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Uberti Walker Kit

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  1. Sim Carstairs

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    View attachment 921048 View attachment 921049 View attachment 921050 I recently completed a Uberti Walker kit mainly for hunting. It was much needed to give my 3rd Dragoon some rest. It was a very quality product and what I expected from Uberti. I decided to give it an antique finish and strangely found a matching Pedersoli flask still with the tags in a thrift store for several dollars while finishing the revolver. I’m looking forward to experimenting with different paper cartridge loads over the coming months.
     
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  2. indy1919a4

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    That looks really really neat class looking pistola.
     
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  3. SlowFuse

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    Very nice. Curious on your finish process.

    Did you make the brass catch for the loading lever?
     
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  4. Sim Carstairs

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    I did make the brass loading lever retaining clip. As for the finish process, I collected several high quality photos of an original Walker and aimed to replicate that antique finish. I polished the frame to the point it would be ready for final blueing but instead used Birchwood Casey Plum Brown. I used Birchwood Casey Super Blue on the cylinder but only one coat on the outside of it and then used very fine steel wool to achieve the final gray/blue appearance. Original cylinders were not blued at all. I contemplated using a mustard patina but settled on the blueing solution for several reasons. The walnut grip was stained very dark and sealed with one coat of True Oil. The brass parts were completely blacked using the Super Blue then lightly polished with fine steel wool to achieve the yellow/green patina.
     
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  5. Arkansas Paul

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    That is cool.
    I will eventually get into cap and ball revolvers, and I like the antique finish.
     
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  6. indy1919a4

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    I offer this comment to all who antique like this. NO CRITICISM in the least, because we all want a certain look that talks to our inner self.. But one place that we sometimes overlook in the antique process is the grips, would a gun with a loss of finish still have shinny varnished grips.. ????

    I found a few moments of light sanding removes that gloss..If that's what you want..

    By the way OP that darn barrel loading lever clip talks to me, would love to know the steps you took to make it..
     
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  7. walterelm

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    Wow ... you changed the front sight? What is it?
     
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  8. SlowFuse

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    Same! ...and I never find anything cool like that in thrift stores.
     
  9. Sim Carstairs

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    No change to the front sight.
     
  10. Sim Carstairs

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    I looked at numerous high definition photos of original Walker revolvers. Some were very dark walnut with no shine and some were lighter colored with a little shine. In person, mine doesn’t look glossy. It was sanded flawlessly smooth, given one coat of dark stain, and one coat of True Oil for sealant as this is a hunting revolver.

    The lever clip was easy. Using a thicker piece of brass, I bended it around a steel rod the same diameter as the barrel. I then took a 45 brass shell casing and silver soldered the two together. The part that slides on the barrel is lined with black felt.
     
  11. .38 Special

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    Very interesting!

    I can understand the question about the front sight. It does seem larger than usual. Perhaps it just the contrast with the aged barrel.

    I really like your homemade latch. It appears to be copper soldered or brazed together and formed into shape?

    <edit>It is as if you are a mind reader! :D
     
  12. indy1919a4

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    Oh man that answered another of my questions, I did not know if you left it bear metal to keep adding to the barrel wear.. That is really really smart.. thanks
     
  13. troy fairweather

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    Looks great, where did you get the kit from.
     
  14. Sim Carstairs

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    Dixie Gun Works. They had the best price and shipped the same day. They placed the invoice inside the box and I wouldn’t be surprised they gave it a good inspection before shipping.
     
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  15. Ironhand54

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    Please share details of how you made the lever retainer. My Walker needs one of those.

    Thanks
    IronHand
     
  16. Mike 56

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    Great job, I like what you did with the metal finish and the loading lever clip. Did you open up the rear sight?
    Mike
     
  17. Sim Carstairs

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    Nope. The rear sight stayed the same.
     
  18. Sim Carstairs

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    I described the process I used earlier in the thread. Very simple and anyone could do it.
     
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  19. SlowFuse

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    @Sim Carstairs I just realized that was your first post here and it was a pretty great one.

    Welcome to THR!
     
  20. Sim Carstairs

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    Well, thank you!
     
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    Good afternoon,
    That is one sweet looking Revolver ( Capital 'R') Welcome to the Hangout!
    regards!
     
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    Sounds like Sim has all his ducks in a row. Kudos!

    Regards,

    Jim
     
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  23. troy fairweather

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    Welcome sim.
     
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  24. AJumbo

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    Good work, Sim, and welcome. New guys are supposed to bring burritos.
     
  25. Old Stumpy

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    I really like that retaining clip. It has an authentic look of something that a frontier gunsmith or blacksmith might make for a customer to replace the saddle string that he was using. The revolver looks excellent.
     
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