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    Walked into my holy grail handgun

    Moderators, please move if this is the wrong place.

    Been looking for a single action revolver in .357 as a companion to my 1894C.

    Not stainless, not ugly (sorry Ruger owners), under $500.

    A little about me; born in raised in upstate NY, my last Navy duty station was Virginia, upon retirement in 1994 I became a Virginia citizen.

    So in the same gun shop that I wandered into my pre-lawyer trigger 700BDL in 25-06 I found an Interarms Virginian Dragoon.

    Shows little use, timing and lockup good (dragged a thumb on the cylinder while cocking), Blued, .357, $400

    Bonuses, named Virginian, made in the Virginia Interarms plant, adjustable sights (I can't shoot straight), bottom of the grip has the rattlesnake and "Don't tread on me"

    Don't tread on me.jpgVirginian Dragoon.jpg

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    Very Very Nice! You and I have something in common.

    I have been reading accounts of early Texas written by eye witnesses from the very early 1800's through Texas Independence and on to the early 20th century - Early settlements, Indian wars and depredations, border wars fighting the Mexicans, the early Texas rangers...

    Fascinating reading that has awakened my interest in single action revolvers and early lever action rifles. I have bought two single action SAA style revolvers in the last six months - A stainless Ruger Vaquero in 45 Colt with faux mother of pearl grips and a Cimmaron Arms Pistolero in 357/38spcl with a nickel finish and wood grips. I already had a blued Ruger Vaquero with a birds head grip in 45 Colt.

    The cool thing about the Cimmaron Arms products is that they are very close replicas of the originals. Thus my pistol has a hammer mounted firing pin requiring I load only five rounds so the firing pin rests on an empty chamber - just like the old days. Plus, Cimmaron arms is headquartered in Fredericksburg, Texas.

    My Pistolero 357 looks like this pic from the Cimmaron website. - T. S.

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    Virginia Dragoons are very nice SAs, I would say a cut above most imports of Colt SAs on today's market. I sold quite a few of them in late 70s when they were first out. They had some nice dealer incentives and profit margins. I'm don't remember for sure but I think all the VDs I sold were 44mgs. It may have been all they made at the time. Never got one back on trade and don't see them often used. I always looked at them as more Ruger than Colt. Don't believe I ever shot one. To me a revolver without adj sights is about usless unless you luck out and find a load to print sights. I like Colt Peacemakers for their historical value but was always a Ruger SA fan until they changed to new model. Back in those days I was gung-ho on 44mg and Colt didn't have one, besides Ruger was 1/2 the price.
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    looks real good!!
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    Going to cost me a pair of earings. I like my jewelry in blue and the "CFO" likes her jewelry in gold.

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    At the in-laws, not sure when we're going home, but I'll post a range report NLT next weekend. We have a rifle shoot Saturday and after I reopen the range I'll try it out.

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    Very nice indeed!
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    I have a stainless VD in .44 mag, an absolute TANK of a SA revolver!
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    I have it's big brother, a 7.5" in .44 magnum with "Liberty Forever" on the grip. It's also blued with walnut grips. Still in box and only 36 rounds through it. Here's a link for an 8 page info writeup of these Dragoons by Lee Martin if you don't already have it. Good info.

    http://www.singleactions.com/VADragoons.pdf
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