Originally Posted By marcushire:
Anybody make those for sale? A quick Google didn't turn up much and I want to hit this thread before it disappears.
Always wanted one but was smart enough to know I would shoot a black powder pistol about twice and then put it up.
Originally Posted By raygixxer89:
That is a beautiful conversion. Now,What if I were to buy a cap and ball pistol,what would I need to do to legally convert it?
In 1871, Colt employee Charles Richards was awarded a patent for converting Colt percussion models to breech loading cartridge revolvers. The Richards cartridge conversion was an instant success. On July 2, 1872, William Mason, another Colt employee, was awarded a patent for an improvement to the Richards model. As percussion parts ran short, the 1860 Richards-Mason barrel was changed from the profile of the earlier percussion model, to the sleek profile found on the 1871-72 Open Top.
Conversion models remained popular with cowboys (many originals will be found with imprints of fence staples on the butt) even after the introduction of the 1873 Colt®. This was due to the low cost of conversion models.
I havent done it myself , yet . . . but I'll probably go with a Kirst Konverter for my Walker , and am looking at complete , converted revolvers from Cimarron
The parts are HERE for the Dragoons and Walkers , and HERE for the 1858 Remingtons .
The gunsmithing required can also be done by Kirst , and looks like it's done by Raven Roost , a sub-division of Kirst . . . . Info HERE
The IMFDB site for the movie "The Outlaw Josey Wales " HERE , lists many of the pistols used in the film , with excellent pictures and stills . They talk of the Richards-Mason Cartridge conversion A very good article is HERE on the RM conversions
I think the ultimate , would be a pair of these 1858 Uberti conversion Remington replicas sent through Turnbull to be color case hardened