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JP Sauer & Sohn Western Marshal

Discussion in 'Handguns: Revolvers' started by Lucky Derby, Oct 2, 2010.

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  1. Lucky Derby

    Lucky Derby Member

    Aug 23, 2006
    Colorado Rockies
    Found a JP Sauer & Sohn Western Marshal .357 Magnum at a LGS this week for $300. It shows a good amount of holster wear but no real machanical isues. It appears to be tight and smooth. (Well, not quite as smooth as my 3 screw BH)

    They also had a Chief Marshal .44 Magnum for the same price, but the action seemed to have a "hitch" for lack of a better term, and was quite a bit looser.

    I'm not considering the .44, but the .357 seems like it might be a good one to have for the price. Both have import stamps from Hawes in Los Angeles, if that makes any difference.

    I have been aware that JP Sauer & Sohn had produced some SAA clones but really know nothing about the quality of these revolvers beyond reputation of Sauer.

    Is this .357 worth it?
  2. rcmodel

    rcmodel Member in memoriam

    Sep 17, 2007
    Eastern KS
    You could by a used Ruger Blackhawk .357 for that or not much more, and be good for the rest of your life.

    The JP Sauer & Sohn Western Marshal was a servicable revolver, but was never known for being the best SAA ever made. Quality of parts, fit, and finish varied all over the map.

    Hawes, the importer, went out of business in the late 1970's.
    And now, parts are nearly impossible to find if it ever breaks down.

    I'd pass, unless you just have $300 burning a hole in your pocket and want an orphen gun with no parts or service to play with.

  3. BCCL

    BCCL Member

    Feb 3, 2009
    So. Illinois
    This far out from them closing up, I'd have to think about it real hard. My very first single action was a .357 6 1/2" Hawes Western Marshal that I bought well used in the early 90's. Within a week, the cylinder bolt stop arm of the spring broke. Gun Parts Corp. had one that fit and I fix it and never had anymore trouble with it, but I'd want to know there were parts out there that would fit it before buying one now.
  4. bannockburn

    bannockburn Member

    Apr 24, 2007
    Lucky Derby

    For $300 you could probably find a decent used Uberti SAA, or for a little bit more, a used Ruger Vaquero. Either of these two current manufactured guns would be a better choice than the Hawes Western Marshall.
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