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Colt Walker/Dragoon

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by AndyMcPocket, Jun 6, 2014.

  1. AndyMcPocket

    AndyMcPocket New Member

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    Hi all, joined your forum just now with an ulterior motive.
    As a fan of all things relating to Victorian engineering, my main interest being the making of scale working models of stationary steam engines, for a change and for the past couple of months I have been in the process of making a replica (non firing as I'm in the UK) of a Colt Walker but may end up as a Dragoon as I like the trigger guard shape on the 1st & 2nd models and the more reliable loading lever.
    So far I have made the frame, hammer, trigger, pivot screws and locking bolt but this is my question:
    Why has the locking bolt got a slot cut in it? And why is the cam on the hammer chamfered (tapered)?
    I understand the actions principal and works fine to the point of firing when the hammer cam tries to go between the locking bolt and the frame and jams.
    I have modified the cam with no taper and the bolt with no slot and now when you release the trigger in goes to the half cock position.
    I would rather make it as Uncle Sam intended but like I said I fail to see why the bolt has a slot and the cam is chamfered.
    If any of you old boys out there who own one of these things knows I would be grateful.
    Some interesting topics on here btw.
     
  2. AndyMcPocket

    AndyMcPocket New Member

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    Don't worry yourself guys, I've worked it out.........