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PostSubject: Anyone familiar with the Bob Tingle line of BP pistols??   January 29th 2017, 9:55 am

New to this forum, glad I found you all, I just bought a Bob Tingle sgl shot pistol #636 and wondering when it was mfg. Definitely not a later Navy Arms or T/C copy. I did enough research to justify the purchase for a shooter, But would like a little more history. Thanx for any input...Sierra Madre Muzzle Loaders. Very Happy
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PostSubject: Re: Anyone familiar with the Bob Tingle line of BP pistols??   January 29th 2017, 11:23 am

This may help a little if you've not  read it yet -

https://www.thehighroad.org/index.php?threads/bob-tingle-guns-of-the-50s.358509/

There are images of his work out on the web in several odd places too.....

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PostSubject: Re: Anyone familiar with the Bob Tingle line of BP pistols??   January 29th 2017, 1:52 pm

Welcome to the forum Trapper!

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PostSubject: Re: Anyone familiar with the Bob Tingle line of BP pistols??   January 30th 2017, 11:36 am

Thanx for the info Hawkthrower, it led to other resources! I too am a hawkthrower, just not much of a card cutter LOL. Jackson, I appreciate the warm welcome. I've been a member of the blk pwdr club here for years, but never fired a shot!, Just throw the hawk and help with events. We have a lot of kids competition and some wonderful sponsors. I've been a member of the 4000 FPS club and I've endured a huge amount of heckling long enough. IT"S TIME. sunny
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PostSubject: Re: Anyone familiar with the Bob Tingle line of BP pistols??   February 2nd 2017, 9:53 pm

Glad to help!! Anytime!!

Just for fun, My kids like to warn "new comers" not to get within throwing distance if I've got something pointy handy...... Most don't get it! Then after a small demonstration they "really get it"!  Very Happy

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PostSubject: tingle pistol   February 3rd 2017, 8:30 am

I bought my Tingle online ( inline/online Smile ) 10" oct 40 cal. Should be here today, HOORAY! I'll try to figure out how to send pics. The reason I became interested in blk pwdr is: I live @ 7,300' just above the Encampment river, an area with a ton of history. The Sierra Madre rendezvous is held each year 7-21 thru 23rd a block from my house! I would listen to all of the shooting and revelry and had to check it out. I trap winters here and work summers ,can't afford to retire with all of my bad habits Laughing  hot rod pickups, guns etc. So trapping, guns, friends, competition, it was a natural. A big plus is my grandsons love it !!!
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PostSubject: tingle 10" 40 cal pictures   February 9th 2017, 8:15 am

Gentlemen I hope I can figure out how to send pics. After receiving the pistol last Sat I was very surprised at the good condition! Possibly unfired? 100% blue, even around the grip frame and trigger opening. 100% case colors on the hammer and trigger, perfect shiny bore, clean nipple area, no marks on the grips, etc, etc. I'm currently building a loading stand like the one pictured on this site with a 7 1/2"bbl. Also a adjustable ramrod. My ROA is pictured also, had it for years and never fired it, used but nice. Made the holster. Probably won't need one for the "shooting event" pistol. Members of the "Sierra Madre" muzzle loaders are helping me out with my project so if 71 yr old eyes and muscles hold out I'll be shooting soon. Trapper... PS Guess I'll hafta wait until my computer tech gets home from work to show me how to downsize my pictures so I can post.
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PostSubject: Re: Anyone familiar with the Bob Tingle line of BP pistols??   February 10th 2017, 10:18 am



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PostSubject: Re: Anyone familiar with the Bob Tingle line of BP pistols??   February 10th 2017, 10:22 am




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PostSubject: Re: Anyone familiar with the Bob Tingle line of BP pistols??   February 10th 2017, 8:24 pm

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PostSubject: Re: Anyone familiar with the Bob Tingle line of BP pistols??   February 11th 2017, 10:09 am

I don't know anything about Tingle pistols but that Ruger Old Army sure looks nice. :rtup

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PostSubject: Re: Anyone familiar with the Bob Tingle line of BP pistols??   July 24th 2017, 5:21 pm

http://www.gunbroker.com/item/671519336

Found this ^^ today.

A rifle and bid is up to $450.00.

Appears they are nice weapons.

If I didn't have so many I'd bid on this one.
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PostSubject: Re: Anyone familiar with the Bob Tingle line of BP pistols??   July 25th 2017, 7:07 am

Bob Tingle was from Shelbyville, Indiana. Many of today's front stuffers may recognize the Tingle name from a copy which came out of Italy after Bob's death a few decades ago. Use to see Bob's guns at the different shooting competition events, good shooters (better competition gun than the holder).

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PostSubject: Re: Anyone familiar with the Bob Tingle line of BP pistols??   August 11th 2017, 2:09 pm

I'm a little late on this, sorry.
Tingle was best known for the single shot pistol like you have and a halfstock offhand rifle that was one of if not THE first to have a coil mainspring. In addition to these, he also offered single barrel and over/under shotguns with side slapped locks. He made at least one bench rifle that had much better stock architecture than was the norm. I have heard it said but do not know if it's true, that Thompson Center borrowed from his lock design when they produced the Hawken.
I have one of his halfstock rifles that I now own for the second time. (Long story) When I bought it the second time I could have bought one of his pistols in the box he shipped it in and very likely unfired. And a longer barrel to boot. I really kick myself on that one.
Bob was one of the fatalities of the infamous "Blizzard of 78". I've heard a couple of different versions of exactly what happened, but he was mentioned on the Indianapolis stations and his death was blamed on the storm. 
Today, many black powder shooters have never heard of Bob Tingle, but at least one part of his business is still going.
Before he died he had started making wads for all of the oddball shotgun gauges around. When his estate went to auction, Gary Butler of Lawrenceburg, Indiana bought all the dies and continued the production under the name Circle Fly. Gary has since sold the business but it continues under new ownership. So, the next time you are browsing at Track of the Wolf or Dixie Gun Works and see Circle Fly shoutgun wads just remember. They wouldn't exist if it wasn't for Bob Tingle.
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