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Old 05-12-2012, 12:43 AM   #51
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This is my Traditions Pietta-made .44 Dance revolver.
•.44 cal. black powder
•6-shot single action
•Case-hardened frame with blued 8" barrel
•Walnut grips
•Hammer / blade sight
•13 1/2" overall. Weighs 2 lbs., 12 ozs.


Per The Smithsonian...


J. H. Dance and Brothers revolver

This rare six-shot Confederate revolver was made in .36 and .44 calibers. Soon after the Civil War began, the Confederate government and individual states issued a call for firearms. As a result, a large variety of firearms—from flintlock rifles, pistols, and shotguns to current weaponry seized from federal properties—was used by Confederate soldiers at the beginning of the conflict. It became expedient for the South to begin manufacturing guns to keep their troops armed. Those organizations that did begin manufacturing arms largely used United States weapons as models, though this model is distinguishable by the lack of recoil shield protrusions on the frame. J. H. Dance and Brothers of Columbia, Texas, modeled their revolvers after the Colt Dragoon. The firm started manufacturing firearms in 1862. The men who worked for this company were granted exemption from military service by the state because the need for firearms was so great. In December 1863, the workshop was moved farther inland due to fear that the Union gunboats would shell it. Approximately 325 to 500 revolvers were manufactured by this firm.

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Old 05-18-2012, 11:58 PM   #52
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Default Round and Round She Goes, Where It Stops, I Know

These are .54 wheelock pistols. Tapered octagon to round barrels. They are a matched pair, or brace. Actually bought at different times (a decade apart?) one was brand new and the recent one was used but unfired (and, in fact, inoperable). They are custom made by a gent in The Czech Republic and the serial numbers are a few digits apart. I had a holster made for one years ago -- should have thought to add that.

Some attribute the wheelock's invention to Leonado Davinci. I don't but like mentioning that -- he did, after all, actually make his living as a military engineer. Clock makers built the action by and large as they are a mechanism where you wind the spring-loaded wheel with the spanner wrench and when you pull the trigger the wheel spins and the pan would slide open. The wheel, basically a file along the edge, would spin as the piece of iron-pyrite held in the jaws fell onto it, the wheel sending a shower of sparks into the the pan. Imagine an automatic cigarette lighter attached to your blackpowder handgun. These were the contemporary of matchlocks but much more sophisticated than a flintlock. And that was the problem.

The good news was the well-to-do and/or professional war fighter of the renaissance could carry a loaded gun all the time, simply draw and pull the trigger, and it'd fire. No matchcord to light and manage. The bad news was they were very expensive and hard to clean (which enlisted ranks wouldn't do well).

But now...

I will be ending my commitment to this particular One Gun A Week thread for a little different one soon. I have done what I thought I could over the last four months to help develop some visits and interest here for the forum and my black powder brethren. And I hope my show and tell, gun porn, whatever, hasn't been too self indulgent but gave something to our community. Additionaly, I have basically run out of what I'd consider recent acquisitions (yes, relatively recent -- some even purchased since this started here). Finally, I have noted that today was the first post of any kind on the Blackpowder and Musket Forum in five days almost to the hour. I am saddened by this and, frankly, a little disappointed. Still, there is next week, so...

...stay tuned.

Safe shooting!

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Old 05-19-2012, 07:11 AM   #53
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Not to let the thread die out just yet, Ill post a few more pix of my handguns, then decide if I'll include my long guns.

Here's a photo of my 1860 Colt Army revolver. Most people who get involved in BP for long are familiar with the Colt percussion revolvers of the mid 1800's and the 1860 Army model is probably the most famous, though it's a close call between it and it's predecessor and the favored gun of Wild Bill Hickok, the '51 Navy. To sum it up, the Colt Army Model 1860 is a muzzle-loaded cap & ball .44-caliber revolver first used during the Civil War and uses the same size frame as the .36 caliber 1851 Navy revolver. More than 200,000 were manufactured from 1860 through 1873, the biggest customer being the US Government with over 127,000 purchased and issued to the troops. While all original Colt Army Model 1860 revolvers had steel frames, modern replicas are made by many manufacturers (mine is a Pietta), some of which have steel frames while some have brass frames. Brass frame replicas are intended for use with lighter loads - usually 15 vs. 30 grains of FFFg powder - that can be used with modern steel frame replicas.

Next time I'll post a photo of the 1860's earlier cousin, my '51 Navy

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Folks;
1,900 views in four months -- not bad. In fact, the next more popular thread read here most recently was started five years ago! Nevertheless, I'm ending this and kicking off a new thread...

http://www.firearmstalk.com/forums/f22/one-new-gun-month-show-n-tell-65170/

Thank you all for your time and attention. Now let's all promote this hobby, and, safe shooting!

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