Yes but what is "regular shooting " to some is a warmup for others
I have an original 1861 Springfield, it is a piece of history. I enjoy owning it but I'm happy to have a Pedersoli repro to put 100s of Minies through and not have to worry about rod wear, metal and wood stress, or breaking a lock part
I was just reading about an original Colt blowing a nipple out. Stress and Fatigue will eventually catch up to these old pieces of history
I take my original stuff out for the occasional few rounds but I beat on my repros with a lot of rounds.
If you have ever handled a Pedersoli revolver, you would have had in your hands the “finest quality percussion revolver “.
They do indeed put the care and attention into fit and finish, and they are machined to close tolerances.
That’s why they are so expensive.
Certainly some of the forgings were uberti…Lou Imperato imported unfinished Italian parts and "tarted them up". As for HEGE, the originals were beautifully made but costly (reasonably so) but the current offerrings are val Trompia clones and not in the same league, although they are priced high --- so that people will think that they are the real thing ?
There was a German gunsmith making copies of the M1851 Adams for those "serious" competitive shooters who wanted to win MLAIC Trophies. At one time (25+ years ago!) I was in discussions with a British gunmaking company (their basic model was the Sterling SMG) who were expanding, and were setting up for high end shotguns etc. We looked at producing a Tranter but when it came to the crunch it was decided that it would have been uneconomic -- the price for an uncased one being probably several times what one could buy a period revolver.
One of our biggest problems now is that so many M-L shooters are falling off of their perch. Certainly in the UK the price of cased originals has dropped, and it is hard to get £50 for a near mint early Uberti M1851... and there is no benefit in trying to send them Stateside.
That was a special edition matched pair with silver trigger guard and back strap. They can't have made very many of the USFA 1851's. I didn't even know USFA made 1851's. Did they make 1860's? There was an 1851 USFA that sold on Guns International for $1,599.00 I just saw as I did some searching. Those are the first USFA black powders I have seen for sale. That is why I did some searching about them.Saw em too that were gorgeous id love to have an and shoot em like crazy
I dont think they dabbles in the 1860 armys I'm pretty sure they had a VERY SHORT run on 51 navys only.That was a special edition matched pair with silver trigger guard and back strap. They can't have made very many of the USFA 1851's. I didn't even know USFA made 1851's. Did they make 1860's? There was an 1851 USFA that sold on Guns International for $1,599.00 I just saw as I did some searching. Those are the first USFA black powders I have seen for sale. That is why I did some searching about them.
Two USFA 1851's for sale on Gunbroker this afternoon.I looked up US Patent Firearms Manufacturing Company (USFA) and found they were incorporated in 1993, which was earlier than I thought, and the company was officially dissolved in 2017, which was later than I realized, although they apparently stopped making Colt-style single-action clones in 2011. I would still maintain that they just lost their focus. If in doubt, look up their "USFA ZiP .22" firearm. They should have stuck with single actions...
If anybody is interested, this is the USFA percussion revolver manual I mentioned in post #35:
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It is a small, pocket-sized manual, four inches by six and one-half inches, and 44 pages long.
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Somebody put a lot of thought into writing this. Most of the directions are written in a very authentic 19th century prose, with loading, cleaning, and maintenance instructions, and the illustrations look "period":
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I guess the significance of this would be that USFA must have been seriously intending to produce percussion revolvers at one time. As noted previously, this publication was in the box with a Colt-style .38 Special revolver I got from them. It was certainly put in the box with that gun by mistake, but it is actually a dandy little booklet, and I'm glad to have it.
I replied to Notchy Bob's post as he like me didn't know USFA actually made 1851's. Beautiful pair of pistols for less than a pair of non matched Colt gen 2 pistols sell for.I dont think they dabbles in the 1860 armys I'm pretty sure they had a VERY SHORT run on 51 navys only.
I could be wrong though, its happened once or twice ;-)
Maybe a USFA afficianado will chime in