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 on: Today at 02:30:35 pm 
Started by jmeizlik - Last post by Two Flints
Hi Jeff,

Checked on your Spencer Carbine, serial # 53587, and the closest serial # to your #53587 in my SRS books is #53584, a Spencer Carbine issued to Company A, 3rd Kentucky Volunteer Cavalry in 1864 (no day or month given).  Serial #s higher and lower than your #53587 were also issued to the same unit.

Hope this helps.

Two Flints

 on: Today at 02:29:31 pm 
Started by Dustin - Last post by Johnny McCrae
JW: I think you're dead-on when it comes to "challenging but not discouraging." Very succinctly said.

Yes, we are NCOWS, but that doesn't mean our matches should be bench-rest level, high-precision, target contests. I believe we do a very good, consistent job when it comes to rifle targets. It's in the pistol target area that sometimes the "tiny target zealots" can get carried away.

From my perspective, distances must be correlated to target size. Big targets can be placed somewhat farther out; smaller targets should be substantially closer. I believe the object of our game (and our target placement) is to encourage scales that ate tipped slighty toward accuracy over break-neck speed, but we should never, IMHO, use target difficulty as a way to "weed out" competitors or "thin the herd."

I believe our matches should, for the most part, emulate real-world situations as they would have occurred in the Old West. There's no challenge (and very little connection to reality) in shooting a series of 3-foot-square targets at 3 yards out. By the same token, there's no reality connection to making targets so difficult that a person in a gunfight needs to take forever in order to strike their mark -- all the while with others shooting back.

"In all things, moderation" is a wonderful phrase and applies to so much of life as I see it. I believe it's equally true when it comes to our competitions. We should be striving to strike that balance between too easy and too difficult and we shouldn't create a distinct advantage to shooters of either extreme-- the spray-and-pray speed demons or the bench-rest bullseye'ers.

Just my thoughts on the matter.

Well said!

 on: Today at 02:22:14 pm 
Started by jmeizlik - Last post by jmeizlik
Greetings, new member,
I just purchased an 1860 Spencer carbine, # 53587.  I would love to get an information or history on my carbine.

Also, I need a few parts to complete my carbine and make it a really nice Spencer.  

First, I need a the back screw for the ring/slide. There's a chewed up replacement screw that looks bad.  

Second, in the butt, there is a screw hole where something is missing.  I believe it's something to hold the magazine in place (I do not know the official name of this part).

I would really appreciate help with the above so I can sleep at night.  Here are photos of my Spencer.

                                                                 (Photos Posted by Two Flints)



 on: Today at 01:19:35 pm 
Started by Broomhandle - Last post by Coffinmaker
There was a time when Armi San Marco built really nice guns.  Then, in the last three years of their existence, their quality control went to nonexistent.  Some really horrible guns came out of their plant toward the end.

The EMf hartford was a really nice gun.  As mentioned by Lefty Dude, they were the closest copy to the original SAA anyone has built.  Also correct, with a little fitting, Colt parts will work just fine (vis versa too).  If you get in a real bind, quite a few Pietta parts can be fit.  Really nice to play with too.  Take it out and have fun with it. 

I would suggest you replace the Main Spring with a reduced power Main Spring to improve the user friendly factor and reduce wear on the action.


 on: Today at 01:10:28 pm 
Started by bear tooth billy - Last post by Coffinmaker
From my standpoint (retired Gunsmith).  When a barrel is shot out, it's shot out.  Re-bore and re-chamber,  Sleeve,  or replace the barrel.
Let's be honest here.  The '94 was manufactured by the gazillion and putting a new barrel on it isn't going to change much.  Thwere it mine, it'd become a 38-55 toot sweet.


 on: Today at 01:04:00 pm 
Started by Long Johns Wolf - Last post by St. George
Returning to an earlier post about Fort Benning...

That was Army-wide at that time - at least as far as the Infantry training schools were concerned.

It was part of the Army's 'Quick Kill' program that taught snap-shooting, and they used a Daisy Model 9 without sights.

The set came with clear plastic safety goggles and ground targets as well as thrown ones  that were nothing more than washers.

After the young soldier gained some proficiency, the sights on the M14, M16 rifles and the M60 GPMG were taped off, and larger targets were engaged with appropriate Ball ammunition at normal ranges.

The idea was to eliminate wastage from the 'spray and pray' technique, and to give the soldier greater confidence in his own abilities - plus, it was great fun, so they paid attention, and really tried.

It worked...

Civilians noted this from an article in 'Shooting Times' and Daisy quickly marketed the basic program as the 'Quick Skill' program - to teach young shotgunners the basics of that sport.

Scouts Out!

 on: Today at 12:40:41 pm 
Started by dusty texian - Last post by rbertalotto
And the pictures are where?Huh? ...  Huh

 on: Today at 12:36:30 pm 
Started by yahoody - Last post by yahoody
Double Eagle?  I'm a pretty traditional guy when it comes to SAAs.  Butl I have little doubt he'll get $5K+ for the pair :-)

 on: Today at 12:08:05 pm 
Started by Silent Joe - Last post by Silent Joe
Welcome in Cas City, Pards. Look around, say "Howdy", sit by the fire and tell us your story.  Cheesy       

 on: Today at 12:07:07 pm 
Started by Silent Joe - Last post by Silent Joe
Welcome in Cas City, Pards. Walk around, say "Howdy", sit by the fire and tell us your story.  Cheesy          

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