|Project by CarvinTom||posted 09-21-2013 12:01 AM||1936 views||2 times favorited||28 comments|
Here are some photos of my Hand-carved, full-sized replica of an 1861 Remington Revolver.
I wanted to recreate something that was old to go along with the 45-70 Springfield “trapdoor” rifle, circa 1884, that I had carved back in 2009 (it wa posted here some time ago). Originally, I thought that I would do the 1851 Navy Colt Revolver based on its historical cache but I soon decided that the lines of the Remington were more pleasing and, after all, this is “art”. While the Colt came first and introduced the whole idea of placing the rounds into a rotating cylinder that, once fired, would shift the next round into position when the weapon was re-cocked, it just didn’t have the “look” that I was after.
Now, if you jes’ happ’ned to be packin’ this here piece as you strolled on down Main Street towards the Longbranch Saloon, you’d very aware you had it with you. The real thing was ENORMOUS! It measured 13.25 inches long from the tip of the handle to the tip of the barrel and it weighed in almost 3 pounds (!) (Actually, 2 lbs., 13 oz.). The overall barrel length was a respectable 8”. It is no wonder that a cowboy’s spurs jingled with this monster was strapped to his leg:—). Just as a side note, the replica probably doesn’t weigh more than may 3 ozs:-)
I have posted more detailed information about the project on my blog (www.carvintom.blogspot.com).
I am interested and anxious to hear your comments.
Carvin’ Tom AKA K3WFN
-- Carvin' Tom, Pittsburgh, PA, www.carvintom.blogspot.com No, I'm *not* retired. I am a "recycled teenager!"