Some Ideas

I reiterate here from the first installment the fact the Uberti Dragoons are very well made, tightly fitted and very nicely finished. However there are two things to be done to make them much easier to use. The stud on the barrel has a receptacle for the locking latch of the lever which was cut at the wrong angle. Upon firing the latch would release allowing the lever to drop down. A few file strokes by my friend Denis on the angle on the stud to make it parallel with the barrel solved this problem.

We also found the rammer on the loading lever had a tendency to grasp seated bullets and pull them back out of the cylinder. When the bullet seating stem was finished a very small ring of metal around the edge was turned over into the bullet-seater causing the problem. Denis came to the rescue again and cleaned out the excess metal using a cutter and finished it smoothly.

Both the Walker and various Dragoons were all more than a little heavy for fast work from a holster in the hands of any mere mortal. The Walker and the Dragoons were all developed year-by-year from 1847 to 1851. Many of the Dragoons were carried over for use in the Civil War and they were certainly used in the move westward. However it became apparent a lighter, faster-to-handle sixgun was needed. The age of the gunfighter was about to emerge.