What John Linebaugh Done

Discussion in 'General Firearms Forum' started by pokute, May 24, 2015.

  1. pokute

    pokute Sincere as a $5 funeral

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    So, back when FA was trying to convince the world that the 454 Casull was the only pistol round worth spit, John Linebaugh, John Taffin, and a couple of other Johns convinced them that not everybody was ready to run out and buy rifle primers. The result was a very short run of 44M and 45LC pre-M83 guns, including my new purchase, one of only 54 "Casull 45 Colt" guns ever sold. She shoots. I launched 150 300gr over 26gr H110 from it on Friday. Easy to tell where the misses hit the berm at 200m!
     

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  2. pokute

    pokute Sincere as a $5 funeral

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    For those too young to remember when Freedom Arms launched (not many in this forum), Dick Casull was experimenting with hell-bent 45LC overloads at the same time that old Elmer was getting the 44M into folks hands.

    Where the 44M was impressive when compared with the existing commercial calibers, there were a few folks who were pushing the envelope in ways that made Elmer Keith quake in his size 6 boots (Calm down, I'm actually a big fan of Keith, I'm just trying for a new level of hyperbole appropriate to the topic).

    The one real success to make it over the horizon was the 454 Casull. Dick Casull started serious development on the round in 1957, and it was introduced to the world in 1959. For the next 24 years you could get a custom modified SAA or Blackhawk with an oversize 5 shot cylinder that would launch a 335gr bullet at 1600 fps.

    Dick Casull spent a few years building capital by selling those silly little mini-revolvers, and then in 1983 started selling the FA 454 Casull revolver - The first "Commercially available" revolver capable of shooting a steady diet of these monstrosities. FA decided to follow a suicidal quality commitment: The gun will cost whatever it has to, to make it as good as it can be made. There was a famous test where a 454 case was filled with Bullseye and a slug was hammered in over it and then it was crimped solid and shot in an FA. Nothing interesting happened.

    Some idiot shot himself in the foot yanking an FA out of a holster, and successfully sued FA for all the loose change that could be shaken out, nearly sinking the company, but they continue to chug along, and you can order a model 83 revolver in any configuration that you can describe, if your pockets are deep enough. FA's are a tremendous bargain on the used market.
     

  3. pokute

    pokute Sincere as a $5 funeral

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    Oh yeah, the beautiful finish on my FA is the result of 5 minutes gentle rubbing with a ScotchBrite pad!
     
  4. gumpy

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    That is a beautiful gun! How does the 454 compare to the 45/70? A friend of mine that I used to shoot with had a TC chambered in this and it was literally a blast to shoot!
     
  5. pokute

    pokute Sincere as a $5 funeral

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    But the gun up there ^^^ is just a 45LC.

    The 45-70 is way, way, way more literally a blast :D

    I will not shoot any pistols chambered in anything more than 454 because I don't want to miss a match while the glue holding my hand on dries.
     
  6. pokute

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    Oops. Just won this. It looks new in real life, and it went for about 30% of the new price:
     

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