Single Action, Cowboy Action show & tell


April 17, 2009, 10:09 AM
I am on a bit of an old school kick and have recently decided to try the old classics again. I was on the modern train a while back and decide to stop off in the old west for a bit of a back to the basics course. So here are my latest roots revolvers:

AWA Peacekeeper with 4 3/4" barrel, case hardened frame, and black platic grips. I gave it an action tune up and find it to feel very nice overall. The finish is very good and on the whole, it works just like an original Colt. The fit and finish is close to that of a Colt but it isn't quite as nice as the better examples out there. The case hardening job is excellent. The gun has the same "four click" hammer action as that of a true SAA Colt. These were assembled and finished in Florida from Uberti made parts. The cylinder pin has been replaced with the standard Colt style with a single detent rather than the double notched type that Uberti supplies (a type of safety feature but also a bit of a possible reliability issue). The hand spring is a coil and plunger type rather than a leaf spring. I dont feel any difference in this as far as action goes and if anything, it should be an improvement in operation and reliability. This one is chambered in .44-40 and I have some black powder loads on order!

Then there is the Colt Cowboy. This is a modern version of the SAA, featuring a transfer bar system to make the gun safer to carry (or drop...). Fit and finish is very nice and it has a nice looking case colored frame, a blue 5 1/2" barrel, and black plastic grips. This is in .45 LC and I believe that it was only offered in this chambering and for a very brief time period. The action is very nice and the gun has a "three click" cocking mechanism due to the transfer bar system. It still loads on the second click and the loading gate operates independently of the cylinder, so it is a hybrid of a Colt and Ruger action, rather than strictly a Ruger style action as many seem to believe.

I also have a Winchester 94AE in .44 Mag. It has a 20" barrel, all blue with a checked walnut stock. Similar to this one:

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April 17, 2009, 09:38 PM
I'm on a similar road to the Old West.

This is my new Cimarron Model "P" in .45 Colt. Was going for the original finish model, but they were on backorder, so I got the blued model with case coloring. Ammo's on the way...can't wait to shoot it. :)

Texas Colt
April 17, 2009, 09:42 PM
Here's my Colt Cowboy...

And the Colt Cowboy along side a Winchester Trapper in 44 mag.

Harve Curry
April 17, 2009, 09:53 PM
Here's mine,44spl no safe queen, I use it daily. (

April 17, 2009, 10:16 PM
I use these to shoot SASS Gunfighter class ---- a pair of .357 nickle Thunderers and a pair of .45LC
blued Thunderers;

When I feel REAL Gamey --- a pair of custom Ruger Bisley .32 Mags;

And these when I just want to goof off --- pair of engraved .44 Marshalls ;

April 18, 2009, 12:31 AM
I never get tired of these show off your guns threads :P
Ruger New Vaquero in .357 with buffalo horn grips (courtesy Eagle Grips Co)

April 18, 2009, 12:41 PM
Here are my cowboy guns and rig I shoot CAS with. (
TOZ 88 12 ga hammered SxS, Winchester 94 in .357MAG (
Man with No Name 51 Navy Conversion in .38 Special (
Colt SAA in .45 Colt

April 18, 2009, 01:22 PM
Sweet rigs guys. They all have something worthy of comment about them. I gotta say that I am most impressed with someone who would shoot and engraved Colt! I just got some .44-40 in today, woo-hoo!

April 18, 2009, 04:01 PM
jamesb your man with no name is really sweet! My next cowboy gun will most likely be one of those :)

Harve Curry
April 19, 2009, 10:14 AM
I don't have a recent photo of the engraved Colt but it now sports some sterling silver stocks with eagles that were cast from melted down old Mexican pesos. The grips were a gift from a collector/gunsmith and departed good friend, Tom McCool.

April 19, 2009, 04:19 PM
I've seen similar grips. Those would make it uber fancy. I have a set of imitation ivory grips on order myself.

I shot my .44-40 AWA Peacekeeper today for the first time. The first time that I have shot a SAA type revolver in years actually. It was an experience for sure. I put 100 rounds of smokeless ammo through it. It has the front sight filed down to make for a pretty nice POI sight picture at about 10-15 yards I suppose. I was shooting at 25 yards at an outdoor range with a lot of other shooters present, so I didn't try much else. I did get a few hits on a can and roll it from about 20 yards to about 26 yards. That's about as accurate as the gun is. It has a 4 3/4" barrel and I was able to hold about a six inch group if I concentrated, although it was hard to see the hits under the range conditions. I'll have to bring different targets next time as it was a set-up like I have not seen before. The ground was so hard that I could not press my target stand, which has metal rods, into it and they had chicken wire stretched across the range which allowed you to clothespin paper targets to. I had neither clothespins, nor paper targets and only my coke can...

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