Revolver 1873 SAA Color Case Hardened 4.75" Barrel .44 WCF / 44-40 Walnut Grips Pietta Pre War model
This Pietta 44-40 has a .429 bore. The cylinder will chamber thick brass like Star line with .430 bullets.
A beautiful reproduction of the famous Model 1873 Frontier Single Action revolver, this six-shooter is made from top quality steel and features a walnut grip. This standard model has a color case hardened steel frame with a blued steel cylinder and 4.75" barrel.
Colt realizing the popularity of the Winchester 1873 rifles chambered in .44 WCF and realizing that their .45 colt cartridge was nearly the same length as the Winchester rifle cartridge decided to build a Frontier model of their famous 1873 SAA revolver in the .44 WCF caliber but did not want to advertise Winchesters name on their guns so simply renamed the cartage as the 44-40. This became extremely popular with western settlers as now they only needed to carry one caliber for both their rifle and revolvers. The .44 WCF / 44-40 remains a popular caliber 140 years later and is very popular with Cowboy action shooting.
One of the most typical figures of the old West is perhaps that of the Sheriff, armed with his gun and his star. And that beloved and feared, hated and respected gun, was an authentic milestone in the American history, tied up as it is to the life and to the myth of legendary characters: Buffalo Bill, Billy the Kid, Wild Bill Hickok, the Dalton brothers, Theodore Roosevelt, Captain Jack Crawford. That gun IS the Single Action Army, at once nicknamed “Peacemaker“ for its sure pacifying effect. The project, introduced in 1872, brought forth to face the demand of the American Ordnance Dept. for a new big caliber revolver destined to equip the cavalry, is to a large extent ascribable to a skilled technician named William Mason.
Manufactured in Italy by the famous gum maker Pietta and imported by Century International Arms.
We recommend Hornady Cowboy reloading dies model 546543. These dies are designed for .429 -.430 bullets and are an excellent choice for hand loading ammunition for this gun.
New production in box. Made by the Italian company Pietta with warranty service provided in the USA by Century Arms in Vermont.
In my opinion these Pietta revolvers are on par with the current production Uberti 1873 guns With the main difference of having a transfer bar safety on the Pietta which allows you to carry the gun safely with all 6 chambers loaded. The Uberti guns are excellent guns too but they have the firing pin mounted in the hammer and it is commonly not recommended to carry them with all 6 chambers loaded because the firing pin rest on a live round and can discharge if dropped. This Pietta has an extra safety which requires the trigger to be pulled fully before the transfer bar can allow the firing pin to move.
Mfg Item Num: HG3243TBN
Caliber: 44-40 Winchester / .44 WCF
Barrel Length: 4.8"
Hammer Style: Spurred
Transfer bar safety so can be carried with all 6 chambers loaded
Grips: Oil finished Walnut
Sights: Blade Front
Weight: 40.8 oz
Frame Description: Case Hardened
Cylinder Finish: Blued
Barrel Finish: Blued