The new (old) 1860, plus cartouche mystery
The pistol was given to me quite unexpectedly by a friend I know from the group I do gunfights with Saturday afternoons. He knew I was looking for an "old west" gun and he happened to own one that he knew I could take better care of. He shows up one day with this. Nice gesture! But he was sure right. It has some pretty bad rust/pitting in the cylinder chambers and the bore. I don't think it got cleaned much after shooting (maybe a squirt of 409?). But its in good hands now; at least I am trying. I am new to the black powder world so I have been doing a lot of reading here in this part of the forums, its good to have. I do think despite its flaws that it is a darned good looking firearm. The bluing isn't so blue (gunmetal gray!) and the walnut grips are dinged: but the action and timing are perfect. I just like holding it.
BTW it is an ASM "Hartford, CT Model USA" 1860 Army.
I also included a picture of the cartouche on the grip. I have looked high and low for who/what it is. To me it looks like "ALJ" but there was no inspector with those initials. Anyone have a clue?
Veteran OEF (2002) and OIF1 (2003) - US Army
Member of the Burnet Gun Fighters, Inc
. and of course the NRA
Oregon State University alum -- Go Beavs!