Skelton Tribute/Engraved Blackhawk & 624

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Blackhawk
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My dad and I looked forward to every word Skeeter Skelton put down each month in the pages of Shooting Times magazine. When Skeeter convinced Smith & Wesson to come out with their Model 24 in stainless steel, I just had to have one. I found a 4" Model 624 .44 Special and snapped it up. I also got myself an El Paso Saddlery Threepersons crossdraw holster for it and I mailed a tracing of my right hand to Deacon Deason of Bear Hug Grips so he could make me a pair of custom birdseye maple "Skelton Style" handles to fit my hand.

My dad performed an action job on the stainless N-Frame and several years later I equpped it with a Weigand Combat sight on the rear, matched up with a McGivern gold bead up front. Then I decided to really make my double action revolver into a true "Skeeter Skelton Tribute" so I sent it off to Michael Gouse ( www.mtart.com ) for 75% coverage American Scroll with Skelton's "Bar-T" cattle brand on the back strap.

When the Lipsey's Exclusive .44 Special Blackhawk was announced, I just had to have one. Once the 4 5/8" single action was in my hands, I installed a set of Wolff springs and I had Cary C make a set of birdseye maple stocks to set it off just right ( www.clccustomgrips.com ).

Since this Blackhawk is the .44 Special Skeeter always said Ruger should make, I had to save my pennies to send the blued steel beauty off to Gouse. It just got back and it matches the S&W perfectly...as always, Gouse did a fantastic job!

I bought a 1950's silverware box on Ebay and refinished the wood and then refitted the inside to hold my pair of Skeeter Skelton tribute .44 Specials. It's been a long project, but I'm very satisfied with the results!

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-Steve
 

G2

Hunter
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:shock: W O W :shock:

You have to be happy :D

Nice! no- - - REALLY NICE!!

Thanks for some nice guns and nice photography.
 

RonEgg

Blackhawk
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WOW is right, great job. This is a bad forum, never know I need something until it is posted. :lol:
 

Boxhead

Blackhawk
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Those are just flat-ass beautiful. Makes me wonder if I should treat my Stroh custom N-frame 45 Colt that is in works... Des the engraver have a link or contact #?
 

mt

Single-Sixer
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Beautiful! I don't usually like engraving but those are very tastefully done and make a wondeful set.

mt
 

45flattop

Single-Sixer
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Jackson, MS USA
WOW, I was impressed to say the least but wondering where the TT
Turkey Track brand was until i scrolled down through the fine photos
and.......there it was! :mrgreen: Are those grips Cary's American
Holly by any chance? Excellent photography by the way not to mention
taste! :D
 

mm6mm6

Blackhawk
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"I had Cary C make a set of birdseye maple stocks"

Nope, they're not holly...but no matter what wood Cary uses, his custom handles are the best!
 

cowboydave

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Thank you for sharing those excellent pictures, I really enjoyed looking at them.
Dave
 

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