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March 18, 2012, 11:18 AM
Let's see the dragoons. Post your favorite(s) in your collection, big and small.
This is my trusty Walker (Uberti). I bought it new in 1991 and it has been nothing but a joy to own and shoot since it arrived. And on this one, maybe I got lucky, but the loading lever has never dropped during a shot, even with the big fun loads.

Doc Hoy
March 18, 2012, 11:22 AM
....I will.

March 18, 2012, 12:39 PM

March 18, 2012, 12:48 PM
I have a 1st or 2nd model on my wish list, but I have two questions before I decide:
1) Was the change from oval slot to rectangular on the cylinder to fix a problem, or just easier to manufacture? And
2) Was there an issue with the "V" hammer spring, and why was it changed to a flat spring?

I have never had trouble with either, but I only have experience with the one Walker.

Andy Griffith
March 18, 2012, 02:58 PM
Any cylinder with just oval stops can possibly allow the cylinder to jump past a chamber if it is cocked too briskly, causing scaring to the cylinder and possible damage to the slot.

I learned this on my Rogers & Spencer too well- since there is no lead in's cut into the notches, it skipped every time I tried to cock it briskly in the first match I tried to use it in. I slowed down and didn't have any more problems.

March 18, 2012, 05:34 PM
My first model dragoon


Doc Hoy
March 18, 2012, 06:32 PM
Walker and two Dragoons all from ASM. The top dragoon is from BP Revolver's collection.

The bottom one is the L and R dragoon wannabe.


March 18, 2012, 11:49 PM
My Walker and my 1st model Dragoon. The Rolling block was there when I took the photo....I have Kirst cylinders for both and shoot .45 Colt reloads.:D

March 19, 2012, 11:39 AM
I shoot a pair of Walkers in CAS every now and then.



March 19, 2012, 01:18 PM
Aww, I don't have one yet, but on April 6th, I'll be in Ponderay, Idaho to grab one from Buffalo Arms (along with a few pounds of holy black!)

That'll be a fine road trip!

March 19, 2012, 03:13 PM
So, I gotta' ask, "You gonna' pull them pistols or whistle Dixie?"
Just wonderin' :)
Nice looking collection, I've got 1 dragoon, these pistols are huge, it's one of my favorites though.

March 19, 2012, 05:39 PM
Do ya' tie down those holsters below the knee caps :D ... and need a good set of 'spenders' to hold up them hoglegs.....

Nice looking guns guys. Out shooting my ROA the other day and really enjoyed it. I cheat a bit and use 40g of 777 instead of the real stuff ... but still fun! The bug has bit again I think....

March 19, 2012, 08:57 PM

Brand new in the box! Cimarron 3rd Model.

March 20, 2012, 01:50 AM
Dern, I'm jealous of y'all. :mad:

Fine lookin' irons there, gents.

March 22, 2012, 01:54 PM
Just sent my check out this morning for a NIB Uberti 3rd model Dragoon.

March 23, 2012, 09:11 AM
yeah me too, I'm jealous. Very nice lookin hand artillery fellas!!! Everytime I walk into Sportsmans warehouse that dang 3rd Model stares me in the face!!!! :D We went in there the other day to get some stuff and I was standing at the case looking at it. And SWMBO comes over and takes me by the hand and leads me over to the BP shooting stuff and says "honey THIS is what you came in here for" LOL That woman keeps my head on straight sometimes :D

Andy Griffith
March 23, 2012, 01:46 PM
I took my Walker out yesterday and it occurred to me that I have an ongoing complaint with it...the balls and bullets seem to "stick" inside the cone of the loading ram- it's just too deep and tapered. Are the loading rams on the new ones the same as the older ones, as mine dates to the early 1980's IIRC. Am I the only one that has had problems with this? I guess I'll just drill and put a turned piece of brass in there to fill it up and make it more like the profile of an 1860 ram.

I don't have a problem if I load them on a stand though.

March 23, 2012, 02:01 PM
Here's my Uberti Walker and 3rd Model Dragoon. Love 'em both!

March 23, 2012, 02:08 PM
the balls and bullets seem to "stick" inside the cone of the loading ram. Am I the only one that has had problems with this?

Mine is a 1991 and it has never done that with balls or buffalo bullets either. But then, I do use .454 balls with it. :)

March 23, 2012, 02:13 PM
Here's my Uberti Walker. Bought it second hand. It was a kit that someone else built and "aged." It was pretty rough. I had to take a lot of the brown down, rub sanding marks off the cylinder, and polish the casting marks out of the trigger guard, strip and refinish the grips (still need to age them a bit), etc. She's a shooter, though.

Have to take a new pic of my two 2nd Model Dragoons.



March 23, 2012, 03:40 PM
One of my Walkers used to grab my balls [ :>)] until I ran a dremel grinding stone around the inside edge of the rammer's face to remove a sharp edge that was burred and caught the ball. Didn't need to take much off, just enough to remove the sharp edge on the cupped surface. It just needs a slight taper.

March 23, 2012, 04:46 PM
... and the Dragoons. Uberti 2nd Model.


March 24, 2012, 05:41 AM
This Uberti Whitneyville Dragoon is my newest shooter. Uberti has really upped the quality of their revolvers.

This is a 77 build ASM 3rd Model Dragoon with shoulder stock.

A 79 Uberti Tucker & Sherrard 2nd Model Colt Dragoon with case and Texas Alamo flask, marketed by Western Arms.

Colt # F1743 type 1, a scarce Colt 3rd Model Dragoon with Fluted cylinder and silver backstrap. Cased set with Colt accoutrements.

I have a 2nd and 3rd Model Dragoons, both Colt 3rd Gen shooters.

March 24, 2012, 08:00 AM
Madcrate, all your guns look great but that fluted 3rd model is extra sweet!

March 24, 2012, 12:50 PM
A fluted dragoon? Great googly-moogly! :eek:

April 13, 2012, 03:52 PM
Just got back to the hotel from my visit to the folks at Buffalo Arms in Ponderay, Idaho.


What a friendly bunch of folks!

Picked up this Uberti/Cimarron 2nd gen Dragoon and a few pounds of real black powder:


And, as a bonus, stopped by the Cataldo Mission, the oldest building in Idaho (built in 1848).


Who says Friday the 13th is bad luck?

April 13, 2012, 04:36 PM
Nice dragoon Hardcase. How can I post pics on here? I see the additional options for managing attatchments,but the problem,is my pics are too big.Any ideas?:confused:

Doc Hoy
April 13, 2012, 04:46 PM
First of all, Nice Dragoon, HC.

Makes me want to watch True Grit.


Posting photos is a two step process. I find it easiest to upload them first to Photobucket.com. Real easy to set up access and upload photos.

Then once you have uploaded the photos to Photobucket, you bring up both sites at one time (This site and Photobucket.) Open the thread you want to post to. Go to the Photobucket site, and mouse over the photo you want to post. A menu will appear below the photo and you just choose the bottom option. That copies the photo. Then come back to the TFL forum to the thread you are posting in and right click and paste the link. The link will appear until you submit the post. When you do that the photo will appear in the post.

April 13, 2012, 05:33 PM
3rd model Uberti/Cimmaron Dragoon


April 13, 2012, 09:03 PM
How far off the freeway is Ponderay? I go through Spokane to Missoula occasionally and might need a diversion.

April 13, 2012, 09:57 PM
Hellgate, it's about 50 miles north of Coeur d'Alene on US-95. It's a very pretty drive, definitely worth the trip.

April 13, 2012, 10:04 PM
Both that gun and the mission building are magnificent.

April 19, 2012, 08:32 PM
I'll play....



May 6, 2012, 09:17 PM
Clembert Looking good!!!:D

August 20, 2012, 11:24 PM
Very nice pictures guys!

Here are my Signiture Colts.


With a little remmy clone at the bottom.

August 21, 2012, 09:45 PM
Aaaaahhh........Gun P***.....

August 22, 2012, 06:52 PM
Hopefully in the near future I will be able to rebuild my Collection. I am planning to purchase an 1847 shortly. From there I will work my way through the Generations. The pictures posted have really helped me look at the quality of various manufacturer's. The one that is reserved for me at the gunstore is made by Uberti and I was happy with the quality.Thank you all for taking the time to post them.

August 27, 2012, 10:33 PM
ok, here is my first born to my collection. 2nd gen uberti Dragoon. the Uberti website said the MSRP was over 400.00 so I thought it was a decent deal new for 450.00 at the local gun show. :D. WRONGggggggg!!!!!!! :o
I'm gonna take some better pics of her and my new walker , I'm posting this to refresh with photobucket posting etc...http://i828.photobucket.com/albums/zz204/tomcat65/misc/IMG_20120616_143700-1.jpg

Ben Towe
August 27, 2012, 10:44 PM
I thought it was a decent deal new for 450.00 at the local gun show. :D. WRONGggggggg!!!!!!!


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August 27, 2012, 11:03 PM
Colt's 3rd model Dragoon (black box).


August 27, 2012, 11:18 PM
Right ON Malamute. I'm diggin' THAT picture!!

August 28, 2012, 01:58 AM
I want to play to.


I want one more Dragoon. :D

August 28, 2012, 02:19 AM
Legionnaire. That there Walker got ah mean look to it. I'd like to fine one like that.

Dlon you got a mean looking Dragoon there to. I don't know what it is about a gun with the finish gone I just like the looks of um.

Hay guys I like all of them. You fellas got some fine looking pistols. Do you think if we all went after the bad guys at the same time we could make him stinky and run at the same time. :D

August 28, 2012, 10:25 PM
just one question shotput79.....
Why in the hell would you want only ONE more Dragoon?!
You've got the 1st gen right there, got two more to go........:D

August 28, 2012, 10:49 PM
CAUSE!!! These things grow on ya and I'd have a room full of them. :D I started out with one Pietta 1858 Remmie target model and now I have three more Pietta 1858s in .44 cal and one in ,36 cal and now getting ready to buy one made by Uberti just cause I wanted a Uberti model. These guns grow on ya. I'm addited and can't help myself. Bushmaster you start messing with these guns and you'll find out what I'm talken about. :p

August 29, 2012, 12:26 AM
Clembert - is the shorter cartridge a "45 Cowboy?" It looks too short to be a Schofield.

August 29, 2012, 08:35 PM
Let me tell you about addiction....
In the year of our lord nineteen hundred and ninety six, My US Army
room mate and I went for our first skydive. Not tandem, it was lesson #1
out of 7 and I got my own chute with a radio receiver and speakers in the helmet to assist me with steering my way back to the drop zone. My room mates chute opened extremely fast "a slammer" and he caught his left testicle in the strap, tore the top of both middle cells back about three feet and landed like a lead brick! Never to jump again.
I, on the other hand, had a bitchen freefall, parachute ride like an eagle and landed like a lead brick doing about 20mph!
(seriously now) I gathered up my chute, returned it to the packing shed, went to the office with my check book and immediately signed up for lesson #2!
1 1/2 years and 204 jumps later I quit because my lower back was getting really FUBAR and decelerating from 120 to 25mph in about 3sec doesn't help.

So what the hell does jumping have to do with BP revolvers? I bought my Dragoon in July, my Walker in August and the only reason I'm not getting my next dragoon in September is because I'm building a presentation case for my Walker. This also stretches out my wife's time/space continuum and she wont realize just how much money is being spent, and how quickly. So you see my friend, I was addicted when I first held that dragoon in my hands (another reason I spent so much for it).
So let the addiction begin!!! :D

August 30, 2012, 12:14 AM
Bushmaster - ran into that wife issue tonight, at a dinner for six. Told her, in front of all, that we need to think about buying a duplex, side be side.

Got real quiet after that.

Doc Hoy
August 30, 2012, 03:43 AM
At that time I was married to my "thankfully ex" wife who nagged me so much I finally sold my collection and stopped shooting.

Fouteen years ago I married present spousal unit. I spend most of my time trying to figure out how to be worthy of her.

Shortly thereafter I got back into shooting but this time revolvers only. When I bought my eleventh or twelfth revolver my better half asked, "How many revolvers do you think you will need?" Mind you, she was not concerned about the money or the time. She was just curious about the way I approached the shooter's way of life.

I did not know how to answer her question. I still don't. Forty pistols later, she has a better understanding of why I didn't know how many revolvers I would eventually need. She has never once complained about a revolver purchase. She generally kicks me out of the house to go shooting. Once or twice, she actually went with me. It was her idea to build display cases and hang them around the house. She never gripes about the revolver parts soaking in the kitchen sink or drying in the oven. She doesn't mind the bore lube on the stove. And she doesn't make me go to church.

Number two is a definite improvement over number one.

August 30, 2012, 10:58 AM
I'm with you here on the gun thing (still got the same wife though, 35 good years). I've owned at least 30 C&Bs and stay in the teens with those in the house. My breakthrough didn't involve a spousal change but a truce regarding our respective passions: she wanted/needed a THIRD sewing machine for her quilting obsession which I just didn't "get". Something about a machine with a "walking foot" so I said, "Fine, get a 3rd sewing machine, but I don't want to hear any squawking when I bring home an occasional revolver." No problem, she says 'cause she wanted that sewing machine SO BAD. Since then, the dam broke and the pistols flooded in. Not a word about it. Happy wife, happy life.

Doc Hoy
August 30, 2012, 01:34 PM

Life is good.

August 31, 2012, 09:49 AM
My Colts


September 2, 2012, 01:48 PM
here are some picks that I finally took of my two babies.
2nd gen dragoon and my brand new walker. Deflowered at the range today where some of the picks taken.

A little contrast provided by my Walther .380 auto

September 3, 2012, 03:51 PM
Thanks everyone for their post here. I've really enjoyed this thread, it has just pushed me a little closer to a Uberti 3rd Model Dragoon. Has any one ever heard of a Walker/ John Linbaugh 50 percussion conversion?;):)LOL

September 12, 2012, 08:18 PM
Interested in a 3rd colt sig series of marine dragoon w/gold and silver plating. Only 800+ were made. Mine is 230+/- serial #. Never cocked w/original uncracked boxing.

October 30, 2012, 01:30 PM
here's my mini collection of ASM "dragoons"-
top is 3rd model (1991) .44 cal, note long range rear sight but no cutout in the recoil shield for a shoulder stock
middle (1969) .31 cal, 1848 with dragoon style 5 3/4" barrel & stagecoach scene on the cylinder
bottom is another 1848 (1978) .31 cal with dragoon style 4" barrel with Rangers chasing Indians scene on the cylinder.

October 30, 2012, 08:59 PM
Here's mine:


October 30, 2012, 10:01 PM
Uberti 2nd Dragoon, FIE Baby Dragoon (maker unknown)


Riot Earp
November 26, 2012, 12:26 PM
I bought a pre-owned but unfired and almost unturned 1st model Dragoon two days ago. It's a Uberti. I paid $275. It was a consignment gun. I stripped the grips and am in the process of refinishing them with Danish oil. The grips are fiddleback walnut. I will probably age the gun's finish a little also. The gun is better made than the 1851 and 1860 models I have owned.