Discussion in 'Handguns: Revolvers' started by greyling22, Apr 12, 2021.
There are other grips that will fit on your 3 screw . . . just so ya know.
The 1872 "Open Top" can be found with either but the Army grip is more common.
Early Rugers had the XR3 one piece grip frame, pretty close to SAA.
Then they went to the XR3-RED, a more open curve.
I don't know the exact shape of the Lesser Vaquero and New Flattop but their stocks are not as well blended and not as comfortable.
Agreed! The Colt belt guns, from the 1851 through the SAA, just feel right. They're comfortable in the hand, they point naturally, they handle fast. Nothing handles like the SAA. William Mason is a friggin' genius and an artist for what he came up with after the Army rejected the Open Top cartridge model. Today I think we take these guns for granted but they are the reason why people worship the prancing pony. Not the other way around.
That said, maybe it's perception more than anything but I don't think any other firearm is going to feel like an open top Colt. Though anything with the Navy grip is instantly familiar. The Ruger XR3 is my preference on those guns.
No truer words, Craig. I've had lots of revolvers down through the years, and I'm down to four: two .357 SAA clones, a Ruger Single Six, and a hybrid 51/61 Navy (51 barrel on a 61 frame). The Navy is by far my favorite to handle and shoot; that 8" barrel points and balances perfectly. The clones come second, and the SS is third, though I do enjoy shooting it even it does feel, well, different. I had a Remington New Model Army, and just didn't like it; same with some of my S&W DA revolvers. After I lost 1/2 of my middle finger, the DA revolvers just weren't comfortable to shoot, and I never used them DA anyhow. Single actions are what I "want" now, I guess. The plow-handle grips fit my hand much better anyway.
To the OP: I've often wondered if someone couldn't retro fit a Navy grip to a SAA or Ruger... looking at you, @Michael Tinker Pearce.
I think some of the importers of SAA replicas offer an 1873 with the 1860 Army grip frame. One of those with a 7.5 inch barrel might feel similar.
I had an open top with Navy grips. Was a sweet shooter and a natural pointer.
There's a fellow making all sorts of brass frames for Rugers. Ronnie Wells I believe. Some very cool stuff!
I'm going to have to pin down exactly what my uncle has. He's got a navy set, and I was shooting his army. But which army, and was it on a navy frame, I'm going to have to figure out. I didn't realize how many combinations there could be. He's also got remington, an original colt, some clones..... he's a cowboy action shooter. I suppose I'm going to try them all on. I really wanted to like the ruger. My garbage eyes like the bigger sights.
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