Show off you gun rigs.
Ok since I am in the market for a gun rig I have been looking around to see what is out there and prices.
So lets see them. Also if the person who made your rig/belt/holster has a web site posting the link would be great.
I really love cowboy guns! Prices.....depends what you want.....for a good rig, just the holsters and cartridge belt, basically all the leather.... $500+ for a really good one (like a double holster) for a person starting out, Mernickle Custom Holsters make a good holster and cartridge belt for I think about $200. Also Cimmaron Arms makes good holsters and cartridge belts. Now, the gun. If you want a replica I would highly recommend Cimmaron Arms guns. I have a Colt SAA Cavalry model .45 colt 7 1/2" barrel. LOVE IT! It is the most accurate pistol in my collection. Uberti makes good guns also. The cattleman is a good gun. Now, if you're looking at going with an original Colt SAA or any original "cowboy" gun it's between $2,000-$6,000+ depending on condition. There is also the Colt New Frontier, a new remake of the Colt SAA, those run for about $2,000. Hope this helped!
Good ghandi CMS sounds expensive! I guess I'll just have to stick to barrels....
You can get started for under $1000.
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Has anyone beside Horse racer used the Uberti 1873 Cattleman revolvers? I see you can buy one from Gander Mountain for $399.99. I'm curious what those who have used them think of them.
There is a guy in my group who has them. I do not like the looks of them and at times he seems to have problems. Not sure if it is him or the guns or the loads he is using though.
Personally I would pay a bit more and get a cimerron or Ruger.
What features, besides quality of course, did you look for when you bought your guns? What modifications have to be made? I stopped this morning and looked at a Beretta Stampede and like the looks and the feel of it. I carried a Beretta for 13 years and fires numerous thousands of rounds from it without problems so I'm confident in the quality. Just have not seen the Beretta mentioned in any of these threads, and don't remember seeing them advertised in the mounted shooting magazine I just bought, so I wondered how they would work out for mounted shooting.
I too like Berettas. Just not sure how many people shoot them on Mounted shooting. Mostly you see the Rugers and Cimerrons.
When it comes down to it you have 2 different types. Rugers who have transfer bars like the newer guns for the firing pin and the Cimerrons which are Colt clones and the firing pin is on the hammer.
Past that there is little differance. As for modifications more have the trigers mod. and the springs in the Rugers so they have a lighter hammer pull and lighten the triger. However from what I have see on the Cimerrons I am not sure I would want to go with a lighter spring. I do however think they do need some work on the triger pull. It has a bit of a catch to it. However for Mounted shooting not so sure that is a bad thing. I am going to keep shooting mine and decide in the spring what I am going to do.
Yeah, I definitly wouldn't go with a lighter spring on a Cimmaron. I haven't noticed a catch in on my trigger, it's got a nice clean trigger break, but the trigger is VERY sensitive. Which is good in someways and bad in others! My dad pulled the hammer back while putting pressure on the trigger and popped a round off into the ceiling at an indoor range! :rofl: But i love Cimmaron, they make great guns. I really want their 1876 "Crossfire" carbine from the movie Crossfire Trails and I really like their frontier models.
For the original query: Cactus Custom Saddlery - Cactus Saddlery
He does a great job. My wife and I both have custom rigs from Al and are very happy. All his work is custom and he knows mounted shooting.
Regarding guns: Cimmaraon = Uberti. Same thing. Cimmarron imports Uberti's, does some work to them and resells under their own name. I know folks with Cimmarrons - none are displeased, but none are particularly excited about it. Not as reliable as a Ruger, Colt or Taylors. Kind of like a "value" items. Not a bad gun, but for a little more money you are much better off with a Ruger.
I have seen a few riders with the Beretta Stampede. None were happy with their choice. They were all looking to sell and buy a Ruger.
Colt is great but will set you back about $1500 each (new gun plus some action work).
Taurus also makes a SAA model. Not very good quality - stay away from that one.
Ruger is my personal choice. Reasonable priced and arguably the most reliable gun in the game. New Vaqueros are going in the 500-600 range and are usable right out of the box. You can probably still find used ones under $500.
Taylors recently created a mounted shooting pistol. I haven't seen one, but have heard a lot of good things about it.
The 7.5" barrel may be nice for other shooting sports, but is generally considered a bad choice for mounted shooting. Ease of draw/holster usually brings mounted shooters to shorter barrel lengths. Ruger (vaquero) has a 4-5/8" barrel which is popular. Many prefer even shorter, such as the 3.5" barrel on the Ruger Montado (much harder to find these days) or the Taylor's "Runnin Iron."
Depending on your personal preference and pistol, changing the spring to lighten the hammer is a good idea. As part of an "action job" it can make the gun much smoother to operate.
I know many "ground" shooters (cowboy action) who have trigger pull lightened. I highly suggest NOT making the trigger lighter on a mounted shooting gun. With the movement of the horse and everything going on, a lighter trigger can increase the chance of firing before you are ready.
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