The Old West styling of Uberti’s 1873 Cattleman revolver caught the attention of author Denis Prisbrey, who tested the 12-shot, .22 LR wheelgun for an article in the 2015 issue of GUN BUYER’S ANNUAL. Prisbrey quickly found out how much fun shooting a classic single-action (SA) revolver could be in putting the rimfire through its paces on the range.
“Rimfire SAs can be highly enjoyable, despite their limited capacity and slow loading when compared to a more modern semi-auto .22 pistol, and they’re one of the safest learning tools for handgunners of all ages and most sizes,” said Prisbrey. “They allow shooters to resist the ‘spray and pray”’ tendency that’s so easy to acquire with an auto; they pretty much force you to take more time and pay more attention to basics, and after you fire a shot, you are the one who brings the next live round up in line to fire and you are the one who cocks the hammer.”
Moving to the range, Prisbrey found the Uberti revolver easy to handle and remarked on its similarities (and upgrades) to another famous revolver from the Old West.
“Off the bench at 25 yards, the rimfire Cattleman easily held under 3 inches with two loads and under 2 inches with two other loads, which is more than adequate to handle an afternoon ‘tin can challenge’ or occasional small-game chores,” said Prisbrey. “The gun’s a full-sized copy of the Colt Peacemaker externally, which means it’ll fit in any leather built for the Colt, but its sights don’t follow the original Colt dimensions, which is a positive. The front blade and rear notch are both wide enough to actually see, instead of narrow and claustrophobic like the older Colt’s.”
To read the full article, check out the 2015 issue of GUN BUYER’S ANNUAL, available on newsstands November 11th, 2014. To purchase the issue, go to https://www.personaldefenseworld.com/subscribe.
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