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Colt Left Hand Barrel Twist?

Discussion in 'Blackpowder' started by arcticap, Jan 24, 2011.

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  1. arcticap

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    I can't remember if I asked this before but here goes. I heard that Colt guns are rather unique in that they have a left hand barrel twist instead of a right hand barrel twist like most other gun makers use.
    I think that practice continues by Colt to this day.
    Do any of the reproduction Colt guns follow that same pattern?
    Do any of them make the Remington reproduction guns with a right hand twist verses a left hand twist for their Colts?
    What about the 2nd and 3rd Generation Colts, do they have a left hand twist?
    I wonder about the answer to the same question as it applies to Colt reproduction guns made by Armi San Marco, Uberti, Pietta, Euroarms (Armi San Paulo), Centaur?
    Are they all made with a left hand twist across the board to remain true to the direction Colt rifled their barrels or not?
    I really can't imagine that a manufacturer would rifle their Colt guns with a left hand twist and then rifle their Remingtons with a right hand twist.
    So I don't really expect to hear that the Colts were rifled left hand. But if the 2nd & 3rd Generation Colts were supposed to be authentic then why not? I wonder if Colt enforced that degree of authenticity or not. If they did then was it continued into recent times and by which other makers if any, and for which models?
    My last question is about whether the 1st Generation Colts had a progressive barrel twist? I thought that I recall reading that they originally did.
    So that leads me to wonder if the progressive rifling of the Pietta Shooters Model is authentic and/or left handed?
     
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    I have three 1860 Colt clones, The Euro-Arms (DGG) and the Pietta are R/H twist, but my ASM is L/H twist. Also my Uberti Pocket Navy is R/H twist. I guess that makes my old ASM the more historically correct!
     
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    My Uberti Colt Walker is left hand
    My Pietta 1858 is right hand
     
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    I could have sworn the topic was about COLT twists. Don't muddy the waters with the Remington specs.
     
  5. arcticap

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    I'm interested in learning if any of the makers are using different tooling or making different rifling out of respect for historical accuracy or not. And just to increase knowledge and awareness about the general subject of the different directions of rifling twist and what the makers are producing.

    I mentioned about the Pietta Shooters Model and that's a Remington.
    Did the original Remingtons have progressive rifling?
     
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  6. mykeal

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    Here's what I have:
    Uberti:
    1862 Pocket Police - left
    (I know that doesn't make sense, so I'll check it the first chance I get. I also have another one I can check.)
    1862 Pocket Navy - right
    1861 Navy - right
    2nd Model Dragoon - right
    1873 Cattleman - right
    Walker - right

    Pietta:
    1858 Remington New Navy - right
    1851 Navy - right
    Starr Single Action - right
    1860 Army - right

    Euroarms:
    1858 Remington New Army - right
    Rodgers & Spencer - right
    1860 Army - right

    Armi San Marco:
    Walker - left

    Colt Blackpowder Arms:
    3rd Model Dragoon - left

    Colt's Manufacturing Co.:
    1862 Pocket Navy - don't know yet

    FAUL:
    1860 Army - don't know yet
     
  7. Curator

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    Colt originals are left hand and gain twist from 1848 to 1871
     
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    From what I read in the book by James Serven (pbl. 1954/58), the Colt percussion revolvers had a left hand gain twist, except the fluted 1860 which had a 7-1/2 inch barrel with a right hand twist.
     
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    Ok, got some updates to my previous post:

    Both of my Uberti 1862 Pocket Police revolvers have left hand twist.
    That's incorrect; the 1972 gun has right hand twist, the 1997 gun has left hand twist.

    My 2nd Generation Colt 1862 Pocket Navy revolver has left hand twist.

    Both of my FAUL 1960 New Model Army revolvers have right hand twist.

    Hope this helps you out.
     
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