Test Gun #1

As best as I can determine Test Gun #1 retains its original Ruger 6-chamber cylinder. The Ruger rammer arrangement is likewise still there. For sights a modern style front with green-colored insert is mounted on a ramp base. The basic rear sight is still Ruger — fully adjustable for windage and elevation but instead of its notched blade Reeder replaced it with one with a wide V-notch.

I didn’t shoot this first custom cap and ball revolver for two reasons. One is I have fired plenty of .44/.45 percussion revolvers over the decades. Reason two is shooting cap and ball revolvers is a dirty business and I did not want all sorts of residue to end up in the engraving. Plus, I’m a lazy sort and didn’t want to do much cleaning!