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5 years 24 weeks ago, 2:33 PM

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Walker Dragoon

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Only 21,000 of the 44 Colt Walker and its variations were made, making it a rare gun in the Civil War.

Anything larger then this never achieves mass production. At 4 pounds, 8 ounces, the Walker weighs nearly twice as much as nearly all large revolvers, ancient or modern. The massive weight put it into holsters carried by the horse instead of worn by the man. It could be loaded with as much powder as was used in some muskets. Like the other Civil War cap and ball revolvers, it is fired with percussion caps. It was more powerful than any other revolver of its day, and is more powerful than most modern pistols.

This heavy pistol carries the name and was developed at the request of Captain Samuel Walker of fame with the earliest Texas Rangers and the United States Mounted Rifles. It saw service in the Mexican War. The Walker put Colt back into production after the financial failure of the first factory.

Total production of the original Walker was about 1,100. Walker-like Dragoons were produced later, bringing to the total production of both to about 21,000. Production ceased with the large orders for the Civil War which totaled half a million of other revolver models for Colt. The sheer disparity in the production volume made the Walker a rarity in the Civil War.

Technical Information
Length 15¾ Inches
Weight 4½ pounds
Caliber Forty Four * (.451")
Bullet Weight 138 grains
Power Charge 55 grains
Muzzle Velocity 1200 feet per second
Muzzle Energy 450

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5 years 23 weeks ago, 7:15 PM

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very nice

Walker said they were dangerous to both man and beast up to 200 yards.. I. Also really love the 1851 navy, the 1860 richard mason conversions and the 1871-1872 open tops. Clint carried the 1851 in the outlaw of josie wales I think. I live less than a mile from taylors who brings in these guns. I use to be safe cause they required you to go through a dealer..but no more...now I am at serious risk. They have all of the ones mentioned plus a lemat..the 9 shot 44 with a 20 guage barrel under the 44 barrel.. and the replicas of the ones used in the movie..ohhh man.

5 years 23 weeks ago, 7:27 PM

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oh forgot

They also have the schofields, model 3 russians, and if they get the merwin & hulbert I will never have any money.

5 years 23 weeks ago, 7:32 PM

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yeah i had a 1851

Navy from Cabelas,blackpowder,nice pistol,fun to shoot.I do think Outlaw Josie Wales carried 2 walkers though.That's one of my favorite movies too.

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5 years 23 weeks ago, 7:40 PM

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cabelas

At one of the ranges I go to there are a lot of black powder guys. They say its a blast and saves them money cause it takes them a lot of time to reload..ha..

5 years 23 weeks ago, 7:49 PM

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very sweet, now your talking! one of my all time favorites wish I had one .
so hows it going all?

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5 years 23 weeks ago, 7:49 PM

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my bad

It was an 1860 navy. They have an exact copy for sale in the sportsmans guide. Very kool.

5 years 23 weeks ago, 7:55 PM

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I have an 1861 .36 cal sheriff model and a 1864 .44 cal navy colt replica. also a hawkens .54 cal

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5 years 23 weeks ago, 7:52 PM

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going well

Yep. Lucky may have
struck a nerve with that pic and write up. Very nice.

5 years 23 weeks ago, 7:58 PM

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lucky did a nice job

on the write up and the specs, right out of the book.

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5 years 23 weeks ago, 8:11 PM

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third genaration dragoon .44 cal was 14 inches, engraved cylinder w/.457 ball also provisioned
w/detachable shoulder stock, case harden frame, with brass back strap, same rounded trigger gaurd with deep blue finish

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5 years 23 weeks ago, 8:14 PM

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In the sportsmans guide it says josie wales had an 1860 navy but I can't find one in my colt book just a .36 cal 1861 navy..anyway did you all see the howda hunter 20 guage pistol in cabellas?

5 years 23 weeks ago, 8:25 PM

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1860 is called colt navy sheriff and its a .36 cal or .44 cal it is a shortened version of 1858 navy model that was a .44 cal

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barrel length 5 inch
overall length 11 1/2 inches
weight about 40 oz depending on the frame
you can order thru dixie gun works at one time don't know now
the .44 may have a rebated cylinder

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5 years 23 weeks ago, 9:03 PM

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hey guys

yes i really like the blackpowder pistols,Dixie gun works is still making good ones to.I was looking at the Dixie website and saw the Navys,and the sheriff models,and the Schoffield,and about a dozen more i wanted,After looking there i tracked down that copy and paste about the Walker,i want 2 of those,just so i can stand upright.

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5 years 23 weeks ago, 9:27 PM

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LOL try this site they are here in MN

www.trackofthewolf.com

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5 years 23 weeks ago, 10:14 PM

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Here is the company here.. man these older guns are so kool!

5 years 23 weeks ago, 10:15 PM

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Lucky

you might also check out Uberti arms website also. They also make a replica of the 1847 Walker Dragoon.

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5 years 23 weeks ago, 10:30 AM

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thanks Randy

will do.

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5 years 23 weeks ago, 10:24 PM

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yep

I am glad you made this post. I thinkone one these will be the next pistol I get.

5 years 23 weeks ago, 10:30 PM

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taylors

Taylors sells conversions too that fire cartidges and black powder by switching cylinders. The lines of these pistols look really nice. Like the 1911 , model 29, BHP, peace maker, and the python, one of these old time pistols is a must have

5 years 23 weeks ago, 10:38 PM

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black powder

I have never shot a black powder. Is it pretty easy to get set up for it?

5 years 23 weeks ago, 11:25 PM

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yes mike

it is easy,pistols are straight forward,powder,ball,and i use crisco to seal each cylinder so ignition won't fire 2 cylinders next to each other,never saw this happen but i have heard it can.otherwise just fun stuff.and percussion caps,i foregot those.

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5 years 23 weeks ago, 11:39 PM

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what width belt you wear?

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5 years 23 weeks ago, 10:27 AM

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inch and a half belt.

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5 years 23 weeks ago, 11:52 PM

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Sounds good. Thanks

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