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Colt Firearms / Re: New Colt
« Last post by Abilene on July 23, 2021, 04:23:29 PM »
Excellent.  A picture is worth a thousand words.  At least, for the frame colors.  ;D
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Colt Firearms / New Colt (now with pictures)
« Last post by Drydock on July 23, 2021, 04:15:26 PM »
SAA, 4 3/4" .45.  New production, S90xxxA.  Smooth cycling, perfectly timed.  No "grit" clean break around 4 lbs.  All blueing dark, smooth and even. Very dark pack hardening compared to my other two SAAs (1995, 2005)  but lovely to look at, flowing deep shades of blue, some gray with a hint of orange.  Disassembled, no burs, interior looks well finished.  Nice square edges on the front sight, previous ones had been rounded by overpolishing.    Tight barrel cylinder gap, very even, no endshake.   Loading gate very well fitted,  flush with the recoil shield, cannot feel the seam running my thumb over the upper closure.  Excellent fit on the cylinder bushing, no perceptible wiggle, yet slides out under gravity alone.

One end of the base pin retainer latch appears polished in the white?  Screws appear nicely blued. No "dishing" around the holes from too much pressure on the polishing wheel.  Grip frame fit is seamless, black rubber eagle grips well fitted,  but thick of the frame, all my Colts are like this.  Fits my hand as is.

 VERY heavy mainspring, that will be replaced, I put Lee Fisher "Gunslinger" springs in all my SAAs. (I swear, Colt still uses the Military spec spring for the original Martin and Benet primers)  Should take some weight off the trigger.  Chamber ball seats mike right at .455.

Hope to get a range report soon, but very pleased with this.  Paid a bit over MSRP to get it, but decided not to wait for the market to shake out.  This gives me one of each principle barrel lengths. ( 7.5" 5.5" 4.75")

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The Leather Shop / Re: Baking Soda to dye Veg Tan Leather Brown
« Last post by Rube Burrows on July 23, 2021, 12:33:50 PM »
I apply the dye with a 1" to 1-1/2" square of sponge. I put it on quickly and thick, going over it a couple times to get it even. I don't bother with circular motions since that just slows things down.

Practice on a scrap to see if the color is what you're looking for. Don't be shy on the alcohol. This one was done with probably +-4 parts alcohol to one part dye. If it's too light, you can do another application to darken it after it's dry. Yeah, it's another BW belt but it gives a good color comparison.



Nice Buckles on those two belts. Good tips on the coloring also.
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STORM / Re: Dance Bro Question
« Last post by Rube Burrows on July 23, 2021, 12:31:10 PM »
It would be fun to do but it would mean sending a Dragoon off to someplace like Turnbull to shorten the frame and cylinder. BUT! You'd really have something when it was done. It would still probably be cheaper than finding a real one and you'd not be afraid of ruining it by shooting it.

It would for sure be cheaper than an original. Not sure what someone like Turnbull would charge for something like that but it would not be cheap itself.
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STORM / Re: Dance Bro Question
« Last post by Rube Burrows on July 23, 2021, 12:30:14 PM »
Thanks for these pictures Rube. They really do show the size difference.

I had a "heated" discussion just a few weeks ago with a gentleman about this very thing. I was trying to make him understand, that the .44 guns were based on the Dragoon. They have a shorter cylinder and frame, but otherwise have Dragoon dimensions. The .36 guns share dimensions with the Navy.

I have often contemplated making a .44 Dance. The difference in the cylinder and frame length is the only thing that has stopped me.

It would def. be something neat to do. Do you know the difference in cylinder and fram length between the Dragoon and the Dance 44
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"We still have three spotters that are paying attention."

 :) Then go for it!

There's only one tune that means a thing
When the steel begins to sing
Again and again it's "Bang 'n' Clang"
Is the tempo the targets sang.


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The Leather Shop / Re: Baking Soda to dye Veg Tan Leather Brown
« Last post by Marshal Will Wingam on July 23, 2021, 11:55:54 AM »
I apply the dye with a 1" to 1-1/2" square of sponge. I put it on quickly and thick, going over it a couple times to get it even. I don't bother with circular motions since that just slows things down.

Practice on a scrap to see if the color is what you're looking for. Don't be shy on the alcohol. This one was done with probably +-4 parts alcohol to one part dye. If it's too light, you can do another application to darken it after it's dry. Yeah, it's another BW belt but it gives a good color comparison.

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STORM / Re: Dance Bro Question
« Last post by Marshal Will Wingam on July 23, 2021, 11:43:25 AM »
I have often contemplated making a .44 Dance. The difference in the cylinder and frame length is the only thing that has stopped me.
It would be fun to do but it would mean sending a Dragoon off to someplace like Turnbull to shorten the frame and cylinder. BUT! You'd really have something when it was done. It would still probably be cheaper than finding a real one and you'd not be afraid of ruining it by shooting it.
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STORM / Re: Dance Bro Question
« Last post by Smokey Dave on July 23, 2021, 10:48:21 AM »
Thanks for these pictures Rube. They really do show the size difference.

I had a "heated" discussion just a few weeks ago with a gentleman about this very thing. I was trying to make him understand, that the .44 guns were based on the Dragoon. They have a shorter cylinder and frame, but otherwise have Dragoon dimensions. The .36 guns share dimensions with the Navy.

I have often contemplated making a .44 Dance. The difference in the cylinder and frame length is the only thing that has stopped me.
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BTW: Great 'stache  ;D
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