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1873 French Revolver available
« on: September 18, 2012, 05:20:36 pm »
For those of you who want to shoot Frog-style, our local gunshop has an 1873 French army revolver for sale, and it's in really nice shape.  (The bore looks excellent from what I could see.)  By the way, I looked very carefully but couldn't find a mark where it hit the ground so I'm assuming it may be unissued.  If anyone is interested, message me and I'll get you in touch with them.
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Re: 1873 French Revolver available
« Reply #1 on: September 18, 2012, 05:46:21 pm »
What are they asking? I'm(as usual) a bit broke, but if it's a real good price, I might be able to come up with some cash.

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Re: 1873 French Revolver available
« Reply #2 on: September 18, 2012, 05:55:23 pm »
You should, if only because you stole that new Lebel of yours!   ;D
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Re: 1873 French Revolver available
« Reply #3 on: September 18, 2012, 06:19:34 pm »
Pony,
     I think it was four something, but I'll see what they'd be willing to let it go for.  I'll see if I can get a few pictures as well.
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Re: 1873 French Revolver available
« Reply #4 on: September 18, 2012, 06:31:46 pm »
Did you check lockup, SA/DA function. etc? Kind of hard to get parts, so it needs to be working.

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Re: 1873 French Revolver available
« Reply #5 on: September 18, 2012, 09:04:30 pm »
I have two of these 1873 pistolas.

I only shoot them in single action, the double action trigger squeeze is significant.

The local clubs let me shoot them at cowboy matches. They are fun

I am having mine converted to 44 russian - the 11mm french ammo is a pain to load.

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Re: 1873 French Revolver available
« Reply #6 on: September 18, 2012, 09:40:19 pm »
Seemed like everything was working very well.  In fact, the double action pull was better than most Colt double actions I've fired.  This thing seems to be in really nice shape.
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Re: 1873 French Revolver available
« Reply #7 on: September 18, 2012, 09:56:05 pm »
I have two of these 1873 pistolas.

I only shoot them in single action, the double action trigger squeeze is significant.

The local clubs let me shoot them at cowboy matches. They are fun

I am having mine converted to 44 russian - the 11mm french ammo is a pain to load.

PR

I'm already set up to load .38 short and long Colt, so I guess the heel base bullet loading will just require another mould and crimp die from Bernie at Old West moulds, and trimming the brass from something currently available. If I get it, I'll probably only use it for Musters, or the occasional stage at my local CAS stage. Just use my SAA Colt clone for the usual CAS abuse....

Already got a tired and slightly broken 1892 Colt DA that I need to fix, don't want to add another to that list!

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Re: 1873 French Revolver available
« Reply #8 on: September 19, 2012, 04:58:38 am »
Must not have had it very long. It isn't on their web site.
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Re: 1873 French Revolver available
« Reply #9 on: September 20, 2012, 06:00:47 am »
There is a great e-book from HLE on this gun PE!

if you google that company you will get link.

Also I have a bunch of loaded 11mm french ammo. If you buy the gun let me know and I will try to figure how to get the ammo to you if you want it.

The original french load is roughly the eqivalent between .8 and 1.0cc blackpowder. It is an anemic round but the guns are very well made and a hoot to shoot.

The brass  - the real issue with brass are the rims; however, the french guns had one of two types of cylinders and depending on which type the gun has the cylinder may readily accept wide rims or not.

If the shop will let you try to put either 45 acp brass or 44 russian brass and see if the cylinder will spin freely.

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Re: 1873 French Revolver available
« Reply #10 on: September 20, 2012, 06:16:57 am »
I ended up cutting down .44-40 brass to fit, and having a gunsmith buddy thin the rims of the cases for me.  There were tow loads available for the ordnance revolver; the army load and a slightly more powerful navy load.  The French adopted the army load.  These revolvers are very robust.  Have fun with them Pony!
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Re: 1873 French Revolver available
« Reply #11 on: September 20, 2012, 07:45:31 am »
Don't have one yet.......

Really needing either an 1873 or an 1892 to go with my Lebel, though.

Probably have to sell something to get one.