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David Snellen 
40 Cal.
Posts: 294
09-04-11 10:37 PM - Post#1040330    

Did MArkwell make good pistols? Were they comparable to CVA?
Thank you,

40 Cal.
Posts: 209
09-05-11 08:27 AM - Post#1040415    

    In response to David Snellen

From what I gather, they were no where near as good a CVA, so that ain't saying much! Do a Google search and you will see what I mean.

Old Ford 
58 Cal.
Posts: 2263
09-05-11 09:15 AM - Post#1040431    

    In response to David Snellen

Most all Markwell arms are pure junk.
They are cheaply made to function once or twice.
The more modern designs ( percussion ) are made to bypass the restrictions on handguns ( modern cartridge).
They certainly do not represent the era of black powder that we study, practice, and enjoy.
CVA was on the lower scale of quality, as compared to Lyman, Uberti, TC, and similar companies.
Save your money and buy wisely!
Old Ford

David Snellen 
40 Cal.
Posts: 294
09-05-11 10:55 PM - Post#1040716    

    In response to Old Ford

Thanks for the warning. I will follow y'all's advice!

70 Cal.
Posts: 4652
09-06-11 05:58 AM - Post#1040758    

    In response to David Snellen

I was given a Markwell 45 cal perc Hawken kit years ago. It was very light weight, the butt stock was barely an inch thick, more like a board. The interior lock parts crumbled to bits after about the 4th shot. It was cheaply made, the lock parts weren't properly hardened and the barrel was used to build another gun. Even the word "Junk" IS TOO GOOD FOR IT.

Edited by zimmerstutzen on 09-06-11 05:59 AM. Reason for edit: No reason given.

40 Cal.
Posts: 370
09-07-11 05:31 PM - Post#1041420    

    In response to David Snellen

My first muzzle loader was a Markwell kit. .50 rifle of some type. Wood was as described above; narrow, almost like a plank. It did shoot pretty well. I could hit a paper plate at 50 yards. The lock spring broke after 20 shots or so. Gave it to somebody. If I had kept it I would not have continued to explore BP. Junk is a good description.

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