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Submitted By: Patrick M. On 03/06/2015
BACKGROUND: quite a bit of firearms experience, amateur single action revolver shootist, first cowboy action revolver, and first time ordering a firearm online.
I have been thinking about getting into cowboy action shooting. I wanted to purchase a well-priced, reliable revolver that could help me take an easy step into the sport. I wanted to get a .357 mag revolver because I already had ammo on hand for it. I looked everywhere. This pistol wasn't my first choice, but I have no regrets. But first thing's first...
ONLINE PURCHASE: this was the first time I purchased a firearm online. But it was pretty easy. My FFL dealer was already on file, but I put the FFL dealer's name instead of his business. A quick call and a friendly conversation later and the situation was resolved. For those who haven't purchased a firearm online before, it's pretty easy. If your FFL dealer is already on file, you put the name, address, and phone number on the "Note" section when you are on the first page of checking out. I will say that this is kind of awkward, but whatever works. To be clear, you will pay the price of the firearm (as stated on the website IE I bought this pistol for 396 and change), pay the sales tax and shipping costs (brought the price up to 405), and last you will pay your FFL dealer for the transfer (cost me 25). So all in all, it was a pretty good price.
SHIPPING: Shipping was surprisingly fast and would most likely have been faster for me had I done the FFL in the "Note" section correctly. I ordered this weapon on Tuesday and got it on Tuesday (a week later). You get a shipment number. The second day I checked the shipment progress (which was the second time I checked it), and I kid you not it was already delivered. I called up my FFL dealer to confirm, and he already had it!.
RANGE TIME: To be clear, I have no previous experience with single action revolvers. This is my first, but I did quite a bit of research on it. Keeping this in mind, it was pretty accurate; however, I was not. Once I remembered the basics of shooting (sight picture, trigger pull, etc.), I began to do a lot better. However, the pistol did not exactly help in a manner of speaking. This weapon quite literally has the hardest trigger pull I have ever felt on a firearm. I knew this going in, but I also knew that trigger jobs were an option. According to my research, it has about a 12 pound trigger pull...no joke. Consequently, I will definitely be getting some type of trigger job on this weapon.
While firing, I used my offhand to pull the hammer back. Maybe it's just this pistol or maybe it's common in all single actions, but this pistol's hammer had to be pulled back quite a ways. If I had to guess, I would say that the hammer cocks back to about a 40 degree angle in relation to the handle; or 50 degree angle in relation to the chamber. There were a few times that I only half cocked it.
I was shooting 38 special FMJs out of it. No special rounds, just normal brass. And I had no problem with recoil. The pistol is a bit heavy so as long as one has the strength to hold it, recoil won't be a problem. The only thing that kind of bothered me was a screw came lose. There is a screw near the tip of the barrel (the opposite side of the advertised picture) that is used to hold in the ejector rod. When I started cleaning it, I noticed it was very lose. So if I go to the shooting range and plan on shooting a lot of ammo through this pistol, I plan on bringing a flat head screw driver.
SUMMARY: I definitely recommend purchasing from hinterlandoutfitters.com. I called customer service twice, and both times the person I spoke to was helpful, understanding, and had a quick (and correct) answer for me. The price for the weapon itself could not be beaten...trust me, I checked.
I would also recommend this pistol. For the savvy cowboy shooter, it might not be the best choice. But for the new guy who still isn't sure whether or not he wants to get into it, this is a pretty good pistol. A little gunsmithing work and (at least according to the research I've done) it will shoot like a dream.
PS: if calling customer support, do not dial the number as it appears at the top left portion of the screen (the toll free number). If I remember correctly, when I called that number, I got UHAUL...definitely not the guys I wanted to talk to. However, by adding 1+ and that same number, I got Hinterland. I can't explain it, but that most definitely did happen.
[4 of 5 Stars]