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 Post subject: Getting a Bowen .45 LC
PostPosted: Wed Dec 03, 2008 5:43 pm 
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The title says it all :D
I'm in the que for a 4" HD Hamilton Bowen S&W .45 conversion. This will become a BBQ gun and not CCW...... So with that said I'll be in the market for a holster and belt of top quality. My delema is I realy don't want to wait a year for leather, 5-6 months would be ok I just don't want to miss a next shooting seasion :roll:

Any ideas welcom

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PostPosted: Wed Dec 03, 2008 9:12 pm 
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Well Gary I'm officially jealous... a .45 conversion on a S&W, I'm assuming a 38/44HD, has long been on my wish list. You better post pictures... and allot of them. :D

For wheel-gun range use I have long preferred the 200AW or PMK, both from Milt Sparks. I think the 200AW is classic and understated enough to work well with a Bowen conversion. Depending on clothing options either can be well suited for concealment if need be... but my preference for that role is still an IWB so don't forget to tack on a Summer Special to that order. :wink:

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PostPosted: Thu Dec 04, 2008 2:50 am 
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I have the 200AW with hammer shroud from Sparks and I love it! It has a tension adjustment and I have come off a horse twice on the side of a mountain with scars on saddle and holster, but the gun was not even slightly loose in the holster. Great protection and great draw no matter what the amount of tension. The only gripe I had with it is that if you have a sharply serrated ramp on front sight you can pull a little leather with it and it sticks in those serrations, but "no deal is perfect" :lol: I do wish they would send you the leather and allow you to have someone tool it and then send it back for the build. I wish mine matched the tooling on my saddle, but it is still a work of art :D

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PostPosted: Thu Dec 04, 2008 11:59 am 
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Just a quick pic of my old 200AW for a 4-inch N-Frame.

Enjoy. :)

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PostPosted: Thu Dec 04, 2008 2:04 pm 
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Looks good I was wondering how the stiching was done...... Very handsom 8)
Thanks for the pic!
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PostPosted: Thu Dec 04, 2008 4:17 pm 
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My pleasure. 8)

Here's the "flip side."

Enjoy. :)

PS: You might find my new thread in Custom Holsters of interest (see Blast From The Past: 200AW Trivia).

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PostPosted: Sat Dec 06, 2008 12:00 am 
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I'll post some 200AW images in the Holster Forum :D

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PostPosted: Fri Jan 23, 2009 2:28 pm 
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Well, here is my Bowen 45 Colt built on a Model 58. The barrel is from a Model 1955.
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 23, 2009 5:02 pm 
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cprher wrote:
Well, here is my Bowen 45 Colt built on a Model 58. The barrel is from a Model 1955.
Keith


Very nice Keith...... How long is the barrel? Looks shorter than 4"

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PS. Hope to have mine soon :)

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PostPosted: Fri Jan 23, 2009 8:07 pm 
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Gman,
It's close to 4" from cylinder face to muzzle.
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PostPosted: Sun Feb 01, 2009 11:09 am 
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Several people have asked how the Bowen shoots.
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This is after the gun came back from having Bowen adjust the elevation slightly (3" up at 75')

The group on the black bull is single action at 50' with forearms resting on bench. I used a 6 O'clock hold. The two shots above the group of 4 are my error. I lost focus on the front sight and when I do, I shoot high.

The group at the bottom was shot double action at a blank target (turned backwards) The group was centered in the target.


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PostPosted: Sun Feb 01, 2009 2:10 pm 
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Just got the letter that baby will be coming my way soon.... :D
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PostPosted: Sun Sep 13, 2009 12:56 pm 
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Well, I recently got my Bowen revolvers back, one in 45 S&W, one in 45 Colt and one in 44 Special. They were built on a couple of Model 58s and a Model 520 respectively.

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PostPosted: Thu Sep 17, 2009 6:20 pm 
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Those are a handsome batch of BCA's. I have a .45 Colt conversion on a 5" S&W Heavy Duty. It has the smoothest action of any S&W I own. Thanks for sharing a few pics.

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