This custom Dance Brother's pistol is the result many hours of research and labor. Built by David Stavlo, nearly every square inch of this revolver has been modified or fabricated to reflect one of the rarest Confederate pistols ever produced.
This pistol is an early Navy (.36) caliber model. It was copied from an original gun pictured in the book Dance Brothers: Texas Gunmakers to the Confederacy. There are only a handful of original Dance pistols left and even fewer of the early Navy model. David began by cutting off the flash shield from a Colt style frame. He then re-contoured the frame to a taper exactly like the originals. He also turned the barrel round and gave it the the correct taper before mounting a scratch-made custom block rear sight and pin-style front sight. This sight configuration is found on numerous original Dance pistols and provides the shooter with the ability to adjust the pistol's point of impact by drifting the rear sight in the dovetail. This unique sight set-up allows this revolver to be the only historically accurate Civil War era revolver that is adjustable for both windage and elevation.
David then turned his attention to the detail work. He started by re profiling the loading lever latch to the correct style. Then he moved on to the hammer; completely cutting, welding, filing and re-shaping it so that it no longer resembles the distinct hammers found on Colts and is now distinctly "Dance style". David replaced the wedge key with an appropriate "springless" model; another feature found on original CS revolvers. Serial numbers were then stamped in all of the appropriate places using appropriately styled and sized stamps. Finally, David finished this fine pistol by re-shaping the grips to the proper "high arch" style seen on originals. The pistol was then blued and patined to give it the look of a gun that was "rode hard and put away wet.".
This is pistol is as close to the real thing as possible. This is not a re-worked Pietta Dance pistol, which aren't even remotely historically accurate, this is a custom built, meticulously copied Dance Bros revolver that you won't find anywhere else, especially not for this price-similarly built reproduction Dance pistols have been sold at the Rock Island Auction for over $1800!
This pistol is the perfect addition to anyone's Confederate or Texas Collection/Display. These don't last long so don't wait!
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