Thanks to all.
Thanks to all.
Don't misunderstand - I STILL want a Colt SAA! And yes, I would shoot it - A LOT! And it would have to be a 45 Colt. One day...
Uberti 1873, it's a SHOOTER!, good price and a GREAT! gun!
You owe yourself a Colt SAA. Just postpone the pleasure, put the money together and buy it. The others are excellent but they are not Colts. Once you buy it, SHOOT IT like if it was a Ruger, Uberti, whatever. Shame that 99% of Colts SAA out there are just safe queens. It's nearly impossible to find a "used" Colt SAA for this reason! Because of this,that first shot will cost you 20% of the resale value but afterwards it will not depreciate further if kept in nice condition.Attachment 69771That's a picture of my 1904, 44-40. I shoot it all the time.
oscarflytyer -- Since you mention getting those "vibs", how will you feel the first time a fellow shooter, a stranger, a friend, innocently & predictably asks you "Hey man, is that really a Colt?". It's gunna happen. It did to my wife. At last years camping trip, we happened to be 1 mile from the Rock Island Auction house. We went in, signed up, got a "flag" and perused a spare catalog. She found a lot of 2 "six guns" and said how she always wanted one like Annie Oakly. I encouraged her to win a bid for two [unmatched] Colt New Frontier SA revolvers. It was $1200. They turned out to be semi desirable .22cal, 7/8 scale SA revolvers for the campers, women & children, and obtained just a bit under market value. Our 2nd time at the range, a guy next to us ogled her six gun & asked da question. With a slight giggle she answered "Yes it is!"
End of story.
Here is a Uberi Regulator in 44-40 with a 4 3/4" barrel. This one has the hammer block safety that is activated by the trigger sear entering the 1st notch on hammer. This pushes and moves the spring loaded hammer block into a blocking position and stops the hammer from falling all the way. This will engage if the hammer falls and the trigger is not depressed. This one uses the cylinder with bushing, where as I have some Uberti models with no removable bushing. It does not have the cylinder base pin safety with the duel detents. Cylinder base pin measures .250" diameter and 3.248" long the revolvers with the cylinder base pin safety and two detents will be 3.349" long. You can purchase the original size (shorter) cylinder base pin and eliminate the base pin safety.
This one is a Uberti 45Colt with 7.5" barrel It is referred to as a blackpowder frame, it has a pinched frame that is in reference to the rear sight groove or channel on top of the frame (see photo). This one also has a removable bushing for the cylinder, but the cylinder base pin diameter is .255" No base pin safety system.
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This next one is a Uberi with 4 3/4" barrel in 45Colt it is one of the lower priced Uberti models based on the finish. Matte finish with brass grip frame and brass trigger guard. Shots great even if it is the entry level model. Benefits are the brass area is easy to polish up after years of handling in range and hunting conditions where salts and moisture attack the grip areas where your hand contacts. This same area with the blued revolvers show wear and thinning of the finish. This one does not have a removable bushing in the cylinder. It is a one piece cylinder. It also does not have a visible tiny screw in the hammer for the hammer block safety. Now it does have the hammer block safety on the hammer, and it does function, it just is not the same design as the others and they have eliminated the tell tail sign of that tiny screw coming out the top area of the hammer. It also has a longer cylinder base pin of 3.340" and the duel detent on the base pin.
So if your looking to buy a SAA clone There are no faults in the Uberti models, Just look at the different design changes and decide which ones matter to you. Everyone seems to have preferences. I like the blackpowder frame models. I reload 44-40 so my 1st choice in caliber would be 44-40, but if I did not reload 45Colt makes a lot more sense. Even during the crazy ammunition grab 45colt was able to be found. 44-40 is not going to be in just every gun store.
Step one done, I went with the Uberti El Patron for now. I chose 357 caliber because I shoot a lot of it and reload choice loads. I have my eye on a Colt SAA second gen 1960 vintage that is in the pocession of my brother in law who helped himself to his Dads gun after he passed. He is not much in to shooting /collecting and always needs money. So I will patiently wait.
Again thanks brothers for all the feedback
Uberti is a good choice if you want "the spirit of an SAA" without the price. I have a couple of Uberti B/P revolvers, including their B/P Cattleman. Yep, it serves a purpose,
But they will never be a Colt...