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January 16, 2012, 03:44 PM
Thought I would introduce myself.I have been reading this fourm for 2 mths. and have read almost every post,great info.I was born in1941,joined the Navy at 17 for 6yrs.spent 4yrs on submarines.I retired in 1986.Been shooting since 9.I shot 1000yrd.matches for 8yrs but had to quit due to shoulder surgery that went bad. Im here because I caught the BP bug after a friend bought a 1860 Colt repo and the smoke caused something to go to my brain and I'm infected.I haven't shot BP for 50yrs but am now infected.First I bought a ASM 1851 Colt followed by a ASM Walker then a Uberti Dragoon then a Pietta Remington.Next is going to be a 1860 Colt.I made a case for taking a pair to my range and a loading fixture.Is there any end? Also shown is a non firing Lemat model that I had to have because it is so dang ugly.That's about it for now.I posted photos but have had a problem and hope they show OK.



Doc Hoy
January 16, 2012, 03:49 PM

You came to the right place.

No.....Apparently there is no end.

January 16, 2012, 05:21 PM
Welcome aboard! There's no cure for our disease, but you'll find plenty of sympathetic ears (or possibly addiction enablers) here!

Good to have another Sailor around!

Doc Hoy
January 16, 2012, 07:56 PM
Tell these heathens. The photos you posted...Are they "Guns"?

Or are they really pistols or revolvers?

Tell these poor souls that "guns" are mounted on the decks of ships....not carried in holsters.

Sorry guys....I could not resist.

January 16, 2012, 08:36 PM
Don't want to get into the middle of a argument here on my first post! The photos are of revolvers.We didn't have any guns on the subs I was on but the surface ships had guns mounted on deck.Kind of a grey area in this terminology because on the first diesel boat I was on we had a gun locker where pistols and revolvers were kept and it was marked "Gun Locker"So I can't give a answer. I do know the large caliber weapons mounted on surface ships are called guns.Then there is the handgun,so I guess my photos are of handguns.I always call handguns pistols or revolvers but that don't make the subject set in stone. This is kind of like the "Clip" "Magazine" argument.Have to add a old sub saying,"There are only two types of ships,submarines and targets"

January 16, 2012, 08:53 PM
Welcome to the addiction! Everytime I buy one I'm looking forward to when I can get the next. Oh and from now on I'm just gonna call them my ole smoke pole :D

January 16, 2012, 11:41 PM
hello. Just registered here myself, though I've been lurking for a while reading these great members' posts. Have been much enlightened, and will continue to be so. Tip of the hat to all you folks.

Doc Hoy
January 17, 2012, 07:45 AM

You are right....

It was premature of me to bring you in to the joke right off the bat. This is a tongue-in-cheek axe I grind periodically and the rest of the folks on the forum know I am kidding so they just ignore me. By the way, the armory on the sub was mislabeled.



Welcome to the group.

You came to the right place.

January 17, 2012, 11:15 PM
Thank you Doc.

I feel very welcome among all you friendly, knowledgeable folks!

Doc Hoy
January 18, 2012, 07:23 AM
Tell us what you shoot.

Photos would be welcome.

Fingers McGee
January 18, 2012, 12:54 PM
Welcome to the madness Dinohntr and sandman_nv

Nice collection you have there dino.

Make sure you post some pictures of yours sandman

Don't pay any attention to Doc. He's pretty much harmless :D

January 18, 2012, 04:46 PM
Muhaaa Muhaa another one hooked on ....crack BOOM (opps hangfire there) I remember "This is my weapon, This my gun, this is for fightin, this is for fun" lol Welcome also..

January 18, 2012, 04:59 PM
Welcome aboard, from a long-time shooter and TFL member ... who only got into BP in the last couple of years.

"Addiction" about describes it. While I have Walkers, Dragoons, and a New Army, my weakness seems to be Ruger Old Armies. I've been shooting Ruger SAs long before I discovered black powder, and when the the BP Bug bit and I fondled my first ROA, I was smitten. My fourth should be delivered later this week.

Long guns, too. Bought a muzzleloader barrel for my T/C Encore, then a couple of Lyman flintlocks. No, I don't think it ever stops ...

January 18, 2012, 05:55 PM
I have an addiction? How is getting dressed up in wools(in my case) and playing soldier with real guns, cannons and real horses an addiction? I don't have an addiction its a hobby I swear!
But none the less welcome aboard the best and or worst dirtiest most fun way to enjoy shooting firearms!
I have a 1860 colt, 2nd dragoon, brass sheriff or pocket unknown reproduction, 1858 brass remington 1853 smooth enfield and a rifled barrel for the enfield. Will provide pictures upon request. The want list grows every month...I'm not sick I think.

January 18, 2012, 08:21 PM
I know about everyone has probably done it but firing after dark is awsome.I had to do some welding on my target frames and didn't finish till dark,as I already had my Walker loaded (55 gns. Pyrodex P)I didn't want to leave it loaded so I fired the first chamber and wow it was a flamethrower.It was about like my .500 S&W.Would really like to get a photo of it,awsome!

January 18, 2012, 11:08 PM
night fires are the best :)

Doc Hoy
January 19, 2012, 09:31 AM
Daggone right.....


Shooting a Walker is an emotion-filled experience even in the day time.

Doc Hoy
January 19, 2012, 09:32 AM
Hey, Fingers,

Go let the air out of your tires and then tell yourself Hoy must have done it.



January 19, 2012, 10:13 AM
I have an addiction? ... I don't have an addiction its a hobby I swear! Okay, "obsession" then. ;)

January 19, 2012, 03:41 PM
possibly an obsession :)

January 19, 2012, 11:07 PM

Make sure you post some pictures of yours sandman

will do so as soon as I can, Mr. McGee

Fingers McGee
January 19, 2012, 11:45 PM
Go let the air out of your tires and then tell yourself Hoy must have done it.

You been sneaking over here to Missouri without my knowing it Doc? I had to fill the cars tires the other day. ;);)

January 20, 2012, 12:38 PM
Welcome Dinohntr, I'm just a little south of you in the Kansas City area. I'm
about a year younger than you. Been shooting these things for over 50 yrs.
We have two big 3-day shoots at our club here and we get quite a few from
your state that come down and shoot. Hope to see you sometime. I shoot
competition mostly. Just pistols anymore. Good to have you on here.
Oh, some of the ones from Iowa I shoot with are Bob Campbell, and old
coot they call Pevine. Stay away from him:eek:

January 20, 2012, 03:49 PM
Daggone right.....


Shooting a Walker is an emotion-filled experience even in the day time.

Doggoneit!!! The want list just keeps getting bigger! Honestly though the Dragoon is next on the list after the open tops.

Does the Dragoon have a smaller cylinder than the walker? I.E. less powder= Less KABOOM??

January 20, 2012, 06:37 PM
In answer to your question on the Dragoon vs Walker.The Dragoon is almost the same as the Walker with the Dragoon having a shorter cylinder and barrel.The cylinder is the same diameter as the Walker but shorter by about a 1/4" and the barrel is shorter by about 1-1/2" As far a Kaboom the Dragoon is a little lighter.The loads of Pyrodex P in the two are about 10 gns lighter for the Dragoon than the Walker. I have never shot 60 gns. in the Walker and stay with 50 gns. I use 40 gns. in the Dragoon. They both make quite a Boom.I think ether one will make you very happy.The one thing I like about the Walker is it's God awful size,it's really a handfull of iron.

January 20, 2012, 07:58 PM
I love my Walker. I don't know if it's just mine, but it's reliable as they come. 'Been shooting it for 24 years now and zero problems. It came perfectly timed and has stayed that way. And my loading lever doesn't even drop with 60 grain loads, but mostly I use 40 in it.