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    Is this a blank firing conversion

    Has this been converted to just fire blanks? Thanks in advance for any help.
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    No, its a Christy firing pin setup on a single action, it will fire live ammo. This design is most famous for its factory application / presence on the Great Western Arms SA clone revolvers of the 1950s / 60s.

    You have a Great Western Arms revolver there of a pretty unique sub type....you seem to have a Deputy model that's been polished out by a bubba gunsmith....very rare item though, in any condition... tell us more..
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    That appears to be a conversion to a floating firing pin which some people think is better. Others do not. The Colt Python has a floating pin while it's predicessor the Trooper didn't. But look at your question and ask yourself why would a firing pin conversion have anything to do with blanks? Basically there are 4 types of handgun primers....large, small and a magnum version of each. Blanks use the same priming system as other cartridges, although some may substitute rifle primers for a different burn rate (same types of variation in rifle primers). So why do you think a blank might need a different firing system. Blank charges work the same way as live rounds...the primer ignites the charge.
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    It is more of a “What not to do" or "What not to buy” segment than interesting imo.
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    Ah, its a Colt with a Christy firing pin conversion and an adjustable sight addition.
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    1876 frame. Scared that somebody’s shoots smokeless thru it.
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    Looks like a Smith & Wesson sight. Pretty common item way back when. I put one on a 70 government slide.

    Is it possible that the floating firing pin was added to convert to 22 rimfire?
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    Well it's obviously not a Great Western with the black powder frame and base pin retaining screw, unless GW made a model like that. Also, the serial numbers are correct for the 1875 period, so someone replaced the firing pin plate with the rebounding pin. What is good about it is that the pin does not require any modification to the gun other than knocking out the plate from the rear. That can be replaced to make it original again.. The bad is the milled out frame for the ramp sight and the screw hole drilled into the center of the strap, weakening the whole arrangement. That in itself defeats the logic for using a spring loaded pin for a powerful cartridge. To make matters worse, it already had a dovetail cut into the strap, further weakening the frame! A bomb waiting to go off! What caliber was it?

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