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YouTube: VIDEO: Greataardvark: Pietta Colt 1851 Navy (.380 blank cartridge)

June 27, 2013

YouTube: VIDEO: Greataardvark: Pietta Colt 1851 Navy (.380 blank cartridge)

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Hank June 28, 2013 at 11:52 am

What the heck was that? You know those old charcoal burners get gummed up and then the cylinder won’t rotate and it gets hard to cock. Holding the gun up against the body and trying to force the hammer back like that guy was doing is not wise.

In my experience, after firing 18 shots from one of those cap and ball revolvers it’s best to call it a day and go home to clean it.

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Al June 30, 2013 at 4:44 am

Those were the last few rounds I fired, it even says so in the video description if you view it on YouTube. It isn’t a cap and ball model, it is firing a .380 crimped blank from a cartridge cylinder, not a nippled one. I’m told with SA revolvers as long as you ensure the hammer doesn’t fall you are alright holding it close. I keep in mind where it vents. I appreciate I’m fairly new to SA pistols, I recently took up Western reenactment as a hobby, but I’m assured it isn’t a problem to fire 20/25 or so rounds in one go. Running into trouble I can always knock the wedge out and give it a good clean. Apparently once the cylinder gums up the difficulty in turning comes from powder residue on the cylinder face and cylinder pin. I was told if I force it too hard, then I risk damaging the ratchet, and that I shouldn’t be using it if I notice the hammer fall slows down. My friend has a cap and ball Colt 1851, he is a gunsmith and has so far instructed me. Cheers Hank.

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