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Old August 7, 2014, 03:57 PM   #1
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Richards-Mason best looking revolver ever made

I know I'm likely to get some fierce arguments but there's something about a Mason-Richards Colt open top revolver. Taken piece by piece it should look like a 2-1/2 pound magnet drug through a parts bin but it doesn't. They seem to take all those mismatched parts and make a thing of absolute beauty.

That put me in a buying mood. Who currently makes them? Who makes the best one...or are they all the same?
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Old August 7, 2014, 05:00 PM   #2
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I like the ones imported by Cimmaron. They are Uberti and are really nice.
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Old August 7, 2014, 05:25 PM   #3
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Plenty of people offer them,

https://www.dixiegunworks.com/produc...u3hrfoqdcci730
http://www.taylorsfirearms.com/cartr...-revolver.html
http://www.buffaloarms.com/1860_rich...n_pr-3929.aspx
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Old August 7, 2014, 06:21 PM   #4
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If you have a '60, a Kirst kit looks about as good.
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Old August 7, 2014, 09:14 PM   #5
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I have one of the Uberti ones and it's a real favorite of mine. Very much enjoy it.


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Old August 7, 2014, 09:15 PM   #6
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If you have a '60, a Kirst kit looks about as good
That's all I have now, an 1860 with the conversion. Wait, on second thought, I do have an old dusty single shot 12 gauge somewhere around here. Now where did I put that???
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Old August 8, 2014, 07:19 PM   #7
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I have one of the ROA in the polished stainless with a R&D Conversion cylinder, Belt Mountain base pin and base pin latch/ retainer system. The cylinder and base pin are blued. Contrast comes off nice.

Not as pretty as the Colt though.
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Old August 8, 2014, 08:49 PM   #8
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I agree, that is one handsome revolver.

I see Taylors is offering one up for $484.00 because it has a factory fill line in one of the grips. Check their "clearance' page.
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Old August 9, 2014, 06:53 AM   #9
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I like the looks of the earlier Richards Model.



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Old August 9, 2014, 07:33 AM   #10
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I also agree with Strawhat, the earlier Richards model are great lookin revolvers.
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Old August 9, 2014, 11:17 AM   #11
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^^ That's the one that I shoot. It's a real favorite. I took a friend from Germany to the range a month or so ago, no prior gun experience at all. Shot a .22 Beretta for a bit, then a .38 K-38 with wadcutters a bit, then let him shoot the Beretta 92 for a few, and then brought out the Richards. He was OK with all the others but really lit up when he saw and shot the Richards. Couldn't drag him away from it. Shot it well, just a pleasure to see. I agree... I have a ball with mine. Probably the most fun of all of the revolvers I own. It's "Just modern enough" to be easy to deal with, and "just old and arcane enough" to be interesting. When I bring mine out on the range, I can count on a line of folks putting down their plastic wonders and coming over to see it. It's always a crowd pleaser.



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Old August 9, 2014, 06:04 PM   #12
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I had the ASM version. Beautiful. Sold it for a Glock. Not as pretty, but easier to carry. Wish I could keep them all, but cant afford it.
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Old August 9, 2014, 07:27 PM   #13
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Are these the "early" models?
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Old August 9, 2014, 07:37 PM   #14
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Are these the "early" models?
I don't know SR, I never really look at them to be absolutely sure. I agree with Dragoon, I've always just used a conversion cylinder as they're simple and effective.

But, to each his own.
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Old August 9, 2014, 11:36 PM   #15
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The conversion cylinders don't really do the same job... lack of extractor rod, etc., and most folks don't do a gated conversion anyhow.

The Richards Mason conversion mimicks the function of the later SAA, with a gate and a reliable and easy to use extractor rod. They are quite different animals than a 1860 with a conversion cylinder installed. I finally bought one fairly recently when it came available locally at a fair price on Armslist, and I would reckon it's my favorite revolver out of a selection of over 100 (modern and replica).



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Old August 10, 2014, 01:45 AM   #16
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the Conversion Colt is elegant.
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