Short Barrelled Single Shot Pistols

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  1. Apr 19, 2019 #1

    Desperate Lee

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    I have several parts left from trades I've done . One complete Colonial kit and almost enough to do 2 more Colonial kits. I may take one and maybe build something like this.
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    It is a 5" barreled full stock pistol. I would also like to take one kit and make a 3" shorty type hideout gun. Kinda like a daringer only bigger.
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    You guys got any ideas to kick aroundaround?
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    I like both.
     
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    I have to say I like the top pistol.
     
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    Yeah that top pistol kinda grows on you. Found that picture here on this forum. I believe it was in a post my Grizz44Mag.
     
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    On the beginning of the Plains Pistol thread I started, there are pics of a couple of really nice short barreled Plains Pistols. I'm Talking really really nice. Like way nice, or way-way nice. Check them out.
     
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    Yeah I did check them out and saved the pictures for further reference.
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    I was thinking that one with the half-round/octagon barrel was a shorty, but it's not. But the half round sure looks nice, I'm thinking about getting a kit one of these days, and doing that. Maybe take a couple of inches off too.
     
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    Yeah I like the half round barrel also. I was thinking about my half stock 45 doing the half round barrel but I don't have access to a lathe anymore so it stays like this till I get access to a small lathe again.
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    I like that top pistol
     
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    That is nice. Let me show you what I may be planning to use to come close to that look.
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    I got this about 20 years ago and it has been in my tool box all this time. I even got the warranty. I can get it to about 4" barrel. It is about 5 1 /4" right now. I can't think this one down too much because the cut bout a 3" channel in the stock so you can put the trunnion and pin anywhere along the barrel you want. I
    I may have one that will work. It has a small trunnion slot about 1\2 long.I can think this one at down. Barrel can be cut to anywhere between 4 and 5 inches. No drum and nipple just like top picture. God I got too much time on my hands.
     
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    DL,

    You can make it oct/rnd the old way and file itto 16 and then 32 flats. Shouldn't take to long to do on a shorter pistol barrel.
    I also don't have a lathe, so have to do everything by hand or hire it done. And I am a cheapskate, done more than my fair share of dumpster diving for parts over the years.

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    Never thought of filing a barrel round. One could leave the very bottom flat enough to retain the under-rib, rather than re-fitting one made for a round barrel. Interesting. 16 flats might even look pretty cool. Got to get me a kit.
     
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    Top pistol is nice. I like shorty pistols.
     
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    Kind of a cool hammer on that kit-gun.
     
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    I bought off evilbay a Kentucky stock and barrel for $40 bucks. Knowing it was not quite right. The stock I stripped and I also stripped the browning off the barrel. This was a kit some poor slup really messed up. Holes were drilled off center and the inletting was really sub par. Anyway I fixed almost everything except the stock is a little twisted or warped.

    What I see when I look at that first picture is a short barreled, round grip Kentucky pistol. Well there you go. Looks like I can make a 4", or a 5", or even a 6" shorty. That still leaves me some room for a loading rod thimble underneath. I will post a picture later.
     
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    Here you go. IMG_0720.JPG

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    Contemplating this a little I’d opt for 6” if it were me. Thinking along the lines of a revolver the first 2” would essentially be the chamber leaving the last 4” as useable barrel. Having spoken with a fellow who cuts barrels down on revolvers, he felt it took 3.5” to completely consume a standard charge of powder (~30 grns of 3F?).

    I do like the lines of the Philadelphia pistol but we also see how poorly it worked on Lincoln at point blank range. Not to mention you’d have a longer sight radius.
     
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    Yes, I think 6" would look nice, and still have some decent ballistics.
     
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    Yes I agree the 6" would be good. I also liked the 5" one. I may compromise and do a 5 1/2" one. Got a couple weeks to decide. Thanks for your suggestions.
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