By R. Bruce McDowell
This definitive paintings will take you contained in the heritage of yank revolver conversions from the traditional percussion (cap and ball) ammunition to the more recent and quicker self-contained steel cartridges. Witness via never-before-released records, drawings and pictures a chain of occasions that modified American firepower. Step contained in the factories, museums and personal collections and notice how an easy alteration in notion resulted in the layout of the well-known Colt unmarried motion military revolver, and finally to a flood of revolver conversions from 1868 to 1880. The incredibly unique photographs, drawings and technical requirements offer crucial identity details. Distinguish among manufacturing unit conversions. Distinguish among manufacturing facility conversions and people made by means of inner most resources. writer Bruce McDowell brings years of exacting study to this entire reference paintings on conversion Colts, Smith Wessons, Remingtons, and different significant revolver brands. the unveiling old and technical info supplied during this crucial quantity fills in a formerly overlooked yet extremely important component to firearms historical past.
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The No. ½-frame Parkers, at least the ones I’ve seen, are all this and more. Besides the virtues inherent to a 12-bore properly shaped and proportioned for a small frame, they show a level of craftsmanship extraordinary for their time. Generally speaking, the overall quality of American guns noticeably declined during the 1930s, not because the craftsmen lost any of their ability but rather because their skills were relatively expensive, and economic conditions forced the makers to save every possible penny of production cost.
Frame is not a variation on the No. 1. The No. ½ is decidedly different from the No. 1 in all the key dimensions that distinguish Parker frames—width measured across the water table at the break-off (where the standing breech and water table meet); across the water table at the hinge pin; across the standing breech at the full extent of the fences; and breech height measured from the water table to the top of the standing breech. The No. ½ frame is, in a word, unique. The obvious conclusion is that the No.
Don’t be fooled; the fraction stamp of a No. 1½ frame looks very different from a true No. ) The serial number will tell you something, since Remington-made Parkers begin at No. 236531, and the No. ½ frame was, of course, a Remington invention. If you’ve seen a lot of Parkers, your eye can help spot a righteous No. ½ frame. For one thing, the barrel walls will be thinner at the breech-end. For another, the forend should be wider at the front than at the rear, because the No. ½ frame is as narrow at the hinge as a No.
A Study of Colt Conversions and Other Percussion Revolvers by R. Bruce McDowell