Black Powder Pistol Stand

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Project by John Milleker posted 09-11-2013 05:59 PM 4005 views 1 time favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is version two of a black powder pistol stand I created for my 1858 New Army replica. My Girlfriend bought an 1851 Navy replica and it was about 1/8” shorter where it counted. Between the grip and the hammer.

Black Powder Pistols are loaded by hand. With two hands you’ve got to half-cock the hammer, rotate the cylinder, measure and fill with black powder, insert a wad, place a ball, tamp the ball and then rotate to the next cylinder.. Not essentially hard to do, but not exactly easy either.

So in comes the pistol stand. It’s not a new idea, but basically an improvement on commercial offerings. Just as I was about to purchase a commercial model, I started reading reviews. The commercial model had a brass hinge and many people were complaining about that hinge coming loose after a few outings. Since tamping the ball takes a bit of force, I didn’t want to waste money on a loose hinge I’ll have to replace.

My first stand had the upright sitting into a groove on the base. It was a nice friction fit and worked great. Now that I needed a way to make the stand adjustable I realized that I wasn’t going to be so lucky with placement. After some thinking I decided on an offset set of holes. One way for one type of pistol, the other way for a different type. The upright piece is identical on both sides so by flipping it around and selecting a new set of holes you’re all set to go.

The whole thing was stained with Espresso stain and finished with gluing felt to the top of the upright so to not risk scratching the back of the pistol.

And both stands easily come apart and stack together to take up minimal room in the field box!

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#1 posted 09-11-2013 06:01 PM

That is really cool. Great ideal

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#2 posted 09-11-2013 06:31 PM

Very nicely done, with a lot of great thinking behind it. Also, nice looking pistols (like the stainless steel even if it’s not original).

-- John C. -- "Firearms are second only to the Constitution in importance; they are the peoples' liberty's teeth." George Washington

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#3 posted 09-11-2013 06:37 PM

Thank you both..

I couldn’t pass up the stainless, it’s a beauty!

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#4 posted 09-13-2013 08:10 PM

Good idea making it fit both.

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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