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Elmer Keith's revolver!
« on: October 05, 2015, 10:37:45 pm »


Forgotten Weapons gets a chance to shoot Elmer Keith's personal Smith & Wesson .44 Magnum.

I notice that Ian is having a hard time with the recoil.  I think it's the grip he's using.  In my experience, the thumbs-forward grip that is popular may work well with a 9mm Glock, but on a .44, your strong hand tends to come out of your weak hand as the gun comes up.  To prevent this, the grip I use has me locking my support hand thumb on top of the strong hand fingers.  It gives me something to hold onto, basically, and works with the snappiest of guns, from the .357 Magnum snubby to the .500 Smith & Wesson.

Anyway, this gun went up for auction this year.  A lucky score for whomever bought it!

They also have another of Mr. Keith's revolver, his Number 5 custom single action.



...and the cylinder of the Colt Single Action that kaboomed on him, which caused him to transition to .44 Special and, ultimately, led to the .44 Magnum.



If you haven't read it, Sixguns by Keith is a fantastic historical read, giving you an insight into the history of pistolcraft.

http://www.amazon.com/Sixguns-Keith-Standard-Reference-Illustrated/dp/1614272824



If you want your own Keith Number 5, Bowen Classic Arms will turn a Ruger Blackhawk into one for you.

http://www.bowenclassicarms.com/workshop.html#KeithNo5styleRugerBlackhawk

Um, bring money.







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    Re: Elmer Keith's revolver!
    « Reply #1 on: October 06, 2015, 12:05:40 am »
      Always liked the #5.  I won't spend the money on one, but the history has always appealed to me.

    Then again, part o the mystique of the "old school"  Elmer Keith, Bill Jordan, Askins and Skeeter Skelton are still some of my favorite writers.

     
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    Re: Elmer Keith's revolver!
    « Reply #2 on: October 06, 2015, 12:41:30 am »
    I agree, his grip is not ideal for revolver shooting, especially magnums.
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    Re: Elmer Keith's revolver!
    « Reply #3 on: October 06, 2015, 12:16:59 pm »
    Might have to pick myself up a book  :coffee.
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    Re: Elmer Keith's revolver!
    « Reply #4 on: October 06, 2015, 11:47:39 pm »
    The No. 5 built on the Ruger platform is a gorgeous repro of Elmer Keith's gun but I have always wanted one of Bowen's "Nimrod" models since I saw the one he built for Ross Seyfried many years ago.  Definitely a bucket list gun for me. 
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    Re: Elmer Keith's revolver!
    « Reply #5 on: October 07, 2015, 08:58:44 am »
    Might have to pick myself up a book  :coffee.

    Oh you definitely should -- it's a classic.  Less than politically correct, full of character and fun to read.  Surprisingly, Keith also has some good things to say about the 1911, er, the Colt .45 auto in the book.
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    Re: Elmer Keith's revolver!
    « Reply #6 on: October 07, 2015, 04:26:38 pm »
    Good hell, I'd LOVE to go to a James D Julia auction with a pocket full of gold.   
    That auction house moves the most desirable and the most rare guns on the planet. 
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    Re: Elmer Keith's revolver!
    « Reply #7 on: November 11, 2015, 10:59:31 pm »
    The .45 Colt "kaboom" was from loading 300 grain .45-60 bullets over a compressed charge of black powder! 
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    Re: Elmer Keith's revolver!
    « Reply #8 on: November 12, 2015, 08:24:50 pm »
    Owie!   :shocked
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    Re: Elmer Keith's revolver!
    « Reply #9 on: November 12, 2015, 11:39:27 pm »
    The .45 Colt "kaboom" was from loading 300 grain .45-60 bullets over a compressed charge of black powder! 

    Not to mention the 300 grain bullets were oversize, (probably .458" to .460"), for the Colt single action.
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