21 ‘New’ Old West Guns for 2016
Cimarron 1889 Double
This double-barrel shotgun won the Wooley Gun of the Year Award in 2015.
This 22-inch- barreled, 12-gauge shotgun, made by Daudson’s Armory in Pakistan, is made
specifically for cowboy shooters. While this is not an exact replica of a historic firearm, the combination of parts from other historic shotguns has made this one a success already.
Cimarron Eliminator C
The Eliminator C (for “Competition”) is a great model for Cowboy Action Shooters. Made by Pietta, this revolver has a 4¾-inch, round barrel and a short-stroke Cowboy Comp U.S. action. It is also color-casehardened and blued. It is available with a standard or low, wide hammer in .357 Mag/.38 Special and .45 Colt.
Cimarron Eliminator TS
Another model in the Eliminator series is the TS (for “Thunderstorm”), which is also made by Pietta. It is available with a 3½- or 4¾-inch barrel and checkered grips. The Thunderstorm hammer is low and wide, differing from the standard Eliminator. It is available blued or stainless in .45 Colt.
Navy Arms 1877 Lightning
Recreating the Lightning slide-action rifle is not necessarily a new idea, but this Navy Arms
replica is in a class all on its own. Made in collaboration with Pedersoli, the Navy Arms Lightning features a
stock made from Grade I American walnut while the receiver is bone-charcoal color-casehardened and the octagonal barrel
is blued. The rifle also has an updated coil-spring extraction system for enhanced reliability. The tang is drilled and tapped to accept a Marble Arms peep sight. The rifle is available with 20- and 24-inch barrels in .45 Colt and .357 Mag.
Cimarron Laser-Engraved Revolvers
Cimarron, partnering with Pietta, is market-
ing affordable laser-engraved firearms in many
varieties. Laser engraving serves as a more cost-effective
option for customizing your gun. All of Cimarron’s new
options come in .45 Colt. Some variants include a 4¾-inch, nickel barrel with poly-ivory grips or OSF with diamond checkered walnut grips. They can also come with a 7½-inch barrel and
EMF Buffalo Bill Commemorative
The new Buffalo Bill Commemorative from
EMF Company is not your typical single action on the market. It’s a .44-caliber 1858 New Model Army revolver made by Pietta. It has deep bluing and ornate gold laser engraving. The gold engraving has an image of Colonel William F. “Buffalo Bill” Cody on the cylinder and “BB” on the frame. The revolver also has checkered wooden grips.
Navy Arms Parker-Hale Whitworth
The Parker-Hale Whitworth rifle was a popular sniper rifle during the Civil War. This firearm
also has a sentimental history to Navy Arms—the company first marketed it in the 1970s, and it was a gun
that Val Forgett, Jr., used in Africa. This new variant features an American walnut stock with the “Parker-Hale” cartouche and checkering. The metal is bone-charcoal color-casehardened and hand finished in the U.S. Another variant is Navy Arms’ Volunteer Rifle. Both guns are made in .451 conical.
EMF Freedom Revolver
Made by Pietta, the Great Western II “Freedom” revolver from EMF Company is a Model 1873 replica with either a 4¾- or 5½-inch barrel in .45 Colt or .357 Mag. The blued frame and
cylinder feature laser engraving with phrases like “United We Stand” and “Freedom.” The
patriotic grip has an American flag pattern.
Pietta has introduced several new revolvers
this year, including uniquely embellished Cattle
Brand revolvers with hand-engraved cattle brands—no two are alike—with PVC or synthetic stag grips. These guns are available
in .45 Colt or .38 Special with a 4¾-inch barrel.
Pedersoli 1886 Lever Action
Pedersoli has produced 1886 rifles in the past. They are popular, larger-framed lever actions
designed by John Browning, but this year the company is releasing a lighter version with a 22-inch barrel
and a shorter magazine tube to reduce weight. The firearm is chambered in .45-70.
Pedersoli 1886 Hunter Light
This is a lighter version of the famous Model 1886 that features a round barrel and
reduced dimensions. It’s available in .45-70 and .444 Marlin and comes equipped with a
mechanical hammer safety. The frame is forged and ready to fit a Creedmoor sight while the
stock is American walnut with a Microcell buttplate.
Pedersoli Sharps Little Betsy
Pedersoli revisited the Sharps Model 1874 with the intent to reduce its size and weight,
creating the Little Betsy. The frame and sideplates have been rounded as well as the barrel. The Little Betsy
comes with a fully forged frame, a select walnut stock and a match barrel.
Pietta Rimfire Buntline
Ned Buntline was originally a dime novel writer known for giving
Buffalo Bill and others their initial fame. Pietta has created Buntlines in the
past in .45 Colt, but unlike the original, this model is in .22 LR. It holds 10 rounds in
the cylinder and has a blued finish with wooden grips. A detachable shoulder stock is also available as an option.
Rossi .44 Mag Ranch Hand
While Rossi’s Ranch Hand line is not a new series, the
company has introduced a variant in .44 Mag with a matte blue
finish and a 12-inch barrel. This compact powerhouse also has a 6+1 capacity.
Rossi has updated its R92 lever action to make it look like the historic Winchester Model 1866 lever
action with a brass-colored frame. Since Winchester is celebrating its 150th anniversary this year, it is an interesting gun
to highlight this year. This particular firearm has a 24-inch, octagonal barrel and comes in .45 Colt.
Taylor’s Tuned & Short Stroke Series
Taylor’s & Company has launched its Taylor Tuned (available on any of its 1873 SAAs), a process completed in Winchester, Virginia, where each gun individually is hand-tuned by the company’s expert gunsmiths. They feature lightened hammer and trigger pulls with custom springs and hand polishing. These guns are ideal for those shooters who really want to up their game. Taylor’s & Company has also introduced its Short Stroke Smokewagon and Short Stroke Gunfighter (models are availble with the Taylor Tuned). Both revolvers are available in .45 Colt and .357 Mag. The Gunfighter has a 5½-inch barrel while the Smoke Wagon is available with 4¾- and 5½-inch barrels.
Uberti Short Stroke Kenda CMS Pro
World Cowboy Mounted Shooting Champion Kenda Lensigne has partnered with Uberti to create this short-stroke revolver with a 3½-inch barrel, perfect for mounted shooters. It is color casehardened with a special “Kenda” checkered walnut grip. Her initials are on the grips, and the .45 Colt is signed.
Uberti Short Stroke SASS Pro
Uberti not only has a CMS Short Stroke, but a new gun for Single Action Shooting Society (SASS) matches as well. The SASS Pro pistol is great for the Cowboy Action shooters with a short-stroke system, a checkered hammer and a custom trigger. Both 4¾- and 5½-inch barrels are available in .45 Colt and .357 Mag.
Uberti 150th Anniversary 1866
Uberti is celebrating 150 years of Winchester with this “flat-sided” Yellowboy. The flat
side was found only in early versions of the original. This short rifle has a 20-inch barrel and is
chambered in .45 Colt. It has a brass frame and buttplate with relief engraving on the frame.
Uberti 1885 High Wall
This High Wall replica is a standout among the
other replicas made this year. While most focus on double-barrel shotguns,
Sharps and short-stroke revolvers, Uberti set itself apart with this hunting rifle.
It has a 22-inch barrel and is chambered in .45-70 Government to tackle big game.
Winchester Model 1866 150th Commemorative
Winchester is celebrating its 150th anniversary this year, so the company is offering a series of beautifully engraved
and embellished arms significant to Winchester’s long history. The first commemorative is the Winchester Model 1866 “Yellowboy”
lever action—the first gun with the “Winchester” name. The firearm, made in Miroku, Japan, has a Grade V/VI walnut stock with a
satin oil finish. The engraving on the receiver, lifter, lever, buttplate and forearm cap are all done in the Ulrich style with the Winchester horse and rider and WRA scroll trademark. This model has a 24-inch barrel and is chambered in .44-40.
The year is already off to a good start. At the close of 2015, Western films such as The Hateful Eight and The Revenant were released. Now, in 2016, several historic cowboy companies are celebrating anniversaries and a few companies that had uncertain futures are making a comeback. The following is a glimpse into some of the new, and a few of the popular old, models of Western rifles, handguns and shotguns. This year already has seen a distinct emphasis on commemorating milestones while still improving on respected technologies to push the West into the future.
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This article originally published in the Spring 2016 issue of GUNS OF THE OLD WEST®, print and digital subscriptions to GUNS OF THE OLD WEST are available here.