Gun Report

Freedom Arms Model 1997

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It's not really suited to Cowboy Action competition, but it's a good handgun. Buy it if you can handle the price.

Freedom Arms Model 1997

Gun Details

Model Name
Model Number
Home Defense
Caliber Plus Cartridge
Weight Unloaded
Overall Length
Barrel Length
Sight Radius
Overall Height
Front Strap Height
Back Strap Height
Maximum Width
Grip Thickness Max
Grip Circumference Max
Frame Material
Barrel Material
Grip Material
Trigger Pull Single
Trigger Pull Double
Trigger Span Single
Trigger Span Double

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The Freedom Arms Model 1997 .45 Long Colt Premier Grade has a 5.5-inch barrel and a five-round capacity. The grip is definitely not the same as that of the SA Colt—it transfers more recoil to the hand.
The Freedom came with two five-shot cylinders, one for .45 Long Colt and the other for .45 ACP. We didn't like having to use the screwdriver to get the cylinder out of the gun. The screw is visible here in the knurled portion of the front of the base pin.
The Freedom came with an intriguing gun-lock device. It had the form of a rod that inserted into the barrel and cylinder (here removed for clarity). The end within the gun had fingers that were released outward by turning a computer-style cylindrical key. With the fingers deployed it is impossible to remove the lock from the gun, rendering it impossible to fire. Two keys came with the unit.

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