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Colt 1860, 5.5" barrel, thunderer grip

Discussion in 'Blackpowder' started by flibuste, Mar 20, 2009.

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  1. flibuste

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  2. Voodoochile

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    Very nice, & the Birds Head Grips look sweet on them both.
     
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    sure di wish I could get those pistols here in the states. I love the birds head grips
     
  4. madcratebuilder

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    Heck, make your own. I've seen your leather work, you have the ability. You can cut and braze the back strap, the hardest part is silver soldering the front sight blade in perfect position, that's why I use a post;)
     
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    Hi
    I used an alternative to solder in the form of JB Weld.
    I made the front sight out of brass with a couple of little lugs formed in the bottom of the sight, drilled corresponding holes ,not very deep, in the top of the barrel then used the JB to hold the sight in place.
    That way you can adjust the sight before it sets, seems to have worked so far.
    Used this method when chopping down two 8" 1860s one to 51/2" the other to 3" and thunderer grips bought from VTI. The chop job really not that difficult.
     
  6. Vermonter

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    What's the URL for VTI?

    Are grips like that available for the ROA?
     
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    madcrate thanks for the kind words but umm leather is a little different than brass i would screw it up im sure. But thanks for the vote of confidence.:scrutiny:
     
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    There was two companies that made brass bridshead grip frames for the Ruger. They are out of production at this time, but may return. In the mean time keep an eye out for a used set, lot of guys bought them and then seeing the work involved they are setting in a desk drawer some place.
     
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    Here is a shot of some old time snubbies. I have a few brass frame colts that are going to get 'modified'. The worse I can do is screw up, and I've done that before.
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    The one in the upper right is very cool. Looks like a 51 Navy cut back to 2-2.25 inches and the metal around the loading lever removed, plus the rounded grip. Almost looks like the bottom of the frame was been shortened, moving the cylinder closer to the barrel shroud.
     
  11. Pancho

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    Filbuste, you showed us those guns about 6 months ago and it drove me nuts for about 3 months trying to find them here in the U.S. to no avail. Now you've done it again. Great looking guns and good shooting too.
     
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    Cool revolvers, flibuste!

    How did you go about achieving that finish in the first picture? I really, really like that.
     
  13. Dlc43

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    I like that washed out bluing look and do the same to a lot of my revolvers.
    Sometimes I polish off the factory blue and cold blue them and just handle them a lot and they get a nice patina on them as the cold bluing is not as durable and it tends to turn plum colored were it doesn't wear off.
    I then just let them age naturally and they start looking like well worn originals after a while.
    I didn't know Pietta made a thunderer grip.
    I may have to get at least one grip like that.
    I know I have tried swapping Pietta and Uberti and ASM grips and they are all just different enough that they wont interchange.
     
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    Some times I wonder if they don't drill the grip frames free hand!
     
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    The Mk2a eyeball could never be that bad, could it?
     
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