I recently acquired a Heritage Rough Rider Big Bore in 45 Colt revolver used and had an opportunity to shoot it before the purchase. It shot to point of aim is quite accurate. I believe it is as smooth and tight as any Colt I have had and I like the firing pin in the frame feature for six rounds. The top group here is the one.
The MSRP's are a little over what they will go for in stores, IIRC I gave about $370.00 NIB for mine.
My local shop has $499.00 on the CCH one, which I suspect is why it's been sitting there for 3+ years. :)
January 30, 2011, 08:44 AM
Wow, I didn't even know Heritage made a large-bore. (shows how much I know, huh? I've never seen one under glass)
I DO own a couple of Heritage rimfires, and would have absolutely no qualms about purchasing a centerfire if the pricing on one was relative.
January 30, 2011, 12:14 PM
That's encouraging to hear about the Heritage Rough Rider in .45 Colt performing well. I grew up carrying a Ruger Single Six and seem to have some kind of "DNA Connection" to single action 1873 style handguns.
So far, my handguns have been centered around home and personal protection, but I really would like to own an 1873 SAA or copy thereof. The problem is that the prices have been quite high for any of the ones that folks recommend. (Colt, USFA, STI,)
Maybe there's hope. - kw
January 30, 2011, 12:21 PM
Their big bore handguns are made by Pietta of Italy.
January 30, 2011, 06:56 PM
Their big bore handguns are made by Pietta of Italy. Not exactly. They're built on Pietta parts, but the assembly and finishing is done at Heritage in Florida. Not sure where the transfer bar safety comes from. Heritage may manufacture that themselves.
January 30, 2011, 10:13 PM
I've been wanting one of those, probably in 357. I have one in 22lr/22mag. great for the money. Budsgunshop.com has' em for $368.00 including shipping.
Here's great review:
January 31, 2011, 08:59 AM
Not exactly. They're built on Pietta parts, but the assembly and finishing is done at Heritage in Florida.
Which is why I said "made" and not "assembled"..........
January 31, 2011, 11:57 AM
Which is why I said "made" and not "assembled".......... Except saying they're "made in Italy" implies all the work is done in Italy. Heritage isn't just an importer like EMF or Cimarron. They aren't receiving finished guns. The guns are coming in as unfinished parts that still need to be fitted, finished, and assembled. There is a significant US component to the completed gun's manufacture.
January 31, 2011, 10:35 PM
Dang, for not much more, you can get a Ruger new model vaquero.
January 31, 2011, 10:37 PM
Please go back and read my post again, I never said "made in Italy", I said "made BY Pietta OF Italy".
February 1, 2011, 06:53 PM
Please go back and read my post again, I never said "made in Italy", I said "made BY Pietta OF Italy". You did, but it still doesn't matter. The final gun is "made" by both Pietta and Heritage. Assembly is a significant manufacturing step and you shouldn't just omit credit for it. Especially when Heritage probably does a fair bit of fitting to put the working gun together and does final quality control.
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