View Full Version : Should it Stay, or Should it Go?

May 15, 2010, 08:00 PM
Since I put the Howell 45 Colt cylinder in my 1851 Sheriffs Model, I took off
the loading lever. I don't know about the looks though. What do you all think?
Should it stay, or should it go?? Does make for a more compact gun.


May 15, 2010, 08:38 PM
It kind of looks like a king size version of the Wells Fargo. It does make it sleeker and if it's not necessary, why put it on, it only adds weight.

May 15, 2010, 08:52 PM
IMHO................It just looks funky without the loading lever

May 15, 2010, 08:56 PM
looks better without, imo

May 15, 2010, 09:00 PM
The extra weight should help to compensate a little bit for the muzzle rise, and leaving it off makes it more sleek and handy.
Choosing whether to keep it on or not depends on how you feel when you shoot it.
Shoot it both ways and then whichever configuration it's left as will end up proving to be the most suitable. :)

May 15, 2010, 09:12 PM
I like it on , if the recoil from 45 lc don't make it drop

May 15, 2010, 09:12 PM
I like it sans lever, definately !!

Fingers McGee
May 15, 2010, 10:09 PM
leave it on. Pistol looks naked without it


May 15, 2010, 10:15 PM
I think leaving it off gives you the opportunity to look at it an mull over a modification that will add value and utility to the piece ... that also takes the place visually of the loading lever ... somewhat.

Like a detachable shell poker for that day when you get a cracked-burned-bulged case that is stuck in one of the chambers.

Also, if you are using it for carry, leave the lever off, you cannot have any chance AT ALL of having the lever interfere with its operation.


- itty-bitty, teeny-tiny NAA laser under the barrel ! Old World meets NEW :D

- rod or wooden stick, (blued), that cosmetically looks like the loading lever.
- for poking a shell out on reload.
- for running a patch through the bore

- bayonet attachment ... Just Sayin' ...

- grenade launcher attachment, (get this from ClemBert). :)

May 15, 2010, 11:11 PM
dont forget a utg quad rail.... nice peice btw i like it better without it

May 16, 2010, 06:48 AM
Real SA revolvers have loading levers...except the Paterson.:D

May 16, 2010, 08:27 AM
Looks pretty good either way, IMO.
I'd maybe just switch up from time to time. ;)

May 16, 2010, 01:18 PM
I'm with Dino on this one. It's a beauty either way!

May 16, 2010, 05:31 PM
No Loading Lever Here Folks...

Not much of a Barrel either.. :D

May 16, 2010, 05:43 PM
No Loading Lever Here Folks...

Awww man, it's just crying for one.:D

May 16, 2010, 06:00 PM
Not that my opinion is worth anything . . . cause it isn't. :D My vote though, is to take the loading lever off. Obviously, it looks good with and wothout . . . but . . . . think about if this had been a conversion done to the pistol, say, in 1880. The loading lever is no longer functional so it really doesn't serve a purpose. If I was a cowpoke that was going to carry this, I think I'd like the fact that it was more streamlined without the lever and in my mind (whether it was true or not), I'd probably be thinking that with a new holster contoured for the new shape without the loading lever, it would "clear" leather faster when I needed it. After all, now that it's converted to those new fangled self contained cartridges, it will never be re-converted back to cap and ball. Just my 2 cents worth which ain't worth the copper it took to strike 'em! Either way . . . . you've got one fine looking revolver! I hope it brings you many hours of enjoyment! :)

May 16, 2010, 07:13 PM
Thinking about selling it to buy my next toy. Haven't even shot it yet!

May 16, 2010, 07:20 PM
If a pair of '51 Navies were good enough for Billy Hickok, then a single Navy on my right hip is good enough for me . . . besides . . . I'm probably only half as good as he was anyways.

Then wouldn't you need four?:D

May 16, 2010, 08:06 PM
460sw, that is sweet!! Yours too kwhi. Yours looks great both ways!

May 17, 2010, 09:32 PM