I'm pretty diligent about cleaning my guns as well. From last nights cleaning sessions here's an interesting poser, how many more parts are there in a Colt 1911...
than in a Colt 1860 Army?
Three less. There are fifty-four parts total (45 unique parts) in a Colt 1860 Army and fifty-one parts (forty-eight unique parts) in a Colt 1911A1. It takes me about forty minutes to leisurely completely disassemble clean and lube my Colt 1911. It took me two and a half hours to do the same with the Colt 1860. While I'm sure that I will get faster with practice I feel rather confident that it will always take longer to clean the revolver.
All I've got to say is that Browning was the Einstein of firearms, Brownings contributions to the development of firearms was more revolutionary than Colt's revolver. Pardon the pun.
11 July 2011
You can add six to the number of parts in the Colt 1860 Army, I forgot about the nipples...get your mind out of the gutter, I forgot about the nipples for the caps on the cylinder.