Reviewed By: Jay B on 10/16/2012
Rating: [5 of 5 Stars!]
Just got back from the range after firing my new Smokewagon Deluxe 5.5" from Taylors & CO/Uberti. I am more than satisfied with this pistol, I am overjoyed! It fired flawlessly every time and I put about 75 rounds through it today. Not only that, but when I held it steady the POI was dead-on! It definitely shoots better than I do because when everything felt perfect I was shooting bullseyes at 15 and 20yds. The action is smooth, the trigger is a nice clean, crisp break with a light pull, and the hammer is nice and smooth. No gritty feeling to anything at any point. Fits my hand perfectly too, and I have big hands and long fingers.
As for looks, I bought this model for the finish and the wood grips and they are everything I had hoped for. The color case hardened receiver is beautiful as are the diamond-knurled wood grips. The blueing on the barrel, cylinder and backstrap is flawless. After 75 rounds there are no marks on the cylinder finish - always remember to fully cock the hammer before manually lowering it!
One nice feature I didn't expect (not mentioned in any online description) is the cylinder pin has 2 detents. One is for normal firing and operation. If you push the spring in, and then push the pin in to the 2nd detent it goes through the frame and physically blocks the hammer in the safe (1st click) position so the firing pin cannot strike a loaded round. If I ever decide to carry this gun around loaded with 6 rounds, this feature would give a bit more safety and peace-of-mind than just the 1st-click "safe" position on the hammer.
As usual, Bud's service was exceptional. I have yet to find a better price on any gun I've ordered from these guys (5 so far). I'm definitely a customer for life - Thanks Buds!!!
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