1860 Transition Richards 2nd Model Conversion at the gun show
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    1860 Transition Richards 2nd Model Conversion at the gun show

    I see this at the gun shows in my area and know NOTHING of percussion era guns, other than the replica I inherited from my dad so I thought owning an ACTUAL one someday would be a great homage. I'd call it fair to good shape for its age. Numbers match on the trigger guard, frame, and barrel block, but not the butt. Grip panels are chipped. Any info on its history based on SN, and if it's worth the $1475 asking price is appreciated. If there is any other info I can provide to help, please let me know.

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    Can't read any of the serial numbers. What are they?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Buck Stinson View Post
    Can't read any of the serial numbers. What are they?
    196033 are the 3 matching, 191191 is on the butt.

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    It's not a Richards-Mason. It's a Type 2 Richards, aka 2nd Model Richards. They are easy to tell apart if you know what to look for. $1475 is a decent price, I'd offer 12.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Chaffee View Post
    It's not a Richards-Mason. It's a Type 2 Richards, aka 2nd Model Richards. They are easy to tell apart if you know what to look for. $1475 is a decent price, I'd offer 12.
    I just got my Blue Book out and just realized it is a "Richards" only. SN seems to match what you say. Thanks for the heads up!

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    There are differences between all of the Richards conversion models. Go buy McDowell's book if you can find one.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Chaffee View Post
    There are differences between all of the Richards conversion models. Go buy McDowell's book if you can find one.
    Thank you! I live for reference books. I'll look for it now!

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    'A Study of Colt Conversions and other Percussion Revolvers' by R. Bruce McDowell. It's not cheap any more or that easy to find, but if you get into these pistols you'll need this book.
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    Richards-Mason on top. Note the difference in the shape of the barrel lug on this gun and the earlier Richards' models. That's the one-glance way to tell. These were new-made barrels and not left over perc bbls. Other differences in the guns as well.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Chaffee View Post
    'A Study of Colt Conversions and other Percussion Revolvers' by R. Bruce McDowell. It's not cheap any more or that easy to find, but if you get into these pistols you'll need this book.
    I was able to download it free...but I prefer tangible books. I am intrigued about the second model now. I didn't see any SNs on the cylinder. I'm not sure what to think of the non-matching butt. I'll be going back tomorrow!

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