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Old 07-17-2019, 07:50 PM
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My FFL friend had one so I had to have it. 1877 production, .22 short, no finish remaining, it appears to have been polished off. Someone made it "pretty", a shame but the price was OK. It works though and I have some .22 CB cap ammo that won't be too strong for it, the cases are only about 1/4", very low power. The bore, while showing some pitted areas, does have useful rifling.

My friend opened his safe and showed me a beautiful Colt Python, 6", in the box, absolutely pristine. I looked but did not touch, too rich for my blood. I did get a Colt Trooper, 6", nickel, very nice, last week so I'm not totally deprived... But I see why Pythons are $2,000-3,000 revolvers.
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Old 07-18-2019, 09:52 AM
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Those Open Top's are cool little guns - congrats ! .




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Old 07-18-2019, 10:53 AM
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Very nice! Mine has been polished, none of the original finish remains. But a cool old thing anyway.
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Old 07-18-2019, 06:37 PM
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Old 07-18-2019, 07:12 PM
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Here's yours, Mike .


It may look like it has blueing but it doesn't, just bright steel.
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Old 07-18-2019, 08:26 PM
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For years I tried to find a decent one at a reasonable price.

So far, no luck.


Congratulations to those of you who found one.
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Old 07-19-2019, 02:13 PM
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It may look like it has blueing but it doesn't, just bright steel.
Thanks for posting this for me Pete!
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Old 07-19-2019, 06:34 PM
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Old 07-20-2019, 03:38 PM
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Now if the owl monogram maker could just finish it's Sharps derringer, this seems like a nice second project.
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Old 07-21-2019, 11:08 PM
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i did not find an open top either settled for a S&W no 1 , i like both and one day may find the other , these are really cool old pocket guns in the true traditional sense , congrats
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Old 07-22-2019, 10:19 AM
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i did not find an open top either settled for a S&W no 1 , i like both and one day may find the other

Colt Open Top F/S F/A elsewhere:

https://www.gunbroker.com/item/821137490

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Nice to read of a real oldie like this model Colt here on RimfireCentral. Makes me want to hunt one up.

Always wondered about shooting CB caps in one of these or else the Smith & Wesson No. 1. I'd almost feel compelled to do it, just to experience shooting the gun.
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yes m me too - not got to it yet tho
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Old 07-24-2019, 03:51 AM
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Nice to read of a real oldie like this model Colt here on RimfireCentral. Makes me want to hunt one up.

Always wondered about shooting CB caps in one of these or else the Smith & Wesson No. 1. I'd almost feel compelled to do it, just to experience shooting the gun.
That's what I used in my S&W No. 1. Hard to imagine that people relied on such low powered handguns for protection. I'd worry that being hit with a bullet from a BP .22 short round would just annoy an attacker.
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Old 07-24-2019, 09:42 PM
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Hard to imagine that people relied on such low powered handguns for protection.

Keep in mind the medical aspects of the day, back then, and that those mouse guns were mostly used as a hideout, or in densely-populated cities.

AFAIK, trauma centers were WAY in the future, and there were virtually no antiseptics commonly available (the 1st, Listerine, was developed in 1879), so the impact itself was less dangerous than the infection that was sure to set in (causing death).

Plus (as is possible today), with those small pocket guns, an up close & personal headshot would do the deed.


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