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Sunday, 15 May 2022

One Of The Greatest Advances

 


Ages ago, before gun writer Mike Bellivieu ever made a name for himself in the industry - was screwing around in his basement shop with some surplus gun parts. He took the bird’s head grip off a Colt Thunderer, and grafted it on to one of his cheap Italian peacemakers…and voila! Although this gun looks as historic as any real antique… Historically it never existed; but it probably should have. The stubfarts and gun club duffers polarized; they loved it or hated it and no in-between.

I was in a machine shop up in Grande Prairie inspecting one of these things my customer had just bought…and was told their local gun store had a shipment in. I hurried down and sure enough they had three left. The one I handled was in 357 if I recall. It fit in the hand like a glove and I fell in love. I’m told the womenfolk get along with these exceedingly well. I have medium sized hands so I could still get mine on it nicely.

But…357? I’d need new dies for the reloader, I’d have to stock different gun powders, buy new moulds, and I already had more gawddamn guns than the US Military…so I firmly handed it back and walked out. The Reclusium was crammed to the rafters with supplies as it was. 

To this day I still feel that was a big mistake…😊

5 comments:

  1. That is a strange looking weapon there. But it does have pretty lines.

    Your hand size spurred a memory. I remember reading that the average height for a man around 1900 was 5-7 or so. With hands scaled to size. The 1911 was designed with medium sized hands in mind. That's why the 1911 feels so good in the hand of almost all that hold it. It feels like an extension of my will when I hold one. Very natural to grip and aim...

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  2. The lines on the revolver are interesting, and I wouldn't mind having one myself if I could get a .44-40 or .44 Russion. I have an unfortunate tendency to view guns in a chambering I don't have as an opportunity to buy new brass, dies, and molds. Thus the mold for the 11mm French Ordnance sitting next to me. Because who wouldn't want an obscure, anemic, heeled-bullet cartridge to reload?

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    1. Like a .41 Long Colt? I have two fifty round boxes laying around here. they are last run Winchester did back in the early 70's. I have a bit of brass, too. I bet I could make a mould for that calibre now.

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  3. How one substitutes an "o" for an "a" in the word Russian is beyond me.

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    1. If you are not on Cast Boolits - you should be, MM. That board probably has at least three guys shooting 11mm Fwench and at least a half a dozen considering it. They tend to be really nice guys too. Some of them are full blown gunsmiths that build their own from the ground up. The breadth and span of knowledge and experience there is mind blowing, sometimes...

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