Gun Review: Standard Manufacturing Single Action Revolver

Bang. Bang. Bang. Bang. Bang. And about then is when I emailed Standard Manufacturing my debit card number. It was a challenge to wait even that long.

I have every generation of the Single Action Army revolver from Colt. They’re great guns, and I enjoy shooting all of them.

None of them are of the quality of this Single Action Revolver from Standard Manufacturing.

There are lots of folks making Single Action Army clones. Some of them are great guns. Heck, lots of them are great guns. The inexpensive Old West themed revolvers made by Uberti and Pietta deserve their dominance in the cowboy action world. They’re fun, functional, good-looking guns.

Standard Manufacturing Single Action Revolver

Colt, Standard Mfg., and Uberti Single Actions

And yet, compared to all of them, the originals and all the clones alike, the Standard Manufacturing Single Action revolver is a big, big level up.

This is an American made gun with zero cast or metal injection molded parts. It is difficult to overstate how rare that is in modern manufacturing.

The gunsmiths at Standard have machined this entire gun from 4140 tool steel. Almost every single part and the manufacturing process of the Single Action Revolver is done in-house at their 3 acre plant in New Britain, Connecticut.

Standard Manufacturing Single Action Revolver

Standard fame interior.

Although most people know Standard Manufacturing from their fairly non-standard firearms, they are actually quite well versed in more traditional guns. That’s because Standard Manufacturing is a subsidiary of Connecticut Shotgun Manufacturing Co. Those of you more familiar with the finer scatterguns will recognize Connecticut Shotgun Mfg Co., as they’ve been making high grade shotguns for over 40 years now.

Standard Manufacturing is its own company with its own employees, but Connecticut Shotgun manufactures parts for them, and some of the same gunsmiths who have been lauded for the work with Fox, Parker, and Model 21 double shotguns are working for Standard on these guns.

Standard Manufacturing Single Action Revolver

Fire blued, timed screws, frame and cylinder finishes.

That experience and attention to detail shows, most obviously with the finishes.

I have quite a few color case hardened guns. The quality of the bone and charcoal case hardening on this gun is better than any of them. It’s as good as any on the market today, at any price point. There are swirls of browns and blues and green hues. The steel frame is smooth and polished, and yet somehow it’s impossible to not see the depth in it.

Standing apart from the frame, the barrel and cylinder are blued a glossy black. Under the Texas sun, when it was 102 degrees and everything was dry as a bone, the barrel and cylinder look shimmering wet. That finish puts the lust in luster.

Standard Manufacturing Single Action Revolver

Ejector head and cylinder base pin detail.

Take a look at the fire blued screws. They are all timed along the horizontal barrel line of the gun. That means all of them, including those on the underside of the Standard Single Action. This is not an add-on or an upcharge custom item, it’s standard. That’s the attention to detail every fine firearm should include.

Standard Manufacturing Single Action Revolver

Attention to detail on the underside of the Standard Single Action revolver.

The same treatment has been applied to the ejector head, the base pin, and the cylinder base pin. The glacial ice color of these parts both set them apart from, and at the same time accent the frame itself.

The quality extends beyond the metal. Although the original Colt Cavalry SAA’s included walnut stocks, I have not yet seen any of those stocks as fine as the walnut stocks from Standard.

Standard Manufacturing Single Action Revolver

Single Action right side view.

The Standard’s grip is well polished, oiled, and features figured walnut with beautiful dark stripes in the wood. I’m again surprised that this is their basic walnut and not a custom upcharge. Even higher grades of wood are available.

Standard Manufacturing Single Action Revolver

Standard Single Action in-hand.

The grip shape itself on the Standard Single Action is nothing new. It’s just like the old Model P, and even that was a holdover from the 1851 Revolving Belt Pistol of Navy Caliber. Like the great white shark, that grip is so naturally perfect it never had to evolve.

Just like those ancient belt and saddle guns, the Standard Manufacturing Single Action looks like it would be too small for the hand, especially for someone who wears size large gloves. It looks like that, but it doesn’t feel like that.

The Standard’s grip fits perfectly in the hand, especially for single-handed shooting. It gives exceptional control of the firearm, and there is no other design that improves on its ability to manage heavy recoil, save the Bisley grip, which is just a slightly modified version of the original.

Standard Manufacturing Single Action Revolver

Standard Single Action Classic Spur Hammer

There are no significant mechanical changes from the original Colt Single Action Army. I can’t say “no changes at all” because there have been quite a few minor adjustments throughout the years with Colt’s SAA. In some ways, the Standard Single Action is more like the first generation Colt SAA than the last generation of the Colt SAA.

The Standard Manufacturing Single Action has no transfer bar. (Load one, skip one, load 4.) Many of the parts are interchangeable with the original Colts. I asked what the changes from the original design were and it didn’t go past thread pitches and some part diameters and radiuses.

Standard Manufacturing Single Action Revolver

Standard loading gate and cylinder.

Standard’s CEO claims “Our Single Action Revolver is true to form, which is to say the man who designed this gun originally would immediately recognize it as his own, as would the legends of the Wild West.” That is absolutely true, although he probably should say “men” and not the singular form, as Colt himself had been dead for seven years before Mason and Richards designed the Single Action Army.

I shoot a lot, a bit more than 30,000 round a year. That’s not enough, and Lord knows my performance isn’t reflective of my rounds down range, but it’s a lot. Frankly, it gets old.

Standard Manufacturing Single Action Revolver

Standard Manufacturing Single Action Revolver with 5 shot “Cowboy Load”.

Shooting the Standard Single Action doesn’t get old. The hammer cocks smooth with the traditional four clicks. It falls with surety after 2 1/2 pounds of pressure on the trigger.

As it should be, there’s zero creep or mushiness to the trigger. It breaks cleanly. The Standard Single Action is perfectly capable of shooting in any competition as-is, but it has not been set up for a short hammer throw, a hair trigger or any other “race ready” modifications.

Standard Manufacturing Single Action Revolver

Standard Single Action Frame Interior Rear

The rear sight is the traditional channel with a fixed blade front post. It’s durable and functional, although the black sight will get lost on a dark target.

Standard Manufacturing Single Action Revolver

Traditional Single Action Sights

I took my time with a slow draw and a solid single hand aim. Even with this smaller 4 3/4″ barreled version chambered in .45 Colt, there’s no SAAMI spec round that feels punishing, or, as long as I did my part, failed to hit its mark.

I tried my hand at the quick draw and was rewarded with a laugh at how my hands are anything but quick. But I was laughing. These guns are a good time.

Standard Manufacturing Single Action Revolver

On the bench with the Standard Single Action Revolver.

Reasonable precision at the 25 yard line is pretty easy with the short Single Action. Off a front bag, the ubiquitous Winchester Cowboy Action load printed 3 1/8″ five-round groups averaged over 20 rounds.

That round is easy to shoot, practically falling out of the barrel at just over 700fps. It’s also filthy dirty. Save black powder, is there any ammunition out there that leaves a gun dirtier than Winchester’s Cowboy Action round? What do they put in those cases?

Upping the ante quite a bit, I loaded a well-lubed 255gr Keith-style bullet up to max pressure. The results of that round, moving just a hair over 900fps on average was a tighter group, at 2 3/4″ five-round groups as an average over 20 rounds.

At 50 yards that round will reliably land in a 7″ circle and will still have more energy at that distance than a standard 230gr .45ACP does at the muzzle.

Standard Manufacturing Single Action Revolver

Standard Mfg. Single Action Revolver hunting load group size.

Although I intend to, I haven’t spent any time developing a particular load for this gun. Sub 3-inch groups at 25 yards with a heavy load is good, but given the quality of the revolver, I’m betting it’s capable of even more precision. Those rounds shoot just as well out of this shorter barreled (and shorter sight radius) gun as do any of my longer Colts and Ubertis.

It should be noted that Standard shipped a target that was serial matched to the gun. That target shows a 5-shot group measuring just under 1 inch at 15 yards. Unfortunately, none of the characteristics of that group were included, such as how the revolver was fired or the ammunition used.

Standard Manufacturing Single Action Revolver

Standard Mfg. .45 Caliber Muzzle

I shot a little over 300 rounds out of this gun for this review. The first 200 were Winchester’s Cowboy Action rounds. I shot those the first weekend I had with the gun. I had fun cross drawing, practicing shooting from the hip, and shooting as fast as my right hand and left thumb would allow.

The next 100 were some rounds I use in one of my Colt SAA’s for pig and javelina hunting. Those are, according to the 49h edition of the Lyman reloading manual, max pressure rounds for the 255gr #452424 Lyman bullet.

Standard Manufacturing Single Action Revolver

Standard Cylinder

I didn’t clean the gun at all until all until the shooting was over and I was ready for some more pictures. At no point did the gun fail to cycle. I never had any kind of hang fire. I also never had any trouble ejecting a round, and the ejector rod never hung or stuck.

Since I cleaned it, I had some guests over and we shot it a bunch more with perfect reliability. In short, there were zero issues of any kind with the reliability of Standard’s revolver.

Standard Manufacturing Single Action Revolver

Standard Mfg. Roll Mark

I’m betting most folks purchasing this revolver will use it only as a “range toy.” That’s a real shame. Take it hunting.

I have used that particular 900fps Keith load I mentioned many times on wild pigs, javelina, and a few deer. I’m usually rewarded with a complete pass through up to about 35 yards on the pigs. On our little Hill Country white tail deer there’s no doubt I’d see that same performance out to 50 yards.

The Standard Manufacturing Single Action revolver sets an extremely high bar for the traditional western revolver. It’s difficult for me to write a review without any digs on the gun at all, but there just aren’t any here. Even as a huge Colt fan, I just don’t see myself ever buying another new Colt as long as Standard is making these guns. Next to Standard Manufacturing’s revolver, Colt’s Single Actions are, comparatively, sub-standard.

Standard Manufacturing Single Action Revolver

Standard Manufacturing Single Action Revolver

The Standard revolvers simply outshine, outperform, and outclass the other traditional single action revolvers on the market.

Congratulation to Standard on making an exceptional firearm, bucking the “race to the bottom” trend and showing off what skilled American craftsmen are still capable of.

Specifications: Standard Manufacturing Single Action Revolver

Action Type: Single Action, with cone-shaped firing pin and no transfer bar
Caliber: .45 Colt
Capacity: 6 rounds
Barrel Length: 4 ¾”, (5 ½”, 7 ½” available)
Hammer Type: Spurred and bone and charcoal color case hardened
Grips: Two-piece walnut
Engraving: None
Sights: Fixed
Weight: 40 oz.
Finish: Frame is bone and charcoal color case hardened. Barrel, cylinder, and metal parts are blued. All screws and pins are fire blued.
MSRP: $1,895 (several other models available at different prices)

Ratings (out of five stars):

Style and Appearance * * * * *
Jaw dropping liquid metal gorgeousness.

Customization * * * * *
A few different calibers, multiple grip options, barrel lengths, and engraving. If, for some stupid reason, you want to put some Colt parts in instead, you can. Don’t.

Reliability * * * * *
This gun is even better made than the original, which was chosen over the Schoefield break top revolver, partly because it made a real good club and kept on ticking.

Accuracy * * * *
Just as good as any of my other SAAs or clones with longer barrels and sight radiuses.

Overall * * * * *
My new standard.

comments

  1. avatar Sean G./The Rookie says:

    What a beauty!

  2. avatar Ogre says:

    Hmm…at that price point, I think I’ll stick with my Uberti SAA’s (about $1,400 less and work just as good).

    1. avatar Patrick H says:

      It’s one of my ‘win the lottery’ guns.

  3. avatar Tom in Oregon says:

    My gosh, that’s beautiful!

  4. avatar Gadsden Flag says:

    Thank God! Or at least JWT. A review of a firearm that has no plastic used in its construction. I believe everyone should own at least one Colt SAA. I have a friend that has around 300. He’s not sure of the exact count. They say wealth has its own set of problems. I say throw me in that briar patch. Anyway, that is one beautiful revolver. Great looking grips (one piece!), cone firing pin, outstanding color case and blue, fire blued screws (all oriented, nice touch). But no bullseye ejector? Consternation! Some will squawk at the price, but I think it’s a bargain. Lets hope this one doesn’t go the way of USFA.

    1. avatar jwm says:

      Having money solves a lot of problems that not having money intensifies.

    2. avatar Gadsden Flag says:

      On second look, it’s not a black powder frame. So that ejector is correct. Both were to first generation guns. I just like the bullseye ejector.

      1. avatar jwtaylor says:

        Yup, they make a BP frame gun but this isn’t it. That one only comes in 44-40. Seriously considering that one too, but then I’d have to get another rifle to go with it, and those Turnbull reviews have me all atwitter. And all of assuden the revolver seems inexpensive in comparison.

        1. avatar Gadsden Flag says:

          Does Standard mark the barrel “Frontier Six Shooter?”

        2. avatar jwtaylor says:

          GF, I don’t know about the black powder frame revolver, but these guns are not so marked. The only marks on the barrel are the caliber designation and the maker’s mark, both which are visible in photos.

        3. avatar Gadsden Flag says:

          I thought as much. Colt may even have “Frontier Six Shooter” copyrighted. Or, that term may have been post BP frame. Not up on the minutiae on SAAs like Charles. He’s an encyclopedia. As an aside. I have a good friend, Capt. Chris Stanaback, that is a RMK dealer. He just posted a Little Bear Bowie to his website. Stainless blade, nickel silver hilt, black micarta border patrol handle (my favorite) w/compass. No wrist thong. Almost a necessity for me. I live in Florida. Lots of deep water and boat time. Anyway, thought of you when I saw it. It want last long.

        4. avatar Gadsden Flag says:

          Just to clarify “Frontier Six Shooter” was exclusive to 44-40 Winchester. Hence, the question.

  5. avatar Ing says:

    Wow. WANT. That is a heck of a gun.

  6. avatar jwm says:

    Couple that with one of those Turnbull lever guns and my oh my. 1800 bucks is not out of line for a gun that shows such quality.

    Hard cast, semi wadcutters work just fine in the .45 colt and .44 special.

  7. avatar John Bryan says:

    There will be a time in my life, hopefully if I stay health and don’t have any major disasters, when I’ll probably be on the plus side of dollars to days left on the planet – that’s when one of these will end up in a holster on my hip.

  8. avatar Mark N. says:

    Stunning piece, wish I could stop drooling. I have a Pietta in 4 3/4 that came out of the box slick, got slicker with a bit of polishing, shoots wonderfully, and is my favorite pistola. But it doesn’t look like this. But then, it cost about $1000 less. I doubt either are classic bone and charcoal finishes, but rather chemical case hardening process. Pietta does a better job of it than Uberti.

    Neither the Piettas not the Ubertis have the four click trigger. (And both have gone to one form or another of a transfer safety, Pietta with a standard transfer bar, Uberti with a unique locking/unlocking firing pin keyed to the hammer). Can someone explain the purpose of the extra click? Is it a passive safety to keep the firing pin just off the primers so that you can load six?

    1. avatar VicRattlehead says:

      I have an older Uberti and the first click does indeed seem like a ‘safety’, holding the hammer/firing pin just off the primer.

    2. avatar Gordon Robertson says:

      1st click is the safety notch to keep the firing pin out of the frame and not in contact with a primer.
      2nd click is the half cock/loading notch
      3rd click is the bolt rising to contact the cylinder
      4th click is the hammer full cock notch and bolt locking the cylinder.
      Eagerly awaiting my 4 3/4″ I ordered after seeing my son’s revolver. I have Colts, Ubertis, Armi San Marcos, Vaqeros and nothing approaches the fit, finish and detail as the Standard. Can’t wait!

  9. avatar strych9 says:

    That’s two wheel guns you’ve added to my list. I’m gonna need another safe because JWT.

    But they’ll have to wait since I’m weighing a Dakota Arms D54 and a Zenith Z-5.

  10. avatar MouseGun says:

    How would you say this compares to a new model Black Hawk or Vaquero?

    1. avatar jwtaylor says:

      Different guns. What do you want to do with a revolver?

      1. avatar Gov. William J Le Petomane says:

        ‘What do you want to do with a revolver?’

        Take down cape buffalo with a single shot to the boss, of course.

  11. avatar Klaus Von Schmitto says:

    This makes me wish I liked cowboy guns.

    1. avatar frank speak says:

      who doesn’t like “cowboy guns”?….it’s how most of us got started with the hobby….still have that big, ol’ Hubley cowboy model around here someplace…and several rolls of caps to go with it!…yeah,..it still works…

    2. avatar Gov. William J Le Petomane says:

      Sounds like someone who’s never shot, or maybe even never held a SAA. Most people are full blown converts the second they thumb the hammer back.

  12. avatar MLee says:

    While I’m still sitting along the Clark Fork River north of St. Regis, I had to put in my two cents worth. I have the Taylors 4109DE which is the identical revolver except an Uberti. Actually I have my 4109DE with me along with my “modern sporting rifles”
    I do like the hand grip on the reviewed revolver better than my Uberti but that would be the extent of it. Quite frankly, my 4109DE looks every bit as nice and a whole lot cheaper.
    https://drive.google.com/open?id=0By3-l1P1kK4sRTlJQ2ZHcmE4X00
    https://drive.google.com/open?id=1Y3LFQAXWPPPI2aLDrhs2zBTId0j6x-8s

    1. avatar Tom in Oregon says:

      Wow. Nice pistola!
      I like the Coleman display as well.

      1. avatar MLee says:

        Thanks Tom I have quite a collection of them. My last count was 22. One iin the picture is a 1949 228D and there is a 49 or 50 242C The lamp is a 1937 Coleman lamp. Off to the right is an unfired 220D

        I’ll have to take Mr JW Taylors word, although it does seem stretched a bit over the difference in quality between the Uberti and the Standard Manufacturing. I’m sure as heck not plunking down the change and buy one just so I can bang out a long winded review comparing the differences between the two. The Uberti has a fine reputation and mine being the deluxe has the tuned trigger.
        Blurry picture of the moon or a telescope? Mkay!

    2. avatar jwtaylor says:

      Good guns, I have several Ubertis, and that’s one in the pic near the top of this review. But are nowhere close to the beauty or craftsmanship of these revolvers. It’s like looking at a blurry photo of the moon vs seeing it through a telescope.

    3. avatar Bruce says:

      Bit downriver here. Took some shooting classes at a range at Camp Bighorn, just before you hit Paradise going north from where you probably are. Just a couple miles south of MT 200 on MT 135. Highlands Tactical Group.

  13. avatar VicRattlehead says:

    Good Lord that thing is gorgeous; like drop-dead, mouth agape, drool-inducing gorgeous!

    Even though 1900 bucks is a TON to spend on a gun for a guy like me, I’d have no reservations about dropping that much on one like this. I have a great appreciation for things made by ACTUAL Craftsmen who clearly take great pride in what they’re making.

  14. avatar Andrew Lias says:

    Always had a soft spot for revolvers, a SA revolver is on the list and hopefully something with a break open setup. Some of the replica S&Ws in .357 look real tempting.

  15. avatar former water walker says:

    That’s a really nice gun I’ll never have😄

  16. avatar John says:

    I wonder if this is Buffalo Bore safe…..

    1. avatar Mark N. says:

      That depends. The BB loads that are not safe are specified for the Blackhawk or similar rated gun (i.e., magnum loads). But they also make loads that are not so hot. As it was originally rated for black powder, i.e., low pressure loads, the Colt pistols and clones are not typically magnum rated except for the .44 Magnum pistols. That said, the original black powder load was 40 grains by volume. For a comparison, the 1860 Army was designed for 35, but typically loaded to only 30 (for recoil reduction and for accuracy), and the 1873 Army cartridge was downloaded to 35 grains at the request of the Army. This in a day when a heavy thumping load was the .45-70. For most people, 35 grains is plenty hot, and “cowboy” loads are typically 28-30 grains, producing muzzle velocities of 650-700 fps when using a 250 grain RNFP lead bullet.

    2. avatar jwtaylor says:

      It’s safe for any of the rounds under the SAAMI maximum pressure.

      1. avatar Gov. William J Le Petomane says:

        That’s the thing about .45 Colts – they go straight from .45 special to magnum +p++ (who needs a .454 Casull?). It would be nice if there was a ~.357 magnum powered load that most any modern weapon could handle.

  17. avatar Rick Mogensen says:

    I want one

    1. avatar jwtaylor says:

      They sell them!

  18. avatar Steven says:

    Getting as bad as the NRA gun reviews, nothing but multi thousand dollar guns. Got to where I scroll to the price to realize the article isn’t worth my time to read. I’m just a poor retiree. Not gonna waste my time reading about a gun I can buy 3 others for the money.

    1. avatar jwtaylor says:

      I’ve written well over 200 reviews for this site, and those include guns at every price level. Quit crying.

    2. avatar GS650G says:

      I bought a Henry long ranger on the strength of JWTs review. He nailed it in every way. While not a cheap gun it was not as expensive as the Browning BLR.

      1. avatar jwtaylor says:

        That’s really nice of you, thank you. I have been begging them to make a 338 Federal or 358 Winchester Long Ranger. So far, nada.

        1. avatar DrewN says:

          .35 Whelan! I mean, we’ll NEVER get 9.3×62 so..

        2. avatar jwtaylor says:

          Drew, the Whelen or 9.3X62 would be a stretch, literally. But the 338 Fed and 358 Win are both based on the already Long Ranger chambered 308 Win. Either of those calibers would provide the shooter with a great all around gun for folks going after bear, moose, elk, and mule deer in the mountains. There’s no replacement for displacement.

        3. avatar DrewN says:

          They don’t have an -06? I’m not a Henry guy (and I like pumps) but I just assumed they would have a long action.

        4. avatar jwtaylor says:

          Nope, short actions only. Fingers crossed though.

        5. avatar DrewN says:

          I probably wouldn’t have called a short action “Long Ranger” myself, even if it’s technically true vis a vis the classic chamberings. Although “Short Ranger” doesn’t really roll off the tongue either.

    3. avatar Hank says:

      There’s plenty of gun reviews for quality guns that are cheaper. The recent colt King Cobra review is one of them. I’m not exactly rich either, and I won’t spend anymore then 1,200 on any gun, period. That doesn’t mean I won’t read about guns that I can’t/won’t buy. It also doesn’t mean you can’t afford quality guns, as used guns are typically not shot as much as most people believe.

      1. avatar RidgeRunner says:

        True, and one never knows when a windfall (or lottery ticket) comes your way.

    4. avatar Anner says:

      1. You voluntarily read the review. Quit whining about how you voluntarily spent your time.
      2. You read the review for $0. TTAG is 100% free for readers.
      3. TTAG maintains a library of past gun reviews, dating back to 2011 or so. Go search the made and model of guns that are within your budget.
      4. Enjoy some of the most thorough and honest reviews ever contained under a single publisher…for free.

    5. avatar Matthew says:

      It’s called “living vicariously.” As in “I could never afford one but I can read a very well written review from a guy who can.” Thanks JWT.

    1. avatar jwtaylor says:

      Love em. Have 4. What about them?

    2. avatar Gov. William J Le Petomane says:

      Harrumph!

  19. avatar Aleric says:

    $2000 for a revolver you will shoot occasionally at the range. Pass.

    1. avatar jwtaylor says:

      I’m taking it hunting, again, tomorrow.

      1. avatar Anner says:

        I don’t think he was around to read your multi-part series on an EDC hog gun, where you explained that every day is essentially a day in the field.

        1. avatar jwtaylor says:

          Lately, every day has just been getting my old ass kicked by limestone and T posts.

  20. avatar GS650G says:

    This is what you expect for 19 large. The rest of the market cuts costs and does work overseas. A quality handmade fitted gun from steel and wood with old world craftsmanship costs this much.

    10 years from now it will cost even more.

    1. avatar Big Bill says:

      “19 large”?
      1.9 large is more like it. And they can be had online for under $1700 all day.

      Thanks, JWT, for another gun to drool over. Maybe I should stop saying that and save up.

      1. avatar GS650G says:

        Depends on your definition of large. We don’t trade in 1000 dollar bills generally.

        1. avatar Big Bill says:

          I’m sticking to the accepted meaning of “large” in this context, and that’s $1000.
          You can redefine any word you like, but that doesn’t mean others will accept your meaning.

  21. avatar Vic Nighthorse says:

    This looks like straight dopamine…. now, how to make it happen without taking a thrashing from my wife.

    1. avatar jwtaylor says:

      Buy her one too.

  22. avatar Username says:

    Such a beautiful and rugged revolver outshines the whining of cheapskates. Thank you for the review.

  23. avatar Dyspeptic Gunsmith says:

    A great review of a very well done gun.

    Two notes:

    1. The two screws that hold the backstrap onto the frame (located under the hammer) should also be timed, vertically.

    2. 4140 isn’t really tool steel – it is considered alloy steel. Tool steel usually is considered to have a higher carbon content – usually 0.60% up to about 1.5%. Tool steels can be made hard enough to cut hardened 4140 – but the reverse isn’t possible.

    One thing I’d appreciate in revolver reviews is an evaluation of how tightly they lock up.

    1. avatar Matthew says:

      Second the lockup request.

    2. avatar jwtaylor says:

      In full lock-up there is no discernible movement of the cyclinder. There is less than .002″ of end shake.

  24. avatar Gov. William J Le Petomane says:

    The forth from the last picture is very similar to the last thing an intruder into my house will ever see before it all goes dark.

    1. avatar Gov. William J Le Petomane says:

      Or fourth. Either way.

  25. avatar Wood says:

    JWT, can you give a comparison to the USFA SAAs? I still can’t believe the owner dropped production in favor of that Zipp .22 thing.

    1. avatar Wood says:

      Forgot to subscribe…

    2. avatar jwtaylor says:

      I’m sorry I can’t. The only USFA revolver I own has had a lot of work done on it and is not fair to compare.

  26. avatar Shawn Barrett says:

    The snobbishness directed at Colt and the claim that they are sub-standard is asinine.

    1. avatar Wood says:

      I didn’t read snobbishness directed at Colt, but I will say they richly deserve it.

      JWT didn’t say Colt SAAs were sub-standard; he did say they were sub-Standard though.

    2. avatar jwtaylor says:

      Did you just miss the play on words or do you think the new Colt SAAs are just as good as these from Standard?

  27. avatar Boom says:

    And after all that it still isn’t a colt but rather a copy. Also, I would have liked to seen some closeup pictures to judge the fit amd finish. Based on these pics, it does seem as though my SAA has more luster in the blueing. My recently produced 3rd Gen is about flawless. Only complaint is a little mushiness in the trigger.

    1. avatar Wood says:

      It’s not a “copy” it’s a reproduction. There is a difference. The Colt of today is not the Colt of yesteryear either; they have the name and trademarks, but that’s it. What they are manufacturing now are also reproductions.

    2. avatar jwtaylor says:

      The article is full of close-up photos. How close up do you mean?

  28. avatar Frank N Stein says:

    Beatuiful guns and great review. I hope you didn’t really email your debit card info to them and did it through a secure web payment interface. Never email credit or debit card info. You don’t know if the recipient is using TLS to encrypt the message in transit. Especially debit info. Debit cards are not FDIC insured like credit cards. With a debit card you are liable for losses up to $50 provided you report it within two days. After that you are at the whim of you bank’s policies for getting your money back. With a credit card, your liability is $50 no mat when you report it.

    1. avatar jwtaylor says:

      Yup. Emailed my debit card number and I do it all the time and have since forever. My bank uses Visa as the provider, who treats the debit card exactly the same as their credit cards. I travel internationally a lot, and the few times I’ve had any kind of fraudulent deductions they’ve handled it by immediately crediting my account while the “investigation” is ongoing. I have zero trust in web payment interfaces.

      1. avatar Frank N Stein says:

        Almost all debit cards use Visa or Mastercard for servicing. Doesn’t mean they’re insured the same way as an actual credit card. Federally, they’re not, no matter whose emblem is on the card. It’s up to your bank how they handle losses. And since it’s a debit card attached to your bank account, you could be out of a lot of money while you fight it out with the bank to recover lost funds.

        Never send personal information through email. You’re just asking for trouble.

      2. avatar DrewN says:

        Holy crap, it’s 2 grand. I mean, I work for a living and average maybe $25 an hour after expenses, but $2K isn’t a huge purchase. My wife’s Honda just ate a tranny to the tune of $3300. That sucked. I’d (and am going to right now) order up one of these and maybe either the .38 or BP frame .44-40 as well. Hell, you’ll pasy just as much for a new Colt, which isn’t a bad gun by any means,but they aren’t that special.

      3. avatar Gordon Robertson says:

        If anyone hacks your debit card, it goes directly to your bank account. Unless your bank guarantees reimbursement, you could suffer a big loss. Credit card charges, if un-authorized, can immediately be removed from your account with no loss.

  29. avatar Enuf says:

    Wish I could afford these high dollar beauties. The best materials, top of the line workmanship and final finishing. The case hardening looks great but you know I also wish for the sort of deep bluing like Smith & Wesson used to do. Yup, if my income allowed it, I’d be a happy buyer of one of these in at least a couple of calibers.

    On the credit card and data privacy comments made above, using a VPN service would help. With a VPN all the traffic to and from your PC is encrypted and anonymized. The content cannot be read, so information is very hard to steal. You do still need to be aware that if a seller is hacked that your information can get into the wilds of the interwebs that way. Or, a seller you give credit/debit card info to may turn around and sell that data, there is a market for it.

  30. avatar Alan says:

    Not especially familiar with single action revolvers. I personally prefer pistols. That said, this appears to be a good looking, well made handgun. Given the state of affairs in Conn. I wonder as to how much longer the company might be able to continue operations there?

  31. avatar Tec's Dad says:

    Tony Galazan is a marketing genius and a perfectionist… his products are impeccable and yes, they are still made in New Britain, Connecticut. Everything this company does is top shelf…quality like this is affordable; when you look at the fit and function of these fine arms.

  32. avatar Alan says:

    Respecting payment card problems, mentioned above, welcome to the world of today.

  33. avatar Will Drider says:

    WOW! Over the last 10 years I sold off all but one SAA. I think I’m in the market for another nom. Great article on a fine firearm.

  34. avatar JUSTIN D RANSBOTTOM says:

    Just interested in finding out what the throats measure and the cylinder gap, grove diameter, stuff like that.
    Please let me know if you don’t mind.
    Love the gun and the review. Nice job. and Thanks!

  35. avatar Rusty Mahan says:

    I’ve held off posting on this but, times up. I’ve had a 3-month long experience with Standard Firearms. First I watched the video reviews and decided to go for it. I was looking for another USFA but decided Standard would fit what I wanted. A USA made gun with all USA parts made of high quality. I ordered a 4 ¾ normal gun with no enhancements. I even talked a Gun Shop into buying some to resale.
    When mine came in it had two issues. One I immediately noticed was that the Case Coloring was not uniform in Brightness. To get the issues remedied I called Standard and was advised to email my concerns with pictures. The girls that answer the phones are really nice; however, they don’t have much authority and have to forward emails to the “shop”. I emailed with pictures. At first, they claimed to not see what I was concerned about. Eventually they sent a call tag: once they received the gun, they saw the problem. As it turns out, the gun was missing some clear coat on a section of the frame and loading gate. They did fix that, and it looks good.
    Now, at the same time I noticed a dark spot inside the barrel on the muzzle end. I asked Standard to examine that as well as the Case Coloring. First, they said they didn’t see anything and emailed me pictures of the barrel saying it wasn’t there; however, it was clearly visible in the pictures they sent. I pushed the issue further and was then told that the area was from their bluing process and that sometimes blue will get into that part of the barrel. To fix this they decided to clean the barrel/ re-polish it. They resent the gun back to me and at first glance it looked nice; however, that didn’t last long.
    I took the gun to my gunsmith and had the bore measured. As it turns out the bore measured .443 on the muzzle end for about ½” deep where it was dark. The rest of the barrel measured .441. To add to the misery, the grips where now chipped, probably from being removed. So, I contacted the Standard and again. They re-sent a call tag which I do appreciate. This time they replaced the barrel and refinished the grips. They sent it back to me.
    After receiving the gun back, the metal looks good. However, now the grips are not Proud and even low in a couple of areas. So, I’ve been back in contact with them. I’ve been told to contact to owner who is not responding from 3 Emails I’ve sent.
    I do believe Standard is a great gun, but they are lacking in customer care which is only a problem is you have an issue.
    I’m not posting this to run Standard down. Im believing their single action issues will be worked out in the end. But today, potential buyers should be prepared in case they have an issue. Mine shoots well and looks nice and the grips are gorgeous but still an issue.

  36. avatar Daniel Pozarek says:

    I can’t comment from an owner’s view, yet! If you want the best you have to pay for it. Colt will cost about the same, and they have had issues for several years now. Do you want to take a chance on what you will get?
    USFA no longer makes the SAA, and the used guns go for $2K and up, and don’t have the same fit and finish from what I’m reading. How much to have an SAA trigger job, or a Turnbull refinish? Now the $1900 starts to look very reasonable. I will be ordering one withing the week.

    1. avatar Rex Mahan says:

      Just know that they do not stand behind their single actions if you should have an issue. I did

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