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How are Alfa revolvers, any good?

Discussion in 'Handguns: Revolvers' started by IcelandicPtarmigan, Feb 26, 2011.

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  1. IcelandicPtarmigan

    IcelandicPtarmigan Member

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    A quick search through the site revealed no hits to this question.
    Is anyone here familiar with the Czech made Alfa revolvers? More specifically their .357 magnum offering?

    Thanks in advance.
     
  2. Iggy

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    Welcome to the forum. I can't say as I have heard of the Alfa revolvers.

    I suspect that may be why no one else has replied.
     
  3. tekarra

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    Hello and welcome to the forum. Sorry I am not able to answer your question as I have never seen an Alfa revolver; only read a couple of short articles and seen a photo.
     
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    Hello. You are referring to the Alfa-Proj company, right? I have some experience with the ZAMAK alloy framed .22 and .38Spl versions (Holek). Those are cheap revolvers, build to be carried a lot shoot а little. I don't have any experience with the steel framed .357 Mag version, but I suspect that the overall quality will be the same. My opinion is that if you can find a reasonably priced second-hand Ruger or Smith & Wesson to buy one of them instead of Alfa-proj revolver.

    Boris
     
  5. whitecoyote

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    I have an Alpha revolver. I believe it's a Spanish copy of a S&W revolver. It has a rough trigger system, but other than that seems to be ok.
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  6. DrLaw

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    Copy? Looks like a clone of the pre-model 10. :rolleyes:

    The Doc is out now. :cool:
     
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    I've always been pretty favorably impressed with the quality of Czech guns; that said™, you couldn't pay me to spend more than about $.50 on a non-steel revolver. I've never heard of Alpha revolvers, but if they're not made of steel, I'd be wary.
     
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    Google www.alfa-proj.com.
    It states the ALFA revolver is steel whilst the Holek is light alloy with steel inserts. I assume the light alloy to be aluminum.
     
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    I bought an alfa proj steel 3530, yesterday. I couldn't test it yet. It's seems very strong. Do you have now any experience with this guns?
     
  10. tekarra

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    Hello Fergar and welcome to the forum.
    Waiting to read your range report and see you photos.
     
  11. Jim K

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    Whitecoyote,

    I stongly suggest you hang that old Spanish revolver on the wall. It dates to the 1920's or 1930's when tons of those guns were shipped in and sold in the U.S. for $2-$3. While there were a few that rose to the level of so-so, most were poorly made of inferior materials, mainly cheap cast iron. They were mostly copies of the S&W Military & Police revolver and some were well finished. But beneath the shiny surface, they were basically inferior and I have seen several that blew up.

    If you remove the sideplate, you will find that the Spanish gun uses a combination of the S&W and Colt designs. That is not itself bad, but you will also see that the interior is of poor quality, resulting in the roughness of which you are already aware.

    Don't take a chance with your own eyes or fingers, or the safety of others who may be near when you are shooting.

    Jim
     
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    ALFA PROJ or ALFA STEEL is not a brand from Spain it is fro CZ republic.
    This is my new .357 (model 3530) it seems to be a strong gun. I just fired 6 shoots and everything OK.
     
  13. Jim K

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    The name "Alfa" or "Alpha" has been used as a trade name on several guns from different makers. Among those using it was Armero Especialistas Reunidas, of Eibar, Spain, about 1920.

    It would probably have been better if the modern Czech company had used a unique brand name to avoid confusion.

    Jim
     
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    I was trying to get an Alpha Proj gun for review, was unable to do so.
     
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    WAIT
    bit of a point here

    ALFA (Czech) is not ALPHA (spain)
    pees lets get this straight
    that said, the Czech is supposed to be pretty good and worth the money.
     
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    Alpha is one gun, Alpha Proj is the Czech firearm.
     
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