Left to Right, Top to Bottom: Billy Dixon Trapdoor Carbine, Navy Arms Winchester Model 1873, Turnbull 1911 Wild Bunch Edition, Winchester Model 94 Short Rifle
Over the years, Old West aficionados and participants in Cowboy Action Shooting (CAS) have helped spark the classic firearms manufacturing world. Companies regularly resurrect old warhorses and turn them into fine replicas with modern manufacturing techniques and materials—and many times in popular chamberings still commercially available today. Here are some of the best new Old West guns that have recently been introduced for 2015.
Billy Dixon Trapdoor Carbine
Cimarron has introduced the Model SH150, an Officer’s Model 1873 Trapdoor Carbine, the same model carried by American scout and buffalo hunter Billy Dixon. Chambered for the .45-70 with a 26-inch barrel, this firearm was manufactured by Pedersoli in Italy for Cimarron. Not only is this an iconic cowboy gun to shoot, but it is also a reproduction ripe with historical Western context from the Texas Panhandle. Its MSRP is $2,400. For more information, visit http://www.cimarron-firearms.com or call 830-997-9090.
Navy Arms Winchester Model 1873
This Navy Arms Winchester Model 1873 reproduction lever-action rifle is an outstanding product that resulted from three major companies working together: Navy Arms, Winchester and Turnbull Restoration. This lever action has a Deluxe Grade 1 American walnut stock, Winchester checkering, a “Winchester Red” finish and a short-stroke kit. It has a Model 71 checkered steel buttplate, which can be good for quick mounting. Turnbull completed the impressive color-casehardened receiver and furniture. Available through Navy Arms and its distributers, this firearm can be chambered for either .38 Special/.357 Magnum ammo or the .45 LC, with either a 20- or 24¼-inch barrel. This lever action is not only visually stunning, but it’s also a perfect firearm to take out on the range. Its MSRP is $2,500. For more information, visit http://www.navyarms.com or call 304-274-0004.
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Turnbull 1911 Wild Bunch Edition
Turnbull has created a true 1911 for the Single Action Shooting Society’s Wild Bunch. This model desires to stay true to the Model 1911, with hand-checkered, double-diamond American black walnut grips and carbonia charcoal bluing. You can have your alias hand-engraved on the left side with the “Wild Bunch” on the right. The SASS member number is used for the serial number. This firearm is available in .45 ACP with a 5-inch barrel. Its MSRP is $2,050. For more information, visit http://www.turnbullmfg.com or call 585-657-6338.
Winchester Model 94 Short Rifle
Winchester has released a new Model 94 Short Rifle. This model has always been a popular gun—it’s quick to shoulder and lightweight. Chambered for the .450 Marlin, the Model 94 is more compact with a 20-inch, blued barrel and a straight-grip walnut stock. This firearm is drilled and tapped for scope mounts and has a hammer spur extension included. It’s a perfect firearm to put in your scabbard or shoot at the range. Its MSRP is $1,300. For more information, visit http://www.winchesterguns.com.
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