Frank sent us a photo of his good looking P58 Naval Rifle and New Model Army reproductions. He writes …

In an age of black rifles, polymer handguns, and tacticool, it’s always nice to take a step back and see where everything came from. Some guns don’t need a purpose other than fun and nice looks. The rifle is a repro P58 Naval Rifle made by Euroarms chambered in .577 caliber. The revolver is a repro Remington New Model Army made my Armi San Marcos chambered in .44 caliber.

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  • Garry the Gunsmith

    Very well put! There is something very appealing to take the leap backwards and use blackpowder or even early metallic cartridge firearms. As an instructor certified by the NMLRA (National Muzzleloading Rifle Association), the appeal of doing things the way early Americans did it is undeniable. The challenge of making every shot count, the ritual of loading and firing such weapons can be both rewarding and therapeutic. I highly recommend that modern firearms enthusiasts take that step back, to better understand not only our rich history, but the progress of today’s modern firearms.

    • Fred Johnson

      I never knew there was a NMLRA. I’m going to check out their website.

    • gunsandrockets

      I’ve discovered how enjoyable a .22 SAA revolver is compared to a more typical .22 self-loading pistol for similar reasons. Slower can be better.

  • Fred Johnson

    Nice pair of cap and ball guns!

  • Dan

    I want to take a further step back and see where it really all started, rocks and pointy sticks. Jk. Beautiful guns for sure.

    • wetcorps

      Stick does tighter groupings but rock is more reliable.

      • Swarf

        Rock is a range weapon meant for volley fire.

        Pointy stick is a close range weapon with natural stabernomics and it is unreasonable to compare the two.

        And don’t get me started on the crap I get for sporterizing my vintage rock. They are literally laying on the ground, get off my back.

        • Grindstone50k

          I like to collect milsurp sticks.

        • ostiariusalpha

          Ugh, and those wannabe operators & their tacticool, spear throwing “atlatls” (where are they going to stop with these fancy-shmancy names?). No way they have the soul my grandpappy’s trusty .40 cal Oak Poke has earned from 20 years of reliable ambush hunting (Grom rest grampy’s courageous soul, he was viciously stomped into unidentifiable paste when he was ripe old age of 25)

        • DIR911911 .

          +1 for stabernomics

    • sam

      I’d like to get into vintage and reproduction cliffs of the kind used in hunting animals by chasing animals off cliffs.

      • Dan

        I heard that it is both expensive to aquire and difficult to find one in original condition, but imagine the bragging rights you’d have.

        • ostiariusalpha

          Do be jealous.

        • ostiariusalpha

          Heh! Do be jealous.

          • Dan

            You a__hole! Lol

        • sam

          Exactly. I think Ted Nugent has a few.

  • Dan

    I keep coming back to look at the rifle, wish you had a full picture of her.

    • borekfk

      Sorry about the lighting being crap.

      • Dan

        Wow, she is stunning. Thank you

  • DIR911911 .

    just ordered a 1858 remington repro by pietta about an hour ago

  • Tassiebush

    They just look great.

  • Blake

    The New Model Army pattern never gets old. I think it’s still one of the best looking handguns available.

    & conversion cylinders mean that you can use metallic cartridges, too.

  • Marcus D.

    I’ve never been a fan of the Remington, preferring the Colts. I have three in .36, a ’51, a ’61 and a ’62 Navy. The ’51 is a throwback, a gun from long defunct Hawes which, despite its age and excessive weight, operates perfectly. I was in a LGS a week ago looking at a CVA .45 cal Pennsylvania long rifle with a magnificent tiger maple stock and double set triggers from the original (and defunct) CVA. Researching the company, I have read mostly horrible things about their Spanish barrels, but also some suggestion that their older guns had US made barrels that were good. Randy Waterman is not a fan (to put it mildly) of CVA because of their in-line barrel failures. Anyone know anything else about the old company? There is virtually nothing on the webs that I have found

    I also was tempted (sorely) by an ASM (another defunct company, having folded when the owner married into the Uberti clan in 2003) ’62 Colt Police with a 4.5″ barrel (rare barrel length–the 6.5″ barrels are the most common). I was kind of shocked that the pistol, which was slightly used, was priced the same as when it was first sold 15 years ago. But the case colors were good, and timing and lockup perfect. I may have to reconsider, but I’ve been saving (not too successfully) for a Pietta SAA clone.