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Old October 23, 2013, 12:56 AM   #1
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1850 3rd model Dragoon

Hi All

Just wanted to show off my recent purchase and ask a few questions. I bought a new/old stock ASM 3rd Model Dragoon a few weeks ago and have just finished putting it under the knife. I converted it to shoot 45 Colt with a Kirst Konverter cylinder. I’m hoping to shoot it this weekend for the first time.

Couple of question … How would one go about weakening the mainspring? The mainspring for the hammer is of course set up for percussion caps and therefore very stout. I want the hammer to pull back easier.

Also I am looking for a modern holster for my Dragoon. Which modern revolver would be the closest fit? In other words, I’m hoping someone might know which model modern revolver I could use as a comparison to a Dragoon when it comes to finding a holster. I’m not looking for a molded holster, just something that will fit the Dragoon when I go hiking or quad biking.

Thanks - Jerry

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Old October 23, 2013, 06:08 AM   #2
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I have never done this but....

I believe that some folks have softened up that spring by filing metal from the sides of it.

My thought is that the metal should come off of the entire length of the spring so as not to create a weak spot.

I want to emphasize I have never done this myself so perhaps someone with real time experience will validate the process.
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Old October 23, 2013, 11:07 AM   #3
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Holster

For a holster I would go with Idaho Mike. If not gun broker or e-bay. Nice gun and photo. I am jealous of the photos you guys post. I have one heck of a time posting pics.
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Old October 23, 2013, 11:23 AM   #4
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Cut a piece of leather to fit inside the grip frame, punch/cut a hole so the Mainspring screw will fit through the leather, then place the leather between the hammer spring and grip frame and tighten screw. I do this with my SAAs to lighten the spring tension.
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Old October 23, 2013, 05:58 PM   #5
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Doc and Salvador, thanks for the tips on the hammer spring; Interesting suggestion of putting in a piece of leather. I like that it is a reversible fix as well. I'll try it.

Spitpatch, I will look into Idaho Mike's holsters, but what I am hoping to find is which modern revolver most closely matches a Dragoon. Other than a western cowboy holster, nobody makes a Dragoon specific holster, hence the search for an alternative revolver.

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Old October 23, 2013, 06:14 PM   #6
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Take a look at this.....

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Old October 24, 2013, 08:39 AM   #7
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Thanks Joe. Sounds like a little bit goes a long way on this procedure.
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Old October 28, 2013, 09:13 PM   #8
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I once had an 1851 that I did the same thing to that Smokin Joe did. Worked perfect. One caution though, don't grind too much off. Just do a little on each side, otherwise you can get the spring too weak and it won't pop the caps. I was very careful to only do a little grinding on each side so that wouldn't happen. I ground a little on each side, then installed it and popped a few caps, then did a little more until I got it where I wanted it, then filed and sanded the edges smooth and cold blued it. Exactly like Smokin Joe did. If you grind too much, obviously the spring is too weak and is worthless.

Could someone please explain that leather fix more? Thanks. That sounds even better since it is reversible and no chance of grinding off too much. I want to make sure I understand it completely. If I am reading that right, it sounds like the leather acts as a cushion between the frame and the spring. But I don't remember if my 1851 had a spring tensioning screw or not....it's been so long since I had that 1851. If memory serves me, my wooden grip was a one piece affair and the spring fit into a groove in the brass grip frame and didn't have a spring tensioning screw. But again, it's been so long I might not be remembering correctly. But if I AM remembering correctly, and if there was no spring tensioning screw, then the leather fix wouldn't work would it?


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Old October 29, 2013, 07:06 PM   #9
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Bill, I have not tried it yet, but I think the leather needs to be fashioned into a soft washer and put between the mainspring and the frame. The spring can then be "tensioned" to suit. I have loosened the screw holding the mainspring to test the theory and it does seem to weaken the hammer a bit. Now to find some leather and try it for real!

Yes, the 1851 does have a screw that holds the mainspring to the frame. You may be thinking of the Walker; it has a hook that holds the spring in place.
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Old October 30, 2013, 04:31 AM   #10
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Very possible I was thinking about and had my old Walker in mind Tembo. Been a long time since I had that 1851 (and was inside it) and no doubt I had forgotten. Now after thinking about it, I should have realized my old 1851's hammer spring attaches with a screw just like my 1860's do, both revolvers being so similar and cylinders interchanging and all.

That whole leather thing has me wondering though. As the leather dries out and gets hard, won't it lose its cushioning effect? As the leather became dried and compressed over time, it seems to me it might cause the spring to have differing tension as the leather dried out, and ultimately cause the spring to get too loose/weak. Perhaps a plastic shim might work to retain its elasticity better? Just an observation, never tried a cushioning shim under the hammer spring like that.


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Old October 30, 2013, 09:32 AM   #11
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Bill, funny you mention a plastic material instead of leather. Last night I inserted a rubber faucet valve washer as I did not have any leather to test.

The washer lifted the mainspring away from the frame thereby using less tension. The hammer was easier to pull back.

I may try a brass washer and test to see if the release of tension is due to the pliability of the rubber/leather washer or just the fact that the spring is lifted and not fully arched against the frame. Maybe a different thickness of washer may produce more or less tension?
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