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Old May 14, 2015, 04:10 PM   #1
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A J. Lewis Target Pistol

A recent thread about the Tingle SS pistol reminded me of this similar item made by J. Lewis Mfg. of Cincinnati, Ohio. I bought this pistol from Mr. Lewis at his booth at Friendship circa 1970, I think. The serial number 53 appears on all parts. It is very nicely finished with very good adjustable target sights. The trigger is light and crisp. The 7/8” diameter barrel of 10” length made me wish for arms like Popeye’s, but it would really hang on the bull until I started to shake. I believe there might have been a shorter-barreled version.

I was happy with the way it shot. I could shoot a “90” offhand on the 25-yd target. I think maybe we used the NRA Timed and Rapid Fire target for that, don’t recall exactly. It could keep them in the black, and better, with a rest. I was never good enough to place in any of the slow fire pistol events, but I was happy. The gun, maybe because of close tolerances, seemed to foul rather quickly. I went to Mr. Lewis to consult with him about that, and he said, “Well you just have to take it down and clean it.” His tone of voice indicated that he thought I was not the sharpest person he ever sold a gun to. And he was right. I was green as grass with black powder.

Mr. Lewis claimed that his tolerances were so good that you could dry-fire the piece without banging up the nipple. I found this to be true and so I dry-fired for practice. With each dry shot, the top of the hammer banged solidly into the breech. I don’t recall how long it was until the hammer broke completely at the bottom of the cap recess. The appearance of the broken surfaces makes me suspect there was also a defect in the metal at that point. No matter, Mr. Lewis and his arms had disappeared rather quickly and at that point he was nowhere to be found. I occupied myself with other shooting and so the J. Lewis pistol has rested in a drawer for more than thirty years. What a shame!

Now I am contemplating a fix using JB Weld. It is pretty strong and may work. What do you think? Thanks for reading this account of some obscure BP history.
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Old May 14, 2015, 07:37 PM   #2
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Could you make one ???

First you had a Tingle and CVA cloned it and called it a Prospector. besides this Lewis, there was another clone whose name escapes me at the moment. Anyway, the hammer on a friends CVA broke in this same manner. He made a replacement, using mostly hand tools and even though it's not as pretty as the original, it works. Would it be possible for you, to go this route? .....

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Old May 14, 2015, 08:07 PM   #3
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I wonder if J. Lewis is related to Rob Lewis of Cincinnati Ohio who made both of
my target pistols?
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Old May 16, 2015, 10:42 AM   #4
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I don't think I am good enough at metal to make a decent replacement, but perhaps I could find someone with enough interest to do the job. I have JB welded it now and it seems solid. I have to dress the excess a bit so the hammer will fit in its slot. Whether it will pop a cap and hold together has yet to be determined.
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Old May 17, 2015, 12:25 PM   #5
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Beautiful pistol!

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Old May 17, 2015, 02:40 PM   #6
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Not pretty but works !!!

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I don't think I am good enough at metal to make a decent replacement,
My buddy made a hammer out of piece of drill-rod and even though it looks a bit goofy, it shoots great and he is winning matches with it. He also installed a trigger stop.
I don't know how much you have into this piece but might be possible that the hammer off a CVA-Prospector, would fit. You see them listed from time to time, on Ebay.
If you want to sell what you have, sell it here .....

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Old December 11, 2021, 02:15 PM   #7
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did the Lewis pre-date the Tingle?
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Old January 3, 2022, 08:26 AM   #8
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I have come back to this thread a number of times. Ii like the lines of that Lewis pistol.
I will search out a Lewis or a Tingle target pistol…..maybe I can tap the gun fund when it happens.
For now i use this underhammer .50 made by Bob Worthington at Greyhaven Arms:
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Old January 3, 2022, 12:17 PM   #9
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Very nice !!!

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You are showing an "under-hammer lock which is probably the simplest lock, ever invented. I recently restored an Ethan-Allen rifle and it sure was interesting. Excellent picture and I thank you !!!....

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Old January 14, 2022, 03:19 PM   #10
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History waking up again. I know the availability of the Lewis and Tingle overlapped, but I am not sure which one appeared first. I suspect the Tingle did. It seemed to me at the time that the Lewis was better made and finished. Anyhow, my Lewis is still sitting in the gun room with no hammer, waiting for something to happen. Maybe this year?
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