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Old August 3, 2015, 03:41 PM   #1
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Walker Loading Lever Clip

Came up with an idea to hold my loading lever (Walker Colt) in place during the discharge event.

Some boring braising and polishing



It is open at the top to clear the sight.





Lined with felt to hold it in place and protect the barrel.

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Old August 3, 2015, 03:46 PM   #2
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It looks good and I'm sure it works but why not just mod the original spring clip?
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Old August 3, 2015, 03:59 PM   #3
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Too easy.....

Wanted to have an excuse to mess around in the shop.


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Old August 3, 2015, 05:21 PM   #4
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Old August 3, 2015, 07:44 PM   #5
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Looks great Doc. If you ever, uh, say get tired of it, I'd be happy to take it off your hands as I have no machine skills.
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Old August 3, 2015, 07:53 PM   #6
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Tell ya what, BC....

A real machinist would quake if he saw me in action.
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Old August 3, 2015, 09:01 PM   #7
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Old August 4, 2015, 12:19 AM   #8
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Clever, functional ...easy to revert to original configuration and beats the socks off of a rubberband. You didn't say it was ferrous in so many words.....but will you blue it to match.... for stealth?

You may have to market your 'Walker lever-locker'!
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Old August 4, 2015, 12:24 AM   #9
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nice work

Someone else did one with two pieces of brass tubing that were soldered together.
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Old August 4, 2015, 04:05 AM   #10
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Yup!

That was me, about two or three years ago.

I ran myself out of brass.

On this one the felt doesn't look too good.

I am thinking about some felt dots like you can get in a craft store.
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Old August 4, 2015, 04:16 AM   #11
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Foolsrushin....

Thanks for the compliments.

Prolly won't blue it because of the braising for the join.

I made up about two or three of them some time ago (the brass ones) and put them on the evil bay.

They sold but I can't remember what they fetched.

These things could be made of plastic in an injection mold for about a penny a piece.

I doubt there is much of a market.... How many Walkers are out there?

I have one but I already bought one of the clips from me.

Actually, I didn't buy it from me. I traded it for a Remington Rolling Block in .45-70. I bought the RRB off of the Gunbroker and then traded it to me in exchange for the Walker clip.
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Old August 5, 2015, 02:09 PM   #12
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WOW those fetch a good price then...

BTW... I have a walker but converted it to a cartridge gun... so mine doesn't count
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Old August 5, 2015, 02:48 PM   #13
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That's neat and clever.
But do you have something against hose clamps?
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Old August 5, 2015, 03:28 PM   #14
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Hose clamps, for sure....

I don't know how to use a screw driver.
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I have one...

... Doc made and sent to me a year or 2 ago. It has worked perfectly ever since.

Thanks again Doc!



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I always wondered, what did they do in days old when knights were bold, Did they ignore a non problem? Did they tie a strip of leather lacing around the barrel or what. ( never owned a Walker ).
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Old August 8, 2015, 03:28 AM   #17
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LOL! Yes sir!



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Did they ignore a non problem?
It always was a problem, this is why models after the Walker had a loading lever retaining clip to keep it from dropping under recoil.

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Did they tie a strip of leather lacing around the barrel or what.
Yes they did. The problem with this is, the front sight is so short the leather lace actually obstructs the front sight.

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Old August 9, 2015, 04:59 AM   #20
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I think the most accepted fix

Is to work on the existing catch with a file and pliers. This is the easiest and most unobtrusive fix. But some folks recoil at going to town on the catch. If it breaks you are looking at a replacement.

I must hasten to add this caution.

I have not shot my Walker a lot with this clip installed. I know that it will remain in place with the muzzle pointing down. (It doesn't slide off) It doesn't seem to move because of recoil, remaining in place for six shots.

But I don't know if repeated use would have an effect on the finish of the barrel. I am afraid one might get some polishing similar to holster wear. The clip is lined with felt so it doesn't scratch. But it might rub.
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Old August 9, 2015, 09:42 AM   #21
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Possibly...

I haven't fired mine enough with the clip to experience any rubbing or scratching.

The only thing I DO know is my loading lever will stay in place (without the clip) up to 40 gr of powder. Any amount above that and it will drop. I don't wish to alter the lever catch on my Walker.

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Old August 17, 2018, 01:47 AM   #22
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Back after a long absence.

POsted to a different thread that I am doing these in copper now and selling them on the eVil bay. Take a look if you are interested.
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Have any on ebay now? I know a fella that might be interested.
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I have one listed but only list one at a time. But I will sell them to individuals outside of eBay for 15.00 free shipping. They have been selling for 15.50 to 16.50 plus 3.50 in postage.
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