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February 1, 2011, 08:10 AM
This is a dumb question that I should know.

What keeps the 1847 Walker loading lever from falling from the force of the recoil? All (almost) other black powder revolvers have a retaining latch at the front, the Walker does not. (???)

February 1, 2011, 08:12 AM
The Walker has a spring hook near the rear of the loading lever. They still fall sometimes from recoil, and that is why the method used was dropped in favor of a forward catch you are familiar with.

February 1, 2011, 09:57 AM
You can reshape the cam at the bottom of the spring latch a bit to hold the ram up more securely, but don't get too carried away or you won't be able to release it at all.


At CAS matches, I cheat a bit and give it a wrap of black vinyl electrician's tape. If somebody complains about it not being "period correct", use a piece of leather or horse hair.

February 27, 2011, 12:09 AM
Tie a piece of rawhide lace around the forward end of the barrel and loading lever. It's authentic and is probably what the actual users did!


Bill Akins
February 27, 2011, 01:46 AM
See my post at the below link for a full explanation of how the Walker loading lever is retained and how it's retention can be improved.....



Peter M. Eick
February 27, 2011, 11:25 AM
I had someone ask me about my "Walker monopod" one day when shooting it. They thought was factory original for tactical-ness if that is a word.

I slightly reshaped mine and now it only occasionally comes down with full 60 grn charges.