View Full Version : Single Action Revolvers

10-11-2015, 05:23 PM
Yes intentionally placed in Bon Vivant, because not I'm not considering a Ruger Vaquero to replace my RMR'ed Glocks for defense :tongue:

I am looking however at single action of some sort for some mind cleansing range time when things are not so serious. Still kick myself for piddling around so many years ago with the dealer "friend" who kept promising "I'm sure I can get it for you, just give me some more time!" when USFA was building and selling better stuff than Colt ever put out at 2/3 the price, but oh well. The company, and those prices are long gone.

So anyway, any single action fans, any suggestions???

10-11-2015, 05:27 PM
Freedom Arms

Mark Hatfield
10-11-2015, 05:41 PM
Ruger Old Army.

Sam Spade
10-11-2015, 06:09 PM
Go bold---black powder cap and ball. The 1851 is still a sweetheart of a pistol. There are beautiful replicas available with no need for a 4473 or a dealer. For that matter, I'm pretty sure that kits are still to be found. And the ritual of the reload is indeed mind cleansing.

10-11-2015, 07:03 PM
Shoot a couple of Ruger S/A 44mag's myself for some relaxing range time.
Bisley with a 3.75" barrel and Bisley Hunter.
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The 3.75 will become my Bar B Que gun with a bit of engraving in the near future.
An enjoyable afternoon at an easy pace.

Freedom Arms does indeed build a fine Single Action

10-11-2015, 09:06 PM
One of the many choices from Ruger is bound to suit you. I'd like to get a bird's head grip and a short barrel, just for fun. I also have an EAA Big Bore Bounty Hunter in .44 Mag which is interesting, but came with the heaviest trigger known to man on a single action revolver. I might like it more if I can bring the trigger down to a reasonable weight.

10-12-2015, 04:42 AM
Ruger really rules the roost among the competitive cowboy action shooters. I've also been eyeing me a cowboy pistol for fun and games. The transfer bar, modern metallurgy and coil springs all add up to Ruger being the most modern inside of the classic looking SAA pistols.

No doubt, if you want a gun for any practical purpose, a single action cowboy pistol is light years behind the best today has to offer. That said, that look is so ingrained into our minds that it's hard to not want to have one. If you grew up watching westerns, you got that image ground into your psyche. I know I did; and I know there is only one way that I'm going to scratch that itch and that is to get one.

10-12-2015, 05:35 AM
I do like SAAs but always beat my knuckle on the triggerguard. I sent a pair of New Varquaros to Gary Reeder for some magic. Dont forget the Schofields. I love the Russian model. If youre going "bbblack" consider the LeMat

10-12-2015, 06:40 AM
Taylor Smokewagons


10-12-2015, 06:51 AM
I've been feeling the need to really scratch the same itch lately after watching The Quick and The Dead and High Plains Drifter last week. I'm really liking the Ruger's SAA and will most likely add a Marlin or Henry rifle in the same caliber as the pistol/pistols.

The real question is who makes good gun belts and holsters?

10-12-2015, 08:04 AM
....The real question is who makes good gun belts and holsters?

Depends what you want--western style or correct period stuff or just modern carry stuff. I might even have some stuff to suit you send me a email

10-12-2015, 08:11 AM
I had a lot of fun for a couple years with a pair of 1851 Navy revolvers. I always thought the octagon barrels looked cooler than the round barrel versions. Not much power there, but they are fun to shoot, and mine were reasonably accurate.

I quit shooting them eventually though because, while the reload is mind cleansing, like you said, the cleaning process is mind numbing, and not something you can put off for a little while after shooting.

I have been told the answer to the cleaning problem is to bring it home and put it in the dishwasher. I think my wife would shoot me if I tried that.

10-12-2015, 08:59 AM
Funny I always found BP easier to clean than smokeless. HOT soapy water. The hotter the better, so it would dry faster (no rust) then oil. You take it apart so everything is easier to access. In fairness it stinks and you really do need to clean them the day you shoot'em.

I seriously dont have a problem with the dishwasher cleaning method, even combined with dishes. The whole point of the wash AND rinse is to get rid of the dirt NOT spread it to other dishes. Bach in my revolver days, we used to disassemble our Stainless Ruger Security/Speed Six's, put everything but the wood grips in a mesh bag, then set it on the top shelf and run the dishwasher after dinner. You just had to remember to assemble it before work in the morning. Rugers were famous for being "rookie" proof. You could disassemble them with a dime and put them back together without a gunsmith manual

Sam Spade
10-12-2015, 09:32 AM
The real question is who makes good gun belts and holsters?

Take a look at El Paso Saddlery. I'm more a historical guy than a cowboy shooter, but I'm totally satisfied by their stuff.

10-12-2015, 02:15 PM
I tried the dishwasher...once. After scrubbing the rust off, I swore not to try such a silly stunt again.

I shoot muzzle-loading arms competitively, and there are some tricks of the trade. One is to take the cylinder, run a brush through it, and set it to soak in cleaner while you scrub out the barrel and frame. Clean, dry, oil. Then pull the cylinder out, clean and dry that. Elapsed time 12-15 minutes at most. I use a Simple Green solution (about 1:3 with water), Ballistol to lube.