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Discussion in 'Handguns: Revolvers' started by Hondo 60, Mar 23, 2019.

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What's the consensus on the Traditions Frontier?

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  2. Good

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  3. Fair

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  5. Run Away, Far & fast

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  1. Hondo 60
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    Lookin to supply myself with another 44 Mag.

    What's the consensus on the SAA Traditions Frontier?
    Can't say that I've ever heard of 'em before now.

    I LOVE my Ubertis, but I also love checkered grips.
    The 5 1/2" barreled "Frontier" at Grab A Gun shows checkered.
     
  2. funklord12

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    Traditions is made by Pietta. They use a Ruger-style transfer bar.
     
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    I bought a .22LR one after shooting a friend's .357, which I really liked. Very pretty and shoots great. Mine is one of the plainer ones basic black with walnut grips.
     
  4. Old Stumpy

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    The Traditions Frontier series is just a rebranded line of standard Pietta 1873 revolvers. Pietta offers these guns in all of the standard calibers.
    (.22 LR, .357 Magnum, .44-40, .45 Colt. and .44 Magnum).
    Pietta produces 2 variations of their 1873.
    The Pietta standard model has a traditional hammer-mounted firing pin, typical push-button cylinder pin release, color case hardening, a standard length grip frame and a one-piece walnut grip, although PVC 2 piece grip models are available in black or white hard molded rubber style, faux ivory, and faux stag, and a checkered walnut one-piece grip is also available.
    The other 1873 Pietta model is modified with a transfer bar in a similar way that Ruger modifies old 3 screw Blackhawks.
    The hammer face is flat and a bit odd looking when cocked.
    The .44 magnum version that Traditions offers has a standard length grip frame, the transfer bar, the one-piece smooth walnut grip, and the standard 3 barrel lengths.
    All of these revolvers have the traditional Colt SAA fixed sights including the .44 magnum.
    Pietta quality is very good these days, with very good machining, nice color case hardening, a very nice finish, and decent walnut grips.
    Side by side, Uberti, revolvers are a bit better in all of these departments, but then they cost significantly more too.
    On You-Tube, duelist1954 has a shooting review video of an 1873 Traditions (Pietta) revolver entitled "Traditions Single Action Army Revolver".
    Both the revolver fit and finish and the accuracy looks pretty decent.
     
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  5. Tallball

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    I haven't owned one, but I've only heard positive things about them. Pietta makes nice revolvers.

    I did own a different SAA copy in 44 magnum. It was a "Sauer and Sohn" made in Germany. My FiL still owns it and it is a very good shooter with an excellent trigger. However, I would rate it as only suitable for 44 special. Maybe it's my XXL hands, or maybe it was the loads I used, but when I shot 44 magnums through it, every shot felt like some big guy hit the palm of my hand with a stick. I am not recoil sensitive in general, but I shot a total of six 44 magnum rounds through that revolver in the several years that I owned it. 44 specials were nice, and that's what my FiL shoots through it. (I gave it to him as a Christmas gift in a successful bid to get him reloading 44 specials.)
     
  6. Old Stumpy

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    I have owned Ruger Super Blackhawk .44 Magnums with both the long Dragoon grip and the 7 1/2" barrel, and the standard 1873 grip frame and the 6 1/2" barrel with a fluted cylinder. The short grip frame model wasn't really punishing compared to the other.
    However, both of these revolvers were probably heavier over all than your Sauer and Sohn.
    .44 magnum isn't pleasant to shoot with plow-handled grips in any revolver.
     
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  7. Tallball

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    I don't mind shooting 44 magnum in my 7.5" SBH with a plow handle grip. The SAA replica was considerably smaller and lighter.
     
  8. Deanimator

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    Not all of them. Their Frontier line for Cimarron uses (apart from the replaceable cylinder axis pin) a Colt type mechanism. I just bought one and wouldn't have otherwise.
     
  9. Old Stumpy

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    I don't mind either. My .44 Magnum Supers have all had stock grips. But, I can't honestly say that shooting them was particularly pleasant.
    That square back trigger guard on the Dragoon grip frame can scrape your knuckles pretty good.
     
  10. Old Stumpy

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    Me too. Transfer bars are just fine in a Ruger Blackhawk or Super Blackhawk, since they aren't meant to be close copies of a Colt.
    But, in a Colt clone, I want everything to be kosher.
     
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    I've got another thread going asking about Bisley clones with 4 click Colt type actions.
     
  12. Hondo 60
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    Thanks for the replies - especially Old Stumpy - that's exactly what I was looking for! :)
     
  13. Rom828

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    Pietta makes good stuff. Don"t know that I would ever fire one with full house 44 magnum rounds though.
     
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