Chiappa Firearms has introduced the 1873 Regulator. This pistol is based on the Colt Model 1873 Single Action Army but has an aluminum frame, making it lighter in weight. For additional safety, it has a transfer bar safety. The Regulator is available in .45 Colt and .38 Special with a 4¾-inch barrel, and Chiappa will also offer a variant in .17 HMR.
This single-action Model P revolver celebrates the heritage of the Texas Rangers with a 4¾-inch barrel chambered for .45 Colt cartridges. It is also nickel plated with laser engraving. The poly-ivory grips feature the Texas Ranger insignia.
While Pietta’s LeMat is not necessarily a new product, in 2017 the company added some Southern flair to the gun. The cylinder now features a Confederate flag. This is particularly fitting, as this .44-caliber revolver (also equipped with a shotgun barrel) represents a popular Confederate firearm from the American Civil War.
Presented by Cimarron, this rifle is chambered in .45-60 and is inspired by the film Tom Horn, which starred Steve McQueen. In typical Cimarron fashion, the company has taken a historically significant model and personalized it to a historic figure. The rifle has a blued barrel and receiver, and the “stock detective’s” signature is engraved on the side plate.
EMF has begun offering side-by-side, double-barreled shotguns. The 1878 Hartford Coach Gun is currently available with double external hammers and double triggers, though the company will launch a hammerless variant soon. The shotguns are available with 20- or 22-inch barrels in 12, 20 or .410 gauges.
This limited-edition, .36-caliber 1851 Captain Schaeffer revolver from EMF has a 3½-inch barrel, white polymer ultra-ivory grips and lots of laser engraving. This firearm is a reproduction of the one carried by Army Captain F.B. Schaeffer, a veteran of the Mexican-American War and commanding officer of the Marion Rifles militia.
In the long list of new products from Cimarron in 2017 is an accessary for any Cowboy Action shooter. Need a shoulder stock for your revolver? Then this stock is for you. This versatile, stainless steel shoulder stock attaches to your 1851, 1860 and 1861 blackpowder revolvers.
Taylor’s & Company Firearms is now offering neat Western guns for ranch lovers. These 1873-style single actions are covered in laser-engraved cattle brands. You can choose either stag or ivory grips to complement the nickel-finished metal. Currently, .45 Colt and .357 Magnum variants are available with 5½-inch barrels.
Navy Arms has partnered with the Buffalo Bill Center of the West to honor its 100th anniversary as a museum. This firearm is a Winchester Model 1873 reproduction chambered in .44-40. The rifle features a 24½-inch barrel, an exhibition-grade American walnut stock and forend, bone-charcoal color casehardening on the receiver and engraving. Approximately 200 Exhibition models will be made with hand engraving while 1,000 Presentation models will be made.
Part of Cimarron’s Texas Ranger series, the 1876 “Presidio” Short Rifle is chambered in .50-95 with a 20-inch octagonal barrel. “Texas Rangers / Co. E / Para Muerte De Diablos / Presidio Del Norte / Texas, 1883” is engraved on the side plate. The Spanish translates to “For the death of the devils.”
As in the Old West, this shotgun is equipped for security. Stoeger’s Coach Guns are available in a variety of chamberings with various features, but they all have 20-inch barrels. They are available with either single or double triggers. Additionally, customers can choose between the standard A-grade walnut or black-finished walnut.
Traditions Firearms has added seven new models to its revolver line, including a Liberty model with white PVC grips. Additional single action models are reproductions of favorite lawmen and gunfighters of the Old West. They are available in .357 Magnum or .45 Colt with either 3½- or 4¾-inch barrels.
One hundred years ago, the world lost its first international celebrity, Buffalo Bill. To commemorate his life, Uberti is releasing an 1858 Centennial revolver. It is based off the Remington 1858 revolver design that Buffalo Bill carried. This is a .44-caliber blackpowder revolver with an engraved, six-shot cylinder. The octagonal barrel is 8 inches long. But act fast—only 500 units will be made.
This revolver, brought to you by EMF from Pietta in Italy, has evolved from the original Alchimista. The Deluxe Alchimista III features blued and “Old Silver” finishes. It has engraving as well as an octagonal barrel. It is available in .357 Magnum and .45 Colt with either 4¾- or 5½-inch barrels.
Traditions Firearms has expanded its blackpowder revolver line to include a Remington Model 1858 reproduction. This .44-caliber firearm has black laminate grips and an engraved, nickel-finished barrel and frame.
Winchester is producing a “Yellow Boy” rifle. It is chambered in .44-40 Winchester with a 20-inch barrel and Grade I American walnut furniture. The forend is the same classic style as the original’s.
In addition to Stoeger’s standard Coach Gun, the company has also introduced a Supreme variant. These 12- and 20-gauge guns are available with blued or polished nickel finishes. The main difference between the standard guns and the Supreme variants is that the latter have AA-grade walnut stocks.
For a limited time, Turnbull will be selling customized Marlin 336C lever guns in .30-30 Winchester with 20-inch barrels. These refinished firearms will feature new furnishings as well as Turnbull’s well-known bone-charcoal color casehardening. While many companies recreate Winchester lever actions, this is an opportunity to get a different lever gun that was just as historically significant.
Last year, Navy Arms offered its 1892 Winchester Short Rifle chambered in .45 Colt. It has a 20-inch octagonal barrel and a 10-round magazine. It comes with a semi-buckhorn rear sight and a gold bead front sight from Marble Arms.
Quite possibly the most reproduced lever action in history, Taylor’s & Company Firearms will offer its own 1894 lever-action rifle in the latter half of 2017. So make sure you keep your eyes peeled for this one. It comes with a color-casehardened frame, a 20-inch round barrel, and a checkered stock and forend. It will be available exclusively in .30-30 Winchester.
In 2017, Winchester celebrated the 125th anniversary of the Winchester Model 1892. Originally a John Moses Browning design, this gun is still produced in some form today by both Winchester Repeating Arms and replica companies. This rendition is chambered in .357 Magnum and has a 24-inch barrel. The frame is engraved in honor of the anniversary.
Cimarron released many revolvers in 2017 for Cowboy Action shooters, but the Bad Boy is in a league of its own. The Bad Boy is based on a classic design with a “pre-war” frame, either a 6- or 8-inch octagonal barrel and walnut grips. Chambered in .44 Magnum, this revolver is ready for target shooting as well as hunting.
This revolver from Cimarron is in a class of its own. It is a reproduction of a Colt single action that General George S. Patton owned. It’s a great collectible for fans of the General and lovers of Western history. It is chambered in .45 Colt with a 5½-inch barrel. It is nickel plated with laser engraving. The grips are poly-ivory with Patton’s “GSP” insignia and a lanyard ring.
It’s amazing that even as I write this, cowboy guns and the Old West are still as popular as ever. It’s even more exciting that so many companies still come up with new and innovative products that tip their cowboy hat at history while still appealing to a modern audience. Here are some of the best cowboy guns that have hit the marketplace over the past year.
Chiappa 1873 Regulator
Cimarron Texas Ranger Engraved Model P
Pietta Confederate LeMat
Cimarron 1876 Centennial “Tom Horn” Rifle
EMF 1878 Hartford Coach Guns
EMF 1851 Captain Schaeffer
Cimarron Skeletal Shoulder Stock
Taylor’s & Co. Cattle Brand
Navy Arms Buffalo Bill Center of the West Centennial Rifle
Cimarron 1876 Texas Ranger “Presidio” Short Rifle
Stoeger Coach Gun
Traditions Single Actions
Uberti 1858 Buffalo Bill Centennial
EMF Deluxe Alchimista III
Traditions 1858 Remington
Winchester Model 1866 Short Rifle
Stoeger Coach Gun Supreme
Turnbull Marlin 336C
Navy Arms 1892 Winchester Short Rifle
Taylor’s & Co. 1894 Carbine
Winchester Model 1892 125th Anniversary Sporter
Cimarron Bad Boy
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