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EMF Great Western II Californian .38 Special/.357 Magnum

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We liked the setup of the EMF Great Western II because itwas essentially identical to a true old Colt. The case coloredframe was the real thing, and the one-piece walnut grips were atraditional extra on many old Colts. Many parts interchanged witha 1907 Colt. The gun was the least expensive and best looking ofthe trio, we thought, and performed very well.

EMF Great Western II Californian .38 Special/.357 Magnum

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The checkering on the GWII's hammer top (left) was perfectly done. That's a 1907 Colt at the right. We liked the wider, squared sight notch (arrows) on the Great Western II.
The case coloring was well done, but a bit different looking from original Colts. Unlike many modern renderings, the colors were muted and tasteful, we thought. It was the real thing, hard as the dickens.

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