View Full Version : 12 in. Pietta 1858 ???

E Rob
January 5, 2013, 05:44 PM
Picked this up the other day, like new, never been fired, rifle sights. When did they ever make something like this?

January 5, 2013, 06:36 PM
AFAIK nobody ever made one like that. Probably a home brew.

January 5, 2013, 07:11 PM
Its not an 1858. What is it a Dragoon? Can't really tell in that pic how long that cylinder is.

E Rob
January 5, 2013, 07:16 PM
Well I would like to meet the person that did it.

E Rob
January 5, 2013, 07:18 PM
2 and 7/8

E Rob
January 5, 2013, 07:23 PM
More pics

January 5, 2013, 07:24 PM
Did you buy that from Jack Nicholson?? Looks like the pistol that took down the batwing :D Seriously though, nice lookin piece. Let us know how it shoots.

January 5, 2013, 07:37 PM
Yep.... looks like a Frankengun to me too. :rolleyes:

January 5, 2013, 07:41 PM
EMF imported them. It's an 1851 buntline target model. Now you need to get a shoulder stock for it. Would make a fine carbine.

January 5, 2013, 07:45 PM

I guess they also offered one with target sights at some point. Interesting.:cool:

January 5, 2013, 07:57 PM

About half way down the page.

E Rob
January 5, 2013, 08:10 PM
Thanks and a pat on the back for Noelf2

January 5, 2013, 08:11 PM
that's pretty darn cool!

Fingers McGee
January 5, 2013, 11:45 PM
Pietta also made a brass framed .44 cal Schneider & Glassick carbine back in the 90s. Bottom one inthe photo.


There's one on GunBroker for sale right now item #324910006 .

North East Redneck
January 6, 2013, 01:55 AM
I have a 1974 vintage pietta 1851 with a 12" barrel. Shoots very well. I imagine it would be that much better with those target sights, not as pretty, but more in tune with longer range shootin.

Doc Hoy
January 6, 2013, 07:57 AM
...I had one from EMF with a brass frame. They marketed the revolver under the model name "Ballister". I do not now nor ever did know the significance of the name.

When I bought the revolver the barrel was actually bent. I mean bent. You could lay the barrel on a flat surface and see daylight in the middle.

I bought the thing when I was stationed in Guam in about 1977. Ordered it through Shotgun News. Took six weeks to get it and I was not confident that if I returned it, that I would ever see it again. So I straightened the barrel as best I could.

It shot okay but the stigma of the defect never left me and I never developed a warm regard for the pistol.

It was essentially a 1851 Navy style pistol but in .44 and with a brass frame. Mine did not have the target sights.

North East Redneck
January 6, 2013, 07:45 PM
Doc, mine also is a 'Ballister'. Imported by Richland Arms and sent to Gun Digest as a test gun. Have all the paperwork and box. Thing shoots well. Cylinder is gouged a bit on trailing edges of lock up notches.