Two folks thanking. I've got a pint of Ballistol and between that and bore butter, Saturday shooting might result in a spray of liquid flying offa the old sulpher-burner, but I'll survive.
I'll see how the local hardware store is stocked for toilet ring wax as well. They *do* stock a good selection of cap and ball stuff, believe it or not.
"Well, I used to be a FFL, but no more, too much nonsense, all those inspections and such, so we just stick to these here Uberti C&B pistols. No permit needed, step right up and bring your cash. Sell lots of metallic ammunition too, especially in locally popular cartriges like .45 Colt. And lookie here... we stock a full selection of Howells cartridge conversion cylinders too... Most folks guess that we don't need an FFL 'round here to keep the local gentry happy and well protected against snakes and bipedial varmits on their desert ranches".
It seems that the local choice for ranch and home self defense has become a Uberti Remington copy and a Howells conversion cylinder in .45 Colt. Not an impractical choice, I might add. I feel well armed here with one. Truly. I kid you not. In the heart of over-regulated California, this is the way that people express their RKBA needs. It's where I came to learn to love C&B shooting. Walk into the hardware store, back wall gun counter, two guys talking about guns. One guy leaning, one on a stool. New guy welcomed with a cup of coffee. Poke thru the case, dig out a few, pick one, up to the counter and off to the sandpit. No papers, no hassle, "just like the old days". Time warp to pre-1968. Stack of New Army copies in the case, locals have figured out that Clint Eastwood had reloading figured out and that it works here too with cartridge conversion cylinders. They sell them to old ladies to keep by the bed. Just seems fitting with the desert outside of the doorstep to send folks off well armed (and not for CAS, but for the real thing) with their choice of an 1860 Army or an 1858 Remington. Only here is the debate on the merits of each considered carefully as a real question of life and death and not one of historical preservation. 1858's seem to win in the local vote. This is the last bastion of the cap and ball pistol used as a tool and not a toy.
Last edited by Willie Sutton; August 2, 2012 at 10:43 AM.