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I still haven't shot this one! I sold a Walker to get it and from what I gather, it's an official Colt repro (no Uberti markings on it). I came in a fancy Colt box.

Now the sad story. I was doing some cold bluing on another firearm and had this sitting on the workbench. Unbeknownst to me, I sat it right on top of a Q-Tip that had cold blue on it. Left it there long enough to pit the steel a smidge. :(( ~x(
 

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I used to know all the differences between the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd models....so much for knowledge retention! Can you refresh my memory?

The three dragoons are my favorite Colt C&B revolvers - only behind the 1851 Navy, which I consider to be the finest-looking Colt sixgun of all time.

What kind of holster rig are you planning to get for this one? It'll take a sturdy one to manage all that weight.

Now you need to start working on hitting that shotglass you toss up in the saloon!

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xtimberman said:
I used to know all the differences between the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd models....so much for knowledge retention! Can you refresh my memory?
From what I remember, the first and second both had square back trigger guards. The 1st had oval cylinder notches (like the Walker), 2d had rectangular. 1st had a V-shaped mainspring and the 2d a flat leaf spring. The 3rd Models had the round trigger guard and some had cutouts for a stock and folding leaf sights

Mine's actually a 3rd Model. I've always called it a 2d. Yep - talk about memory retention. ;)

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What kind of holster rig are you planning to get for this one? It'll take a sturdy one to manage all that weight.
Nice crossdraw would be nice. Since it's already got a nice mark on it, might as well use it!


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Now you need to start working on hitting that shotglass you toss up in the saloon!
Think I'll start with hitting the basketball thrown up in the yard.
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Here are a couple of photos of the crossdraw holster I have for my '51 Navy. It doesn't show off the revolver, but it protects it, stays put, and rides with the center mass of the revolver right on the belt - not above it.

It's an older model (~30 y.o.) from El Paso Saddlery. I didn't really care for the stamped daisies, but that's the way it came.




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That's pretty sharp lookin' as far I'm concerned.

And besides, real men wear daisies!
 
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They are marvelous mechanizations. Load them up hot, and the loading gate lever will fall and lock up the cylinder so you cannot rotate the cylinder :mrgreen:

I must have had two or three each of the 2nd and 3rd Models. All are wondrous handguns. In that you wonder how our ancesters survived :)

I have shot most of the BP guns from Flintlocks up to the BPCR's and have always wondered how in the heat of a fight, anyone could see anything.... :D

I never developed a load that I could make sense of. I couldn't keep the ball anywhere near on target beyond 25 yards. Yet, I love these Boomers. They are more fun to shoot then any 1911.

Eventually, I finally figured out that the Ruger Old Army was the BP revolver for me. I have shot some of mine with conical bullets and hit the one hundred yard gongs with some regularity. All kidding aside, I would feel confident in hunting deer and smaller game at 25-50 yards with one.

And it has the squared trigger guard of the 2nd Model Dragoon. In part due to Elmer Keith. Who insisted on that design with Bill Ruger with the Super Blackhawk. The Old Army is basically Bill Ruger's interpretation of a 2nd Model Colt cloned to a SBH... B-)

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