New old west style DA's


August 2, 2011, 12:14 PM
Hello Iím brand new to the HIGHROAD

I hope Iím not trying to cover an already discussed question but I have this horrible craving for a new double action old west style revolver. I was in hopes that one of you gentlemen might know about a firearm manufacture that is building such a gun.

Thanks for all the help


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August 2, 2011, 12:21 PM
I thought of the Uberti thunderer, but that's a single action version of the actual double action Colt. I believe there are Cowboy Action Shooting rules against double actions, which may be why the retro "cowboy" revolvers are single action.

I don't know of anyone who's revived the true Thunderer or one of the many "lemon squeezer" revolvers of the 19th century, even though these were used quite a bit in the actual old west. I wish someone would revive and modernize the true Bulldogs, too.

On the plus side, you can often find the original antique DA's for surprisingly low prices. But they're usually in an outmoded or moribund cartridge.

August 2, 2011, 12:53 PM

Nobody makes a modern version of the old west era DA revolver.

The CASS guys are using original S&W's and Merwin & Hulbert's in the DA side matches.

Colt Thunder & Lightening not so much as they are very prone to breaking, and old parts & skilled repair is hard to come by.

If you look hard enough there are some affordable S&W's in good mechanical condition still around, and at reasonably reasonable prices.


August 2, 2011, 01:11 PM
Thanks for the reply guys, I do apreciate it.

August 2, 2011, 01:50 PM
Don't know of any new ones. Not sure if the new Merwin & Hulbert will produce one or not. Or if they'll even produce a working prototype. They were supposed to have shipped last fall and still do not have a single prototype built.

August 2, 2011, 02:33 PM
There is no DA version of the SAA-type ( or style ) revolver that I'm aware of. However, there is a DA revolver that was around during the Civil War, and that is the Starr. These were also made in SA type as well. I'm not sure if they have the "look" that you want, but if you want a period- correct DA revolver, that would fit the bill. Dixie Gun works has the repros for $425, according to their catalogue.

August 2, 2011, 04:33 PM
Welcome Bigchief! If you're really wanting an old west style DA revolver, your choices will be limited to antique original models. Now, if you really meant a SA, then you'll have dozens of choices from Ruger, Colt, Uberti, USFA, Taylors and EMF.;)


August 2, 2011, 05:48 PM
The High Standard Double Nine has a very similar look to an old west Single Action , but is a .22lr/.22magnum double action. They can be found on the used market for reasonable money.

Here's a youtube vid I found that shows one.

August 2, 2011, 06:43 PM
I'd recommend any of the older top-breaks from I-J, H&R or S&W. Any of them in .32 S&W or .38 S&W using black powder loads should go a long way to curing that itch. Shooters are cheap & fun. Good luck!

No Quarter
August 3, 2011, 12:54 PM
I've got a refinished one right here I'll sell you for $200 shipped. S&W Lemon Squeezer. .38 S&W caliber. I believe it was made in 1891. Shoots fine. Was professionaly refinished by a local machine shop owner that is a gun nut.

Antique and does not require and FFL. Email me or PM for some pics. They are cool old guns and fun to shoot and collect.

August 3, 2011, 01:38 PM
Damn, wish _I_ had the $200 for that one :cool:

August 3, 2011, 05:58 PM
Harrington Richardson made a couple 22lr revolvers that looked SA but actually were DA.

My 949 is one example I can think of.

Jim K
August 3, 2011, 06:11 PM
The closest thing to a DA "cowboy gun" in a CF caliber would be the Colt 1878, but those are pretty expensive and parts are made of unobtainium. This issue has been raised before, but the "cowboys" don't want DA revolvers and no one wanting a using gun is likely to want the other features of a "cowboy" gun like rod ejection.


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