How are American Western Arms?


September 14, 2007, 01:27 PM
I am looking for a SA revolver and got an offer for an American Western Arms, but I really don't know anything about these guns? How are they as far as quality, warranty work, aftermarket support, etc?


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September 14, 2007, 08:58 PM
Has no one had any experience with these guns?

Gary A
September 14, 2007, 09:14 PM
Sorry you have received no responses as of yet. I am not familiar with American Western Arms products so I have also been waiting for responses. Perhaps this "non-response" will prime the pump.

September 15, 2007, 10:15 AM
Maybe someone today has had some experience or do I just need to go brave a new frontier, get one, and report back?

Gary A
September 15, 2007, 10:31 AM
Maybe you should try your question at or at a new single-action forum at (it's called "single-actions") or even at or Good luck.

1 old 0311
September 15, 2007, 10:35 AM
Made in Italy, assembled in America. Quality is very good.

September 15, 2007, 11:11 AM
I have an AWA Longhorn in 45LC. Excellent fit & finish. Good pistol for the money when I picked it up a few years ago ($320 out the door) As noted above, it is made in Italy and assembled/finished here in the US. AWA bought out the old Armi San Marco plant in Italy around 2000, upgraded the plant, and began producing their current line. In my opinion I think the AWA is a step above the current line of SA pistols offered by Taurus and Uberti, more authentic to the original Colt SAA than Ruger (but not as tough), and on par with Cimarron Arms (also made in Italy and finished here). They are good dependable shooters that won't break the bank. Is it the equal of the Colt SAA? No, but it is very close and with the difference in price you can buy crates of ammo. The trigger on my Longhorn is better than my Ruger New Vaquero and it is at least as accurate. If the price is less than a Ruger Vaquero or if I wanted a pistol more authentic than the Ruger, I'd go for it in a heartbeat.

September 15, 2007, 02:07 PM
They are good guns for the money. I was involved with refinishing when they were in Delray Beach and did work for the first two owners. The present ones moved it to Hialeah FL. Colt sued the first owner because the guns were such a close copy. There is a variance in fit and finish as they went through financial ups and downs and lots of personel changes. Iv'e worked on good AWAs and not so good ones, so don't rely on blanket opinions.

September 15, 2007, 03:44 PM
Had one in 45 colt one of their early models blueing/finish was great.
only problem the cyl. was over size would get a lot of leading in the forceing cone. could not stay on target with it, sold it right a way.

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