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Posted on January 15, 2013 by in Sittin' At The Gun Shop

Sitting at the Gunshop

Colt Cowboy Revolver

A Legendary Revolver Modernized for the 21st Century

I was looking into the dark recesses of my gun safe the other day and I came across a Colt Cowboy revolver. I hadn’t thought about this gun in several years, and only remember that I have it when I do my semi-annual inventory. I recall buying this Colt Cowboy single action revolver late in 1999, the year after they were first introduced. I had already seen them in the gun magazines several months before and there it was in the display case at Shooters Corner. I just had to have it, and its reasonable price tag of ($589.00) helped me make my decision.

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Colt’s Cowboy Revolver, a modern Single Action Revolver.

Being a child of the fifties, I saw all of the black and white western serial shows and movies that came on the TV set during those days. The Lone Ranger, carried a nickel plated Colt Single Action revolver and loaded it with real silver bullets. When I bought this Colt Cowboy, I envisioned buying cowboy leather gear and joining the Single Action Shooting Society, (SASS) but alas I never seemed to find the time to do it. I already owned one true Colt Single Action Army and one Colt New Frontier single action, but I never fired either one of them because they were so expensive, I thought that shooting them might depreciate their value. I reckoned that I could fire this less expensive Cowboy as much as I wanted without causing much harm.

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A simple groove in the top of the frame serves as a rudimentary sight.

The Colt single action revolver was first introduced in 1873 for the U. S. Army. It has become the most instantly recognized and familiar revolver to the American public. Almost all little boys of my age had a silver plated cap gun that looked like the timeless Colt SAA. My new grandson will have one too as soon as I can find one. In this 21st century of political correctness they are not as prevalent as they were in my day. The design of the Colt Cowboy lends into self to close range instinctive shooting. With the 5 ½ inch barrel its balance in my hand is exceptionable and the barrel is just heavy enough to prevent excessive muzzle flip. With its 2.4 pound empty weight, it’s not a hideout gun. It’s meant to be carried in a holster on the belt by a man on horseback. The old cowboys set about twirling their peacemakers on their trigger finger to demonstrate their skills to the saloon girls, but this is NOT a safe endeavor with a loaded weapon.

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Barrel markings for the Colt Cowboy.

In my research for this article I watched a plethora of old black and white movies depicting life in the old west. (My job is so tough sometimes.) Both the hero and the villain utilized the Colt Single Action revolver in their deeds, good and bad. In one movie an older pistolero had become a saloon keeper. He had a sign above the front door of his saloon that read NO GUNS ALLOWED. Only he and his young employee who was sweet on his daughter were allowed to wear guns. Naturally this was fine with the law abiding town folk who turned their pistols in at the door and felt safer for doing it. Then along came three obvious outlaws who ignored the sign, (they probably couldn’t read anyway) and walked into the saloon wearing their Colt single action handguns. The old pistolero challenged them and demanded they surrender their guns before entering his saloon and a shootout occurred. The old pistolero managed to get off one shot before a barrage of outlaw lead cut him down. Only law abiding citizens are unarmed by gun laws, criminals will always find a gun somewhere when they need one.

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Faux case hardened adorns the frame on the Colt Cowboy Revolver.

My Colt Cowboy single action revolver has a blue-black finish on the barrel, cylinder, trigger guard and grip. The frame looks like its case hardened, but alas it’s just a very stylish applied finish that looks a lot like the real thing. The rear sight is just a grooved channel atop the back strap just like the original Colt Peacemaker SAA. The front sight is a simple blade sight and it not readily adjustable. (You have to file down the front sight to change the point of aim.) The trigger pull on this revolver is quite heavy. I’d estimate six to seven pounds of pressure is required to fire the weapon. (Probably some lawyer recommended this heavy trigger pull.) A good gunsmith that is familiar with the Colt SAA could bring this trigger pull down to an acceptable three or four pounds which would also aid in accuracy. I still say that this gun was designed for snap shooting at close ranges, so a light trigger pull might not be that useful after all.

The Colt Cowboy revolver has a modern transfer bar ignition system which allegedly allows you to carry it fully loaded, (six rounds) without fear of discharge if you drop it and the hammer is struck, however I DO NOT RECOMMEND THIS HABIT. I believe in the tried and true method of loading five rounds in the cylinder with the hammer resting on an empty chamber. Call me old fashioned, but this method has been working for 125 years and I see no reason to change it. If you know you’re walking into a gunfight at high noon, then maybe you would load all six rounds, otherwise LOAD WITH FIVE AND STAY ALIVE.

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Barrel finish is NOT a high polished item, but serves its purpose.

The old west had its share of pistoleros both good and evil, but the fastest I’ve ever seen in real life with a single action revolver is a gentleman named Bob Munden. His draw was so fast that the TV people had to show it in slow motion so it could be seen. His accuracy was so good that he could throw a simple aspirin into the air and draw and shoot the aspirin into tiny pieces before it hit the ground. Bob died recently this year at age seventy and he was still performing. He passed away on the way home from a performance while driving his car with his wife. Gods speed Bob Munden, a true pistolero and a fine gentleman.

Well I’ve just surpassed my allotted word count for this article, but as I close I want to remind you that a gun is just a tool that can be used for good or evil. It’s the hand of the man wielding said tool that decides how it’s used.  Remember to support the NRA to protect your gun rights. They are in the fight of their lives right now and need all of the support you can give them. Always shoot legally, proper practice prevents poor performance when it counts, and be safe out there.

Juniorsboy

 

 

 

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Common Sense Gun Control

Posted on January 15, 2013 by in Sittin' At The Gun Shop

Common Sense Gun Control

 Common Sense Gun Control

Gun control is the ability to hit your target repeatedly in any circumstances. And rather than print the common Republican rant, we decided to come at this from hopefully a different perspective. History has proven many times that an unarmed populace can be turned into slaves of a tyrannical dictatorship and controlled or eliminated at will and we think that it can’t happen here for some reason.

Recent spree killings have prompted yet another round of politicians spouting off some more “feel good” gun control laws, meanwhile “we the people” who are not protected by armed security details are left out in the REAL WORLD trying to defend ourselves. I firmly believe that allowing lawful citizens to carry and protect themselves with a firearm reduces violent crime, and the FBI crime statics support this notion. 

I used to arrest people for unlawfully carrying a weapon which was a misdemeanor at the time, until the concealed carry law went into effect in my state.  When it happened I said to myself, “well at least the good guys will be able to defend themselves now.”  I never felt endangered when a licensed firearm carrier identified themselves to me on a traffic stop because I figured if they went to all the trouble to carry legally, I felt they wouldn’t be unlikely to harm a law enforcement officer.

We print GOOD NEWS, but we are not oblivious to the fact that evil exists in the world. People have been going to battle since God created the world. Thousands and perhaps even millions of times each year legal gun owners stop violent crime when confronted with it long before any police assistance arrives on the scene. (Untold numbers of crimes go unreported each year.)

What’s insane is people who think removing rights from responsible people will somehow keep them safe. Politicians can’t affect the behavior of criminals, they only think they have that kind of power.

I am no longer a full time police officer, but I maintain my reserve status and keep up my training to do so.  If you see me I will in all likelihood be armed and if someone needs my help, they will receive it. I feel that it’s my duty as a man and as a United States citizen. And I encourage all other law abiding honest citizens to legally carry a firearm and to do what you can to stop criminals.

Prison does not scare or stop criminals and it has no affect at all to stop the mentally ill. The only way to help stop the murder of our children and our neighbors is to maintain the right to own a gun to protect ourselves and each other. Some common sense might do wonders in this continuing battle to reduce gun violence.  Remember you can make a difference. Write to your elected officials and demand that they vote NO on any type of proposed law that limits your rights to protect yourself and your neighbor.

Juniors Boy

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That said, let’s look at some other facts.

• 1. Criminals will always find a way to get a gun if they want one. They DO NOT obey gun laws.

• 2. Legitimate gun ownership is a right guaranteed to United States citizens by the founding fathers in the 2nd amendment of the Constitution and was recently upheld by the SUPREME COURT of the United States of America.

• 3. Guns are inanimate objects. They have no heart or soul or free will. You can load them up and set them beside you on your desk and unless someone pulls the trigger, NOTHING WILL HAPPEN. The man behind the gun determines how it’s used.

• 4. A demented person bent on killing helpless victims can kill with anything, a machete, a garden tool, or a simple match. Killers will find a way to kill. Cain killed Able with something, but it wasn’t a gun.

• 5. The protection of one’s life and/or property is the legal right and responsibility of every person in this country.

• 6. An armed society is composed of citizens of a country, an unarmed society become slaves to the leaders of that country.

Creating another gun law is like creating another drug law.

The definition of insanity is continuing to do the same thing and expecting a different result.

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Glock Model #26 … 9mm

Posted on November 19, 2012 by in Sittin' At The Gun Shop

Glock Model #26 … 9mm

Glock Model #26 … 9mm  A concealed carry champion, law enforcement model.

Greetings fellow gun aficionados, I normally do NOT trade in my guns or sell them for that matter, but for some time I’ve had two Glock Model 19’s pistols in my little armory. One wears aftermarket ghost ring night sights and the other one is stone stock. I use the one with the ghost ring sights as a duty weapon, and it stays close to the bed in case someone or something goes bump in the night. The other one is not used for anything, so I decided to trade it off for a Glock 26, which is simply a smaller Glock 9mm.

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White outline Fixed Rear Sight, and “Clip Draw” holster.

What led me to this choice is that several years ago, I had a baby Glock 27 in .40 caliber that I carried as an off duty gun for several years, and I really liked it. I qualified with it numerous times at my department, and it was lightweight and easy to shoot. One caveat to that statement is that it’s easy to shoot, if you’re in your prime and are used to shooting handguns all of the time. Now that I’ve gotten significantly older, I carry nothing but 9mm handguns for serious business, and occasionally I carry a S & W .380 Body Guard where proper etiquette in a social settings and hot Texas weather dictate you carry a small well concealed firearm. I gave this Glock Model #27 .40 caliber to my baby daughter when she graduated from the police academy to compliment her issue service weapon, a .40 caliber Glock #22.

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Glock Nitrite Treatment on Barrel, and Slide, Fixed White Dot Front Sight

The LE Glock 26, Gen III pistol came with two ten round magazines. I noticed that inside of the magazine there is a steel lining. This is new to me because all my other Glocks are Gen I models and their magazines had no steel liners in the magazines. There was also a magazine loader included in this package. This loader makes loading the tenth round a little easier, but I could load the first nine rounds with only my thumb and fingers. After loading ten rounds, I pointed the muzzle in a safe direction, racked the slide and loaded up a round. I then removed the magazine and reloaded it to capacity with the magazine loader tool. Because of the previous Glock Model #27 that I owned, I already had a Miami Classic shoulder holster from Galco www.usgalco.com which I used to wear exclusively when I was in the Criminal Investigations Division, along with the mandated suit and tie. I also had a Galco leather ankle holster, which I gave to my daughter.

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Polymer Frame reduces Weight, Finger Grooves and Stipled Grip aid Control.

I like to carry my off duty pistol on my left hip, gun butt forward in what they call the “Calvary Style”. I went to my computer and looked up the website for the holster system called Clip draw, www.clipdraw.com. This unique metal clip allows you to tuck your pistol into your waist band, and have it remain where your place it. I had one of these on my previous Glock #27 and it worked fine.

I can leave my shirt tail out of my blue jean shorts, and operate normally with the secure feeling my gun is not going to run down my pants leg and clatter across the floor. I’ve been using the clip draw for a very long time and I can wholeheartedly recommend it as a good way to carry a concealed weapon.

“It must be said that it’s not a fast draw holster, and if you’re not highly trained to keep your finger off the trigger, carry your Glock pistol with an EMPTY CHAMBER.”

 

Remember safety first.

 

The Glock pistol has what they call a “Safe Action System”. The GLOCK “Safe Action” System is made up of 3 independent, automatic safeties designed to ensure the pistol cannot fire unintentionally due to inertia or any impact. The trigger must be moved completely to the rear to deactivate these safeties. Once released, all 3 safety features reengage and the pistol is automatically secured again. This having been explained, what it all comes down to is having the mental capacity to always,

 

“KEEP YOUR FINGER OFF THE TRIGGER TILL YOU ARE READY TO FIRE SAFELY”.

I recall that when Glock first hit the firearms market place that I wrongly believed they were made out of cheap plastic and probably wouldn’t hold up under rough use. The GLOCK, non-fiberglass, reinforced polymer frame helped revolutionize the handgun industry by delivering a new standard in high-impact resistance, durability, and extended life—all while reducing weight by a full 90%. Stronger than most metals, polymer is temperature neutral, requires less maintenance, and most users report substantially less felt recoil than with metal frames.

“The only thing guns have to fear is rust and politicians”.

This quote hangs over the gun rack at Shooters Corner, and it’s absolutely true. I have owned several different models of Glock pistols over the years, and I’ve never had any troubles with rust or malfunction with any of them. The polymer frame cannot rust, and the steel slide and all parts are coated with the Glock Nitrite Treatment. All GLOCK metal parts are treated with a Nitration finishing process that optimizes the molecular structure of those surfaces. This progressive technology delivers a high degree of surface hardness, maximum durability, and exceptional corrosion resistance that provides many years of trouble-free service under the harshest environmental conditions.

I did hear a story from a deputy sheriff from a neighboring county that said that his Glock pistol jammed on him during a gunfight with some home burglars. I talked to him for a while and I finally got him to admit that he was limp wristing his Glock #21 .45 ACP, and that caused a failure to feed jam.

NOTE: Most semi-auto pistols will eventually jam if there is NOT a strong hold on the grip to allow the slide to go all the way back and strip a new cartridge from the magazine.

In my 33 years as a Texas Peace Officer, I have never heard of another malfunction under fire of the Glock family of pistols.

Most successful semi-auto or full-auto pistols have great magazines. Cheap mass produced, poorly designed or unmaintained magazines have plagued pistol shooters for generations. Often overlooked, the magazine is one of the most critical components of a pistol. The GLOCK precision-made, stagger-column, high-capacity device is designed to reliably feed all ammunition types. Lightweight and strong, with a polymer shell enclosing a metal liner, this easy to disassemble magazine insert is engineered to be a strong and secure unit for outstanding performance.

Well I hope you enjoyed my review of my new Glock. I like it and carry it most of the time. Till next time, shoot safely, practice often, and always act in a legal manner. Also don’t forget to join the NRA

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Juniors Boy

p.s. Since this article was written I’ve added two Pearce Grip extensions Model PG-39 that holds two more rounds of 9mm ammo, and give me a place to rest my little finger when I grip the gun.  Ten (10) plus (2) plus (1) in the chamber makes for (13) rounds of 9mm power in a small package.

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Taurus Judge

Posted on October 16, 2012 by in Sittin' At The Gun Shop

Taurus Judge

A Fist Full of Power

“Courts in session and here comes da Judge”.  Words to an old rock and roll song by Pigmeat Markham, released in 1968, but for our purpose we’re talking about the Taurus Judge revolver.  It’s a .45 Colt cartridge / .410 gauge five shot, double action or single action revolver first released to the public in 2006.  “The Judge” name comes from the executive vice president of Taurus International, Bob Morrison.  This name was chosen when Mr.  Morrison learned that criminal court judges in the crime ridden area of Miami Florida were buying revolvers for self-protection.  It was advertised for use in home protection and carjackings that were popular activities of Miami’s criminal element.  Judges also used it for self-protection in their courtrooms.  Taurus International reported that “The Judge” is their top selling firearm.

The Judge is a derivative of the Taurus Tracker model revolver, and it comes in 3, 4, and 6.5 inch barrel lengths and in 2.5 and 3 inch cylinder lengths.  It comes in a stainless steel version (29 ounces) as well as in a blue finish.  There are several “Judge” models including an ultra-lite series (22 ounces) and all the way up to a (3″ cylinder) magnum “Judge”.  Crimson Trace laser grips are available for the standard models of this revolver.  These two models in the photograph are outfitted with the Taurus patented “Ribber” grip made from rubber.  I’ve shot many firearms, but never any with of these type stocks (grips).  They are a soft rubber compound that kind of molds to your hand like a memory foam mattress molds to your body when you lay down on it. Taurus Judge

I was at Shooters Corner in Texas City when I noticed these two in the display case.  I know that the “Judge” has been in showrooms for years and when they first came out they sold like hotcakes at a Sunday social.  People bought them to put in the nightstand to protect themselves against two and four legged varmints that go bump in the night. I know of one police officer who lives in rural Texas that has a rattle snake infestation around his place. He told me that the last snake he killed was shot with his .40 caliber duty weapon, but he thinks a Taurus “Judge” loaded with snake shot would make a great snake killer for those fast snap shots needed to kill a slithering snake.    It’s relatively heavy for a self-defense firearm, and rightfully so based on the caliber/gauge it’s designed to fire.  Most judges will probably never be fired at but the feeling of power and protection these guns give their owners cannot be measured in dollars.45 LC ammo                                                     Winchester .45 Colt Ammo

The .45 Colt round is what I call a “thumper”.  It’s a bullet designed to end an aggressive conflict with one well-placed shot, thus “thumping” the aggressor.  Think about it. Most of the old west gunfighters carried .45 Colt, single action army (SAA) revolvers because it fired a large powerful bullet and if you hit your opponent in the vitals, the fight was over.  The .45 Colt round was powerful enough to bring down an uncontrollable cayuse (wild horse) about to jump over a cliff with you aboard for the ride, or an angry mamma cow trying to gore you for roping and branding her new calf.  Most cowboys were not gunfighters, they considered their sidearm a safety item.  After all, the most common reason for the death of a cowboy in the 19th century was being thrown from a horse..410 Winchester Ammo

                                               Winchester .410 defensive ammo

I handled both of these “Judges” and their fit and finish looked very good for a production revolver just under the $500.00 price range.  The double action trigger pull was about eight pounds, but smooth enough to allow a clean sight picture while aiming.  The front sight is fiber optic type, bright orange colored and can be readily picked up in daylight through the fixed rear sight to allow for accurate shooting at a distance.

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                                          Taurus Judge Fiber Optic Front Sight

 I would imagine that this revolver would be useful for the snap shooting style needed to dispatch varmints and dangerous snakes. There is no provision for attaching a white light to this revolver, but a small flashlight in a proper hold would help identify your intended target at night before you unleashed a hailstorm of lead in their direction.Judge Ribber Grips                                                    Taurus patented “Ribber” grip

Well that about all of the space I have for this review.  I hope you’ve enjoyed it, and if you are looking for a snake charmer, or varmint eradicator in a small package you might consider buying a Taurus “Judge”.  It’s a handheld power house for a reasonable price, in my opinion.

Till next time shoot often, shoot safely, and above all make sure you shoot legally.  Also be sure to join and support the NRA to protect your gun rights.

Juniors Boy

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American Classic II

Posted on July 26, 2012 by in Sittin' At The Gun Shop

American Classic II

Last week at the gun shop I saw a pair of 1911’s in the case and I was immediately drawn to them by their price.  They both were less than $600.00 each.  They weren’t Colts or Smith and Wesson’s, but they did appear to have all of the bells and whistles that the aftermarket could supply for a 1911 pistol.    One was all black and the other was duo-toned, with a black frame and a chrome slide. They were both full sized Government models; 5″ barrels, and had Novak style white dot rear sights, a dovetailed white dot front sight, flared ejection port, extended slide stop, beavertail grip safety, combat hammer, skeletonized combat trigger, front and rear slide skeletonized combat trigger, front and rear slide serration, and an extended thumb safety.  These are some of the usual aftermarket extras that come on a vastly more expensive 1911 style pistol.

I quickly checked the serial numbers on both guns, hoping they were sequential so I’d have an excuse to add to my gun bill, but alas they were not.  I started checking them for quality, and saw that they both needed to have the feed ramp polished as there were visible machining marks. Now this isn’t really a bad thing because anyone that has knowledge that buys a 1911 pistol usually has a polish and throat job done to insure reliability.  I checked and saw that the hammer had intricate cobweb machining inside of the commander style hammer.  This doesn’t add to anything but appearance, but it’s a nice touch for a low end pistol. After asking permission I made sure it was unloaded and cocked the chromed pistol so I could dry fire it.  There was about 3/16″ travel before the trigger broke, but it only took about five pounds of pressure, and it had no over travel.  Not too bad as far as unaltered factory triggers go.  You can get used to this trigger break with practice, or pay a gunsmith to improve it.

I looked down the sights and saw they were the three white dot variety, which suits me just fine because it’s what I’m used to looking through.  Some people like the all black sight picture, but three white dots are easy for me to pick up.  I also noted that the front sight is dovetailed into the frame, so it’s easily changeable for aftermarket night sights, etc.  I looked at the frame under the gun shops magnifying glass and couldn’t find any rough tool marks on it.

These two AMERICAN CLASSIC II pistols were both .45acp caliber, but when I checked the (Metro Arms Corporation) website    http://metroarms.net  I learned that they are also offered in .40 caliber.  Both the slide and frame are made of 4140 steel with an overall length of 8.375 inches.  This is a full size Government model and its empty weight of 37.28 ounces helps reduce felt recoil.  I tend to like the Commander sized .45’s (4.5″ barrel length) and Metro Arms Corporations also offers 1911 pistols in this size.

 The stocks (grips) on these two pistols were light colored hardwood, and close inspection showed some imperfections in the diamond cut checkering, but consider the purchase price before dismissing this as a bad thing.  It’s easy to change the stocks to something that might appeal to you. When I handled the pistols I noticed that all of the controls appeared to be in the right place so your muscle memory manipulation of the controls shouldn’t be affected.

I have several Colt “O” model 1911’s, but if I were a young officer working for a progressive department that allowed 1911 auto pistol carry, I’d sure think about stuffing a AMERICAN CLASSIC II into my duty holster.

Remember; always buy what works, not just a name brand.  For either a cost conscious customer, or a true aficionado of the 1911 pistol, these two American Class II pistols really deserve a second look.

Till next time shoot straight in both thought and deed, practice your gun craft often, and always support your gun rights by joining and supporting the NRA.

Juniors Boy

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WANTED: DEAD OR ALIVE, Rossi Ranch Hand Lever Action Pistol

Posted on October 11, 2011 by in Sittin' At The Gun Shop

“The Mare’s Leg” It’s 1866 and Civil War veteran and bounty hunter Josh Randall strolls across the town square with purpose. He stops at the public bulletin board just outside of the town Marshall’s office and glares at a newly posted wanted poster. The poster depicts a murderer that’s WANTED: DEAD OR ALIVE. Josh Randall carries a shortened Winchester Model 1892 carbine, called the “Mare’s Leg,” in a holster patterned after the “gunslinger” rigs of the day. The mare’s leg he carried was caliber 44-40, a common pistol caliber round of the day. Steve Mc Queen portrayed bounty hunter Josh Randall and all the men of my generation know that Steve Mc Queen was considered the essence of cool in his time.

Well now you too can purchase and shoot a Mare’s leg lever action pistol. Manufactured by Rossi Firearms of Brazil, the current Mare’s leg can be had in several pistol calibers: .38/.357 mag, .44 magnum, and .45 long colt. The Rossi model 92 hybrid, dubbed the “Ranch Hand”, is a “24 inch lever action pistol that features an adjustable buck horn rear sight, a milled brass bead front sight and an oversize loop lever that allows positive manipulation with gloved hands”. The receiver is cast steel and is richly blued. The shortened butt stock and fore stock are made of rich grained Brazilian hardwood.

The Ranch Hand weighs a hefty four (4) pounds, has an advertised trigger pull of 5 pounds 7 ounces, (about the same as the double action trigger pull on a good revolver). On the left side of the receiver there is a saddle ring (keeping with the style of the original Winchester Model 1892) it comes with a leather string included. The Ranch Hand’s 12″ barrel complies with federal regulations as it’s classified as a pistol. The Rossi Ranch Hand has two manual safeties, one on top of the receiver that’s marked with a green (S) for safe, and a red (F) for fire. The other safety is that with the rifle on half cock the trigger is blocked and cannot be activated. (It must be said that Rossi does NOT consider the half cock as a viable safety, and does NOT recommend anything other than the manual safety on top of the receiver near the rear buck horn sight as a viable safety mechanism.)

The Rossi Ranch Hand also features a key lock safety that is located just behind the hammer, and this feature allows the owner to lock up the weapon to prevent unauthorized usage. The m.s.r.p. for the Rossi Ranch hand is listed at $536.00, but actual retail prices will vary. At the time of this article Shooter’s Corner had a Rossi Ranch Hand in their display case for sale. Well as anyone knows, the accuracy of a firearm is the bench mark from which it will be judged. I’ve researched this information and from one new Ranch Hand owner I got this response. “I couldn’t be happier with my .45 long colt caliber Ranch hand. With a little adjustment of the sights, I was dead on target at 25 yards, and held within 1.5” at 50 yards.”

Remember folks this is a pistol caliber weapon, and that’s great accuracy for a pistol. Josh Randall usually fired his Mare’s Leg by placing the butt stock on his right hip, holding the fore stock with his left hand, and operating the loop lever with his right. I suspect that many of the new Mare’s Leg owners will do the same. I believe that walking a tin can (shooting it repeatedly to make it move and fly) will be the method that many rounds are fired from this unique firearm.

I’ve not seen any holsters advertised for the Rossi Ranch Hand “Mare’s leg” at the time of this article, but I suspect that Tex Shoemaker http://www.texshoemaker.com will custom make any holster you request at the right price. You too can have a belt rig like Wanted: Dead or Alive star Josh Randall that will increase your fun factor with the Ranch Hand. I hope you have enjoyed the review of this new pistol and will consider it when deciding your next firearm purchase. Mine will probably be of the .44 magnum caliber and I will wait for the stainless steel version that Rossi is sure to release soon. It will be a great companion to my .44 magnum Colt Anaconda for hog hunting. Till next time, shoot safely, practise often, and be sure to join and support the NRA to protect your gun rights.

Juniors Boy

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