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My thanks to Michael Shepherd of for permission
to reproduce the photo of an English Turnaround Percussion Black Powder Pistol

Dale Calder who hails originally from Whangarei, New Zealand has had an interest in handguns including black powder pistols over many years.
He has now reached a point in his life where he would like to indulge that interest further by participating in the firing of reproduction
black powder revolvers and pistols here in Auckland, the City of Sails, where he is currently residing.

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Navy Colt Replica For Sale

Posted by admin on January 15, 2012 under black powder colt

I have received an email through from Danny .. “I have a navy colt black powder revolver replica in working condition with caps and powder. I am relocating to the UK and would like to pass this item on to a worthy owner. Do you have any contacts that may be interested?….. Regards Danny McLachlan”.

Email me using the Contact Form in the first instance should you be interested and I will tee things up with Danny for you ..

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Black Powder Pistol Fetches Record Price

Posted by admin on October 10, 2008 under black powder colt, black powder pistol, black powder revolver, Walker Colt

Black Powder Pistol collectors would dearly love to showcase this rare black powder revolver which sold for a record price at auction recently.

This news item in Outdoor Life’s News Hound with J. R. Absher quickly had my attention riveted.

“1847 Colt Walker .44 Fetches $920K at Auction

A pristine, corrosion-free Colt Walker .44 black powder revolver (ca. 1847) sold at auction in Fairfield, Maine to an unknown bidder yesterday for $800,000 (plus a 17 percent auction commission).

The sale reflected the most ever fetched for the model, of which fewer than 170 are believed to exist. It was also the highest price ever paid for any type of Colt firearm.

The black powder cartridge pistol was sold with the original powder flask, issued at Vera Cruz to Private Sam Wilson in 1847.

The gun’s owner, Montanan John McBride, 80, said he decided to sell it at auction because his family had no interest in historic firearms and wanted to use the proceeds to purchase property. The gun previously belonged to McBride’s great-great uncle.

“It was a painful decision,” McBride told the Kennebec (ME) Journal newspaper. “The family would rather have land than pistols. I can understand that. I don’t necessarily agree with it.”

A spokesman for the auction company’s firearms division said the price commanded for the pristine Colt was all about condition. There was not a spot of rust or oxidation on the massive, 9-inch barrel–or anywhere else on the gun.

“This is a military gun that normally is found in relic condition,” said Wes Dillon, “What we are seeing here is a unique opportunity in the gun-collecting world.”

Known as one of the most powerful handguns in history, the original Colt Walker had an overall length of 15.5 inches and weighed approximately 4.75 pounds. It held 50-to 60-grains of black powder and shot a conical 220-grain bullet or .44 cal. roundball.

By comparison, the original .45 Colt cartridge used a 250 grain bullet and 40 grains of powder. The Walker stood alone in repeating handgun ballistics superiority until the introduction of the .357 Magnum in 1935.

Only about 1,100 Walker pistols were made during a short production run in 1847. Its namesake, Capt. Samuel Hamilton Walker, a war hero who fought in the Texas-Mexico wars, collaborated with gunmaker Samuel Colt to create a pistol suitable for the Texas Rangers and the U.S. Dragoons.

Capt. Walker wrote in 1847 that the gun was “as effective as a common rifle at 100 yards and superior to a musket even at 200.”

Besides the fact that relatively few of the pistols were manufactured in the first place, a contributing factor in the scarcity (and value) of the Walker Colt today is that many of the guns were damaged by mis-loading. When it was introduced, few men had ever seen a revolver–much less shot one–resulting in burst cylinders and the accidental firing of all six chambers at once”.

Sadly your chances of procuring another such revolver are virtually non existent, even if you had that sort of dosh to procure it. Not to say however, that you cannot acquire your own replica of this exceptional, historic black powder pistol.

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Which Black Powder Pistol When Starting Out?

Posted by admin on August 25, 2008 under black powder colt, black powder pistol, black powder pistols

Firstly, let me respond to that by saying the flintlock black powder pistol is NOT the way to go. In due course you will want to get one for sure but as a beginning pistol shooter you are likely to experience a range of problems including; ignition problems, poor flint life, pan flash distraction, etc. Plus, the flintlock has a distinct distaste for the less corrosive black powder substitutes such as Pyrodex, due to their ignition temperature being too high to be reliably ignited.

Best you start to feel comfortable with something simpler, such as one of the single shot percussion Kentucky pattern pistols. You only need concern yourself with just the one cap and charge unlike the percussion cap black powder revolver for instance, thus making for easier clean-up and loading likewise presents few problems.

Having said that .. there will be those with a penchant for the revolvers of the Wild West. Understandable given the special mystique which has surrounded them to this day, no doubt because of the sense of personal empowerment they lent their owners.

If you choose to make a start with reproduction black powder revolvers then a little background knowledge before you charge our to buy the first one that takes your fancy, won’t go amiss. Mike Cumpston’s Percussion Pistols and Revolvers: History, Performance and Practical Use (Paperback) is chokka with a wealth of information and provides an honest assessment of the quality of many of the reproductions which are available.

With regards black powder revolvers my personal favourites are the 1861 Navy Steel .36 Cal Black Powder Revolver often touted as the most handsome revolver Colt ever built and for those looking to spend around the same price but looking for a little more “punch” then the .. 1858 New Army .44 Cal Black Powder Revolver must appeal. This rugged, solid framed revolver introduced by Remington with its screw-in barrel and quick-release cylinder, was to become very popular with the military. A slightly higher priced version is available in stainless steel.

Finally .. take the time to go visit your local black powder club. You will find that black powder shooters will make you at home, that you will learn heaps .. and that they can point you in the way of just what black powder pistol you should buy .. and which you should avoid.

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