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Cowboy Mounted Shooting Revolvers

Discussion in 'Handguns: Revolvers' started by jlwentworth, Dec 29, 2021.

  1. jlwentworth

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    My daughter, who recently graduated college, recently bought her own 1st horse. I bought her a horse trailer and put time in to getting some issues addressed with it. She has decided that while she loves hunter jumpers, she wants to do Cowboy Mounted Shooting. She already loved to shoot and fortunately I still had western tack, so she is set as far as horse and equipment for now. She has been to a clinic, a couple of group practices, and even purchased a custom holster that a customer maker had made a mistake on. It was in her size, very small, so the price was very good. We purchased a .22 to make noise with and do training.

    Now she needs a pair of .45lc revolvers. What she wants, with custom work performed, costs $3,000.00 new (that's what happens when you barrow from others). Neither of us can afford close to that at this point. We are looking for something used that can at least get her started. As long as the pistols have a 3.5" barrel (she likes that size and that fits her holsters).

    If you have, or have leads, please drop me a line. Any suggestions or feedback is appreciated.
     
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  2. J-Bar

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    Cowboy action shooters both mounted and afoot trade and sell guns constantly. Go to some matches, try various competitors’s guns. Don’t buy ANYTHING until she decides what she wants. Let the club members know what she is looking for, and there is an excellent chance you can pick up a used serviceable revolver. Get on the SASS Wire Forum and check the classified ads daily.
     
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  3. slicksleeve

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    I ride horses, and I shoot revolvers, but not together. I bought a Taylor’s Runnin Iron, and love it. Only afterwards did I realize it’s supposedly geared to mounted Cowboy Action shooters. You might look into one of them.
     
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    Almost exactly the same as me, but instead of buying the running iron, I bought a hammer for my regular cattleman.
     
  5. Driftwood Johnson

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    Howdy

    I have been shooting Cowboy Action for close to 20 years.

    I do not know one end of a horse from the other, so I have never tried Mounted CAS, although many years ago I did get to try it riding in a wagon pulled by a horse. Another cowboy was at the reins. It was great fun.

    $3000 sounds kind of high to me.

    Maybe if they have been customized a whole lot, but she can use any pair of single action 45 caliber revolvers in Mounted Shooting.

    I would suggest looking into a pair of New Vaqueros.

    https://www.ruger.com/products/vaquero/overview.html

    https://sassnet.com/Mounted-What-is-001A.php
     
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  6. Pat Riot

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    Not trying to sound harsh but she’s just starting out. She doesn’t need slicked up guns with custom work. One thing very prominent in Cowboy Action is the peer pressure to take a perfectly good firearm and send it off to the latest and greatest gun slicker upper so someone gets an ego boost from the situation.

    Buy basic guns and learn the basics first.

    No one goes to Ford, buys a Mustang then turns their brand new car over to some custom shop recommended by a new “friend” for improvements on what highly qualified engineers designed into a perfectly good piece of machinery.

    I joined SASS in 1997 and left in 2006. Came back to SASS in 2016. It can be a lot of fun but it can get real expensive when everyone else is spending your money for you.
     
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    If I undertstand mounted shooting correctly, the rider is only shooting powder and no bullet. I believe they shoot a load of powder that strikes a latex balloon to indicate "hits." Is that right? Do you use smokeless or black powder? If I understand correctly, BP produces more sparks and embers to break the balloon. I don't really know anything about this, but wonder about it.
     
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  8. Driftwood Johnson

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    Black Powder Blanks.
     
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  9. Gus Chiggins

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    It starts with revolvers...
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  10. ontarget

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    I've never handled a truly slicked up SA. I do think my Uberti El Patrons are pretty slick from the factory. It wouldn't surprise me if they offer a model specific to mounted shooting.
     
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  11. Armored farmer

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    Agreed.
    My uberti El patron was a pleasant surprise in quality and fit/finish.
    . I know uberti makes CMS revolvers with some of the customized parts already on them, like lowered hammer and slick action.
    I almost bought one myself...

    Check out gunbroker.com and search 'cowboy mounted shooting and 'CMS'

    I am a ruger fan and I am sure that a vaquerowould be more durable for the long run....but the uberti will get the job done with style also....
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    I think you can get into pair of El patron revolvers for $1200-$1500
     
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    I learned to shoot a bow on horseback, but have never shot a gun that way. I abandoned it once I found out the state didn't allow hunting from horseback with either a gun or bow.

    Can't go wrong with a Ruger single action. Still wish I had the .44 Vaquero. :(
     
  15. Driftwood Johnson

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    A number of years ago Ruger introduced a variant of the New Vaquero called the Montado. The Montado was designed specifically for CAS Mounted shooting. It featured a 3 3/4" barrel, a deeply checkered, low wide hammer spur, and grooves on the front of the backstrap for a firm grip while riding.

    I'm pretty sure the Montado is no longer being manufactured, but a pair might be found somewhere on line.

    https://ruger.com/news/2007-04-12f.html

    Don't forget, 45 Colt is the ONLY chambering approved for CAS Mounted shooting.
     
  16. jlwentworth

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    Thank you! Yes, would be perfect. Not available! They won't even show the price...
     
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    Thank you for the message. I have been trying to get on the SASS Wire Forum as I saw a pair posted there for sale. Unfortunately, I have had no luck getting any kind of response. I never get the e-mail to confirm my e-mail and have sent multiple message with no responses received. :(
     
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  18. jlwentworth

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    Thanks for your message. We are of the same mind set. That being said, I hate to buy twice or something that I would not like. Something used would seem to be ideal.
     
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  19. jlwentworth

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    Thanks for your response. Totally out of stock.
     
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    Thank you for your message. The 4.75 barrel is the shortest they offer.
     
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  21. jlwentworth

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    Thank you for your message. Love the Vaqueros. Not available.... :(
     
  22. J-Bar

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    You must “sign in” or log in to the SASS Forums to participate. You should see a place to Log In or Sign In in the upper right margin of the forum page. Only SASS members can put a gun up for sale, but I am not aware of any rule against non-members buying guns from the Classified Ads forum. Details for most sales/transfers are handled by “Personal Messages” between buyers and sellers. Click on the seller’s name in the ad to bring up his personal page, then click on “message” to start a private conversation.

    An additional thought: buying a gun to fit a particular holster may not be the ideal way to choose a firearm.

    Good luck in any case!
     
  23. Pat Riot

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    Silly question, but did you look in your “junk” or “spam” email folder?
     
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  24. jlwentworth

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    Yes, I did. Nothing....
     
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    I saw and did as you say. Someone is to send you an e-mail to the e-mail that you provided. I never receive an e-mail to confirm. Yes, I looked through junk and other folders....
     
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