June 1999

.45 Colt Dueling Cowboy Guns: We Like Cimarron’s Model P

When we compared three fast-handling revolvers aimed at getting off the first shot, we found that Cimarron’s Uberti Model P is a slicker “antique” single action than Ruger and EAA guns.

The American West offered cowboys great freedoms. Sure, they had to contend with wild animals, manage an unpredictable relationship with the Indians, and survive the forces of Mother Nature, but for those seeking to live by their own rules and escape persecution, heading west and leaving it all behind was an attractive option. Many cowboys were ex-slaves, escaped or emancipated, such as Nat Love, better known as Deadwood Dick. Others hit the trail to forget one of life’s dirty deals, or in the case of many a bad man, to escape prosecution. For those who chose the cowboy life, a sidearm was standard equipment. While a rifle was more reliable for hunting, the revolver answered many other more...

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