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stankemp
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USA
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Posted - 02/09/2018 :  4:04:14 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Out shooting my 1851 Navy the other day and , even though I shot one handed competition (Bullseye) in the past , I found the weight of the Navy offputting , i.e. the shoulder didn't let this old boy get a good sight pic.
Well, that led to thinking about a BP revolver (full size) with a min weight for us old timers. A solution would be to make the frame, including trigger guard, and the barrel and ramrod out of Aluminum alloy. All other components (cylinder , springs, hand etc.) from standard (steel) parts bin items. Of course the barrel would need a rifled steel liner. All this is not undiscovered country mfg wise and I figure it would halve the weight. I'd buy one..would you guys ?
Stan


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iceracerx
Advanced Member

USA
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Posted - 02/09/2018 :  6:11:55 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
A 36 cal "Navy", heavy? Surely you jest!!

The rear sight being a 'V' in the hammer, that moves once the trigger is pulled isn't the best of sighting systems. At least it's that way on my 1851 Colt

Edited by - iceracerx on 02/09/2018 6:12:52 PM
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navc130
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Posted - 02/10/2018 :  2:00:39 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
They do make a 1862 Police Model .36 cal., listed at 1 1/2 lbs., 5 1/2 in. barrel. Also, there is the .31 cal. 1849 Model. An aluminum frame may not work for the Colt design. I have read that the cylinder rod in the brass frame can shoot loose over time (no personal experience). An aluminum loading rod may not take the stress.
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stankemp
Junior Member

USA
472 Posts

Posted - 02/15/2018 :  08:34:24 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Thanks for the input guys. I am looking for a small, short barrel pocket model to add to the group. I think the Wells Fargo would fill that bill nicely --- small, short barrel, 5 shot and no loading lever to add weight. That said I like the lines of the Navy . Bad shoulders have knocked me out of Bullseye (every ounce counts when you have trouble holding an empty hand out straight) so I look for the least weight. As for the sight picture , I did improve the notch in the hammer ---it's the shakiness coming from a stressed joint (weight again).




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perry shooter
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Posted - 07/15/2018 :  7:39:01 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
HELLO stankemp glad to see another old BULLS EYE SHOOTER Did you ever go to national matches at Camp PERRY . I know it is not black powder but have you tried the Ruger mark 4 light weight
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