Monday, October 30, 2006

Way Politically Incorrect

I'd previously mentioned something about fast cars, guns, and way left politics, so not to leave any doubts about whether I meant it or not, here's a couple of my favorites in the second category.

These are a matched pair of 3 1/2" Uberti Single Action Army Colt .45s with bird's head grips. They have all the virtues of the SAA, great balance and simplicity and point to aim, and they don't have the "hitch" of the transfer bar since the firing pin is on the hammer. That does mean an empty chamber under the hammer for safe carry.

The fit and finish is exemplary and the accuracy for a short barreled revolver is outstanding. I am building a set up for Cowboy Action Shooting Competition, thus the pair. The rest of the set up is a hammered short double barrel in 12 ga (stage coach shotgun) with screw in chokes and a .45 Colt 1873 Winchester lever action (Chaparrel), at this point what I'm missing is the rigs (holsters, scabbards) and what I'll keep missing is pointy toed boots.

The revolvers shoot nicely with 240 gr lead Cowboy Action loads, the recoil is managable for faster shooting, but they get pretty hairy with 300 gr rounds. Those will make you real sure you just fired a powerful handgun. P+ rounds and higher are not recommended and though I'm sure the guns wouldn't explode, I have no desire to beat them, either. Not to mention that trying to get an accurate second shot off would be highly unlikely.

For those who know little about guns and nomenclature, a single action is a handgun which requires cocking before firing, pulling the hammer back with your thumb cocks these, squeezing the trigger will not cock the hammer. The .45 Colt was the most powerful handgun built, until the .44 Magnum came along. It was the gun that inspired the saying, "God may have created men equal, but Sam Colt made them equal," and the .45 SAA Colt was the "gun that tamed the West." The bird's head grip in these revolvers was not a feature of the SAA Colt, it is a Uberti modification to the patent, it is in fact an old S&W feature.

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