Any Colt cap and ball capable gunsmiths nearby?

Discussion in 'Gunsmithing - Assembly - Finishing' started by wired, Jul 11, 2019.

  1. wired

    wired New Member

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    Ive got a 1848 baby dragoon thats been in the family since the California gold rush. Not a production . It needs a hand...literally. The hand is broken at the tip. Most likely it will need welding and dressing to size. Most of the "gunsmiths" Ive called have told me "as long as I can find one online I can get it to fit" . Yeah, its an 1848 baby dragoon. They dont exist online. There are italian reproductions but they only reproduce the outside. Totally different animal inside.

    Anyone know of a good old school Colt worthy smith in the area?

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    Wow That is awesome.

    Is it broken into and just needs putting back together or are you gonna need someone who can make a whole new piece? If you just need it welded I would think any machine shop with someone who is really good at tig welding could put it back together. I have a buddy who says he can weld a tape measure back together and it will still be accurate.
     
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    It's broken with the top half missing. It needs to be built up and fitted to the cylinder timing.
     
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    The '48 hand is different than the '49 hand . The '49 style hand is what the Italian clones use in their 48 reproductions. Been down that road
     
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    Scott Ledford in Hickory can do it