Sunday, July 21, 2013

Gratuitous Gun Pr0n #62:

Seen at Sand Burr Gun Ranch: One of Dennis Reichard's trademark .44 Magnums...

Can be embigennated to ginormous size for a good look at the engraving...
 He can flat shoot those things, too, in addition to being a hella revolver 'smith. I gotta get back up there now that the Subie's fixed, if only to hang out for a bit.

19 comments:

Jeremy Brock said...

Tam, thank you profusely for mentioning Mr. Reichard. Just a couple of hours ago I was wondering whether a good ... um, Smith smith could be found anywhere near the general Indy area. It looks as if this gentleman might be the best bet.

Will have to contact him about my recently misbehaving M66. The issue is probably fairly minor, but definitely more than I'm willing to tackle. Would it be appropriate to mention where I found out about him?

Joseph said...

I got my M13 back last Sunday and I am very pleased with the action and other work he performed on it. He didn't have a ginormous waiting list and did the work within the quoted time, something that I'm not accustom to.

Tam said...

Jeremy,

"Would it be appropriate to mention where I found out about him?"

Certainly! :)

Jeremy Brock said...

OK. :)

I'll get hold of him and find out how to take the matter from here.

The retail side of his shop looks as if they might have another K-frame or two lying around, which is fortunate. Two is one and one is none, after all ...

Anonymous said...

Mas sure likes 'em and so do you; can't buy that kind of advertising.

Cool place, and that is without a doubt one of the most unusual handgun display layouts I've ever seen.

Anonymous said...

"the Subie's fixed..."

I musta missed the obit for the krautster?

Tam said...

One thing and another, I just haven't had it dragged to the shop yet.

I got the more practical car fixed first.

Anonymous said...

Saved to my gun porn sub folder as "classy lingerie"

Anonymous said...

Who are you and what have you done with the Tam?

What's it need? Brakes, clutch, tires? If it can be refurbed without pulling the head or other heavy duty stuff, tow it in and get an estimate and I'll kick in the first c-note.

'Cause it's more than a car, it's a classic...and the essence of the gun-totin', crotchrocket-ridin', snark-spewin', philosopher-quotin' badass that keeps the rest of us vicariously young.

It's late July! Get it rollin'!

Srsly, get a quote and let us start a fund.

Scott J said...

Jeremy, just curious. What's wrong with the 66?

I ask because I have a -3 myself.

Only trouble I've ever had out of a K-frame was from a nickel pre-10 I dropped in the floor. Tweaked the crane so the bolt would get stuck in the forward position blocking the hammer.

Jeremy Brock said...

Scott, it's having occasional (~1 per 100) misfires on .38/158gr RNL practice ammo, and disturbingly regular misfires (more like 1 per 10 at best) on the 158gr .357 loads I've tried. I can't help but think this has something to do with my recently having dropped the bag that it was in, especially since it didn't pull this stunt when I first got it.

If there's any such thing as a .357 being tuned for target loads rather than full-house magnums, I suspect that this one was. At least it'll chew out the X-ring all day using 148 WCs or 158 RNL 'widowmakers'. That's gratifying as all get-out, but I really want to make sure it'll function reliably with defensive loads.

Yeah, I still prefer revolvers. Even with realistic defensive loads I find K-frames easier to shoot well with than my G19, with L- and N-frames being downright decadent. Not having to chase brass all over the range is just aa bonus. :)

Scott J said...

It's probably something minor with your 66. I'll be curious to know what after it visits the smith.

I too am a revolver junkie. The only reason I shoot CDP rather than SSR in IDPA is because the latter makes my times pitiful rather than simply poor.

My primary carry is a SP-101 and I'm thinking about having Side Guard Holsters make an inside out pocket holster for my 66. If i can pocket carry the Taurus PT745 then I should be able to fit the 66 into the same pockets.

Scott J said...

Since this thread is revolver pron here's my favorite picture I've ever taken of one.

Not my favorite revolver just IMO the best picture of one I've ever taken. Something about the lighting and depth of field came together. I've not been able to duplicate it since.

http://s410.photobucket.com/albums/pp182/ScottJ175/?action=view&current=DSC_1661.jpg&evt=user_media_share

Ross said...

Is that a round-butt model 29?? I didn't know those were ever made - or did he do that conversion himself? I'd love for my 29 to be a round-butt...

Scott J said...

Ross, my 629 Classic came round butt from the factory.

Sometime back in the 90's S&W started making all revolvers round butt I think. That is until the Classic series came out.

For example any -5 or higher model 66 is going to be round butt. I crave a 66-5 in 4 inch as a collection companion to my 66-3 2.5 inch round butt.

Jeremy Brock said...

Went up there this afternoon. It was a bit of a drive since I live 20-odd minutes south of Indy proper, but oh yes, it was well worth the time and effort.

Dennis had my 66-1 disassembled and diagnosed in, I swear, about 2 minutes. Basically the last person to work on it installed a highly questionable spring kit, and DA pull was pathologically light at a hair over 7 pounds. Also, the hand (pawl? Whatever they call the bit that latches into the bottom of the cylinder and de-wobblifies it) needed to be replaced.

I dropped it off to have that done, and get a deluxe action job performed while we're at it. I look forward to shooting it afterwards, and am itching to get into some IDPA action.

I was impressed all around. The ranges there are all outdoors, well set up, and don't have the "no draw from holster" and "no rapid fire" rules that most ranges do. That's worth the drive, too.

Oh, and Tam, you betcha I told 'em where I found out about their work. They remember you well and fondly.

With a bit of luck and some careful budgeting, I'll have an L-frame from there before too long.

Scott J said...

Jeremy, I just call that bit the cylinder stop. There might be another name for it but I'd have to consult my Kuhnhausen book.

The hand is that bit that makes the cylinder rotate. I hand fitted (pardon the pun) to a badly out of time Colt Python my employer at the time took in on trade. It was my first "serious" gunsmithing and i was proud of myself when I got it done.

Tam said...

Scott J,

"Jeremy, I just call that bit the cylinder stop. There might be another name for it but I'd have to consult my Kuhnhausen book."

Either "cylinder stop" or (more rarely) "bolt" would be correct enough. :)

Scott J said...

Bolt is what I call that bit what moves when you push on the thumb latch to open the cylinder :)

That's for a S&W anyway. My Ruger has a completely different mechanism.

I've forgotten all about what the innards of a Colt look like. I can never get past my perception that their cylinders rotate the "wrong" way :)