesn't really match the deep factory blue of the rest of the gun. Of course a stainless or polished white steel revolver won't have that problem. I know R&D offers their cylinder in brushed nickle and a machine turned "jeweled" version. It is so easy to drop the cylinder out of a Remmie I'm not sure you really gain much with the loading gate.

    As for having the Kirst plated I have some relevant observations. I took the trigger guard of a Remmie and the front strap/trigger guard of a 1860 Colt to the local chrome shop for nickle plating. The price was right; only ten bucks each!
    But these guys restore auto bumpers for a living. The plating looked great but it was really thick ! I'm talking 0.003-0.004 thick at least !

    This shop was used to chrome plating auto parts expected to be left out in the weather for years. I had to polish and do a little grinding to get the Remmie triger guard to fit back into the revolver frame. I would be hesitant to let these guys plate a close-tolerance item like a revolver cylinder. Especially since these conversion cylinders are usually a tight /close fit to begin with. The cylinder could end up too long, chambers too tight and/or bolt locking notches too small after a thick layer of nickle plating.

    Perhaps a Jewelery plating service could plate your cylinder without laying it on too thick.

    Good Luck,

    Cincinnati Slim

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