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Offline Tinker Pearce

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'The Pug,' Pietta 1858 'Bulldog' conversion
« on: February 22, 2019, 12:38:27 AM »
This was my first cartridge conversion, based on a Pietta 1858. It uses a 5-shot Kirst gated conversion. I shortened and re-crowned the barrel, and fabricated the front sight. Unsatisfied with the options for retaining the cylinder pin I devised a modification of the loading lever.  I also ground the grip-frame to a birds-head profile and modified the existing grips, including adding the 'pinky' relief at the bottom, which makes the handle much more comfortable in my hand. 
       

It's a good shooter. It's chambered in .45 Colt, but these days I usually shoot .45 Cowboy Special out of it.

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Re: 'The Pug,' Pietta 1858 'Bulldog' conversion
« Reply #1 on: February 22, 2019, 03:56:42 PM »
Very Nice!!

Love it.

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Re: 'The Pug,' Pietta 1858 'Bulldog' conversion
« Reply #2 on: February 22, 2019, 05:00:03 PM »
What did you make to retain the cylinder pin?
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Re: 'The Pug,' Pietta 1858 'Bulldog' conversion
« Reply #3 on: February 22, 2019, 07:10:20 PM »
What did you make to retain the cylinder pin?

If you look at the loading lever you can see it has been bored lengthwise, and there is a spring-plunger that engages a hole in the cylinder pin. Here are some more pics of a similar one I did for another gun-
 

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Re: 'The Pug,' Pietta 1858 'Bulldog' conversion
« Reply #4 on: February 22, 2019, 08:41:30 PM »
Wow!!! Tinker, I must agree, that's some fine work you done there.
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Re: 'The Pug,' Pietta 1858 'Bulldog' conversion
« Reply #5 on: February 23, 2019, 06:53:58 AM »
Nice! I would be proud to own that gun!
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Re: 'The Pug,' Pietta 1858 'Bulldog' conversion
« Reply #6 on: February 23, 2019, 11:46:42 AM »
What a BRILLIANT design and a nice piece of work there......................Very nice.

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Re: 'The Pug,' Pietta 1858 'Bulldog' conversion
« Reply #7 on: February 23, 2019, 11:47:16 AM »
I did something similar with my snubby. I drilled a hole the length of what's left of the loading lever, cut a slot about 3/4 of the way, turned the original lever catch around, ground the angled end of the catch flat and installed the catch into the slot. I drilled a hole at the barrel end and put a pin thought to retain the spring. I drilled a hole in the front of the cylinder pin for the catch to slide into. So instead of pulling the catch back to release the loading lever and pull the cylinder pin, now you would push it forward to release it and pull the pin.
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Re: 'The Pug,' Pietta 1858 'Bulldog' conversion
« Reply #8 on: February 23, 2019, 02:43:49 PM »
I did something similar with my snubby. I drilled a hole the length of what's left of the loading lever, cut a slot about 3/4 of the way, turned the original lever catch around, ground the angled end of the catch flat and installed the catch into the slot. I drilled a hole at the barrel end and put a pin thought to retain the spring. I drilled a hole in the front of the cylinder pin for the catch to slide into. So instead of pulling the catch back to release the loading lever and pull the cylinder pin, now you would push it forward to release it and pull the pin.

Nicely done! I used the catch on a conversion I did for a buddy, but in a bit different way-

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Re: 'The Pug,' Pietta 1858 'Bulldog' conversion
« Reply #9 on: February 24, 2019, 05:48:59 PM »
nice work on a damn fine revolver !!
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Re: 'The Pug,' Pietta 1858 'Bulldog' conversion
« Reply #10 on: February 28, 2019, 08:21:18 PM »
I like it great work Tinker!

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Re: 'The Pug,' Pietta 1858 'Bulldog' conversion
« Reply #11 on: March 01, 2019, 11:08:53 AM »
That's a real nice pistol Tinker, solid work!

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Re: 'The Pug,' Pietta 1858 'Bulldog' conversion
« Reply #12 on: March 01, 2019, 01:08:44 PM »
Terrific job, Tinker!
I have a project Remmy with a bad barrel (muzzle end) that I may try that on. Your work on the LL catch is really slick and I love the taper on the pinky groove! That is one fine looking piece!
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Re: 'The Pug,' Pietta 1858 'Bulldog' conversion
« Reply #13 on: September 23, 2019, 02:05:40 PM »
http://imgur.com/gallery/V90GnRp
This is one Mike Tinker Pierc did for me several years ago. Full BP now, no conversion cylinder.
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Re: 'The Pug,' Pietta 1858 'Bulldog' conversion
« Reply #14 on: September 23, 2019, 06:23:37 PM »
Now that I have an 8" to go in the holster Mike made for me, I've debated something like this with the target that has f***ed with me since new. (should have just returned it the moment it broke, after unboxing it, but it wasn't the manufacturers fault... having saidd that, I swear it's cursed).
Torn between a 5.5" (gotta figure out how to graft the sights from the target on it, for no reason other than I like the look) and going full birdshead/stubby.
Soaking this up like a Parched sponge.