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Another recent project- Remington 1858 'Gunfighter' conversion.

Discussion in 'Handguns: Revolvers' started by Michael Tinker Pearce, Aug 18, 2019.

  1. Michael Tinker Pearce

    Michael Tinker Pearce Member

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    Perusing the shelves at Pinto's I spotted a somewhat unusual Pietta 1858 reproduction. It had a color case-hardened frame and handsome checkered grips. As I was looking for a new home for my Kirst gated .45 Colt converter and the price was right it was a no-brainer.

    I don't much like shooting long-barrelled revolvers, but I already have two 1858 snubbies. I settled on shortening the barrel to 3-1/2"- a handy length that for some reason I think of as 'gunfighter' length. No, I am not aware of any historic gunfighter who shortened a Remington to this length; it just seems quick and handy. I mounted a bronze front sight, then shortened and reconfigured the loading lever to act as a cylinder-pin retainer. I did this by boring down the center of the rod and installing a spring-plunger to engage in a hole in the end of the cylinder pin. Naturally I had to cut a loading port in the blast shield to use with the converter, but that was the extent of the modifications. Happily the Kirst unit dropped right in and functioned flawlessly.

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    The result is quick-handling, well-balanced and points naturally for me.

    At some point I'll take off the writing on the sides of the barrel and re-blue it, but other than that it's finished as far as I'm concerned. As it turns out it's a good shooter, too. With standard-pressure loads it shoots pretty much to point of aim, and the recoil is a satisfying thump, but in no way uncomfortable.

    The first seven-yard target:
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    Quite pleased with the result, and I wouldn't be surprised if this gun didn't find itself riding my belt in the woods now and again.
     
  2. indy1919a4

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    I Like it.. It has a brutal stubby little look :) ... I like it alot..
     
  3. Reinz

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    One cool looking revolver!
     
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  4. NIGHTLORD40K

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    Another quality job, Mike, very cool!
     
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  5. Tallball

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    Another awesome project! :)
     
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  6. bannockburn

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    Tinker

    A very handsome looking short barrel Remington!
     
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  7. Catman42

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    thanks
     
  8. Gordon
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    Love the gated convertor, can't beat the caliber the Rem can certainly take cowboy loads, at least . I keep an 1875 Rem Outlaw in .45 Colt and hidden under my work bench in the man cave for defense, and I could have anything other than a pulsed lazer in the gigwatt range for that purpose , :)
    The thing about Tinker's work is when you get one of his customs it is sighted in at a useful distance , say 7 yards like his picture. Almost every antique pistol or especially replicas of them that I come across need work to get them sighted in at 7 or 15 yards or the old 50 feet range I prefer. And then some guns have various quirks or wear that he addresses like all the old timey smiths did . Plus he adds sensible and attractive embellishments like grip or mechanism reshaping . He gives
    a Tinker's damn :)
     
  9. SG1

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    I love it! Sorta like a Sheriff's/pocket model. I want a 1858 cartridge conversion but I'm also not a fan of the 8" barrel. This would be right up my alley!
     
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  10. ArchAngelCD

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    You sir were born 170 years too late. You could have been one of the big names back then. Colt who? lol
     
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  11. Catman42

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    i have a uberti colt sheriffs first generation colt. in 45 long colt. it is as accurate on my 1/2 size man target as any of my longer barreled ones.it is very well made and a real shooter. the only thing i did to it was a wire spring to replace the small flat spring, redone the forcing cone. cylinders are fine, and a nice set of checkered grips. the man who sold it to me is sheriff of the county west of me. it makes a good carry in a shoulder holster.
     
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  12. WestTexShooter

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    No words to describe!
     
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  13. BobWright

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    Tinkerpearce,
    I don't care one iota about owning/shooting any of your jewels, but dang it! you sure have an eye for good looking handguns!

    Makes me a mite scared to dwell on any of the photos of your finished work! Could throw a cravin' on a man.

    Bob Wright
     
  14. il.bill

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    Michael Tinker Pearce

    You sure do some wonderful work! Thanks again, for sharing.
     
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  15. tightgroup tiger

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    I love that gun. Especially with the checkered grips.
    I always love seeing some old gun you turn into a desirable piece.
    Keep up the good work and love your threads.
     
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    and yet again :thumbup:
     
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  17. Charlie Martinez

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    Looks & shoots great!
    Congratulations.
     
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  18. bannockburn

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    Every time I see one of your guns I'm even more of the belief that in a former life you were some town's full-time blacksmith and part-time gunsmith!

    Just sayin'...

     
  19. FlSwampRat

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    You do excellent work, always love to see your projects.
     
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