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Traded in a couple of guns I wasn’t shooting to finance a .22. I was looking for a bird’s head Ruger Wrangler but instead I found this; a Cimmaron .22LR Pistolero. 10 round cylinder.

I didn’t know Cimarron (actually Pietta) offered such a revolver. Used in like-new condition, almost too pretty to shoot. My first SAA clone.

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Good looking revolver Bird! Be a shame to put some holster wear on it.


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Dang Birdie, that's a nice one!

Enjoy wearing it out.

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That's a fine looking gun.

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Looking at it closer after I got home, doesn’t look like it’s ever been fired.

Years ago I bought a Colt Signiature Series percussion 1860 Army NIB, gorgeous charcoal blueing. So pretty I couldn’t bring myself to shoot it.

So I eventually gave it to the son of a friend for a wedding present. I believe he shot the heck out of it 🙂


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Well dang, it was sold tagged as a Cimarron Arms, turns out its an improved model Uberti 1873 Cattleman also marked Stoeger (both owned by Benelli) and this was a big gun store with gun-geeks behind the counter. I’ll call the mis-ID a side effect of a Millenial Generation raised on polymer-framed handguns and black rifles as opposed to the classic old stuff.

So I got a better deal than I thought. Uberti’s .22LR Cattleman retails for around $625 versus Cimarron Arms Pietta-made Pistolero at $517.

‘Nother thing is it’s a 12 shot rather than the 10 shot Pietta.

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Looking at the historic SAA and open top conversion end of the market, between Cimarron Arms and DGW there’s a wide selection of Italian-made of classic single actions available in everything from .22LR and even .380ACP up through the classic .32, .44 and .45 cartridges. Many less than $700.

See

https://www.cimarron-firearms.com/products/revolvers/single-actions.html?product_list_limit=45

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Originally Posted by Birdwatcher
Traded in a couple of guns I wasn’t shooting to finance a .22. I was looking for a bird’s head Ruger Wrangler but instead I found this; a Cimmaron .22LR Pistolero. 10 round cylinder.

I didn’t know Cimarron (actually Pietta) offered such a revolver. Used in like-new condition, almost too pretty to shoot. My first SAA clone.

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I've got one, too (I believe you'll find it's a 12 shooter). They are quite heavy, due to so much steel in the cylinder and barrel. That's the only thing that sucks about them. Mine shoots pretty good.

The actions on them can be a bit delicate. Make sure to follow the exact correct sequence of hammer cocking and firing each and every time, such as never lowering the hammer from any position other than full cock. Doing otherwise can easily result in an action lockup. So, for example, if it's in half cock for loading, bring it all the way to full cock before lowering it.

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Originally Posted by Birdwatcher
Looking at it closer after I got home, doesn’t look like it’s ever been fired.

Years ago I bought a Colt Signiature Series percussion 1860 Army NIB, gorgeous charcoal blueing. So pretty I couldn’t bring myself to shoot it.

So I eventually gave it to the son of a friend for a wedding present. I believe he shot the heck out of it 🙂
Coincidentally, I've got a Signature Series (also called a Third Generation) Colt 1860, as well, but I shoot mine all the time. They are superbly made renditions of the original, and not just cosmetically.

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Good looking gun Mike. And a great snag, too. 12 shooter would be fun!
Let us know how it shoots.
Beretta owns both Benelli and Ubeti.

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Originally Posted by The_Real_Hawkeye
The actions on them can be a bit delicate. Make sure to follow the exact correct sequence of hammer cocking and firing each and every time, such as never lowering the hammer from any position other than full cock. Doing otherwise can easily result in an action lockup. So, for example, if it's in half cock for loading, bring it all the way to full cock before lowering it.

Thanks for the info, seems there ain’t many handguns you haven’t owned at one time or another.


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Originally Posted by chlinstructor
Good looking gun Mike. And a great snag, too. 12 shooter would be fun!
Let us know how it shoots.
Beretta owns both Benelli and Ubeti.

It’s about time I owned a SAA design, a classic piece of Americana. At 40oz tho it ain’t a piece for easy carry in the woods, seems like it takes up 3x the room in my safe.

I’m thinking the 1873 was the S&W Mod 29 of its day, not suited for casual in-town carry, and no wonder those gun belts were so big.


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Birdie, the only advice I would give is to SHOOT the damn thing! If you don't, someone coming along behind you some day surely will!


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Nice gun but do yourself a favor and don't sell the Pietta to Alec Baldwin. He has some difficulties handling Pietta guns safely.


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Originally Posted by Birdwatcher
I’m thinking the 1873 was the S&W Mod 29 of its day, not suited for casual in-town carry, and no wonder those gun belts were so big.
The .45 Colt chambered SAA revolvers are much lighter guns than the .22. A great deal of extra steel is in the .22 version, both in the barrel and cylinder.

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I have my Grandfather's Colt New Frontier Scout in 22 rf/22 mag, both cylinders are with the gun. It's never been fired as far as I can tell, and i have the box of 22s that grandad bought at K-Mart some 50 years ago, or so. My granddad would buy things and put them away for later....if he remembered. Like the 12 gauge Brazilian shotgun and Woodmaster .30-06 that he kept in a non-working refrigerator on the back porch.

I guess I'd better shoot it some day.......


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Originally Posted by Elkhunter3006
I have my Grandfather's Colt New Frontier Scout in 22 rf/22 mag, both cylinders are with the gun. It's never been fired as far as I can tell, and i have the box of 22s that grandad bought at K-Mart some 50 years ago, or so. My granddad would buy things and put them away for later....if he remembered. Like the 12 gauge Brazilian shotgun and Woodmaster .30-06 that he kept in a non-working refrigerator on the back porch.

I guess I'd better shoot it some day.......
Was it the kind of refrigerator that had a key lock? We had an upright freezer with a key lock when I was a kid. I could see how that could serve as a gun safe of sorts, when it stopped working.

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That's too pretty. Get a $179 Wrangler to abuse.


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Cool beans Mike.

Shoot it, guns can be refinished.


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Having grown up on a .45 caliber SAA, I find the weight of anything smaller slightly annoying. In .45 the weight is just perfect, but the smaller the bullet gets, the heavier the front of the gun gets; they get REAL muzzle heavy when you get down to .22 or .32 calibers. Still cool guns, and I have been intrigued by the 12 shot SAA myself...kinda thinking about one for my son.

My .38 WCF in 7.5" is about as muzzle heavy as I like my SAA's. As much as I love .38/357, I find them to be a little annoying in the balance department; enough so that I have yet to buy one.

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Originally Posted by Birdwatcher
Well dang, it was sold tagged as a Cimarron Arms, turns out its an improved model Uberti 1873 Cattleman also marked Stoeger (both owned by Benelli) and this was a big gun store with gun-geeks behind the counter. I’ll call the mis-ID a side effect of a Millenial Generation raised on polymer-framed handguns and black rifles as opposed to the classic old stuff.

So I got a better deal than I thought. Uberti’s .22LR Cattleman retails for around $625 versus Cimarron Arms Pietta-made Pistolero at $517.

‘Nother thing is it’s a 12 shot rather than the 10 shot Pietta.

[Linked Image from i.postimg.cc]

Looking at the historic SAA and open top conversion end of the market, between Cimarron Arms and DGW there’s a wide selection of Italian-made of classic single actions available in everything from .22LR and even .380ACP up through the classic .32, .44 and .45 cartridges. Many less than $700.

See

https://www.cimarron-firearms.com/products/revolvers/single-actions.html?product_list_limit=45

and

Dixie Gun Works
Damn! That took some machining.

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My Ruger single six 5.5 inch barrel is not light by any means but it is a favorite none the less. I have killed a lot of critters with that gun. Mostly G-hogs. It would be my choice if I could only have one 22 pistol for the rest of my days.

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