Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Brass Frame and Lead Balls.

Like many people with a Confederate heritage, I have an interest in the weapons of the War of Secession. It’s particularly interesting that Pietta and Uberti have produced brass framed revolvers like those used by the Confederate States of America. In truth, the South did not produce revolver in the number required by the CSA. However, the ones they did produce have a glamour and mystique in proportions beyond the numbers produced.

I recently purchased a second hand unfired Griswold and Gunnison revolvers made by Uberti years ago. The revolver is essentially a .36 caliber brass framed, round barrel, copy of the famous Colt 1851 Navy. It has all the positive 1851 Navy shooting and handling characteristics. In addition, the brass finish is hard to overlook.

In regards to the brass frames, there is a lot of conflicting information. Most people report success and a few claim to have worn out brass frame guns. With the .36 caliber guns, as the originals were, I don’t worry about wearing them out. Brass is better quality than in 1860s and it’s impossible to overload a .36 caliber chamber.

The modern, and historically inaccurate .44 caliber brass frame guns, may be a different story, I’d keep these at 25 grains and below, just for safety’s sake.

In any respect, the old cap and ball guns are fun and very enjoyable. They provide a first-hand experience connected with a sacred part in American history.

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