Favorite Single Action Revolver Company?

Discussion in 'Revolver Handguns' started by JW357, Jul 27, 2013.

  1. Beretta

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    0.0%
  2. Charles Daly

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  3. Colt

    25.0%
  4. EAA

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  5. Magnum Research

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  6. NAA

    2.5%
  7. Ruger

    75.0%
  8. Uberti

    10.0%
  9. US Firearms

    2.5%
  10. Other

    5.0%
Multiple votes are allowed.
  1. JW357

    JW357 New Member

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    New poll. I meant to post this yesterday, but I had a busy day.

    Favorite Single Action revolver company?

    Me, I'm not gonna vote as I don't yet own any SA wheel guns, and have never shot any. :eek:

    I used genitron.com and tried to put Manufacturers as the options which have a lot of different models to choose from.

    *shrug*
     
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  2. shadecorp

    shadecorp Active Member Supporter

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    I likes my Rugers.
    Well made.
    Great variety.
    Would love to have a real Colt Single Action Army

    but the price.

    Had one once
    a gift from a friend
    had to give it back.
    A Long story.
     
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  3. Donn

    Donn Active Member

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    Have a Ruger Single-Six 22lr/22mag convertible that's extremely accurate and fun to shoot. The Cadillac of the collection is my Colt Single Action Army, 45 Long Colt, 7 1/2" barrel. It's like an extension of my hand/arm, balance is as close to perfect as it gets. Down side is it's a tad expensive to shoot.
     
  4. Vikingdad

    Vikingdad New Member

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    I didn't answer because I have limited experience with anything but Ruger. i desperately want to add some Colts to my collection though. I would not turn down any other manufacturer either, if for comparison purposes only.
     
  5. Rick1967

    Rick1967 Well-Known Member

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    I have a New Model Super Blackhawk that is really nice. But that is not why I voted Ruger. I have a New Model Vaquero. It is stainless. The finish is first rate. I haven't been able to take a decent indoor picture of it, because the flash bouncing off of it is blinding to the camera.

    I did also have a Big Bore Bounty Hunter by EAA. It was a perfectly good gun. Nothing wrong with it. But nothing special about it either, if you know what I mean. I ended up trading it for a 30-30 lever action.
     
  6. Vikingdad

    Vikingdad New Member

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    Turn off the flash and use natural filtered light. You might need to use a tripod to keep it steady for the longer aperature time.
     
  7. gunsmoke11

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    I guess kids will have to learn the hard way regarding SA's and there are reasons why the old Colts just keep jumping up in value, while Rugers barely sell for more than what they did 20 years ago, though they do have their place. I prefer the vintage guns and here are just a few older decent Colts. But I must admit that my Cimarron Bisley Target 44-40 is just as good, if not better, than the current crop of Colts. I did hesitate buying it years ago, but never regretted it. It hurts me to say that.

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  8. JW357

    JW357 New Member

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    Nice guns. That last one looks like it has an extreme grip angle, angling inwards towards the trigger guard. Is it comfortable to hold/shoot?
     
  9. gunsmoke11

    gunsmoke11 New Member

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    That's the way grips were made for the Bisley models. The the 2nd Colt photo that I posted was originally a Bisley and had a similar grip on it, but apparently the owner wasn't happy with it and that's why it was converted to a SAA many years ago at the Colt factory. It is the most accurate SA I own though. After all, the Bisley is named after a town in England where international shooting competitions were held.

    The Bisley also has the low profile hammer, which at least in my case I have found that combination of hammer and grip to be pretty comfortable. That grip does take a bit of getting used to, but they had their reasons for making it that way in order to assist in target shooting. It usually works well with people who have small hands, but I don't. I've been shooting SA's for well over 40 years, so I have no problem adapting to any style. You actually have to try it yourself to see if the grip would be compatible with the way you shoot.
     
  10. clr8ter

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    Ruger. I'm not really a revolver guy, but I have the 22 Single Six. I also really like the Single 9. If I had tons of money, I would buy quite a few of their SA guns.......
     
  11. JW357

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    Interesting. I noticed the low profile hammer too, so I thought it was different than the traditional Colt SAA style.

    Interesting. Thanks for the info.
     
  12. shadecorp

    shadecorp Active Member Supporter

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    Well,
    if I had Jay Leno money,
    Would buy some real Colts.
    Till then,
    Rugers.
     
  13. big shrek

    big shrek Well-Known Member

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    Split the difference...get Uberti or Cimmaron...both tend to be more precise and less head-achey than Rugers.
    yet cost about half what a Colt does ;)

    I like the Blackhawk & Redhawk, but the Vaquero's have left me irritated and annoyed.
    Started out in SASS with a pair of Vaq's...ended up trading them in on a pair of Colts...which later got sold to finance Twin Baby Boys :eek:
    Now...I'm looking at a buddy's Cimmarons for when I can get back into SASS shooting again ;)
     
  14. Vikingdad

    Vikingdad New Member

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    I would LOVE to get a pair of the Ruger SASS Vaqueros. I would have to make my own grips though. Don't care for the stock ones.
     

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  15. gunsmoke11

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    Most people don't realize that Uberti made frames for the Colt 2nd generation percussion guns starting in the early 1970's, which Colt finished in their factory. Colt was always my #1 manufacturer, but after producing the 3rd generations and their European copy of the SAA called the "Cowboy" they lost me.

    A dozen years ago a friend of mine purchased a 3rd generation SAA from the Colt Custom Shop. The first time he shot it he sliced open his finger badly along the opening of the ejector housing, while ejecting a round. In all my years I never heard of anything like that happening. After he was bandaged up he attempted to fire his revolver and the cylinder stopped after the 2nd round. Turned out that the loading gate slid forward preventing it from turning, because the "C" clip fell out. I've heard other horror stories, but I witnessed what happened to my friend. I can't speak about what's happening today, but back then Colt's quality control stunk.

    It was not long after that when I picked up the Cimarron. I was gonna get a USFA, but wanted a Bisley target, which they didn't have. The Cimarron has a sweet action and shoots as accurate as hell. The fit and finish are also very good. Cimarron is in fact Uberti guns, but Cimarron demands that those guns they receive from Uberti are the cream of the crop. I still love Colt, but will only buy the older ones.
     
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  16. TexasGunner

    TexasGunner New Member

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    I've got Ruger New Vaquero in .357 and a Cimarron Lightning in 38 Colt/.38 Special.
     
  17. Bob Wright

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    I reckon ya'll now by now my favorite firearm is the Single Action. Most of mine are Rugers, most in .44 or .45 caliber chamberings. And many of my Rugers have passed the 15,000 round mileage mark and approaching the 20,000 round count. Yes, I do keep a log book a keep a round count. (Was updating it this morning and counted the expenditure of 207,392 rounds in my centerfire guns.)

    I have acquired three Ubertis and four Colt New Frontiers, though none of these approach the use that my Rugers have been given.

    Simply put, my Single Actions put my bullet where I want it, and with enough oomph! to get the job done.

    Bob Wright
     
  18. JonM

    JonM Moderator

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    colts go up in price because there is a demand for them and very few get made each year.

    ruger really cranks out theirs by the truck load. what is really telling with rugers is that even though there are millions of em and more rolling out in mass quantity they dont really lose much value being used.

    im a shooter i love to shoot my guns. i use my new vaqueros in cowboy shooting and they get used hard. folk that use colts for that typically have three. two in use and one in transit to colt for repairs...

    the colt saa are freekin sweet but they are delicate flowers. rugers you can use em as a hammer to build house then go shoot for a decade.

    colt for their artistry ruger for their rugged usefulness.
     
  19. JW357

    JW357 New Member

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    I wish I could shoot that much. I can't wait for that day.
     
  20. gunsmoke11

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    Most cheap guns are cranked out by the truck load, cause most anyone can afford them and some people just rather pay for a Yugo as opposed to a Lexus. I've never shot a Ruger that felt as good in the hand as any Colt, or for that matter any Italian Colt copy. Maybe Gary Reeder's Rugers are the exception, but you have to cough up big bucks for them. The Ruger triggers just plain suck out of the box and not having those 4 clicks when cocking the revolver just doesn't seem right to me.

    Please don't say Colts always need to be repaired in front of my 100+ year old Colts, cause you'll hurt their feelings. Rugers are stronger than I necessarily would need and people without knowledge are the ones that usually cause damage to Colt SA's. I let no one touch my Colts unless they know what they're doing. Fanning and incorrectly cocking the hammer can cause broken springs, or hammer notches. In over 40 years of playing with them I never had a problem.

    I won't defend the new Colts being manufactured, cause I don't own any, but those produced through the 2nd generations, which I feel are the finest SA's ever made, are works of art and have proven to be able to function under the worst possible conditions.

    If a Ruger is what you want then who am I to say you shouldn't get one? By all means get what you feel is best. But I've been around the block too many times to not know which SA's were the finest ever made. It's true Colts aren't always easily found, but the biggest reason for their high cost is that the quality of the old ones will never be seen again and won't be found in any Ruger taken straight off the shelf. Also the history of the Colt is something that no other gun company could ever manufacture, cause that is earned through time with use. That's a fact that the greatest SA experts in the world would agree with.
     
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