Pieces of the West

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The single action revolver, so named because a trigger performs the single action of firing the weapon after the hammer is manually cocked, is a simple, dependable, and highly effective design that’s synonymous with sidearms of the Old West—the Samuel Colt-designed Peacemaker being the most widely known example (see page 96 for more of that story). Recently, gun manufacturers have begun producing authentic, fully-functional single-action pistols based largely on Colt models that were produced between 1873 and 1940. Long popular with cowboy shooters and more recently so with a wider audience of single-action aficionados, here are six models for anyone looking to get their hands on a piece of the real Wild West.

CIMARRON EVIL ROY
available in .45 Long Colt, .357 Magnum, and .44-40 calibers

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Cimarron’s best-selling revolver to the cowboy action shooter; there have been 17 World Championships won with the Evil Roy

$649 .............................. http://cimarron-firearms.com

COLT MFG. CO. INC. SINGLE ACTION ARMY REVOLVER

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available in .45 Long Colt, .32-30, .357, .38 Special, .44-40, and .38-40 calibers

Introduced in 1873, the Colt Single Action Army revolver is the gun that started it all.

$1,300 to $1,500 .............. http://coltsmfg.com

RUGER NEW VAQUERO

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available in.357 Magnum and .45 Colt calibers

The predominant single-action cowboy pistol in use today by competitive shooters, the New Vaquero is available in polished stainless steel

or a blued finish.

$659 ............................... http://ruger.com

RUGER JOHN WAYNE CENTENNIAL VAQUERO

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available in .45 Colt caliber
This limited edition model features a blued finish with detailed scrollwork and John Wayne’s signature in 24kt gold on the barrel. Checkered

walnut grips include a carved “JW” on each side.

Price varies .................... http://ruger.com

TAURUS GAUCHO REVOLVERS

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available in .38 Special and .357 Magnum calibers

Available in a variety of finishes and barrel lengths, the Gaucho line features an integral transfer bar, Taurus Security System, and a “Four

Click” cocking action.

$536 .............................. http://taurususa.com

U.S. FIRE ARMS NEW RODEO II

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available in .45 Colt and .38 Special calibers

Based on a 1871 design by William Mason for Colt, the Rodeo II is finished in satin nickel with burlwood grips.

$605 .............................. http://usfirearms.com