Looking back thru' my records, I'm amazed at how many SAAs have passed thru' my hands; there was always some reason to go for something 'better'. I had a Hartford Model, which was a remarkably good Colt clone, but swapped it on a stainless Ruger, which begat a Sheriff's Model that shot like a house afire, but both bugged me with their clunkiness. Eventually, ended up with a transfer-bar Beretta marked Uberti, which was a wonderful gun with a good trigger, but the transfer bar bugged me. Kinda like modern electronic doodads on a vintage MG.
So I sold the Beretta to a buddy, and got a Uberti 'Smokewagon', which appeared to have an original ignition system. Taylor does a tune on this model, and the action was really smooth...but it only had 3 clicks, which was a puzzlement. Eventually figured out that the conventional looking firing pin actually retreated into the hammer when the trigger was released.
Tried to swap it on a conventional clone at a local shop, and was given a real load of nonsense by a clerk. I was supposed to give him my gun, and then we could negotiate on the new one.
Anyway, ended up contacting Taylor, and they sold me a conventional hammer and trigger for $75, which I installed today. Drop in job, gun times up just fine, as is the trigger itself.
So I'm done, at least for now.
Doug, really enjoyed your writeups (as always), but I was amazed that you were amazed that the .357 SAA was heavier than the .45 Colt.
The blued steel and walnut cowboy guns remind me of the guns when I was first shooting. BTW, I've a Super (steel) Bearcat that's been mine since new; neat little gun.
I do understand stainless replicas if you're going to shoot black powder, tho' the rounds are tedious (hazardous?) to load, hand dipping the charges. BTW, Trailboss powder has made the cavernous .45 Colt easy to handload, as it fills the case and meters well. With lead (or coated) bullets, it's not expensive to shoot.
The El Patron revo in Doug's article is the twin of mine, save for the lowered hammer. Non-traditional in the Uberti is the coil spring and plunger used to push the hand against the ratchet, as well as a music wire spring to drive the trigger and locking bolt. Both are leaves in the original design, and reputedly breakage prone.
Concur with Doug's remarks about a carbine and handgun in the same caliber. Currently have a 94 Winchester Trapper with a tang sight; it's a ball to shoot. I've been keeping an eye open for a Rossi or Uberti replica '92 with a slim, tube barrel. I'll put a tang on that, too...the crossbolt safety/94 action bug me on the Winchester.
Speaking of safeties, the two position base pin 'safety' is mfg 'cover your derriere' thinking, as are the (better) transfer bar systems. But 'hammer down on an empty' isn't that hard.
Recently swapped the OEM GF on our old 45 Convertible for a stainless grip frame.
Greatly improved the balance and will keep me from chasing a Colt 45 SAA temporarily.
Traveling between South Florida, where we hunt with fishing rods, and our kids recent move to the Rockies, I hope to run into one eventually.
So I bought my boy a NOS Winchester 94/44Mag 16”..... and I bought his boy a minty Winchester 9422..... will get the wee lad a Bearcat.
They, along with the acquisition of a safe queen Winchester ‘92/45 Colt and the Mrs. unfired Colt 1860 stay in Florida until they have a long backyard range.
My Dad was the worst skier in the 10th.
But his nickname was radio and shortstop..... the Army’s best....and his equal according to Rizzuto.
That 16" Winchester in .44 is God's wrath as a brush gun. A handload that is crowding 1400'sec in a 6" 629 does nearly 1600 in the (mine's a Marlin) carbine, and it's more pleasant to shoot than a .30-30.
But if I'm going to shoot heavy loads, the plow-handle grip of a hogleg isn't the way to go. It's bunches more fun with cowboy, or maybe a little warmer, loads.