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What is the lure to YOU of the cowboy gun?

Discussion in 'Handguns: Revolvers' started by Hokkmike, Nov 22, 2022.

  1. Corpral_Agarn

    Corpral_Agarn Member

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    I'll add "safe, easy to shoot one handed, accurate" to this list.

    I use one for riding the range while mounted.

    I keep a few snake shot in the cartridge belt as well.
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  2. CraigC

    CraigC Sixgun Nut

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    I'm so deep into it, I don't know if I can fully quantify it. As someone else pointed out, I grew up with westerns, mostly John Wayne and Clint Eastwood but I also grew up with Rambo, Commando and Die Hard. Gunsmoke and Bonanza but also Hunter and Miami Vice. So it's not 'just' the influence of movies and TV. Then there was also the influence of John Taffin (whom I just made a holster for, pinch me), Ross Seyfried, Bob Milek, Hal Swiggett, Skeeter Skelton, Elmer Keith and others. I remember reading Seyfried's articles about the .475 and .500 Linebaughs while still in middle school. This year I sent an Old Model Blackhawk to Andy Horvath because of a Taffin article over 30yrs ago. A wise man once said that men never give up on their dreams and I believe it. I know I've expended a great deal of effort and money on fulfilling the dreams of my youth. For me, it's not just the western/cowboy aspect but also as an outdoorsman's companion. I can't call them tools because the Colt single action revolvers were all very much artistry in action. Both aesthetically and as fighting weapons.

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  3. Armored farmer

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    Some pretty darn nice handles on those Colt SAAs there Mr C....
     
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  4. Armybrat

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    Just unboxed my new 4.62” Blackhawk .357…It replaces the 6.5” Blackhawk I bought new in 1968 and gifted to my oldest son on his 50th birthday four years ago
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  5. CoalTrain49

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    Never owned one although I'll watch just about any western, even if John Wayne is the main character. ;)

    I grew up in AZ and TX in the 50-60's and knew a few real cowboys.
     
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  6. Archie

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    For plinking and target work, I have a couple .22 lr pistols. (Ruger automatics and a S&W M41.)

    For serious social work, I have a Commander and my choice of several S&W revolvers. (.38 to .44 Special.)

    For fun, I really like Single action revolvers, I grew up with the Long Ranger and Tonto (to this day the William Tell overture brings a tear to my eye.) Paladin - the Late Richard Boone - gave me to understand manhood. Even if just a TV show. Several others. Tuco gave me words to live by. But that's not all...
    The grip of a saw handled revolver is just pleasant. The four click sound is enticing. In a strange way, it is relaxing.

    I honestly do not shoot them much. Which is strange considering I have five such arms in the house and plan on keeping them until I die. On second thought, at my age I'd sell the Flat top Ruger Super Blackhawk I have for a reasonable (to me) sum.

    But I do like the breed.
     
  7. Hikingman

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    /\ This post about mirrors my thoughts.
    My Single Six- below w/4.62" barrel/ conv. model and .22LR or .22WMR is fun!
     
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  8. kopcicle

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    Rabbits, Above the South Fork of Ahtanum Creek WA, with my cousin and SAA's. '72's and '73's in 44-40 around Castle rock SD.
    My first "shotgun" was a .22 over .410. My first "real" shotgun was a model 24 16ga.
    My first gun project was a '94 saddle ring carbine salvage/restoration.
    I still own a Lyman 310 and various dies.

    For me it wasn't a lure. It was the way I was raised. All the above took place before I was 16 years old and prior to '72.
    I still keep my tack in shape even though I haven't used it in 20 years.
     
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  9. Space Ghost

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    My only revolvers are modern ones. (a S&W 686 matching pair with 4" barrels) Being a typical kid who grew up watching stuff like The Lone Ranger, The Rifleman, John Wayne movies... I tend to thumb them single action cowboy style. I will daily one of them from time to time, but I also have a two gun western style gunbelt for them as well. Not like I get to wear it to Walmart... (Well, I suppose I COULD if I wanted everybody to stare at me. My state has OC too.) but I just had to get one made for them. Almost had speedloader pouches put on it, (LOL) but I wanted it to look authentic, so it just has the normal bullet loops.
     
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  10. drk1

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    If I was as tall as Matt Dillon, I wouldn't be overweight. A long barreled Colt SAA makes me look taller... I hope.
     
  11. Hokkmike

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    A thank you for all the great responses and amazing pictures...
     
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  12. TTv2

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    What the definition of a "cowboy gun"? If it's a SAA, for me it's the low price of the .22's that Heritage and Ruger make, for the centerfires that Ruger makes it's the multiple cylinders for different chamberings.

    Were it just straight up one cylinder and I had to choose a .45 Colt, no way would I get a SAA over a Uberti Schofield top break.
     
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  13. smkummer

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    As a teenager in the 70’s, it was a Ruger super Blackhawk 44 and colt peacemaker 22. Added later a colt single action 44 spec. and New Frontier 45 colt. Then I got into the colt double actions because of their accuracy while generally only shooing single action mode. After getting trained with striker fired semi autos, I revisited my double action colts shooting them double action on qualifying courses. About 15 years ago, I dusted off my single actions and my mid 70’s Marlin 1894 44 to start cowboy action and haven’t looked back. I tripled my colt single action collection and Marlin collection. I’ll never be a top competitor but I go for clean matches and shooting historic guns and calibers ( including 41 colt). I help others by helping them with reloading and casting bullets.
     

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  14. Corpral_Agarn

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    I have both but carry the SAA.

    Schofield's and 45 Colt don't seem to work well together (at least in the example I have). Not reliable enough for my purposes.

    Although I absolutely love the idea of the top break design.
     
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  15. CraigC

    CraigC Sixgun Nut

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    I love the S&W's but nothing handles like a Colt.
     
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  16. Coyote3855

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    What is this handsome revolver? Custom Ruger?

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  17. CraigC

    CraigC Sixgun Nut

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    That was my first custom. I found an old Ruger flat-top .357 over 20yrs ago and sent it to Jim Stroh to become a .44Spl. PacNor barrel, custom front sight and finished in matte hard chrome. Grips are antique linear paper micarta by Cary Chapman. Still one of my favorite guns.
     
  18. chicharrones

    chicharrones needs more ammo

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    C'mon now. SAA all the way. :evil:

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  19. TTv2

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    I would use .45 Schofield cases anyway since that is almost always giving me better results than. 45 Colt is for standard prssure loads
     
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  20. deadeye dick

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    I grew up with the likes of Tom Mix, Lash La Rue, Sunset Carson, Tex Ritter, Bob Steele, Johnny Mack Brown. Hoppy, Zorro, Cisco, Red Ryder, and the wannabes, Leonard Sly, Gene Autry. In those days the guns never needed reloading
     
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  21. Riomouse911

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    Ya, James Arness (6’7”) and The Rifleman (6’5” Chuck Connors would make a pretty formidable pair of basketball players! Add in 6’ 4” John Wayne and 6’4” Clint Eastwood, maybe toss in 6’1” Clayton Moore (The Lone Ranger) or 6’2” Henry Fonda as point guards and the all-Western hoops team is set :thumbup:.

    Stay safe.
     
  22. Riomouse911

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    As for SA revolvers, there is just something cool about handling and shooting handguns with a family lineage easily traced back to the 1850’s in form and function. Paired with a lever gun, especially in the same caliber as your hogleg, and you’re instantly transported back in time without ever leaving your seat. :thumbup:

    I haven’t ever owned a Colt SAA, and I no longer have a Uberti 1873 clone, but my modest set of Ruger SA’s in .22 LR, .22 WMR, .32 H&R, .44 Spl., .41 Mag and .45 Colt) fill the SA revolver need for me. :)

    Stay safe.
     
  23. drobs

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    I'm a gun nut and don't need a reason to own any type of gun.

    Started with these 3 Uberti SAA 357's for Cowboy Action Shooting.
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    Picked up these 2 Pietta SAA 45's over the past year. Can't just have 1.
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  24. BobWright

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    Uh....."Flat Top Ruger Super Blackhawk?" I don't believe there ever was such a thing. It was the Super Blackhawk that introduced the rear sight ribs.

    Bob Wright
     
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  25. CraigC

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    Throw in Clint Walker as a brick wall in the paint. ;)
     
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