Discussion in 'Handguns: Revolvers' started by Von der Goltz, May 12, 2021.
One of the ultimate of transitional designs I've ever seen.
Thanks for sharing that one.
Note the large trigger guard and long trigger. There was a legend that this was the Alaskan Model meant to be shot with gloves on. Actually they lengthened the trigger to give more leverage on the tough DA trigger. The original 1878 was better proportioned. My college roommate had Grandma's 1878... that she carried to Alaska, a reversal of the old story.
In a parts cleanup program, Colt cut cylinder stop notches in leftover DA cylinders and put them in SAAs. The "long flute" SAA is a considerable collector's prize.
Why, if it takes a gorilla to pull the trigger?
When is the last time any manufacturer tried to sell a D/A revolver with single ejection and a loading gate?
Would you pay a premium over the price of a Vaquero for one?
The design was an evolutionary dead end.
@Von der Goltz
I didn’t even know this gun existed. I learned something new today. Thank you.
Beautiful revolver, by the way.
Woops! Was 'way off. It was USFA made and called the Omni Potent:
Are you quite finished spoiling a good train of thought ? If not, please... do continue.
The real shame is there is no "Ignore" button option for moderators.
Ruger's got their hands full trying to fix the mistakes they've been shipping of late. That and supplying microplastifantastic Wunder-9's to the fearful former anti-gunners and MiniVanMom crowd. However, lean times do tend to produce innovative solutions and companies like Pietta, Uberti and USFA know how to make a profit. And guns. I doubt the 1902 Army will be copied, directly, since it doesn't fit into SASS' shooting reg's, but something similar may hit the shelves for really stupid money to compete with the CCWCQCB+ class guns being churned out by S&W, Springfield Armory, Ruger, Beretta, Walthers, etc.
Sounds like granny was a worldly lady.
I had an H&R .22LR "Western" that was kind of a knock-off of the '78/'02 design: double-action, pinned cylinder, ejector rod, loading gate... I sold it for about three times what I paid and was happy with that, at the time. I think it was still under $200 so you know it was inexpensive. I'd jump all over a 1902 in .45Colt just for the novelty of it and to have something else in .45 to shoot. Fast reloads aren't important when you're just shooting paper or rutting pigs.
One of my shooting buds had one of those H&Rs that he got for graduation from high school.I'm sure he still has it. It was a gift from his uncle. If I ever visit him I will get him to let me look it over.
While I had heard of the Colt Philippines Model 1902 I had never seen one before. Such an obscure and yet interesting U.S. Army revolver! Refinished or not a fascinating relic from a bygone era. Thanks for sharing!
I recall that gun. I am pretty sure it is SAA lockwork in a frame made to externally resemble the 1878. I see that it has the long flutes of excess 1878 cylinders modified to fit 1873s.
I don't know if it was Colt branding or collector terms, or shooter nicknames, but the 1877s are called .38 Lightning, .41 Thunderer, and even .32 Rainmaker. The 1878 was sometimes called the Omnipotent before USFA came along.
See also the multitude of SAAs faked up to look like 1877 DAs, Cimarron calls theirs the "Thunderball." Not to mention the "birdshead" SA revolvers like no period piece at all.
Agreed. I guess you could shoot it in NCOWS but that is an even smaller market than SASS. Just not worth tooling up for.
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