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My tribute version of Doc's pearl handled revolver

Discussion in 'Handguns: Revolvers' started by Viper1357, Jan 14, 2020.

  1. Viper1357

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    I'm aware there is a lot of information and speculation of what guns Doc Holliday may have owned/used, but the one I was most interested was the 1877 Colt Lightning pearl handled nickle .38 DA it is said he had. Originally I looked at the available marketed "Doc" replica guns like Cimarron Doc Holliday Thunderer, but it came with Ivory looking grips and only in .45 LC. There was also the Uberti Doc pearl handled nickle plated version, but the birdshead grip frame was missing the hump, and again only in .45 LC.

    Well, I decided to try and make my own version and chose a Cimarron Thunderball stainless (nickle looking) in .357/.38 cal. The only thing I'd have to do is make it pearl handled as I wanted it to be. I had a fair amount of difficulty tracking down imitation pearl material thick enough to make an acceptable set of grips, and finally found some Kirinite White Pearl. It was pretty expensive, but I can only imagine an aftermarket set (if even available) would cost a lot more.

    So I got the pearl material and grip screw set, and patiently did my best to make a nice fitting and looking set of pearl grips for my tribute version of Doc Holliday's revolver. I didn't quite (dome) radius the total profile of the grips because I like the look and feel of a flatter top face, but I could alter that in the future if I chose to. I know it's not an accurate replica of Doc's 1877 Lightning, but it's near as good as the marketed replicas available, and I really like it.

    I made a YT video picture gallery or I call it a 'picumentary' of my making the grips if anyone wants to see the process, and a lot of finished pics at the end of it.




    But here's a pic of before and a couple of after shots.

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    After
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  2. ChiefTJS

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    That's a good looking gun!
     
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  3. Steve Milbocker

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    Beautiful job!
     
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  4. ontarget

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    Nice job. I would proudly holster that piece.
     
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  5. shootstraight57

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    Beautiful piece of work!
     
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  6. WestKentucky

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    Only new orleans pimps... wait that thing looks good. Well done. Even Patton would have trouble fussing about that one.
     
  7. Ratshooter

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    Wow That looks great. Now all you need to do is learn how to twirl a tin cup.:D

    I made a set of wood grips long ago for a cheap 22 revolver that came with plastic grips that had flared at the bottom. Where do you get grip screw bushings?
     
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  8. deadeye dick

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    I would try Brownell's or Midway. They had them for my 1911
     
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  9. Pat Riot
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    Very nicely done! That is one sharp looking revolver. The grips look great. :thumbup:
     
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    Nice result and a pleasant video to watch.

    Rarely.... does a video's soundtrack actually complements the content - fine job there as well.

    Todd.
     
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    NICE !!! :thumbup:
     
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    Talent - you have it!
     
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    "I'll be your Huckleberry, that's just my game."

    Very nice! Tombstone one of my favorite movies and Val Kilmer's best acting job ever.
     
  14. Viper1357

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    "You’re the only human being in my entire life that ever gave me hope"
    Doc Holliday

    You are all seriously too kind, thank you for all the comments...
     
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    Well by Patton's standard's Doc Holliday probably was a pimp...

    To the OP:
    Beautiful Job!
     
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  16. Viper1357

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    FleaBay, just look for "Escutcheon Grips Screws" and the like. I just guess at the basic dimensions and typically get lucky.
     
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    What you tryna say Playa? You got a problem with a Workin Southern man?
     
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    Yeah, that's really nice @Viper1357 !
    I would be proud to own that one. Very nice indeed.
    Good choices for your project.
    Well done!
     
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    So based on this a modern version would be a pearl handled 3in k frame?
     
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    Probably more like an N frame snub. Highest capacity possible with the most concealable configuration without sacrificing much in the way of power. Actually since it was fairly recent technology I’m going to say that the modern version would have been a Glock 20
     
  22. Ratshooter

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    With Pearl grips no less.:what:
     
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    A while back I started a thread on a S&W model 10 heavy barrel with factory nickle plating that was my mothers duty gun when she worked for the Tarrant County Sheriffs Department in Ft Worth. I started a thread on it and got a lot of positive feedback. Its mine now.

    I would love to find a nice set of pearl grips for it and get a silver Tyler T-Grip. Then all I can say is look out Iceberg Slim.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Iceberg_Slim
     
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    Great job! :)
     
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  25. 94045

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    6-Shot Revolver
    1877 = Smaller Frame than 1873
    .38 was the mid-caliber = .41 was the large.
    This is a model optimized for concealed carry.

    Taken together I would think the closest revolver of recent era would be a S&W M13/65 in a 3" Round Butt.

    Given the configuration of that handgun possibly a G26 (as a G27 would be equivalent to the 1877 .41) although a case could certainly be made for the G19. I think of the G20/G21 as equivalent to the 1873 .44 WCF and .45 Colt.

    Fun to speculate isn't it.

    PS I think the replica made might be more enjoyable than the original as I have always read the 1877 was somewhat temperamental to keep operational and surviving specimens should not be shot because of the difficulty keeping them operational. Of course that may all just be a load of hogwash as I have no real experience with the model.
     
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