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Old 11-03-2008, 11:36 AM
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Default Recommend me a sweet cowboy style revolver!

I know the gun nerds like to bloviate about this stuff, so lets hear it!

Here's what I'm looking for. It's for the wife, so it needs to be somewhat light. Preferably easy to find chrome or nickel plated. In .357 (so she can shoot .38 special) and easy to find sweet custom grips for.

What should I be looking for? I've checked out some Ruger Vaqueros and a Beretta but I don't remember the model of that one.

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Old 11-03-2008, 11:47 AM
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I think the Ruger Vacqueros are very nice, and very reliable. Hard to go wrong with one of those.

However, my tastes run to the oddball, so I'm a sucker for an open top cartridge conversion type single action like those sold by Cimmarron.

http://www.cimarron-firearms.com/OpenTop/OpenTop.htm
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Old 11-03-2008, 11:55 AM
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Ruger Single Six!

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Old 11-03-2008, 11:57 AM
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I've been looking at the Ruger Blackhawks, mostly because I like the sights better.

Does your wife want a single action? There are many good double action .357/.38 revolvers out there.
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Ruger Vaquero
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Old 11-03-2008, 12:08 PM
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Depending on what you want to spend, I would suggest US Firearms. They are pricey, but very nice.
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Old 11-03-2008, 12:51 PM
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depending on the size of her hands, she might like the new Ruger Vaquero "Montado". Shorter barrel, turned down hammer for easy reach, somewhat smaller grips.

http://www.gunbroker.com/Auction/Vie...Item=115068446


we just ordered a pair from this guy for my wife... he was great to deal w/ and had the guns at the best price we've found.

It might just be available in .45LC, but you can go w/ the regular Vaquero and get it in .357 Note that there is a difference between "new model" and "old model" Vaqueros if you look at used guns. Old models have a larger frame size. New models were trimmed down to be closer to the original Colt Peacemaker dimensions.


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Old 11-03-2008, 2:49 PM
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Default If you want .38/.357, go with a K-frame

Single actions were made for big bores.
Colt SAA's and their true clones(Uberti, USFA, etc) do not have a transfer bar that renders them safe to carry with the hammer down on a loaded chamber. The Beretta Stampede(made by Uberti) and Ruger New Vaquero do have the device and are safe.
Most of the italian made copies of the SAA are pretty darn good quality and rather affordable. Most people feel most comfortable with the shorter 4 3/4" barrels.

Taurus made a single action called the Gaucho recently. You can probably pick them up discounted pretty easily. Probably should avoid them as QC was an issue and they had a very short production lifespan.
Seriously, get one in .45 colt. The ammo may not be as cheap, but it sure is fun to shoot.
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It's your wife for pete's sake. Get her the best. A nickle plated Colt with a 4 3/4 " barrel in 32/20. Ivory grips would be nice along with 'fire-blued screws.
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It's your wife for pete's sake. Get her the best. A nickle plated Colt with a 4 3/4 " barrel in 32/20. Ivory grips would be nice along with 'fire-blued screws.
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+1 for US Firearms
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This is the old west pistol I hope to get someday.

http://www.cimarron-firearms.com/Con...20NameConv.htm

I just really love the look of an open top revolver with a non fluted cylinder. But Cimarron has a lot of other models, so check out their website.
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Here it is!

http://www.gunbroker.com/Auction/Vie...Item=114721057

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Spending freely, I'd get a Freedom Arms before anything else. On a budget it would be the Ruger Vaquero.
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Cimarron Model P "Evil Roy"

That's the one I'm going to get. Real slick action, nice trigger pull, the one I was able to get ahold of to shoot shot real well.
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Get her a Cimarron Ligtning (.38 special/ .38 colt) and TEACH her to load 5.



I shoot the 3.5" barrel one pretty regularly, and it's a lot of fun.
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Boo,

I'd stick with Ruger single-actions. Post-1973 models have a transfer-bar safety which means it's safe to carry/shoot 6 rounds. Dunno about the other brands, Ruger SAs are tough and last forever.

Colt and US Firearms etc do not have the transfer bar safety system and an impact on the hammer could in theory detonate a round. And they're way more expensive. (I think you're looking for Seiko and not Rolex.) And I'm not fond of the other 'off-brand' guns (try and find a part).

Ruger single-actions come in four major flavors, some have dropped from the line:
- Blackhawk & Super Blackhawk (44Mag): adj sights, flattop, large frame:
- Bisley Blackhawks: large frame w/more vertical pistol grip for hot loads;
- Bisley Vaqueros: more vertical grip, cowboy fixed sights, not flattop.
- old Vaquero: large frame big bore calibers, cowboy style
- New Vaquero: smaller frame close to orig Colt SAA, not avail in 44mag
(Don't run hot loads. Sights are fixed, not adjustable.)

The New Vaquero is the closest to a traditional cowboy revolver. They come in blued & stainless. The Blackhawks

My favorite Ruger SA is the specialty Ruger 50th Anniv. Blackhawk Flattop in 357; this little blued gun is on the new smaller New Vaquero/SAA-sized frame but has adj. sights and the flattop like the bigger Blackhawks.

Get it in 38/357 since that's cheap & fun to shoot.

I think you'll like the 4-5/8" bbl or 5-1/2" bbl options.

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This is the old west pistol I hope to get someday.

http://www.cimarron-firearms.com/Con...20NameConv.htm

I just really love the look of an open top revolver with a non fluted cylinder. But Cimarron has a lot of other models, so check out their website.


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Get her a Cimarron Ligtning (.38 special/ .38 colt) and TEACH her to load 5.



I shoot the 3.5" barrel one pretty regularly, and it's a lot of fun.
Very nice! I have a Nickel Thunderrer in .45LC/.45acp which I like very much

And for the record, on non transfer bar Single Actions you load one, skip one, load 4 and you end up with hammer down on an empty cylinder. Very easy.
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I really like my Ruger New Vaquero .357 SS, it's a gas to shoot and they are built like tanks. Check out Cary Chapman in So Cal for the sweetest grips you have ever seen: http://www.clccustomgrips.com/
This one sports his "gunfighter" style grips in American holly wood, some call it American ivory. Really pretty wood and feels great in the hand.

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My thunderers are .44s, the lightning is a doll in 3.5"
If she isn't keen on the grips (which are really comfy to me), the model P Jr is also a great choice.

Mine is the 4 3/4"
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And for the record, on non transfer bar Single Actions you load one, skip one, load 4 and you end up with hammer down on an empty cylinder. Very easy.
Yes, and that's fine for SASS where they handicap everyone, but why throw away an extra round?

I'll take 6 instead of 5 for practical daily use so back to the New Vaqero etc.

I think it's tremendously stupid for any gun mfgr to make a non-xfer-bar wheelgun when there's this very good option. 'Tradition' ain't worth that much.

Was thinking about a USFA for awhile but lack of xfer bar and 5 outta 6 issue drove me away.
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I have a New Vaquero in .357 - it's fun, reliable, and about half the cost to shoot compared to a .45LC model.

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I know the gun nerds like to bloviate about this stuff, so lets hear it!

Here's what I'm looking for. It's for the wife, so it needs to be somewhat light. Preferably easy to find chrome or nickel plated. In .357 (so she can shoot .38 special) and easy to find sweet custom grips for.

What should I be looking for? I've checked out some Ruger Vaqueros and a Beretta but I don't remember the model of that one.

Thanks guys.
When I was shooting SASS almost every weekend I saw quite a few Colts and other brands come out of timing or fall apart. I used Vaqueros with replacement springs (in .357) and they were flawless. Ruger single action is the way to go.
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