Avenging Angels/BP snub nose revolvers

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  1. midland man

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    nice fireball! :)
     
  2. Jim K

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    " The federal gov't doesn't even consider them real firearms here."

    Not for purchase, but as far as state CCW laws go they are the same as a Glock.

    Jim
     
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    ''I wouldn't want to be standing in front of it...''
    you'd catch on fire!
     
  4. JohnnyCremains

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    Here's an 1849 Pocket I made too

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    Not Florida.
     
  6. JohnnyCremains

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    I just put another snubnose Walker up for sale if anyone is interested. This one is a little beat up but looks pretty good that way. The bolt does need adjusting as the cylinder will throwby sometimes if cocked quickly. If cocked slowly it functions fine. Probably an easy fix for anyone that knows how to work on the mechanics of these

    http://www.gunbroker.com/Auction/ViewItem.aspx?Item=447343996

    I don't know if I am supposed to post a link to my own auction or not. If not my apologies to the moderators and you can pull this down if need be. I don't generally make a habit of posting my own listings on forums but I know there are a few people here interested in these guns.

    Thanks.
     
  7. tembotusk

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    Love that little '49!

    Can you tell us a little bit about the wood grip finish? They look great! I want to redo my grips and this is a fine example of the look I'm after.

    Thanks for showing off your work!
     
  8. JohnnyCremains

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    Tembotusk,

    On most of them I just use varnish stripper to remove the varnish then sand them nice and smooth, stain them with dark walnut stain and oil them with boiled linseed oil. The picture of the 1862 police I had not yet stripped the varnish off the gun when I took that picture. The latest Walker I cut I just stripped most of the finish off but left some varnish in areas and beat them up a bit to make them look old. When I really take my time with them and sand them as smooth as glass, stain and oil them they look and feel awesome.
     
  9. tembotusk

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    Thanks for sharing your grip finishing secrets! I may have a bit of work ahead of me now!

    Can't wait to banish the shine.
     
  10. Quanah

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    Great thread. I have always liked C&B revolvers and this is just another reason to like them more.
     
  11. tembotusk

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    JohnnyCremains

    I find the metal finishes on your pistols look and I'm sure, feel like a well worn pair of jeans. They look aged from use, not forced to look like they spent the last 150 years in a wet wood pile.

    The brass has a beautiful natural patina and the steel looks just right. Your pistols don’t look like they are about to fall apart from age. They look ready for action resembling a real working man’s gun.

    The Colts I have just look too new, but I also don’t want them to look like an antique.

    Can you explain how you get that look?
     
  12. Malamute

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    These guns are interesting, though shorter than I'd choose to go. Has anyone done mid length cut downs, in the 4-6" range? I know Pietta did some medium length Navies and Armies, though I'm not a huge Pietta fan, partly having to do with the proof marks and other stampings mentioned earlier.
     
  13. JohnnyCremains

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    Tembotusk,

    I remove the blueing with either Birchwood Casey blue and rust remover or white vinegar. Honestly white vinegar works just as well and doesn't smell as bad.
    I don't know if the vinegar works on the case colors or not but the blue and rust remover takes it off. Then I just just darken everything with cold blue on a rag. After that just fine steel wool to make the cold blue look worn. Pretty easy really. You can keep re-applying the cold blue and going over it with steel wool until it looks good.
    Cold blue also tarnishes the brass.
     
  14. tembotusk

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    Thanks for the details of how to make a well worn gun!

    You make it sound easy! I'm sure there is a bit of an art to the whole process.
    Your work is outstanding as proof!
     
  15. IBEWBULL

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    Before I was 21

    Back about 1973 I carried a Griswold and Gunnison replica made by High Standard in .36 [.375 ]
    I wasn't 21 and think I may have been the last sailor on the USS Lawrence DDG-4. If not the only one.
    She rode inside my left boot, barrel all the way to the bottom. All six loaded with round ball over Pyrodex and greased with Vaseline . Hammer on the safety pin.
    I never had a miss fire. Never need to take it out in a hostile situation.
    One shot and I could have hid in the smoke cloud though.
    I have no doubt it could still do its job.
    It worked for Wild Bill :)
     
  16. suzukibruce

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    Johnny, I saw your Walker avenging angel and decided to build my own. I still have not came up with a front sight yet though. I see yours is for auction. Why? Get bored with it? Here is a pic of my own.

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  17. JohnnyCremains

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    No, it's just what I do now and then. I find relatively inexpensive used cap and ball revolvers and I cut them down and resell them.
    For front sights I usually install a bead or a piece of silver coin and silver solder it in. For me putting in a coin is the easiest. I just cut a slot by eye with a dremel cutting wheel.
    If you are slow and careful you can get it centered and straight. Then cut the coin down to the size you want it curved on the top and bottom and make sure it fits into the slot.
    Then degrease everything and put soldering flux in the slot. I pound a couple of small pieces of silver solder flat enough to fit into the slot, then torch heat it up until the solder melts then push the coin in with pliers.
    It's real easy.
     
  18. tembotusk

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    What JohnnyCremains really does is build beautiful pieces of functional art!
     
  19. JohnnyCremains

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    Thanks Tembotusk, you are too kind
     
  20. Barbie

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    I tried this today and it worked great! Thank you, Johnny. :)
     
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    I am working on a snubbed bulldog 1858 NMA with a birdshead grip similar to the one duelist1954 built a ways back. The planned grips are faux ivory; thinking about cutting down a Triple K Hickock crossdraw holster to fit on my Tandy shoulder rig.
     
  22. suzukibruce

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    How's your Remington coming along? I'm thinking of doing a Remington myself.
     
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    Great looking smokers.
     
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