Reviewed By: Cameron C on 07/21/2011
Rating: [5 of 5 Stars!]
I am absolutely amazed at the quality of this revolver. It's a bit complicated the clean and grease, but once everything is figured out it becomes a bit easier with time.
In case you didn't know, this is an Italian made Pietta firearm, boxed and sold under the Traditions name.
There is an engraving on the cylinder that is the Naval Battle of Campeche, May 16 1843; very nice detail.
Make sure to be careful when removing screws, they are a soft metal. Get the right size screwdriver.
The frame is brass, which can tend to get worn over time but I'm not too worried about it right now.
The barrel has a slight twist to the rifling, not sure of ratio of the twist though.
According to Traditions' site this is a Yankee revolver, although there are a couple websites like Cabelas that list it as a 'Rebel' Confederate revolver. All of the Rebel revolvers I have seen do not have any engravings on them at all. In all accuracy... this revolver was used on both fronts of the Civil War, and long after during Western expansion. The original models that Samuel Colt made were .36caliber, and not .44caliber like this replica.
Good accessories for first-time BP revolver buyers:
1) Buy some Wonder Wads, usually found $10 per 100. They are 0.45 diameter lubricated wads to seal the chamber over powder and under ball. Also to help minimize fouling
2) Buy FFFG Triple Se7en, Pyrodex P, or Goex black powder, usually around $28 per 1lb. container. 777 doesn't have much an odor at all and cleans super easy with water and then oiled.
3) Buy #11 percussion caps ~$5
4) Buy a black powder flask that measures out ~25grains of powder (volume not weight), got mine for $38
5) Buy a powder flask funnel to go with the flask, it will save a lot of time and headaches, $15
6) Buy some pre-swagged lead balls for starters, I got a bag of Hornady .451caliber balls for $15
7) Buy a nice brass cleaning brush and a cloth holder for .44 pistols, hopefully you have a cleaning rod already, was around $5 for both items
8) Buy some sort of #11 capper for percussion caps if you plan on doing this for very long...
9) Be patient! And enjoy ;)
Overall, good first BP revolver for myself and many others. Hope this helped you make a decision!
Buds has the best price I have seen, if a decent FFL dealer can be found. Only real downside was that as a MI resident, I had 10 days (including purchase/shipping) to get the gun with a pistol-purchase license.