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102898 No. 102898 ID: 7c3c05
So, of late I've been thinking about adding an SAA clone or something similar to my collection. Does anyone have any experience with Pietta, Uberti, Traditions, and the other brands made by the Italian clone makers?

Any recommendations on barrel length, in terms of balance or handling qualities? I've seen pictures of a not especially historically correct 3.5" barreled variant that looks pleasingly purposeful and businesslike to my eye, but I've not picked one up. I already have a GP100 in .357 and have some .357 ammo on hand, so that's the logical caliber for this to be.

I do noticed that the fixed-sight SAA clones tend to have a rather primitive sight setup, with the rear sight a shallow notch in the top of a curved frame, and I am not sure whether I'm supposed to put the top of the front sight even with the top of the frame on either side or raise it up so it's in line with where the missing part of the topstrap would be. I much prefer the sight picture we get with a modern (well, mid to late 20th Century) fixed-sight service revolver, but no one is making an SAA clone with that little change to the frame.
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>>102898

My buddy had a Ruger Blackhawk Convertible, that could swap between 45 Colt and ACP. I don't remember the details except that it was fun to shoot. They have a transfer bar safety which is a good thing.

http://www.ruger.com/products/newModelBlackhawkConvertible/models.html

He also had an Uberti 1873 Carbine in .357 that was pretty good. I'd definitely check out both mfg's.
>> No. 102904 ID: 538c90
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I have never shot any of the Italian clones of the Colt Single Action Army. My Pietta clone of an 1858 Remington percussion cap revolver is really good. My favorite SAA clones are from Ruger with the New Model Super Blackhawk being terrific. My polished stainless Ruger Vaquero is great for an older, more streamlined look compared to the Blackhawk brick shithouse heavy frame. My Ruger Single-Six is a terrific .22 single-action.
And as for caliber, .357 Magnum is probably the most versatile. But... not quite as fun as .44 Magnum.

- Italian Beretta Stampede Bisley, another Spaghetti Western clone of the iconic American revolver.
>> No. 102905 ID: 538c90
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An Italian Beretta Stampede Deluxe in .45 Colt.
>> No. 102906 ID: 538c90
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Italian Beretta Laramie (Schofield 1870 Pattern) .45 Colt S.A. revolver, 6.5-inch barrel.
>> No. 102907 ID: 538c90
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Plenty of cowboy guns discussed here, including the Italian Uberti Cattleman Single-Action 1873 clone (here with a 4.75-inch barrel):
http://www.operatorchan.org/k/res/101819.html
>> No. 102908 ID: 538c90
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Italian Uberti Single-Action 1873 Cattleman Cody in nickel & ivory, 5.5-inch barrel.
>> No. 102909 ID: 538c90
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Italian Uberti Single-Action 1873 Cattleman Desperado 5.5-inch barrel.
>> No. 102919 ID: e3225a
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I've got an 1860 Army from Uberti, pretty neat little gun. It's mostly a show piece as I hardly ever have the patience for black powder. I do however enjoy it when I do force myself to take it out and do the damn thing.

I'm afraid i'm entirely unfamiliar with their line of SAA or anything besides my specific example.
>> No. 102921 ID: 71ae68
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I've got a little 22 clone, the FIE Little Ranger. Fun little gun just for the range but I've been wanting to upgrade to something a bit bigger.

What I'd love to find is what my dad had years and years ago. It was SAA kit. Completely stripped, needed everything done from assembly to I think painting. He had it nice, engraved it himself. Even bought different barrels and cylinders for it so it was a higher caliber (not sure which) and a .22. Unfortunately one of my family members nabbed it well before I was old enough to get it.

I'd love to find something like that for myself, I think pretty much building my own Peacemaker would be bretty awesome.

Pic related, not my gun but identical.
>> No. 102922 ID: 7c3c05
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I see that at Uberti they've been playing with period styling, and have introduced an SAA clone with an octagonal barrel. Neither Colt nor the Remington 1875/1890 had an octagonal barrel, but some period firearms did, and it's not bad looking.

But now for some reason I'm imagining an SAA clone with a tapered "pencil barrel" profile like you see on older S&W duty revolvers in .38 Special, complete with the prewar style round "half nickel" front sight that was semicircular in profile. And a slightly altered topstrap at the rear for a proper Patridge style square notch rear sight with that portion of the topstrap level on either side. Would it look like some kind of generic early 20th Century firearm? Probably not, it'd probably look silly.
>> No. 102937 ID: aadd02
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>>102906
My very close cousin eloped a year and a half ago with a girl he'd been dating for only a few months (I met her since. She's a lovely woman), denying me a chance to get one of my favorite people in the world a wedding gift. Backwoods Okie that he is, I'm considering getting him a showy single action revolver for his second anniversary. An SAA would be the obvious choice, but I'm leaning towards a Schofield.
>> No. 103054 ID: f56d36
I had a 5.5 inch .357 magnum Uberti Horseman. The hotseman is drop safe and and you can load 6. You can barely feel .38 and .357 is softer than similar sized double action revolvers. Even with the old style sights I could hit clay doves in midair. Personally I think if you're gonna go for a fudd gun you should go full fudd instead of getting one of those Rugers that are half modern half original without the charm of the old and the practicallity of modern guns.
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