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Who makes topbreaks?

Discussion in 'Handguns: Revolvers' started by addedpulp, Sep 5, 2011.

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  1. addedpulp

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    I was looking through the buyer's guide and saw... Thompson?.. Thomas?.. Made topbreaks, schofields, and similar for a reasonable price. Anyone seen these? I've been looking for a decent topbreak for under $500.
     
  2. EmGeeGeorge

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    used is best way, h&r, iver johnson... the new schofields are expensive.
     
  3. MedWheeler

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    The new NAA Ranger, though small, looks pretty cool. It's in .22WMR.
     
  4. BCRider

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    Sadly the NAA Ranger is on hold and may never see the light of day.

    Uberti makes the Schofield replica but as mentioned it's a bit pricey and it's SA only as was the original.

    I've got an H&R Sportman that I'm still tinkering with to try to make the trigger feel more like a quality S&W trigger for both DA and SA. It's a lot of work to get there in small steps so that I don't go too far.
     
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    The older pistols from Iver Johnson, H&R or even Smith & Wesson are the best way to go. Get a somewhat newer one and you can shoot off the shelf .32 S&W or .38 S&W all day long. Fun pistols & many of them very compact carry pieces.
     
  6. addedpulp

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    A shame so few are in .38Sp. I guess I could start reloading .38 S&W.
     
  7. MachIVshooter

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    Uberti makes new top breaks, but they don't come cheap. IIRC, they start around $700.
     
  8. Jim K

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    Topbreaks are generally limited to the shorter cartridges because the throw of the extractor arm doesn't allow full extraction of longer cartridges. Plus the use of powerful cartridges like hot .38 Special or .357 is not indicated because no matter what some folks say, any (repeat ANY) top break will loosen up in firing and high pressure rounds will accelerate that process to an unacceptable degree.

    Jim
     
  9. MachIVshooter

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    The Ubertis come in .38 Spl., .44 Russian, .44-40 and .45 Colt. They're also pretty stout guns. I'm not arguing that the design is anywhere near as strong as a solid frame gun, but modern metallurgy makes them far more durable than the original guns they copy.
     
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    Also keep in mind that the original Schofields were used with black powder rounds. Black powder has a longer "thump" like recoil compared to the short and sharp "BANG!" recoil with smokeless powders. A Uberti Schofield's timing and latch tightness won't last long if shot with full power SAAMI .45Colt loads even though they are no faster than the original stout .45Colt BP loads.

    It's this inherent weakness which is why the major names shifted away from any top breaks and left this style in the hands of the cheap and cheezy gun producers that did "Saturday Night Specials" that were never intended to be shot a lot over their lifespan.
     
  11. W.E.G.

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    somebody say "top-break?"

    SMITH AND WESSON

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    Even more sadly, the NAA Ranger is defunct after a run of approximately (best as I can recall) 560 guns. NAA just could not make the guns at a price point that was practical for them to go into full production.


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  13. DPris

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    And, again- Not all Uberti breaktops are Schofields. It's not a generic term, it's a specific model variation. :)
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    Wyatt Earp allegedly used a Schofield at the OK Corral, did he not?

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  15. Owen Sparks

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    How about a top break in .45ACP that ejects on opening and takes moon clips? Such a revolver would sell well to the action shooters as no revolver is faster to reload. Too bad no one makes such a gun.
     
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    Sleazy,
    That's not a Schofield, and the S&W often attributed to Earp was an American model.
    Denis
     
  18. Owen Sparks

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    W.E.G.,

    Just out of curiosity why did you take a picture of an antique revolver and vintage box of cartridges with a very new $50 bill?
     
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    Just a WAG, but perhaps the revolver was manufactured while Grant was in office?

    Barring that, I'd be just as baffled
     
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    "I was looking through the buyer's guide and saw... Thompson?.. Thomas?.. Made topbreaks, schofields, and similar for a reasonable price. Anyone seen these?"

    Taylor & Co. perhaps? www.taylorsfirearms.com

    LD45
     
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