February 2007

A Fine Brace of .38 Cowboy Six-Shooters: Daly Beats AWA

Charles Daly’s Standard Model beats American Western Arms’ Ultimate for value. Both are great for Cowboy Action, but both also need filing on the front sights, once the right load is found.

Cowboy Action shooters might well consider choosing a .38 Special for their activities if they have even the slightest trouble with recoil from the .45s. Recoil recovery plays a big part in Cowboy competition, speed being mighty important for best scores. We tested a few other .38 Special/.357 Magnum single actions recently, and here we have two more. These are the American Western Arms Ultimate 1873, all blued, for $600, and the Charles Daly 1873 Standard Model, $460. Both have 5.5-inch barrels, and both are made by Pietta in Italy. There are similarities, but the differences are plain to see. Here’s what we found.

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