If you are a cowboy shooter or you just love guns that look and feel like they did at the dawn of American firearms, Cimarron has become the primary importer of high quality Uberti firearms, any many of them are short run and quite novel. This is what’s new this year so far:
Colt 1862 Pocket .380 Conversion – Wow, if it ever happens, but as I asked in the video, it is nearly impossible to keep the shells from sliding out backwards as you cock the gun from shot to shot. Sure, you can just be careful to keep it tilted forward, but for a gun that will probably cost in the $400-$700 range, who wants to do that? They may end up putting a loading gate on the gun, but even then, without a little finesse, the cartridges will catch as they pass the edge of the loading cutout. Revolver cartridges have rims for a reason. We’ll see.
Winchester 1894 – At first you may say big deal. 30-30 Winchester 94s are a dime a dozen (though not so much as they used to be), and Mossberg makes a decent US version. Well those are all the modern 94, with a tang safety and different internals than the original. Uberti only makes guns that people request, so I’m sure they’ll sell plenty of these, even if most of us couldn’t care less.
Lost 1876 Carbine – You really have to listen to the story behind creating this gun. You’ll shake your head that cowboy shooters could be so silly, and you’ll want one. That’s my prediction.
Tom Horn 1876 – Er, I’m sorry but I’ve never seen the movie, and I was in the first wave of SASS shooters back in the 90s. (#19811). To me cowboy shooting has always been about history, not about historical fiction, but each to his own. I’m sure they sell every one they make.