Armi San Marco Lever Action


August 28, 2008, 06:24 AM
When I visited Traditions recently, I saw 3 brand new 1892 Winchester lever actions that were made by Armi San Marco.
1 was a steel framed .44-40 and 2 were brass framed .45 Colts.
I commented to the salesperson that I thought Armi San Marco went out of business, and he said yes, these are leftovers.

I found one of the rifle models up for auction on Gunbroker with a lot of pictures.
IIRC the ones that I saw were carbine models that were selling for about 1/2 the price of this one on Gunbroker for $875.

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August 28, 2008, 09:35 AM
I thought that Armi San Marco had gone OoB. IIRC they had loads of QC issues, especially on their S&W No.3 "Schofield" repros which often required extensive rework in order to function correctly.

Personally, I'd be leary. That warranty isn't likely to be transferable, even if ASM is still in business. I saw "Traditions" listed on the paper in your 4th photo. Before bidding, I'd call or email them to check if they still carry and/or service ASM and under what terms.

If the piece is an "orphan", I'd pass no matter how cheap it is.

August 28, 2008, 09:43 AM
Even though its very nice looking and tempting i would probably pass on it myself.

August 28, 2008, 10:05 AM
Yea I`d pass There are 2 new EMF 92`s for under 500 bucks .
I like the 92`s ..good slim built winchesters .....Those EMF are very tempting ..Probally Uberti made too .

August 28, 2008, 10:27 AM
Emf is a really good place. about 30 minutes drive for me.

August 28, 2008, 10:31 AM
Scrat ,,do you know if it`s Uberti makeing them for EMF ?
I may have to buy the Carbine 45 on Gunbroker ...sure is tempting ..might add a John Wayne , big loop lever to it would look good.

August 28, 2008, 10:53 AM
i wouldnt doubt it. They use both pietta and Uberti. i went there a while back and talked to them. they are a good bunch of people. They care about what they are doing. If you were to call them up to order a gun. they will bend over for you literally. You could ask them to check out the gun to find a certain finish or style or something and they will. they do a lot to make sure people are happy. i keep reading stuff about them. i have been thinking of going down there again. Maybe to do a THR visit. Call them ahead of time, then go see if i can meet someone tour there place take pictures ask a million questions then write a review of them and post it here. Seems like we talk about them at least 10 times a month. Work gets slow again for me in October. When it does i think thats what i will do.

August 28, 2008, 10:57 AM
Might be a good thing I don`t have a place like that to go fondle these guns ...LOL ..No tellin what I`d buy ..
Your visit sounds like a good idea ..
I looked on the EMF site ...the 1892`s are made by Rossi ..

August 28, 2008, 11:54 AM
The EMF's look stronger and more durable than the Armi San Marcos, especially with the brass frame.
In person the ASM's looked and felt kind of light and dainty.

February 6, 2009, 03:49 PM
Hi Guys-why do you say these ASM are dainty. Is the machine work sloppy?
I was looking at these too considering the price. Or, are these basic gun junk and should we all stay away from these 45's???;)

February 6, 2009, 03:58 PM
EMF, Navy Arms, & Cimarron used to sell Armi San Marcos...not a thing dainty or wrong with an ASM....if anyone owned one or more they would know this and not bad mouth a good revolver Mfg.


February 6, 2009, 04:47 PM
How about the lever actions ? Are they good?
I see my Dad's Remington 700 as well made machinery. Would the ASM 1892 45 LC compare? Thx.

February 6, 2009, 10:28 PM
I have never had one, but I tell you what, how much is it? I'll send you a USPS M.O. You send me the rifle and I'll let you know...seriously.
I'd buy one at the right price.

I'd say at a guess an ASM Lever Gun would be comparable to a Rossi as both would be less than a Winchester.

No I would not compare and Import rifle to a Remington.


February 7, 2009, 03:30 AM
Hi Guys-why do you say these ASM are dainty. Is the machine work sloppy?

I thought that the actions seemed to be more lightweight and slender than say a .357 Marlin lever action carbine.
The action just seemed to look a little smaller viewing it in person.
I didn't cycle it or anything, so I can't say that it was junky at all.
It could have been very tight, but the carbine version did seem light to hold.
It could last forever for all that I know about it.
Try asking or doing a search about them at a cowboy action site where some folks might be shooting them or have more first hand info. about how well they function.

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