I've had perhaps 3 or 4 of them. They're very difficult to control without K frame sized grips on them, so I don't see any advantage in them. The concealability advantage is lost, and I believe one would be better served by a 2 inch K or L (preferably) frame. I never seemed to keep them very long and I bought different variations to see if they'd work better. None ever did, and many compact 9mm semi-autos are roughly the same size, plus they carry better.Allen, I always enjoy your posts.
You make me laugh.
I didn't know they had ever chambered a J-frame in 357.
Just shaking my head at that one...
Not at all. Thankfully both the 1851 and 1860 have pretty light recoil. 70 and 140 grains running 700 FPS doesn't push back very hard. I never tried conicals in my C&B revolvers. Please note--I used 20 grains in 36 caliber and 25 grains in 44 of Goex 3F Flaming Dirt, and these are about 10% downloads from spec max (22 and 28 grains) in the '51 and '60 respectively. Better powders and full fuel loads might have improved things--dunno. Colt 44 Dragoons could manage 40 grains of 3F, and the Colt Walker could run 60 grains--though they had a habit of burst cylinders, so maybe Walkers were a bit much of a good thing. Dragoons and Walkers were known as 'Horse pistols', meant to be carried in saddle holsters that draped over saddle pommels. The Walkers weighed 4# 9 oz, so they were a chunk.I have what I think is an 1851 Navy, never shot it yet. The grip is tiny IMO, far too small for my hands. Am I alone in this take?