Cowboy Guns

EAA Bounty Hunter Single-Action Army Revolver

There is something about pulling back the hammer on a single-action revolver. It reminds me of running through my grandparents’ house with my cowboy cap gun when I was a kid. EAA Corp has been selling the Bounty Hunter single-action revolver in the USA for over 20 years. Made in Germany, it is one of the best single-action revolvers produced. You can purchase a more expensive, or a more famous brand, but you won’t be getting a better single-action firearm. The Bounty Hunter is a traditional six-shot, single-action revolver with a traditional resting notch, but it also has a transfer bar and recessed chambers for shooting safety. This one is available in .45 Long Colt, a traditional cowboy cartridge. There are a lot of single-action revolvers out there but none better than The Bounty Hunter from EAA Corp.

Beretta Stampede Revolver

There’s no gun more quintessentially American than the single-action revolver. A small step up in price from the EAA Bounty Hunter gives you huge a step up in the single-action world. The Beretta Stampede gets rave reviews from its owners. The gun is fun to shoot, fits great in the hand, and has an incredibly high-quality overall feel. The hammer feels amazing when pulled back, and the trigger is crisp as it can be. The Beretta Stampede combines the feel and handling qualities of the original “hogleg” with a transfer-bar safety system that makes it safe to carry with all six chambers loaded. The beauty is in the accurate details. The fixed front sight is true to the original, and with the frame dimensions closely matched to the 19th-century originals, the Stampede feels slender and very responsive in the hand. When you hold this gun, you really come to terms with what made the original Single-Action Army a winning design.

Winchester Model 1892

The Winchester Model 1892, the same rifle featured in many Western movies, was the favorite of John Wayne and Chuck Connors. Many consider the 1892 to be the smoothest, most compact, and most handsome lever-action rifles ever offered. The Model 1892 is the compact model of the venerable Model 1886. For 2011, this exquisite rifle features a 20 inch round, deeply blued and polished barrel, receiver, and lever. The full-length tubular magazine balances the rifle perfectly. The stock is solid walnut, cut in a straight grip style for fast handling. The lever-action rifle is just as useful today as it was in the old west. Winchester chambered this rifle in .44-40, the same caliber that was widely popular in the days of old. Many gun manufacturers began chambering their guns in .44-40 due directly to the Winchester’s popularity. Settlers, lawmen, and cowboys appreciated the convenience of being able to carry a single caliber of ammunition, which they could fire in both pistol and rifle. In both law enforcement and hunting usage the .44-40 became the most popular cartridge in the United States and to this day has the reputation of killing more deer than any other save the .30-30 Winchester.

Rossi R92

For those of us who don’t have $900 dollars to spend on a lever-action rifle, the Rossi R92 is a fine choice. Made from solid components, the Rossi is a value-leading rifle that designers intended to last a lifetime. The action is smooth and the rifle shoots where you aim it. A perfect ranch gun to throw in the truck, the .44-40 round has plenty of power to put down a whitetail deer, as well as an intruder. Follow up shots are quick and accurate with the time-tested lever as well. The Rossi R92 Round Barrel delivers shorter, lighter versions of their big brothers with 16- or 20-inch carbine models. The R92 is available in .38/.357, .44 Mag., .45 Colt, .44-40 Win, and .454 Casull. The R92 Round Barrel comes with either a blue or a stainless finish. All R92 Round Barrel models feature crescent buttplates and an extended front sight. For brush hunting and wilderness packing, Rossi R92 carbine .454 Casull features optional magazine-tube loading and recoil absorbing butt pad.

Century International Arms JW-2000

Ah the coach gun, or boomstick, depending on your knowledge of cheesy Bruce Campbell movies, is just downright fun. Want to replay your favorite scenes from Doom II? No problem. Want to defend a stagecoach from bandits or hostile natives? We got you covered. I think of all the guns in the world, firing a shotgun shell out of each barrel of a short coach gun is just one of those must-have pleasures of life. Seeing what a short 12-gauge shotgun can do at close range to a watermelon makes me feel almost sorry for those folks that went up against the Wells Fargo & Co stagecoach escorts back in the Old West. Doc Holliday used a coach gun to shoot Tom McLaury point-blank in the chest with buckshot during the Gunfight at the OK Corral in Tombstone, Arizona, on Wednesday, October 26, 1881. They stood in such close proximity that the town mortician was able to cover McLaury’s wound with one hand. Wyatt Earp also used both barrels of a coach gun to kill “Curly” Bill Brocius point-blank the next year. The shotgun blast nearly severed Brocius’s body at the mid-section. Treat yourself to a fun piece of history with a coach gun; just don’t expect to have any watermelon left to eat when the smoke clears.

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