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SAT73-342_RawhideTraditions Performance Firearms – known for their muzzleloaded rifles – is adding a couple of single action revolvers by Pietta to their line. Both the higher end Frontier models and budget priced Rawhide guns are updated from the original 1873 six shooter design with transfer bar safeties. The Frontier’s available in case color, blued and shiny nickel. You can get the Rawhide value model in any color you want as long as it’s black. Annoyingly, they don’t include pricing info in their press release which is reprinted after the jump . . .

Old Saybrook, CT (March 2013) – Traditions™ Performance Firearms introduces into their 2013 lineup single action revolvers by Pietta. The single actions will be available in two series – the Frontier series and the Rawhide series.

The Frontier Series showcases all our top quality features and finishes. This series is available in many different calibers and barrel lengths including 4.75”, 5.5”, and 7.5”. While they all have steel frames, a selection of finishes are available including color-case hardened, blued, and nickel. Grip options are walnut or white PVC. Traditions™ always put safety first and has equipped their single actions with a transfer bar safety system which provides the highest level of safety offered on an 1873 single action firearm.

The Rawhide Series offers today’s single action shooters quality and features at an affordable price. The revolver’s matte black finish is attractive and provides excellent corrosion resistance. The transfer bar safety is also incorporated on the Rawhide series single actions. This series is available in a selection of calibers and barrel lengths as well.

For more information on Traditions Performance Firearms, please visit their website at, find them on Facebook and Twitter, or call 860.388.4656

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  1. Hey guys, this past week I bought a Browning Semi-Auto 22 Carbine (SA22) made in Belgium in 1964. It looks great for its age of 48 years. Mechanically, the internals are beautiful. I paid $399. I can’t wait to shoot it.

    • You will love your Belgium made Browning .22. They are in a class all their own. If I remember correctly the tube mag holds 14 long rifles. Most accurate iron sighted .22 I’ve ever fired.

      • Thanks jwm.

        The externals for a 48 year old gun are great. The barrel has a few scratches and is worn down in a few small places yet it really is nothing extreme or overly noticeable. The wood’s finish still looks good and there are only a few small dings and scratches. Internally, the parts are still sharp and angled indicating low rounds fired. The bore is as shiny clean and mirror smooth as if made yesterday. It was a lucky find. I found it at a gunsmith shop that primarily specializes in repairing mostly older guns and traditional hunting firearms. They have a section off to the side with used guns for sale.

        Yesterday, I found a gun carrying case with four padded sleeves by Allen Company that is about 22″ long. I can easily fit the two sections of the SA22 into the two shorter side sleeves. I can also probably break down a Stoeger Coach Gun Supreme into its three sections and place it in the bigger main compartment though I will need to place a thin pad in there to keep the sections from scratching each other. I think it would be like really cool to transport both guns that way.

        • Aharon showed me this rifle, and its a marvel. The Browning is perhaps the most mechanically and aesthetically elegant .22 rifle ever made.

  2. I’m adding these to my list…under the lever action 30-30, the .45 ACP, another 9mm, the NAA micro revolver, the 10/22 breakdown, the coach gun, and the AR-10. Unless I win the lottery, it might be a while.

  3. You know what this story really means? It means Taurus screwed up somehow.

    OK. This gun is a Pietta SAA near-clone with a transfer-bar safety. Until now, only one other company had a license to distribute this gun: Heritage.

    Taurus bought Heritage recently. I assumed part of what they wanted was this deal with Pietta because it would have given them a gun to compete with the Ruger New Vaquero with that wasn’t the old Taurus Gaucho which was a collosal steaming turd made of fail.

    So…Taurus should have cut a deal with Pietta to continue that exclusive contract under either the Heritage or Pietta brand names.

    And then this thing came out, which indicates something went wrong or that Taurus didn’t even realize what Heritage had going on…

  4. I wonder if it might have been a contractural issue with Rossi. Taurus might be under agreement to not distribute any other Italian revovlers. Just thinking out loud.

  5. FYI – Price is on their website. MSRP $515 to $640 for the Frontier depending on finish with nickle being the most expensive. MSRP $455 to $485 for the Rawhide depending on caliber and length of barrel.

  6. At my LGS they have a variety of the Pietta’s and they sell for about 520-550. A late freind of mine had a Ruger, a Pietta and a Colt, all in .45 colt. Shooting results were pretty much the same with all.

  7. Choice is good, but I prefer my single action revolvers with color case hardened frames and the firing pin on the hammer.

    • The one advantage of the transfer bar is that you can safely carry six rounds, instead of leaving the hammer on an empty cylinder (as required in SASS competitions). The 1873 is most definitely not drop safe.
      I seem to recall that Uberti is also building a transfer bar into one of the Cattleman’s. Uberti probably has the broadest selection, and the few I’ve handled were very well made. And maybe someone can straighten me out–I always thought that Heritage produced its own (low end) firearms, and that they had lousy reputations for fit, finish and liability.

  8. Uberti also sells a version of its 1873 in this matte finish/ I don’t care how tough it may be–it’s UGLY.

  9. I grew up in Westbrook, CT (Old Saybrooks neighbor to the west) I had no clue that such a business existed so close to me. That kind of sucks considering all of the manufacturing jobs I was applying for when I went to a trade school. But, I cant look back, CT sucks.

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