In 2002, when EMF introduced the Great Western II “Californian” single action revolvers. True to Colt’s original SAA, with the floating firing pin, the “Californian” models feature hammer forged steel barrels, which are highly polished and blued. The CNC machined, dropforged frames are colorcasehardened, in Pietta’s signature deep, rich combination of blues, browns, and purples. These frames are an improvement on the traditional casted frames of the Colt single action revolvers. The wider rear and larger front sights offer faster sight acquisition. The combination of traditional esthetics and the best modern technology made the Great Western II “Californian” a popular, durable, and reliable single action on the market for the last 17 years.
The GWII Deluxe “Grande Californian” model elevates the classical beauty of the “Californian” to a completely new level! Elegantly engraved with a combination of Victorian scrollwork and sunbursts on the blued barrel and deep rich colorcasehardened frame, it is accented with a one-piece diamond checkered grip. If you want an engraved SAA on a budget, this is a very atractive package.
Available in .357Mag or 45LC, the Deluxe “Grande Californian” has a 4 ¾” barrel.
With a MSRP of $655,
The Cimarron Firearms Company introduces the Bad Boy .44 Mag. at the 2018 SHOT Show, a modern take on a classic single-action revolver design. Features include, a flat top receiver, a non-fluted cylinder, adjustable target sights and smooth hardwood grip panels.
Over the decades many others have brought similar large frame Single Actions to the market place. Interarms™ imported the Verginian Dragoon. Herter’s had a 44 Magnum. EAA has the Bounty Hunter in 44. Uberti™ has the Callahan and we cannot forget the Ruger™ New Model Super Blackhawk.
The Bad Boy is constructed of a polished blued steel Pre-War frame with an Army-style grip, but the octagon barrel is a feature that would be expensive if you went to a gunsmith to make one. Rumor has it that there will be a 6″ version available, but all that is listed for now is the 8″ Barrel. The adjustable sights make this a great choice for a hunting gun.
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New from Chiappa, the PolyLite™ Rhino was shown to wholesalers at the (NASGW) Expo. The new revolver is a variation of the existing Rhino line, obviously seeking to capitalize on the CC market. This lighter gun with a relatively slim profile may well find a niche with self defense folks.
The PolyLite Rhino should look very similar to the other 2″ guns in the companies line up.
The PolyLite™ Rhino will be available only in .38 Special, unlike the other revolvers in this series of guns which come in 357 Magnum. Pre SHOT Show, it’s not known if the revolver will be rated for +P, or standard pressure ammo only. The six round cylinder appears similar in size to the existing Rhino revolvers. Expect a shortened cylinder to prevent loading of .357 cartridges.
A 2″ barrel model will be introduced first. No indication whether longer barreled PolyLite™ revolvers will be produced in the future. Black is the only available color for the new design. If the guns sell well, other frame colors are always a possibility. The guns use a red fiber optic front sight and a fixed rear notch.
We will try to get a look at this one for you at SHOT.