Is there such a beast?


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Boats
February 2, 2003, 09:34 PM
As a repo S&W double action break top in .44 Russian? This is about the only black powder revolver I'd be interested in owning.

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Mike Irwin
February 2, 2003, 09:42 PM
I wish, but as far as I know, no.

Jim Watson
February 3, 2003, 09:47 AM
Never heard of one.

Most repros are made for Cowboy Action Shooting which does not allow double actions, even if you promise to thumb cock them. So there is little or no market for a 19th century DA design.

You can get an original S&W DA .44 for not terribly much money. They don't have the collector appeal that the big single action top breaks do.

Better to look for a Webley Mk VI .455 or Mk IV .38 S&W, they are stronger.

MrAcheson
February 3, 2003, 11:02 AM
Don't think so, I believe there is a SA .44 Russian Model 3 on sale at Navy Arms. I don't know of a DA break top though.

Oracle
February 8, 2003, 05:01 PM
I've got a Starr Double Action Black powder revolver, it's quite nice. It's a break top as well.

Uncle Ethan
February 9, 2003, 08:43 PM
No repro's that I know of-Jim Watson said it all- You can get an original DA breaktop S&W for what they want a repro Navy arms SA

klw
February 15, 2003, 11:07 AM
There is no such gun. Futhermore I asked Smith at a Shot Show a couple of years ago if one was in the works. A more emphatic NO would not have been possible. They clearly hated the gun, thought that it would be a poor seller and were not going to make one. Of course now S&W has dropped the Schofields and any future plans to make anything similar.

Jim K
February 17, 2003, 12:48 AM
S&W lost a pile on the Schofield in spite of the high price, so I don't think they are about to go into another such venture with an even less well known gun. AFAIK, Navy Arms still lists the .44 Russian and No. 3 though. None, of course, are DA.

Before anyone asks, I don't recommend shooting black powder in a .44 HE or the like. The more modern guns are just too hard to clean up after black powder shooting and too easy to get crud in the actions. (Been there, done that - cleaning up a Model 28 after some experiments with black powder in .357 cases was, well, interesting.)

BTW, Oracle, the DA Starr is top break for disassembly or possibly cylinder swapping, but I don't think it is in the same category as a cartridge gun meant to be loaded that way. It also really isn't double action; it is the only example of true trigger cocking that I can think of off hand.

Jim

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