When I was a teenager, I had some experience with an old Colt Bisley in .41 Colt. This was a borrowed gun, and I had only a minimum experience with it, but I was curious about it. Later, as a young soldier, I bought my first Ruger, a .357 Blackhawk. I was based at Camp Roberts, California, and was not too far from San Francisco, home of that pistolsmith, F. Bob Chow.
I wrote Chow about the possibility of makin me a Bisley style grip frame to fit my Blackhawk, using brass or steel. I had thought brass would be a little cheaper.
Chow wrote back that the project would be way too expensive, as it would be a one-of-a-kind hand made proposition, and the cost would be as much as the gun itself had cost, a whopping $85.00!
Some fifty years later:
A man after my own heart. I really like the Bisleys. ( now and another on it's way. Interesting to note that one company actually did produce some of the Bisley grip frames in brass. I've seen a few and they do look nice. Maybe someday I'll have the $ when one becomes available. Last I saw, they do cost about as much as the gun does currently.
Good looking revolver you have there Bob. Love them old cowboy guns. Good luck with it.
Bob, that is one beautiful gun. Bet it shoots as well as it looks. Frank
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