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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.

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


        • 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.

      • 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.

        • 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.

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

  2. 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!

    • 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

      • 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

        • 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!

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

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

  5. 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!

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

    • 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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