SHOT Show: Pietta Single Action Revolvers

F.A.P. di Pietta or F.LLI Pietta, commonly just referred to as Pietta and sold in the U.S. under the Pietta and other brand names, is best known for post-Civil War and “Wild West” era Single Action Army revolver replicas in both black powder and cartridge flavors. A real showman, Pietta’s Bryce Huddleston gave us an entertaining booth tour to show off some of their revolver offerings, from bird’s head grips to buntlines. The Pietta crew may also have won the “most tactical” attire award. . .

Just, you know, 120-some-odd years behind the tacticool fashion trends.






I’m now blanking on what the term is for the frame extension on the top of the bird’s head grip seen below. That little lip is sort of like a Wild West beavertail. I found it really comfortable and it allowed for a high, confident grip.


  1. avatar Geoff PR says:

    His finger must have been super-glued to that trigger as he muzzle-swept you…

  2. avatar PeterK says:

    Do want.

  3. avatar Geoff PR says:

    Holy Crap!

    Every. Last. Damn. Gun he had his booger hook on the trigger!

    1. avatar Jus Bill says:

      He’s praying that
      – every last gun he handled was single action
      – every last gun he handled was unloaded
      – he NEVER forgets.


      1. avatar JWM says:

        My understanding of SHOT show is that every gun on display has to be rendered non fireable before it hits the booths.

        1. avatar Dan Zimmerman says:

          This is true. Nothing has a firing pin. And if you don’t like being lasered, the SHOT Show is pretty much your worst nightmare.

      2. avatar Mark N. says:

        Every gun he handled WAS a single action, and you cannot load a firearm on the ShotShow floor. I don’t think Pietta even makes a double action. You may have also noticed that almost all period holsters do not cover the trigger. I think that may have something to do with the shape of the grip–it just naturally guides your finger to the trigger and your thumb to the hammer when you pick one up or pull it out.

        1. avatar Xanthro says:

          And none of that excuses violating firearm safety rules.

        2. avatar JWM says:

          Paint ball. Force on force. Lazer tag.

        3. avatar Another Robert says:

          Didn’t he say that first bird’s head was a double-action?

        4. avatar Another Robert says:

          oops–I see my error..never mind…

        5. avatar John in Ohio says:

          You may have also noticed that almost all period holsters do not cover the trigger. I think that may have something to do with the shape of the grip–it just naturally guides your finger to the trigger and your thumb to the hammer when you pick one up or pull it out.


          Yes. I first learned on single action revolvers and carry one as my EDC. My holsters for it do not cover the trigger and I cannot draw and deploy a single action revolver properly without having a finger on the trigger/in the trigger guard. When one draws, the finger goes on the trigger and the thumb on the hammer. The firearm isn’t capable of firing until the hammer is decisively cocked back so it really is a non-issue. AFAIK, one cannot properly use a single action without a finger being IN the trigger guard. During one handed cocking, my finger is pushed against the forward part of the trigger guard thereby assisting in leverage. When using two hands to cock and hold the revolver, my finger is not in the trigger guard unless I’m doing rapid fire.

          A single action revolver is the only firearm that I regularly handle with my finger in the trigger guard and on the trigger when drawing. My great-uncle, an ancient man at the time and a true backwoodsman of old, taught me when I was a small child. He would’ve corrected me if I didn’t draw that way. He relied on single actions for his livelihood and his survival in his younger days. That is a proper way to handle those sidearms.

    2. avatar DaveR says:

      Dude. It’s the SHOT show.

  4. avatar Noishkel says:

    I’ve been wanting one of their reproduction LeMat revolvers for years… wouldn’t mind getting of these babies either. ^,,^

  5. avatar 357M28 says:

    I need to add a custom revolver to my bucket list! Even though its expensive (to me) and pretty… I would shoot it ALL. THE. TIME.!!

    Due to my hearing loss (not gun related), can someone pretty please tell me what the first one was in the video? And, what was that doohicky in the hammer? Thank you!

    1. avatar franklin the turtle says:

      i watched just for you 😉 he called it a le mat. it had 9 rnds of 44 and a 20 gauge under the barrel, the thing on the hammer was the firing pin for the shotty part

      1. avatar franklin the turtle says:

        i have a navy colt black powder in 36 cal all chrome. i would recommend this brand to family, especially since they love shooting it! actually won a photo contest here with it

        1. avatar 357M28 says:

          Franklin the Turtle, I give you 1x, no 3x h/t (hat tip) and +1 kabillion majillion trajillion points. You are now “King of the Interwebz”. From one POTG to another POTG, I thank you from the bottom of my empty .22lr ammo can.

          A over under pistol? I want one! .357 and 20 or 12ga please!

  6. avatar JWM says:

    I’m a history buff. And an American. Our history is so cool. I have a weakness for revolvers. Have always wanted to try a bird’s head grip.

    .45 colt. Shopkeepers model with a bird’s head grip. Still a viable self defense option.

    1. avatar Another Robert says:

      I love it–“Shopkeeper’s Model”. That was a different time, for sure.

  7. avatar Komando says:

    F.A.P. di Pietta. FAP, I guess the internet has ruined me.

    1. avatar Jeremy S says:

      My original title for this piece was “FAP at SHOT Show” but I couldn’t bring myself to do it haha

      1. avatar defensor fortismo says:

        Sounds like more of the porn convention’s racket

  8. avatar Mark N. says:

    On my list. In .45 LC. I prefer these to the Ubertis, as they tend to have better case color. New versions also have a transfer bar so you can safely load six. Wish I could afford an engraved model.

  9. avatar GS650G says:

    I’m looking at their black powder .44 navy model and I might get the model with two cylinders

    1. avatar CharlieH says:

      Since you want 44 cap n ball and (obviously) don’t give a shit about historical accuracy…might a recommend a Ruger Old Army?

  10. avatar Gunr says:

    The guns are nice, but I’ll take the “chick”, that’s assuming I can run faster than the mean looking dude on her right!

    1. avatar Geoff PR says:


      Bryce Huddleston kinda has a resemblance to Ron Jeremy…

      1. avatar Gunr says:

        How fast can he run?

        1. avatar Geoff PR says:

          Nowadays kinda a loping waddle. At the beginning of that ‘career’ he was probably fairly quick.

          His autobiography I found to be a fun read…

  11. avatar Al Bondigas says:

    TTAG, in the interest of linguistic and anatomical precision, should forever ban the term “booger hook” to describe the trigger finger. Nobody picks his nose with his index finger (which is the offending finger in the video) unless he’s bucking for a rhinoplasty. Most of us use the little finger for that task, yet never for firing a gun, so the term is as inaccurate as it is offensive.

    1. avatar John P. says:

      Meatball! Nicely done.

  12. avatar vadvaro says:

    The silvery (what is that finish called? besides “silvery” I mean) peacekeeper model with the black grips gets all my love. Would want one just to look at and admire everyday. That is all.

    1. avatar vadvaro says:

      Ding Dong! The bell o’ recollection rings for me! That’s a Peacemaker model, and I think that’s a nickel-coat finish.

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