Reviewed By: Eric D on 10/09/2012
Rating: [5 of 5 Stars!]
This is not a practical gun by any means, but it is incredibly FUN to own and shoot. It is of course also good for "bragging" rights. Just be prepared to spend an hour or so in the gun shop on the day you pick it up because EVERYONE wants to hold it, inspect it, and talk about it ;-) It was hard for me to get out of there without being rude, so allow yourself the extra time needed to pick it up lol.
One thing I love about this gun is the chambered round versatility of it. I like being able to put 2.5" or 3" .410 shells in there, .45LC, and .454 casull. I have had the chance to shoot all three through it. Here is my experience with each round:
.410: My favorite is the 3" Federal 000 Buck. I keep it loaded with 6 of these in the house because of my range results. The recoil isn't bad at all and the pattern/spread is PERFECT at 7 yrds. It makes a beautiful 6" diameter hole of (5) 000 buckshot right where you want it to be. I am truly impressed with the accuracy and spred at 7 yrds with this round and feel very comfortable relying on it for home defense. I tried the PDX1 by Winchester in this (with discs and bbs) and do not like it at all. The discs were EXTREMELY accurate, I mean dead on, but the bbs were ALL OVER THE PLACE! I would not feel comfortable at all with collateral damage of the bbs (and this is at 7 yrds), some were off the paper or nowhere near the target. I wish Winchester would simply stick with the very accurate discs of this load and ditch the bbs.
.45LC: Shot 20 rounds of these @ 25 yards and the shots were pretty accurate. Recoil was not bad at all in this gun (at least for me, but I shoot a .44SPC snubnose revolver regularly) and I placed the shots where I wanted to for the most part. Not bad considering this was the first day of shooting the pistol and only shooting a box of 20 rounds. Pretty fun to shoot the .45LC if it wasn't for the high cost of the round.
.454 Casull: Just shot 12 of these through the pistol yesterday (second time at the range with this pistol). Boy do they KICK! Call me a wuss or whatever, but shooting with two hands, It actually hurt my wrist the first couple of shots until I relaxed my wrists and tried not to control the muzzle rise as much and simply let the tremendous weight of the 6.5" barrel do the work for me. I shot and placed all 12 shots on the man sized target 25 yards out, but I cannot say I had good groupings since the shots were kinda all over the place (but still all within center mass). I would say that I will not be making any head shots at that range anytime soon, but will try at 7yrds out next time and see how well I do.
Overall this is simply a fun gun to add to your collection as mainly a showpiece and range "toy", since it really doesn't have much of a "practical" use (unless you are hunting bear). It is very heavy, bulky, and hard to conceal. I would feel pretty comfortable using it as a home defense gun with the .410 Federal 000 buck, but I still prefer a 12 gauge shotgun for that role with this as a backup for that purpose (or as a primary until I could reach the shotgun).
I like the overall look, the grip, front fiber-optic sight, and the very sensitive (low lb) trigger in SA. I cannot give a true quote on the poundage of the trigger, but in SA it is hair sensitive and I love it! It has a pretty long and hard pull in DA, which I tend to not use at all except once out of curiousity and a few times with snap caps.
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