We really need stainless 1860 Army clones


Cincinnati Slim
July 21, 2006, 01:51 PM
Hey Ya'll

Remmie shooters have it good. Both Pietta and Uberti make stainless steel versions of the 1858 Remmington. Uberti even has a handy 5 1/2 inch barrel version.

Us Colt shooters need a 1860 clone in easy-to-clean stainless steel !I know Pietta offers a gaudy un-historical "sherrif's model" 1851 version in .44 caliber. The navy size grips are too small for my big long fingers and I don't care for the flashy photo engraving. It's sorta tacky really... :(

Pietta or Uberti should offer a "shooter's version" of the 1860 with all stainless construction, a choice of barrel length and a dovetailed front sight high enough to hit point of aim at realistic "cowboy" distances. While we're at it, how about a narrow hammer nose like a Remmie to prevent cap jams ! :D

I'm gonna start sending e-mails to the major importer/distributors. I'd suggest other Colt Army fans do the same. I'm willing to bet Pietta might be the most responsive since they already produce a number of interesting but "historically incorrect" variations of the cap and ball revolvers.

Let's make some calls and send some e-mails. If they know there is a market
we might get what we want !:rolleyes:


Cincinnati Slim

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July 22, 2006, 04:46 PM
I'm with you, Cincinnati Slim. Here is what I did some years ago when these were more affordable--Second Generation Colt in Stainless Steel.:

July 23, 2006, 08:56 AM
guys, count me in!! I love my stainless Ruger old Army and would love to find a stainless 1860 replica.... or while I am thinking of this... maybe TWO with in a matching gunslinger holster with nickle trim!:)

Cincinnati Slim
July 23, 2006, 11:52 AM
Well I'm impressed...

I sent a e-mail directly to Pietta.
Got a reply the next day !

check this out...

From : F.lli Pietta <info@pietta.it>
Sent : Sunday, July 23, 2006 5:19 AM

Subject : Re: Stainless Steel 1860 Army ?

| | | Inbox

Thanks for the e.mail. I will care and think about it.

Happy trails,

Alessandro Pietta

aka Alchimista

Like I said, I'm impressed !:)


Cincinnati Slim

July 23, 2006, 12:39 PM
HAPPY TRAILS? Betcha that DONT gotta equal in italian! I's teasin fer fun, soundin pretty spaghetti western ta me! :)

Nice ta hear from him though! Ya AINT gonna get tha president a GM ta send ya a note i'm thinkin!

Wonder ifin its a EURO thing? Tha BOSS likes ta talk ta customers personal.

Yankee John
November 21, 2006, 03:41 PM
This is an old post I know, But.....

Just thought that I would let you all know that they are out there- Just not new.

I bought an Armi San Marco 1860 from a guy on another board, thinking that it was nickel-plated. When I got it in the mail today, I discovered that it is actually stainless steel!

Made my day (Heck, Made my week!).


November 21, 2006, 03:46 PM
another picture of saaman's second generation stainless colt. It is a good shooter.

Yankee John
November 21, 2006, 05:02 PM
Here are pics of my newly-aquired ASM colt 1860 (the sellers pics). I am still waiting for a replacement hand & spring to get here (I knew about this when I bought it).

I am seriously thinking about a set of Buffalo Bros. faux ivory Mexican Eagle grips for it.


November 21, 2006, 05:40 PM
Dang, those are downright gorgeous in stainless, aren't they? I wish they'd start making them alright. While I prefer blued finishes for looks, I enjoy stainless guns for the easier upkeep.

Old Fuff
November 21, 2006, 05:55 PM
Well I suppose if your too lazy to clean.... :neener:

There is no reason they can't do Colt's in stainless, although stainless is not a solid warrantee that the piece won't rust. They tooled up the Remi first because it's the model most favored by shooters. If this issue deeply concerned me (it doesn't) I'd have a conventional gun electroless nickel plated. After all, some of the original guns were nickeled - but not many. Anyway, keep pushing and you may get what you want. ;)

November 21, 2006, 06:55 PM
Hi Cinci Slim...

I agree with you 100%, CS - the 1860 in stainless would be a delight - even out here in Hillsboro where we can't afford a second traffic light! :D

November 22, 2006, 05:05 PM
Oh, I do my share o' cleanin'. It's just nice to not hafta worry about the bluing, which I seem to wear off even my most babied guns at an alarming rate. I have a stainless 1858 and that's what sold me on it. I do my own electroless nickle plating, but I haven't plated a BP gun yet.

Stainless will indeed rust. I carry a stainless Spyderco Endura knife clipped in my pocket, and it used to rust all the time no matter what I did. Then I discovered CorrosionX. Amazing stuff.

November 23, 2006, 04:00 AM
I was at an antique gunshow this past weekend and one of the local vendors had an unfired "Colt" Stainless 1860 that appeared to be just like the one in Mec's picture. I even held it! :D
He said it was made in 1979 and that the serial number ending with an "S" meant that it was indeed stainless. No box or papers and his price was $400.
Is that a good deal? Does anyone here want the gun? :rolleyes:

November 23, 2006, 08:31 AM
I guess the right terminology is 'Second Generation.' It was part of the reissue during the 70s. Saaman owns the one in the pictures. He had traded a stainless second gen Navy for it and kind of regrets it as the navy was made in smaller numbers and may have more value now. I remember off-handing three shots from that navy at 25 yards when it was new. The balls hit about a foot high but were clustered into less than an inch. Lot of luck involved there.

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