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Beretta Stampede Marshall

Discussion in 'Handguns: Revolvers' started by ArchAngelCD, Apr 12, 2007.

  1. ArchAngelCD

    ArchAngelCD Senior Elder

    Nov 25, 2006
    Northeast PA, USA
  2. timothy75

    timothy75 Member

    Apr 18, 2005
    I have two Stampedes and they are exellent. Fit and finish are much nicer than Rugers and their as strong as they need to be. They also use coil springs in a few choice locations improving the colt action. They use a transfer bar allowing safe carry of six rounds. As far as strength goes well, I'll say I've probably pushed one of mine further than I had any buisness doing with handloads and had no problem. I highly recomend them and feel they are hands down the nicest looking of the colt clones with the exeption of USFA.



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  3. MrAcheson

    MrAcheson Participating Member

    Dec 26, 2002
    Newark, DE and APG, MD
    The beretta's are reportedly well made and reliable. They have the transfer bar safety which is a really nice feature and makes it a more practical gun in my opinion. That birds head grip frame is a matter of preference. People with small hands tend to like them a lot. They don't handle heavy recoil especially well because a birds head gun doesn't roll in your hand like a plow-handle.
  4. cpirtle

    cpirtle Active Member

    Aug 10, 2006
    NE Ohio
    When I started in CAS I bought a Vaquero Birdshead, Taurus Gaucho and Beretta Stampede.

    I finally settled on the Vaquero BH primarily because the combination of the larger frame and BH grip suited my hand better. Once I found a second matching Vaquero I sold my Beretta and will probably soon sell the Taurus.

    The Beretta was a fantastic gun and out of the box ran better than the Ruger. Believe it or not my Taurus is as smooth as the Beretta action & trigger wise but the Beretta out shot the other two by a pretty strong margin.

    Had the traditional plow handle grip suited me better I would have standardized on the Beretta. The only reason I kept the Taurus and sold the Beretta was economics, I was able to sell the Beretta used for much more than the Taurus.

    Any way, the only down side I can think of to the Beretta is that they use a clear coat over their case hardening (their case hardening is a faux finish), you can't use products like Gun Scrubber or it will remove the clear coat.
  5. Jim March

    Jim March Mentor

    Dec 24, 2002
    SF Bay Area
    I think the Beretta Stampede series and the Ruger New Vaquero are close competitors.

    Fit and finish on the New Vaq is improved over previous Rugers. The New Vaq and it's mid-frame cousin the 50th Anniversary 357 Blackhawk are among the best guns Ruger has ever made. They're also parts-compatible with a lot of the rest of the Ruger product line: mine wears a SuperBlackHawk hammer for example.

    The Stampede is a good gun, but I believe the New Vaq is better. Not by a huge margin but I bought a New Vaq 357 and have no regrets. Ruger has a HUGE edge in customer support and repair policies.

    The Marshall grip frame is closer to the old Colt Lightning. It's ability to control big recoil is marginal, but it's very handy for milder fodder. It indexes in the hand well. Strong 357 ammo is liable to hurt, as will the more potent 45LC loads that are still compatible with guns as strong as the Stampede, New Vaq, Gaucho or the Colt SAA 2nd/3rd gen.

    The Lightning grip frame was designed for recoil levels on par with standard 38spl loads or very light 44s like the old Russian. If that's what you want to play with, for example shooting 38s in CAS/SASS competition, or shooting mild 357s as a street defense load, then this grip frame makes sense. There's an aftermarket version for the Ruger but...I've heard mixed reports on how available they are:


    The other main "transfer bar Colt SAA near-clone is the Gaucho. I've seen more quality complaints on that thing than the other two combined.
  6. ir3e971

    ir3e971 Member

    May 22, 2006
    I have a beretta stamped in 357 mag.

    The fit and finish is excellent, and it is one of my favorite guns. To be fair, it is the only single action revolver I have though. I would recommend it.

  7. bulbboy

    bulbboy Member

    Aug 23, 2005
    I have a Beretta Stampede Marshal and its great! Fun to shoot and takes a beating.



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