View Full Version : My new six shooter

Dave Cole
December 16, 2009, 11:57 PM
I had been saving up for a new six gun to play with and for doing holster work, when my neighbor showed me this gun.It's a Great Western 44 spl and I was able to barter it away from him.Can't wait to get some ammo and head for the range.Dave:)


December 17, 2009, 03:38 AM
Sweet revolver. You'll like the .44 special.

Uncle Buck
December 17, 2009, 11:07 AM
You do NOT want to fire that pistol. It could become addictive, causing you to spend way to much money on buying ammo for it, time away from home so you can fire it, etc.... :D
Please send it to me.

Uncle Buck

December 17, 2009, 11:19 AM
Pretty cool looking clone, I like that it's a .44spl. Good barter job.

long rider
December 17, 2009, 09:40 PM
44spl is a good cal for reloading, i have loaded
lots of rounds some in bp as well as smokeless
for my 44 western marshall. Have fun and shoot

Fingers McGee
December 17, 2009, 11:32 PM
Goo lookin gun. Does it shoot a good as it looks?

Dave Cole
December 18, 2009, 08:42 AM
Thanks everyone, like I said I originally picked it up for doing holsters.The fact that I got a shooter for the same price as a prop was icing on the cake.I haven't been to the range yet as I need to go pickup some BP ammo first.Dave:)

December 19, 2009, 01:35 AM
Why black powder? Or is it just that you want to shoot black powder through her? I'm pretty sure smokeless works just dandy in Great Westerns.

Dave Cole
December 19, 2009, 09:04 AM
Actually that was what was suggested to me by another CAS shooter, due to the age of the gun.Either would be fine to me.Dave :)

December 19, 2009, 11:58 AM
Great Westerns were made in the 1950s and 1960s, IIRC. There were some quality control problems, I recall Charlie Askins writing that he was firing one in ".357 Atomic" when the cylinder pin shot back over his shoulder, he immadiately stopped firing it.

December 19, 2009, 02:51 PM
I recall Charlie Askins writing that he was firing one in ".357 Atomic" when the cylinder pin shot back over his shoulder, he immadiately stopped firing it.

There is no way the cylinder pin, by which I assume you mean base pin, could shoot out of the revolver through the rear, short of the hammer completely breaking off and/or the rear of the frame blowing apart, neither of which I have ever heard happening even when a sixgun blows up, let alone the pin shooting back out of the frame to boot.

A base pin can, and has, come unlatched at the front on many a sixgun, and the pin can creep forward and fall out. It is a simple matter to replace the pin and maybe get a stronger spring put in the latch.

He would have had to have been shooting some pretty stout loads for his hammer to break off or for the recoil to flip the base pin "back over his shoulder" from the front. In either case, it seems he deserved to have his gun come apart.

Gaucho Gringo
December 21, 2009, 12:38 AM
From what I have read the gun that James Arnes used in the opening scene in Gunsmoke was a Great Western. It was my favorite western when I was a kid in the 50's. It used to be on at 10:00PM on Saturday nights. My bedtime was 8:00pm. I used to go to bed at 8 and my dad would wake me up in time to watch it at 10. I still have the cabinet the the black & white Packard Bell TV was housed in after over 40 years. It has doors that close up so it looks like a cabinet with doors.

December 21, 2009, 07:29 AM

Email me if you don't mind. I have this .22, and would like to know the SN of yours. There is almost no reference and research available on GWs.

Chrome or nickel backstraps on a blued gun were not cataloged. One knowledgeable collector I talked to over years discouraged me from thinking my revolver's finish was factory - insisted the backstrap was done afterword. I can't imagine the chrome backstrap is anything but factory. Yours is the first Ive seen that matches mine completely.


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Dave Cole
December 21, 2009, 01:08 PM
E-mail sent.Dave:)

December 22, 2009, 11:05 PM
Not a new revolver of mine, but, the Great Western stuck a cord. This is a second generation .45 Colt. Born in 1962 in the Colt Custom Shop. Full Royal Blue with genuine stag grips. Full action job. This is a shooter not just a looker.


Dave Cole
December 23, 2009, 11:57 PM
That's a real beauty and you should shoot it.Dave:)