I can’t explain it. I really don’t much like Single Action Revolvers, and I rarely cock the hammer on my DA revolvers. I have little interest in black powder guns (Tho Howdah Pistols are wicked cool), but there is SOMETHING about cap and ball revolvers that really gets my juices flowing and puts me in a mad fever for a gun that you spend 2 minuets shooting, and 10 minuets loading, and 2 hours cleaning. Not a lick of sense, but just watching this video puts me all in a lather.
Also another thing that really gets me is how different they are from shooting the smokeless guns I butter my bread with. Even as a handloader, I really don’t know too much about greasing the ball, or patching, or wadding. I certainly have no idea about cap sizes, and hearing “Number 10 vs Number 11” is totally alien from somebody who stocks large rifle, large pistol, and small pistol magnum primers.
Also I’m quite curious about ball size. I always read in the catalogs that the Dragoon and Colt Navy are “.44 Caliber” tho he’s stuffing 0.454″ balls into that hog leg and getting VERY good results (2 for 3 on the 80 yard Gong! Have you seen how suck-tastic the sights are on those guns??)
Part of me wants one just so I can become proficient in loading, shooting, and cleaning it.
Oh also what’s cool is by ATF rules those are NOT guns, so you can buy them no different than buying a knife or a power drill. So it would also be kind of neat to buy a pistol that would be 100% off paper and not apply to any of the Massachusetts stupid rules.
(FYI Mass Rules a Black powder gun is considered “Unloaded” if there are no caps on the nipples)