I feel as others do............I view that pistol as a collectible investment, ............... NOT a useable Pistol, in today's world.
Will a modern black powder replica be viewed as an antique in Canada?..............If so, I'd opt for that............
Meanwhile, back here in Stuffy, Hi Tax Connecticut, I can't carry a single shot Black Powder Flintlock Pistol in the woods, when hunting...........
That was a real surprise to me back in the 80's, and killed any excitement I had for primitive black powder hunting and fieldcraft in CT...........
Since then, I've lost all interest in any kind of hunting in the state of CT...............Too many rules and regs for me............
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When I was a kid growing up in the days before inexpensive Italian reproductions became available, the first handgun I was taught to use and allowed to carry in the woods on my own was an original Colt 1860 Army, as you describe. I religiously followed the instructions of Elmer Keith in his book Sixguns (1956), in particular the chapter Managing the Cap & Ball Sixgun.
I killed literal truckloads of small game with that gun. I used pure lead cast round balls, Curtis & Harvey's powder and smeared hog lard over the chambers. Most of the old guns shoot high, so you have to learn to hold low. I normally took a 6:00 hold on rabbits, groundhogs and such out to 20-25 yards.
If you clean and oil the gun well, and take good care of it, honest use will not hurt it. Your situation in Canada makes a serviceable original gun far more valuable than it would be as a "safe Queen" here in the US. I would treasure the gun, use it wisely and maintain it well to hand down to your children.
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I see nothing wrong in using it as a firearm.
Museums and collectors have enough of them already.
I had an original 1858 Remington that I carried and shot quite a bit when I was in my 20's, and I found it to be reliable, durable, and fairly accurate.
I would not care to be shot with one.
So in lieu of a non available arm, it's a winner.
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The thought of carrying an antique sidearm arose from a recent hunt. Since it is an antique there would be no reason to for a cop or conservation officer to confiscate it especially if it's in a shoulder rig and they don't see it. There is NOTHING unlawful about carrying one in hunting camp but wisdom tells me it would be a bad idea to visibly carry it walking down town in open view. Now here is the glitch with our hunting laws. If I have used my deer tag I can still legally assisting a friend in hunting but I can't have a rifle unless I have another tag for another species. Even if my friend has a backup rifle in the truck and I don't have a tag some CO's might give us a hard time about that or even try to give us a ticket. There are wolves, cougars, and black bears in the area we hunt and the chance of an encounter. It was a weird feeling walking the bush without a firearm. I have also looked at a few old antique Colt 41 LC revolvers but they are very pricey. I have lots of other firearms I could take in the woods but when hunting season is open I can't carry them unless I have a hunting license and an unused tag. That is my problem. I also do a lot of hiking in the wilderness. When I go out during hunting season even if I am not hunting the authorities can give me trouble if I am carrying a rifle or a shotgun. Even trappers here are restricted to only using a .22 rimfire during hunting season. A cap and ball revolver or a .41 LC wouldn't be my first choice for wilderness carry but it's better than nothing and I have seen how ineffective pepper spray can be. I don't trust pepper spray at all. I do carry it but only as as a last option.
Last edited by BillyHill; 12-02-2019 at 02:57 PM.
BillyHill, your logic for wanting to carry a cap & ball is completely logical and I agree, based upon your situation. If the leftist Democrats get their way we here in the lower 48 may soon be reduced to such measures.
A well managed cap & ball revolver will suit you well. Some suggestions based upon 50+ years experience:
Get new replacement AMPCO nipples to replace the originals, if possible. Remove the originals and store them in a well marked container to prevent loss.
Coat the nipple threads with anti-seize compound when installing them into the chambers.
If you plan to keep the gun loaded for longer than a few days, remove the nipples, clean the cylinder well with hot soapy water and let the hot water evaporate out of its own heat. Then, while the cylinder is still hot to the touch, use a cotton swab with Johnson's Paste wax or neutral shoe polish to swab the chambers. The wax will melt on contact, flowing into any pits or machining marks to protect the steel from rusting, caused by ontact with black powder, which may absorb moisture from the atmosphere if left over a very long time.
After the cylinder has cooled and the wax hardened, then install the nipples. When loading the gun, use a thin card wad cut from a cereal box or ice cream carton over the powder and on top of that a felt wad cut from an old felt hat, and lubricated with lard, bear grease or Crisco under the ball, after having compressed the powder with the rammer when seating the card wad. Smear lard, bear grease or Crisco over the seated ball.
Before capping the cylinder, melt a pea-sized dab of beeswax in a metal jar top. Lightly dip the open mouth-end of each cap into the beeswax and set onto waxed paper to dry. When you cap the revolver after the beeswax has hardened, it will form around the nipples to provide a water-tight seal.
So loaded, you can carry the revolver, wade across the river, and engage the enemy with confidence. This is how cap & ball revolvers were combat-loaded in the old days. My grandfather who taught me this method learned from his grandfather, who rode with J.E.B. Stuart's cavalry in Virginia. The first time I shot the original 1860 Army in our family, it had been loaded and left this way in a cash box in the house ever since Dad had returned from WW2. The gun had been left loaded for 15 years when I first shot it, and every chamber went BANG~!
Yours will too.
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ould you carry a 22 mag. They have a good zip to them. A 22LR is not a bad pistol to carry either but they may frown on them. I have a 22 mag lever I carry on the tractor all the time. It would not be all bad and while maybe not as powerful as a 44 Colt its not far off and more accurate. Also a heck of a lot less fuss.
I have 2 Ruger old armys. every once and a while I carry one of em. one has the brass dragoon grip frame. Could you imagine if I stopped at a store and some moron tryed to rob it and I had to use it. yep that would be a first!
Well I checked with the store and talked with the salesman while he had it in his hands. He confirmed that the numbers match so that has to be worth something too even if it has some wear and tear. Here are the pics. What do you think ?
Well looks a little rough to be honest. No finish, obviously and pitting everywhere. It would have to be a very good price or best left alone. Of course, we cant all afford the best quality antique guns, and sometimes buying a rough one is a way someone with limited funds can still own one. So, no harm no foul. Even so, if you want a shooter, as long as its tight and safe a rougher one might be better. Cant really say without handling it, especially checking the bore and chambers. Some pitting will be OK, but not if deep.
Does the action work and the cylinder index (When you cock the hammer the cylinder turns, lines up and the cylinder stop clicks in) and lock up? cant see any drag marks on the cylinder, is the barrel - frame tight? I have seen some really wobbly ones. If not, stay away.
I am going to take a stab in the dark on price. I cant imagine he wants less than $500.00 and no more than $1000.00. Maybe $650.00ish? I am out of date on values and not in the US, but wouldnt want to pay too much. Great thing with antiques is if you buy with care you should always be able to get your money back when selling it on.
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