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Old January 31, 2013, 10:36 PM   #1
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Papa Bear, Mama Bear, and Baby Bear

My new Lipsey's "Shopkeeper" compared to Lipsey's Birdshead Vaquero and NAA Mini-Revolver.
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Old February 3, 2013, 03:47 PM   #2
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Drool

Nice assortment, but I am especially green with envy about the Shopkeeper. I love my OM SuperBearcat dearly, but always thought itd be handier with a shorter tube. And the birdshead makes it even better.
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Old February 6, 2013, 11:02 AM   #3
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Some more shots of the Shopkeeper . . . .

Compared with the Birdshead Vaquero


Closeup of the cylinder showing some of the scrollwork . . . .


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Old February 6, 2013, 11:18 AM   #4
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Very nice.

Thanks for sharing the pic.
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Old February 8, 2013, 08:33 AM   #5
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Have you had a chance to run a few through the Shopkeeper yer ?
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Old February 8, 2013, 05:56 PM   #6
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I fired about 200 rounds yesterday and day before. Not at paper, just plinking and ringing some steel. The springs are "robust" to say the least, and the trigger is a little stiff. I will probably shoot a couple of bricks through it and see how much it loosens up, if any. The trigger will have to be substantially lighter to get any degree of real accuracy. Some Rugers "wear in" to the extent that no work or spring change is needed, and others don't. We will see. I love the gun. I realize that old-time craftsmanship just isn't possible at the factory now, and the fact that I have been shooting 60s and early 70s era S&W Kit Guns makes a comparison unfair.
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Old February 11, 2013, 10:54 AM   #7
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Super, thanx for the info. I am almost 100% decided and about to pull the trigger on the purchase. They aren't going to be easy to get forever.


EDITED: I followed in your footsteps. Found one that just listed on GunBroker with a buy now price of $530, no shipping, no CC fees. I jumped right on it.
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Old February 13, 2013, 05:10 PM   #8
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The edit isn't enough to bump it and I wanted to thank Redlevl42 for the info or I never would have heard about this gun in time to buy one.
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Old February 13, 2013, 06:59 PM   #9
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lcpiper, I'm glad you found one. That is a pretty good price, too. I have seen them bringing a whole lot more. I hope you enjoy yours.

I have been shooting it some each day. It is about the smallest package that I can manipulate fairly well with arthritic, fat, carpal-tunnelled fingers. Especially if it is a little cold. It is just a ton of fun to shoot, though. It is a plinker, and a good one at that. I am going to check to see if Wolff has a replacement spring kit. Ironically, the two fingers I have more pain in are my trigger finger and thumb on my shooting (right) hand. After a shooting session, my thumb wants to start cramping from fighting that mainspring. One thing, though, I have been shooting some old ammo that has gotten wet at some time, and I haven't had a misfire.

We have had 6.2 inches of rain here since Sunday, but I have found time between showers to bounce around some tin cans and pine cones.
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Old February 14, 2013, 10:18 AM   #11
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Try a two handed grip and cock it with your off hand. It may help, but you will have to reload more often

And please post if you get that trigger sorted out, I am sure I'll be looking to do the same although there is a gunsmith here who looks to be competent enough to handle it.
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