Schofield model 3 clones


April 1, 2011, 03:00 PM
i am intrested in purchising one of the S&W schofield copies made buy Ubirti has any one had any experince with these is it worth the 650-1000 dollers im goting to pay for it

thanks in advance


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April 1, 2011, 04:08 PM
Depends a on what you want it for. I bought one of the first ones available in the US, back in about 1990 or so. The latch would fail about every 3-4 shots and allow the gun to open up. I sent it back and my money was cheerfully refunded. Some people use the versions available now in Cowboy Action Shooting with no complaints. I've had a hankering for one of the short barreled ones in .45 Colt. A fun toy. Some people would carry a single action for defense. I'm not one of them.

April 1, 2011, 07:56 PM
About 9 years ago I bought a new Navy Arms 1875 Schofield Cavalry model by Uberti. 7" bbl - 44/40 cal. It was an excellent gun in all respects. They've increased substantially in cost since then but are still an excellent gun.

April 2, 2011, 06:16 AM
i was thinking about getting into CAS (im in the army and 3 gun looks to much like work to me) but i dont like the colt SAA (not on any reasonable grounds just like to be novel) and thought the schofield would fit the bill nicely

April 2, 2011, 05:34 PM
in .45 Colt for CAS, and he loved them. He used a short barreled model for his carry gun.


April 2, 2011, 09:16 PM
May help to understand they're not all Schofields, if you're not already aware.
The one pictured above is, with the more convenient Schofield latch that can be operated by one hand.
The non-Schofield repros use the more traditional two-handed No. 3 latch.

April 3, 2011, 12:17 AM
i was not aware thank you how do i decern the diffrence between a one handed (schofield) latch and a two handed (No.3)

im glad you told me this cause I want a scofield model and that would explane price diffrence

April 3, 2011, 01:11 AM
Smith's Custom Shop is making a Schofield. Very long dollars though.
"...worth the 650-1000 dollars..." MSRP is $1049 for a Uberti 2nd Model Number 3 copy. $920 from Dixie Gunworks.

April 3, 2011, 02:11 AM
It helps to be able to see the two different latches in person.
People tend to lump all of the Uberti breaktops together under the "Schofield" name & try to make it a generic term, which it isn't.

The No. 3 Smith originally had its latch hinged on the topstrap, which required one hand to pull the latch up with the off-hand thumb & forefinger to disengage it from the frame to open the action, while holding the grip with the other hand.

Schofield was an Army officer who liked the Smith breaktop over the Colt because it could be reloaded much faster, but found that two-hand latch cumbersome while on horseback in battle. He designed an alternative latch that pivoted on the frame instead of the topstrap, constructed to allow the shooting thumb to pull the latch backward to disengage it, and further to open the gun up by leveraging the barrel against a leg or saddle to eject the empties, all one-handed while the other worked the reins.

He sold the idea to S&W and the Army for use by cavalry troops, and roughly 7000 Schofield model revolvers were produced before the Army noticed they had a logistical problem on their hands because the Smith used shorter .45 cartridges than the Colt, and maintaining two different sidearm ammunition inventories wasn't particularly efficient.
Some outposts received Colt rounds that wouldn't fit their Smiths, and so on.

The Smiths were eventually surplused out because of the ammunition situation & their more intricate actions, some ended up as Wells Fargo property.

If you look closely at the photo Raven posted above, you can see the vertical latch pivots at the bottom and in the frame. The regular No. 3 latch is horizontal and pivots in its forward end in the topstrap.

I prefer the Schofield version, easier & quicker to use.
Make sure if you order a repro that you clarify which gun you want.
Long answer to a short question. :)

The recent Smith re-engineered breaktops have not been made for several years now. They were limited Performance Center offerings.


April 3, 2011, 09:26 AM
I recently bought a LNIB 5" Schofield model made by Uberti. I fell in love with it at first sight so I brought my micrometer and feeler gauges back with me on a second trip to the gun shop and it checked out perfectly for a 45 LC round so I bought it for $750. I wear it in a right-handed 20 degree cross-draw holster. It's cool.

10mm, when you care enough to send the very best.

April 3, 2011, 09:28 PM
Keep in mind that the reproduction Schofields don't work well with black powder loads. As compared to the originals, the repros were made with longer cylinders so as to use the .45 L.C. (while the originals used the shorter .45 Schofield). This meant that there is less clearance in front of the cylinder, and black powder fouling jams the cylinder after only a few shots. No problem with smokeless loads.

Schofields are ergonomically awkward for those with small hands.

April 4, 2011, 03:21 AM
well thanks for all the help i have decided that i will be getting one and called dixie gun works this morning thanks for all the help

April 4, 2011, 12:15 PM
Good luck with it. :)


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