Short Barrelled Single Shot Pistols

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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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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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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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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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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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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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