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Old 07-21-2014, 12:41 AM   #281
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Lack of bluing?
c3shooter, you are in the ballpark with your answer, lack of bluing, but a more precise answer is needed to correctly answer the trivia question. Clue, metallurgy in 1847, made Colt decide not to perform this bluing procedure.

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stab in the dark- IIRC, it was the cylinders that were left "in the white". Those were BIG cylinders, would require hand fitting, and I THINK bluing at that time was heating with charcoal. Possible that the steel of the cylinder heat treatment conflicted with the heat of charcoal bluing?
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Just a stab in the dark.

'The Colt Model 1848 Percussion Army Revolver fixed these issues by making a smaller chamber that allowed about 15% less gunpowder (3.25 gm. instead of 3.9 gm.) to reduce the problem of ruptured cylinders. The falling catch problem was solved by redesigning the catch to hold the loading lever even with heavy recoil. The size of the barrel was also reduced from 9 inches to about 7.5 inches to make the weapon slightly lighter and more manageable.'

http://firearmshistory.blogspot.com/2010/06/revolver-walker-colt-colt-dragoon.html?m=1p

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What can be said about this rifle?
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What is that contraption in front of the trigger?


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stab in the dark- IIRC, it was the cylinders that were left "in the white". Those were BIG cylinders, would require hand fitting, and I THINK bluing at that time was heating with charcoal. Possible that the steel of the cylinder heat treatment conflicted with the heat of charcoal bluing?
You are correct, c3shooter, the Colt Walker's cylinder was left in the white, not blued, because it was believe the rusting process used to blue the cylinders would weaken the cylinder's strength causing some cylinders to burst when fired. Even with the cylinders left in the white, issued Colt Walkers would occasionally suffer from burst cylinders. Replica cylinders were blued because of modern metallurgy and, I suspect, collectors who were unaware the original Walker's cylinder was unblued, would expect a blued cylinder.
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What is that contraption in front of the trigger?


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the better question is why the stock belly swells out between the barrel bands and the extremely short cleaning rod.
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That is a Springfield Model 1873 Magazine Rifle !................
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Colt revolver trivia. Why did the .45 cal. Colt Model 1902 revolver feature an oversize trigger and trigger guard?

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Colt increased the spring tension on the hammer to ignite the new primers for smokeless powder, meaning the trigger was harder to pull. Increasing the trigger size helped ease the trigger pull, and the trigger guard also increased to accommodate it.

Also, it was handy because this weapon was used by Alaskans, and a gloved finger could fit in there - -
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