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Don't get me wrong, I love the Blackhawks, but c'mon, how about something else for a change?

Here, try this Italian SAA clone in nickel. This gun will always be special to me because it was the first handgun I bought after fleeing California in 1992. I saw it at a show and handed the man some cash. That was it. No paperwork. No waiting period. No interference from the state of any kind. I took my new gun home without asking permission from the state. That's the way it should be.

 

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Well, now Saxon, I had one of those. In the middle of a CAS match, the ejector housing screw vibrated out, and the housing and spring flew downrange. :-o I traded it for a Colt SAA, and I traded that for a divorce.
 

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" traded it for a Colt SAA, and I traded that for a divorce."
Parson45, what was the better trade

Saxon Pig, I like seeing your Colts. I would like to get a couple back that I foolishly let go{Trooper MKV I bought new in '83 and a 1911 from 1913}, but ,,,,,,,
 

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[quote="SaxonPig" I took my new gun home without asking permission from the state. That's the way it should be.

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Amen! Frank
 

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parson45 said:
...I had one of those. In the middle of a CAS match, the ejector housing screw vibrated out, and the housing and spring flew downrange. :-o I traded it for a Colt SAA....
:wtf: :lol:

OT here, but my Colt SAAs and the clone are pretty finicky. I dearly love them, but they have their weak points which can shut down your shooting real quick. The thin trigger sear and the hammer notches are downright fragile! I know that and have never broken either of those parts myself, but folks improperly handling my guns have :evil: - and I've had to send those parts off to be rebuilt! Both of my SAAs and the clone seem to come "unscrewed" a little bit with each shot! I've never had an ejector housing fall off :lol: , but I've had that screw, the cyl. base pin retainer, and all of the grip screws try to escape - even with a drop of lacquer or Loctite on the threads.

I never had this happen with the single Ruger BH I owned. Maybe the aluminum ej. housing and grip frame grips the screw threads?

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Touche`, XT!
One of the things Bill Ruger added in 1959 was 'grip-lock' threads on external screws.
Now ,I've owned Colts and clones, and they're ALL things of beauty.
That being said, the strength and dependability issues, starting with Colt's old flat mainspring, did more to sell Ruger s.a.'s than all the advertising did.
I have always used a small amount of Loc-Tite on the threads of early Rugers (as well as other s.a.'s) when reassembling them.
It's cheap insurance.
Don
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azmick said:
" traded it for a Colt SAA, and I traded that for a divorce."
Parson45, what was the better trade
Part of paying for that divorce was the sale of the third generation 44 special Colt SAA and a Winchester 92 in 44-40 that had been built in 1895. I miss those. I don't miss anything else that left at that time.

During my years as editor of Trails End magazine, I shot a bunch of clones, and most of them are first rate. Almost all, including my Colt, had the problem of loosening screws, and it was my fault, not the Dakota's that I missed checking the ejector housing screw. These days, though, since my single actions are working revolvers at the ranch, they're all Rugers.
 

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I've already shown photos of this one, but here it is again - my Non-Ruger Italian SAA clone:


This one is chambered in .44 Special and I've fitted a .44-40 cylinder to shoot that cartridge, too.

I don't mean to go OT again, but I feel the same way about the Ruger "New Model" mechanism as some of the internal lock/MIM haters do about the new S&Ws! :lol: I bought one, gave it a try, never warmed up to the mechanism, and then traded it off. I still prefer to shoot one of these things than I do a NM Ruger SA - even if it loses its screws one-at-a-time! :lol: JMO!, JMO!

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I don't want to steal this thread, but some have mentioned screws backing out in their revolvers. Locktite works. A trick I tried with great results when I have a screw that backs out, I wrap it with a small ammount of Teflon tape that plumbers use. It really works & you don't have to heat them to remove them as you sometimes do with Loc-Tite. Frank
 

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Good tip, Frank. I'll try that next time.

Nice piece, xt. A clarification, if I may. When I said they were "all" Rugers, I was thinking about my working revolvers that I carry on a daily basis around the ranch. I have a wonderful 5 1/2" Cimarron 45 Colt with an auxillary 45 ACP cylinder that looks a lot like yours. Wonderful wheels. I like the trigger pull a lot better than my NM Rugers, but when I'm wandering the back 40 on foot, I want that extra shot.

I once found myself a half mile from home with only 3 cartridges left when the coyotes began to howl. I wasn't in any real trouble, but it gave me pause. I don't like carrying my 1911s out there because I just hate losing brass. Too much Scots blood, I guess. And, I don't like carrying a bunch of extra ammo because I'm normally burdened with a tool bag of fencing pliers, vice grips, and t-post clips. If I'm in the pickup or on the tractor, the .243 is there, but if I'm on foot, I find a bit of comfort in that sixth round.
 

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parson45 said:
.....I once found myself a half mile from home with only 3 cartridges left when the coyotes began to howl. I wasn't in any real trouble, but it gave me pause.....
At least you knew you were alive...rather than sitting in front of a computer screen in your underwear...drinking a bottle of double chocolate YooHoo to stay awake in the wee hours... :lol:

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I like Cimarron I think they are quality guns, The Ruger will give one more shot safely & that is a consideration in the wilds. Frank
 
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