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Old March 29, 2020, 06:32 AM   #1
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Pietta Snubnose & Birdshead Grip Models

Pietta makes an 1851 Sheriff 3 inch snubnose model with Thunderer grips right from the factory. --->>> https://www.fusil-calais.com/fr/265-....44&results=39



Pietta also makes an 1860 Sheriff 3 inch snubnose with full size grips, which was also previously made with Thunderer grips.--->>> https://www.fusil-calais.com/fr/1206....44&results=39



Here's the Pietta 1860 Sheriff 3 inch snubnose with Thunderer grips: --->>> https://thehighroad.org/index.php?th...2#post-3745274



Although I only saw these available new in France, perhaps the Thunderer grips can be special ordered from EMF, Pietta, VTI or from the French seller.
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Old March 29, 2020, 09:39 AM   #2
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I have the 51 but swapped the grips with a pepperbox. I got a .36 cylinder and sheriff barrel for the snubby as well, so it's .44 snubby or .36 sheriff.
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Old March 29, 2020, 12:03 PM   #3
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EMF does sell the Pietta 1860 snubnose with the Thunderer grips but are currently out of stock.
But they don't advertise the 1851 snubnose.

https://www.emf-company.com/store/pc...eriff-c112.htm

Dixie carries the 1851 snubnose with the Thunderer grips.

https://www.dixiegunworks.com/index/...SE+REVOLVER+44
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Old March 29, 2020, 12:18 PM   #4
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Mike made a video about the Pietta 1860 snubnose which shows him loading it using both a mallet and a loading press.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=anOkY6DE8Ms

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Old March 29, 2020, 12:45 PM   #5
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In another video, Mike compared the velocity and muzzle energy of different length 1860 barrels loaded with 30 grains of Goex 3F and a round ball:

8" barrel - 882 fps - 242 ft. lbs.
5.5" barrel - 805 fps - 201 ft. lbs.
3" barrel - 550 fps - 94 ft. lbs. [about equal to a .25 acp]

The 1860 snubnose should probably be loaded with 777 and more of it if considered using for self-defense purposes.

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Old March 29, 2020, 04:53 PM   #6
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Nice!
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Old March 29, 2020, 07:03 PM   #7
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I have the Pietta 1860 snub with the birdshead grip. Beautiful pistol, high polished blue, great wood, I haven't fired it yet, just like to hold it and look at it. I have pics of a BBQ rig holster I would like to have made for it. Totally for show.
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Old March 29, 2020, 10:34 PM   #8
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I believe I would try Swiss 3f and a short swc about 200 grains. Or maybe make my own snubby with a 4-4.5” tube and give that a try. I’m big enough @ 6’2” and 205# that I can probably conceal something like that...
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Old March 30, 2020, 12:23 AM   #9
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Or maybe make my own snubby with a 4-4.5” tube and give that a try. I’m big enough @ 6’2” and 205# that I can probably conceal something like that...
Pietta already makes a 5-1/2" Sheriff's model. Not a snubnose, but neither is a 4-inch.

http://piettausa.com/1851-Sheriff-Ca...55-_p_713.html
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Old March 30, 2020, 06:06 PM   #10
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Pietta already makes a 5-1/2" Sheriff's model. Not a snubnose, but neither is a 4-inch.

http://piettausa.com/1851-Sheriff-Ca...55-_p_713.html
I have two of the 5.5” 1860’s. One is a Navy Arms (Uberti made) that I’ve had since 1969, the other is a 2nd Generation Colt. I’m interested in the 4” tube because it might be a little easier to carry while offering a little more power and accuracy than the 3” snub. But who am I trying to kid, mostly because it’s fun to fart around with this stuff...
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