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Old July 6, 2013, 04:41 PM   #1
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An ugly girl that kisses good...

An Ugly girl that kisses good..

Well, the other day I picked up a 1999 dated steel framed ASM 1861 navy imported by CVA, for next to nothing.
It was beat up, the barrel was rusted to the arbor, it cocked, and rotated, but that was about it.

The seller said it had been in his safe for years, he took it out, saw it was rusted, and took it to a local gun shop, they got it freed up, and suggested he sell it..

They apparently, didn’t know much about them, just enough to make it work.

Well, after a lot of penetrating oil and some wood popsicle sticks under the loading lever, the barrel came off.
The nipples were stuck, but finally got them freed.
Internally, it is not rusted, and worked.

I should have passed on it, but since it was steel framed I just had to get it as I have another .36 caliber ASM 1851 brass frame I could swap parts on if need be..

It has everything going against it,
The barrel face is not cut square to the cylinder
It is off by .0165 of an inch left to right.




The cylinder shows marks where the local gun shop put the cylinder in a vice or vice grips and rotated the action to get the cylinder to rotate free on the arbor.
And the cylinder has a buggered chamber thanks to the local gun shops attempt to free up the gun.


the inside of the barrel is slightly pitted.
And the timing was somewhat off.
I fixed the timing issue, and decided to see how it shot.

All that being said, she is a shooter!!!
6 shots, 25 yds off hand.


The other guys were shooting their muzzle loading rifles at 50 yards.
I tried one of their targets (a bowling pin) to my surprise, it fell over, I took aim at a second one, and it too fell over. (I quit while I was ahead)

I fired off 48 rounds (8 cylinders)
Using 25gr pyrodex RS (I don’t have any P or 3f at the moment)
Covered by a home made felt wad lubed with bore butter mixed with beeswax and olive oil. And a .375 round ball.

The only issue was a few cap jams from the caps sticking to the hammer.

I was going to Square off the barrel, and a few other things, but after shooting this, I am not going to change a thing.

Oh, I shot some high speed to see if the bad gap would shoot more gas out to the left than the right, but it seem to be about equal.
(It is being fired ghetto style to get a top down view of the gas pattern)



As one of my shooting buddies said today, she is like an ugly girl that kisses good.
She may look a little rough, but man does she shoot.


See ya.
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Old July 6, 2013, 04:55 PM   #2
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Cool Beans. She don't look all that bad, just has a few beauty spots.
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Old July 6, 2013, 05:31 PM   #3
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COUPLA passes with a file on that barrel-to-cylinder high spot? Just a couple!?
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Old July 6, 2013, 06:07 PM   #4
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COUPLA passes with a file on that barrel-to-cylinder high spot? Just a couple!?
Shooting like that I wouldn't let a file anywhere near it.
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Old July 6, 2013, 06:25 PM   #5
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Leave it alone!

Leave it as is. Congratulations on your rescue of this shooter.
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Old July 6, 2013, 07:05 PM   #6
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You can say waht you want about these old ASM revolvers...

...But I like em.
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Old July 6, 2013, 07:28 PM   #7
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Congrats on your find! I'd leave it alone as well . . . and great shooting by the way! The old girl does a good job.

I have one of these that I bought from a guy who had put a collection together many years ago but he'd never shot it. It is a really beautiful revolver with nice wood and a great fit and finish. I know some ASMs were "iffy" but the one I have stacks up with the best of 'em.

Great photos - thanks for sharing. Sometimes the ugly girls really are the best kissers!
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Old July 6, 2013, 07:34 PM   #8
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Kind of like the girl with all the spots on her from being touched with 10 ft. poles....she must have some redeeming qualities.
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Old July 6, 2013, 08:27 PM   #9
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hmmm

I want the frame lol for my cva imported navy....everythings good on my gun but being a brasser bugs me haha for my first BP gun I just cant get over it being brass. ive own many cartridge revolvers and the concept of brass as a frame scares me ehhh call me crazy!
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Old July 6, 2013, 08:30 PM   #10
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oh nice find

btw nice find and may the bp flow from your flask!
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Old July 6, 2013, 08:39 PM   #11
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Nice pistol, but why do you shoot the weapon sideways?
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Old July 6, 2013, 08:43 PM   #12
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Asks the guy from Detroit. ha.
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Old July 6, 2013, 08:43 PM   #13
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if im correct he fired it sideways to take a picture to see if there were more gasses to one side or the other
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Old July 6, 2013, 09:08 PM   #14
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That is some great shooting!

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Old July 6, 2013, 10:36 PM   #15
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Asks the guy from Detroit. ha.
Oh hardy har har......
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Old July 6, 2013, 11:48 PM   #16
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She's a fine ugly girl.
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Old July 7, 2013, 02:52 AM   #17
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Thanks Guys, and I don't intend to change her,

Oh thebser, Don't worry about the brassers I have owned several, just keep it mild.

This is only the second steel framed colt design I have owned.all the others were and are brass.
And still have a cva brass frame kit gun(1851 navy in .36 by asm) that is un finished.

Run an ad on your local Facebook trader pages looking for black powder guns. People will come out of the woodwork..

I traded this girl for a box of pmu.40 caliber ammo I paid $13 for.
I bought a Cva mountain rifle for $20 (the old first model stamped made in USA with a 4 screw German silver patch box and a 1 in 66 barrel
I have been offered a steel frame pietta 1860 army .44 with flask, balls and capper for $100 (I am going to look at it tomorrow).

My ad was essentially
"I have some money burning a hole in my pocket looking for black powder guns, I prefer no inlines"

And they start lining up...
In the last 3 months, 4 revolvers, 2 rifles and counting..

NateKirk, no I don't normally gangsta shoot, I hold it normally.

I did it that way for 6 shots to catch the left/right gas/smoke pattern from the barrel cylinder gap on high speed video.


Black powder,,..

It's an addiction...

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Old July 7, 2013, 09:08 AM   #18
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Mechanical stuff can often work in mysterious ways.
Enjoy, it's great fun to come up with a sleeper like that.
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Old July 7, 2013, 10:08 AM   #19
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ive been looking at steel frame kits. i just need some money haha maybe i should sell my 150 scooter and buy a new gun
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Old July 7, 2013, 10:20 AM   #20
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I fix computers for money

My day job is as a graphic artist /IT manager for a local newspaper.

I fix / de virus computers on the side, easy money, and minimal work.

My computer money goes toward my hobbies..
Most anyone can do it.
2 essential programs you need, and both are free.

Rkill (google it)
And
Malware bytes removal

These 2 will remove 99.7%of what infects pc's.
Run an ad in your local free trader paper.
I average about $400 extra a month, sometimes more, sometimes less..
Depends how active the spammers are that month...

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Old July 7, 2013, 06:20 PM   #21
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Thebser

You are a mechanic. Do a coupla shade tree jobs and your have the cash for a revolver.
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Old July 7, 2013, 06:52 PM   #22
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haha

I do it all day at work. I rarely wanna work on cars when i leave there
i might hafta tho if this black powder itch wont go away....
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Old July 8, 2013, 05:34 AM   #23
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Black powder itch?....Go Away?!

Bwah ha ha!

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Old July 8, 2013, 06:14 PM   #24
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Great deal you got on the "ugly girl". As good as she shoots, I wouldn't mess with the cylinder gap either.

On another note, How would I find the "local Facebook trader pages" that you mentioned? I'm on facebook and a member of a couple of firearm buy, sell and trade facebook sites, (one of which is ONLY for broken guns), but they aren't "local facebook trader pages". Can you explain how we find facebook "local facebook trader pages" that are local to where we live? I'd like to put up that same "want to buy" ad you did in my locale on facebook.
Thanks in advance.




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Old July 8, 2013, 09:52 PM   #25
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while in facebook search for things like this, but maybe local to your area

in our area we are in union county
so union county buy sell trade.
memphis gun traders
north mississippi gun trader (over 16,000 members)
north mississippi gun traders (over 3000 members)
barter junkies
free market firearms (over 3000 members)

try surrounding counties too.

or put in gun trader in your search criteria.

ask other people on the trader sites you are already on. they may know of others.

or you can start your own group. just advertise it on facebook and every email you send out.

let me know how it goes.

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