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Major 2:
The matte finish is the reason.... The Hombre & the Chisholm, Just as the USFA Rodeo Matte is not approved finish.

All of these can be aged finished and be made to pass muster for NCOWS.

Pancho Peacemaker:
In an effort to keep things simple, NCOWS tries not to over-legislate.  When looking at a revolver and it's "not on the list", ask yourself:  did this weapon in my hand exist 1865 to 1899?  If you don't know, hit the books or post a question here.  

Did a brushed or matte or satin metallic finish exist back then?  Not that I can locate.   Gold plate, silver plate, French grey, nickel, bluing (a variety, all shiny) and 'in the white' are all documented.

Our general firearm covenant states:

No modern (post 1899) firearms will be allowed unless they are authentic reproductions of traditional firearms or very markedly resemble traditional firearms. Traditional firearms are defined as those manufactured prior to or during the era 1865-1899 and in documented use on the North American Frontier within that time period. Center-fire calibers may substitute for original rim-fire calibers in reproduction firearms. Reproduction firearms chambered in calibers not utilized in original models shall be allowed as long as such calibers are original to the period or are otherwise approved by the National Congress of Old West Shootists.


One of the important facets of NCOWS is our "look".  One of our goals at every match is to look around and not see anything that looks like the 20th (or 21st) century.

Do we scrutinize each other:  yes. (in a friendly manner & mostly amongst the established or veteran members.). The scrutiny is held to a higher standard at "big matches".  

I for one enjoy the scrutiny.  It usually evolves into a lively discussion where we all learn something new. I like that.  

And, if you think your item (matte finish in this case) should be authorized, prepare some historic documentation of your claim and approach our Authenticity Committee.  

Thunder Rhodes:
It was not just the matte finish (which I can easily remove) but the brass backstrap. That one has me puzzled.

Pancho Peacemaker:

--- Quote from: Thunder Rhodes on April 15, 2012, 07:54:33 PM ---It was not just the matte finish (which I can easily remove) but the brass backstrap. That one has me puzzled.

--- End quote ---

Colt SAA's were never produced by Colt with brass grip frames.   You see them in movies a lot, but they did not exist.  See RL Wilson's big Colt book for reference.

Colt dropped the production of brass grip backstraps before the start of the Civil War.  By the time the SAA came to be, all factory frames were iron.

Major 2:

--- Quote from: Thunder Rhodes on April 15, 2012, 07:54:33 PM ---It was not just the matte finish (which I can easily remove) but the brass backstrap. That one has me puzzled.

--- End quote ---

Also easily replaced  ;)

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