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James Bond
01-13-2012, 5:04 PM
I am considering the purchase of a Colt 1873 SAA clone in .45 LC. Ruger indicates on their website that their Vaquero models are exempt from the CA approved DOJ list. Does this apply to all SAA clones (Uberti, Cimarron, Mitchell, Beretta) etc.?

ke6guj
01-13-2012, 5:05 PM
12133. (a) The provisions of this chapter shall not apply to a single-action revolver that has at least a 5-cartridge capacity with a barrel length of not less than three inches, and meets any of the following specifications:
(1) Was originally manufactured prior to 1900 and is a curio or relic, as defined in Section 478.11 of Title 27 of the Code of Federal Regulations.
(2) Has an overall length measured parallel to the barrel of at least 7 1/2 inches when the handle, frame or receiver, and barrel are assembled.
(3) Has an overall length measured parallel to the barrel of at least 7 1/2 inches when the handle, frame or receiver, and barrel are assembled and that is currently approved for importation into the United States pursuant to the provisions of paragraph (3) of subsection (d) of Section 925 of Title 18 of the United States Code.

1JimMarch
01-13-2012, 9:22 PM
There is *maybe* one variant of the Ruger NewVaq that might not make the 7.5" cutoff. There's a special order 3.75" barrel version that has the short "bird's head" grip frame. It will *probably* make 7.5" but it'll be close. One is in 45ACP, one in 45LC, both shipping through Talo.

http://ruger.com/products/vaqueroDE/models.html

Ruger calls them "9 inch" but the Cal-DOJ measurement is parallel to the barrel. They're *probably* OK. All the rest are fine unless somebody chops a barrel way back, like Gary Reeder's "Gambler" custom:

http://www.reedercustomguns.com/revolvers/Gamblers_classic.htm

Uberti and Pietta also do short-grip-and-short-barrel setups, some of which might not make the cut. As with Ruger the vast majority are fine.

Something I learned recently: the NAA minirevolvers with 4" or more barrels will make the 7.5" cut with big enough factory grips. The smallest factory grips might not. NAA knows which ones for sure.