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Old November 24, 2011, 09:06 AM   #1
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Grip conversion question

My buddy has an 1860 Army by Pietta he will sell me for 150.00, that I would love to convert into a snuby. I would like to change the grip to a birdshead. Is this possible? Would I have to look for a Pietta version? I see VTI has the Uberti for 172.00 !!!!! Its part number 11, which I think is only the wood. If thats the case, the whole assembly would be 300 dollars? Are there any other options? Thank you. Kevin.
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Old November 24, 2011, 10:36 AM   #2
Rawg the Huug
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Yes, you can use Uberti parts on Pietta revolvers, though some fitting may be in order. I install Uberti square-back trigger guards on my Pietta 'Navies'; they don't line up perfectly (enough to get the screws in place, but there will appear to be 'overflow', for lack of a better word; this can be filed smooth).

I myself have the same project in mind (albeit on an 1861 Navy), an attempt to copy a pistol made by Millington I saw in a book by Dennis Adler. I've not found a grip assembly on its' own, they do cost around $300 & include the wood grip...from Taylor's & Co, anyway.

I'm considering buying a Sheriff's Model 1873 & changing the grip for a standard Peacemaker grip...I want a Peacemaker anyway & figure it'll save me a few dollars.

The conversion kit I'm using, BTW, is a Kirst kit...a miserable waste of money in my opinion: the pin which fastens the loading gate works it's way loose in very short order as you use it, & will block the rotation of the cylinder as the base of the cartridge hits the loose gate. I'm sure this is fixable, but I've not sorted out how & in the meantime I'm frustrated. For the money spent on a kit, they ought not have that problem.
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