Kirst Konverter Pietta 1860 Army

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Kirst Konverter Pietta 1860 Army

#1 Post by Old Savage » Tue May 14, 2019 6:54 pm

Does anyone have any experience with this product for the Pietta in .45 LC?
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Re: Kirst Konverter Pietta 1860 Army

#2 Post by Pitchy » Tue May 14, 2019 7:19 pm

If your talking about just the cylinder drop in conversion mine works perfect right out of the box, i removed the loading lever on mine.

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#3 Post by Old Savage » Tue May 14, 2019 7:35 pm

I see they have an ejector rod assembly.
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Re: Kirst Konverter Pietta 1860 Army

#4 Post by 33wcfshooter » Tue May 14, 2019 8:42 pm

I've had one since they first started making them. I did have to fine tune the hand just a little but it was pretty much a drop in fit other than that. You have to watch the length on colt ammo the cylinder is a little short but scofield cased ammo is no problem and is probably done on purpose to keep hot 45 colt shells from fitting. The ejector is really neat made so the plug just fits in the loading lever channel and holds a Allen screw in a piece on the ejector housing (but looks like a colt Mason style). You do have to mill out the guns recoil shield to load on the gun though but it's pretty simple just a dremel tool and some cold blue. I think Pitchy has the R&D cylinder where it has the firing pin on every chamber. Both conversions are neat and a lot of fun to shoot just remember light cowboy loads are what there made for. Hope this helps

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#5 Post by M. M. Wright » Tue May 14, 2019 10:51 pm

I have one too. It's the Kirst with loading gate and I opened the loading channel up, not with a dremel as suggested but on the mill in about 20 minutes instead of taking all afternoon. I bought the ejector too and removed the rammer. Makes a great natural pointing pistol. Of course I use black powder which is what it was designed for. I really like it.
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Re: Kirst Konverter Pietta 1860 Army

#6 Post by Old Savage » Wed May 15, 2019 1:06 pm

Thanks fellows for the replies. I see you have to modify the frame. Not sure I want to do that. Have to look at it and think it over.

I have another Pietta .45 from Heritage which I like.
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Re: Kirst Konverter Pietta 1860 Army

#7 Post by Pitchy » Wed May 15, 2019 2:36 pm

I`ve wanted a factory modern conversion for a long time but just can`t seem to get my hands on one, going to a gun store and getting one seems to be more hassle than its worth anymore.
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#8 Post by rbertalotto » Thu May 16, 2019 5:26 pm

Yes...Love mine. I shoot over 10,000 rounds a year in Cowboy Action....Wore out a set of cylinders!

Few articles I wrote on the subject:

http://rvbprecision.com/shooting/1860-c ... d-fix.html

http://rvbprecision.com/shooting/1860-p ... e-fix.html

http://rvbprecision.com/shooting/1860-c ... odels.html

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Re: Kirst Konverter Pietta 1860 Army

#9 Post by Old Savage » Thu May 16, 2019 9:14 pm

All this is very helpful. Alas, I don't have the confidence I could do a job I would be happy with relieving the loading gate area.
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#10 Post by Old Savage » Fri May 17, 2019 8:53 am

Roy is a very talented and experienced metal working guy. Knows his stuff on what we are talking about here.
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#11 Post by rbertalotto » Fri May 17, 2019 12:13 pm

Aw shucks......thanks OS!
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Re: Kirst Konverter Pietta 1860 Army

#12 Post by Old Savage » Fri May 17, 2019 1:29 pm

Still tempted to get a Dremel and try but I have a Pietta 1860 Army that is great in fit, finish and function. My Great Grand Father fought for the North in the Civil War, have a picture of him with s Springfield. Thought he might have wanted an 1860 so I bought one. Shot it with BP,,fun but I like more convenience. Bit of an expensive project everything considered and I have an Old Army that came with a List. But, you know we all like to chase our ideas.

I did get to handle an original first year production Colt 1860.
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