R.I.P. Dick Casull

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R.I.P. Dick Casull

#1 Post by Pete44ru » Mon May 07, 2018 10:28 am

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A significant gun/cartridge designer & maker, Dick Casull, has sadly passed away (I have no details at this time).

R.I.P., Dick. :(

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#2 Post by Merle » Mon May 07, 2018 10:40 am

RIP from me too..... :(
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#3 Post by CowboyTutt » Mon May 07, 2018 11:23 am

I just heard about Dick's passing this morning as well from my friends. Sad day for me. I'm told that he knew his time was short and he planned on donating most of his collection to the museum in Cody. The rest will be taken care of by his son and wife Jeri. Please say some prayers for his family at this time. :( -Tutt
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#4 Post by Pitchy » Mon May 07, 2018 11:39 am

Don`t know of him but prayers up for all concerned.
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#5 Post by Pete44ru » Mon May 07, 2018 11:44 am

Pitchy wrote:
Mon May 07, 2018 11:39 am
Don`t know of him but prayers up for all concerned.

Pitchy, Dick designed the famous .454 Casull cartridge, the tiny RF Mini revolvers that led to the NAA Mini's of today, and AFAIK had a hand in designing the Freedom Arms CF single-action revolvers (among other things, like a single-shot pistol, of course).


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#6 Post by Pitchy » Mon May 07, 2018 11:52 am

Pete44ru wrote:
Mon May 07, 2018 11:44 am
Pitchy wrote:
Mon May 07, 2018 11:39 am
Don`t know of him but prayers up for all concerned.

Pitchy, Dick designed the famous .454 Casull cartridge, the tiny RF Mini revolvers that led to the NAA Mini's of today, and AFAIK had a hand in designing the Freedom Arms CF single-action revolvers (among other things, like a single-shot pistol, of course).


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I`m not in the loop much so forgive my ignorance about him, thanks for filling me in about him.
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#7 Post by CowboyTutt » Mon May 07, 2018 12:38 pm

Here you go Pitchy.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dick_Casull

What is not well known is that he had a host of fully functional firearm prototypes that never saw production that he hand-built himself in his machine shop which is HUGE and more worthy of a small factory outfit. These included a semi-auto rifle design, two fully automatic machine guns in 22 LR and 22 Mag with drum magazines, and 3 (IIRC) Winchester '86 leverguns he converted to 454 Casull. Dick could do his own metal hardening in his shop. His mechanical design ability was second only to John Browning himself IMHO but he also was a ballistician that Browning wasn't. Dick had two binders full of patents back when they were affordable for individuals before they jacked up the prices so high that only corporations could afford them. He truly was an iconic individual. I'm grateful that most of his guns will go the museum in Cody so we can all enjoy them. He was truly a genius waaaaay ahead of his time.

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#8 Post by SargeMarlin » Mon May 07, 2018 12:39 pm

God bless Dick and his family. A big bore legend and an icon of mine.

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#9 Post by Pete44ru » Mon May 07, 2018 1:40 pm

Pitchy wrote:
Mon May 07, 2018 11:52 am

I`m not in the loop much so forgive my ignorance about him, thanks for filling me in about him.

You're very welcome, Pitchy...... :)

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#10 Post by Pitchy » Mon May 07, 2018 2:13 pm

Legend for sure, thanks.
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#11 Post by gamekeeper » Mon May 07, 2018 3:47 pm

Another Good Man gone, may he rest in peace. Condolences to his family and friends.
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#12 Post by Sixgun » Mon May 07, 2018 10:27 pm

Without a doubt, the first man to bring REAL power to revolvers. Not to downplay Elmer but Elmer, in reality, expanded on what was already there with the help of the giant S&W. I remember reading about Dick back in the late sixties and his "tri-power" 45 Colt loads....Bullseye then Unique then 2400. The guy blew up a fair amount of heat treated single action Colts before reaching his goal. Not only did Dick think it all out, he built the guns and developed the loads with his own knowledge.

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#13 Post by HawkCreek » Tue May 08, 2018 9:04 am

R.I.P. Sir

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#14 Post by rbertalotto » Sat May 12, 2018 3:46 pm

A few years ago I had the absolute honor of spending over an hour talking with Dick at the Shot Show in LasVegas. Amazing machinist and just a wealth of knowledge about ballistics, metallurgy, manufacturing and shooting. I happened to catch him sitting to the side of his booth where he was showing a revolutionary new rifle action that could contain well over 90,000 PSI ( he wouldn’t disclose the actual number).....This new action did not have conventional lugs on the bolt. It has an array of “fingers” that expanded into the chamber that was cut into the barrel itself. Brilliant! Not sure why it never made it int9 production.

I have a Freedon Arms Model 83 in 454 Casull. Easily the most accurate revolver I own.....a big black bear and a few deer can attest to this fact.....
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#15 Post by CowboyTutt » Sat May 12, 2018 6:03 pm

That was a really nice and accurate description of the man. Dick was buried today, I thought this obit was very nice:

http://www.schwabmortuary.com/index.cfm?ID=3

His name only has one "S" in it by the way.

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#16 Post by Pete44ru » Sat May 12, 2018 8:01 pm

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I apologize for the mis-spell/typo , Tutt. :oops:

I meant no disrespect..............

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#17 Post by Rusty » Sat May 12, 2018 9:34 pm

The world is certainly richer because of him.
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#18 Post by CowboyTutt » Sun May 13, 2018 11:13 pm

Pete, no problem, at least I think you say his name right. There's a guy on YouTube with many videos who repeatedly pronounces Dick's name as Cas-sul with a short "uh" sound instead of the long "oo" sound. Makes me absolutely cringe every time he does it. Its pronounced "Cas-ool" phonetically, at least as good as I can write it out phonetically.

Myself and a number of good friends in the firearms world got to visit Dick and Jeri at his home 3 times in 2009 and 2010. The first time was me and my best friend Tym only, after that I returned the same year with McPherson, Torkelson (both Shootists) and By Smalley, an actual "rocket scientist" who with McPherson created Superior Ballistics. I passionately knew that I needed to connect these various genius's and just be a witness to what they would talk about.

That meeting went so well, we returned for a 3rd visit the next year with all the above people and Jim Williamson also a Shootist. Dick and Jeri's hospitality was "World Class" as Torkelson put it. The heady discussion between such knowledgeable firearms people was amazing and some good laughs too.

Some of the most priceless memories in my life, which is why I am sad to see Dick pass away.

I haven't really spoken publicly about this, I need to write an article I think to honor Dick. I think I have the only videos ever taken of Dick according to his wife. I need to write something up, and submit them to Jeff at Gunblast, I think he would accept them.

I found Dick very generous with his time, just as reported a few posts above, especially to an unknown person like me and my best friend. Its for that reason I'm truly sad to hear of his passing.

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#19 Post by piller » Mon May 14, 2018 1:34 pm

I had only known about his .454 Casul cartridge. It certainly sounds as if he was a very intelligent and capable man. May he Rest In Peace.
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#20 Post by KWK » Wed May 16, 2018 12:30 am

rbertalotto wrote:
Sat May 12, 2018 3:46 pm
... a revolutionary new rifle action... did not have conventional lugs on the bolt. It has an array of “fingers” that expanded into the chamber that was cut into the barrel itself...
Sounds like the Blaser?

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