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Taylor’s and Company sells old school, Civil War through Wild West-style revolvers and long guns in both black powder and cartridge flavors. While most are manufactured by Uberti and Chiappa, Taylor’s creates some exclusive versions for their Deluxe, Short Stroke, and/or Taylor Tuned models complete with fine smithing, tuning, and even parts replacement. With the expansion of their Taylor Tuned line, they’ve issued the following press release:


Taylor’s & Company Expands ‘Taylor Tuned’ Customization
Cartridge Revolver Upgrade Offers Improved ‘Out-of-the-Box Experience’ for Shooters

WINCHESTER, Va. (11/14/16) – In an effort to expand its reach with cartridge revolver fans, Taylor’s & Company has implemented its hand-tuning feature, called “Taylor Tuned,” in more models.

Now available with any 1873 Cattleman Single-Action cartridge revolver models, this feature sets the company apart from competitors due to its “unparalleled performance,” according to Taylor’s & Company CEO Tammy Loy.

“We started offering Taylor Tuned with just a few of our revolver models,” Loy said. “After growing demand from dealers and customers, we have decided to expand this offering with more of our cartridge revolvers.”

Taylor Tuned indicates that the revolver’s actions are hand-tuned, one at a time, by gunsmiths at the company’s location in Winchester, Va. These revolvers feature custom springs and hand polishing. The custom tuning is complete with custom hammer and base pin springs.

The attention the gunsmiths put to these revolvers creates a smooth hammer pull and lightened trigger pull that maximizes speed, accuracy and comfort, according to Loy.

“Taylor Tuned models represent the ultimate out-of-the-box solution for today’s dedicated shooter or the beginner looking for the best action in a cartridge revolver,” she said.

About Taylor’s & Company

Founded in 1988, Taylor’s & Company, headquartered in Winchester, Va., is an importer of firearms, including revolvers, rifles and shotguns. The company specializes in reproduction Civil War firearms through the end of the Old West era, hunting firearms and 1911 tactical pistols. It markets its products through dealers and distributors nationwide and assists consumers in obtaining a dealer for firearm transfers as needed. It seeks to serve all types of shooters, from competitive shooters to collectors to outdoor enthusiasts to firearm history buffs. For more information, visit


Short stroke hammer difference.



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    • I just got all the equipment to do some color case hardening. I’m excited to get started on some knives.

      • Very cool. As I understand it, it only works with carbon steel and not stainless. NAA warns you their color-case NAA mini is carbon steel.

        Best luck!

      • Just understand this about the process:

        If you use steel with a high enough carbon content to harden all the way through (eg, 0.30% or higher), you’ll end up with something that is hard all the way through.

        In a knife blade, this could result in a blade that cracks or breaks pretty easily on attempts to bend it.

        • I won’t be doing blades. Some of the Damascus blades we have are pretty enough already. I’ll just be doing the handles on pocket knives inlaid with some mammoth ivory or ironwood.

      • Earlier this summer I sent a gun of mine off to Midwest Gun Works to have it refinished, including getting the slide color case hardened. I think it came out pretty freakin’ sweet, and plan on posting an article about it either the end of this week or sometime next week once MGW gets me a few details and some photos they took. Here’s a little un-retouched, straight from the cell phone camera teaser pic:

        • That’s the gun you sent out for color case hardening?

          Holy crap! That is nothing short of *stunning*.

          I’d like to see a pic without the smoke (hint-hint)…

      • That’s the base price for the Cattleman. It doesn’t include the tuning job (which is mostly fine polishing of the internals), the short stroke hammer, or the Wolff reduced power springs. The short stroke hammer is a must for fanning or fast shooting. Oh yeah, and the checkered grips, which are really nice by the way, and I can’t seem to find them anywhere else. I’d guess retail in the $700-$800 range, in line with the other competition grade guns direct from the factory (whether that factory is Uberti or Pietta). By the by, the Cattlemen is a Uberti, and the ones I’ve seen in person don’t tend to show the lustrous case coloring of the photographed piece. The one downside to the Wolff main spring, so I’ve read, is that because the spring is less stiff, it also generates less power, and some people have reported failures to fire/ light strikes.

    • We’ll get one in for review. Maybe both a standard and a Taylor Tuned version of the same model for comparison purposes. Would obviously have to borrow a wild west gunslinger style dual gun leather holster & belt setup for that haha

      • That will make a nice excuse for ‘TTAG Corporate’ to acquire a proper ‘dueling tree’ target…

        • True. Very tempted to have Nick and Tyler dress up in full-on cowboy action shooter attire and have it out on the dueling tree haha

  1. “Black powder” and “cartridge” are not mutually exclusive; you can buy black powder cartridges. I bet smokeless powder cap and ball or flintlock guns are pretty rare.

    • Picky picky picky. Yes, you are absolutely correct. However, the manufacturers and most if not all retailers use “black powder” to refer to cap and ball or flintlock firearms, and cartridge to refer to the post-Civil War guns. All of the modern cartridge reproductions can fire smokeless cartridges, while authentic pre-1900 (or so) revolvers are exclusively black powder cartridges only. Uberti even makes models that reproduce the black powder 1873 Colts, which have a screw that tightens up into the base pin, as opposed to the later “smokeless” cross-pin retainers.

  2. These are actually a fair deal for a very good gun. My experience is that the typical repro from either of the two Italians is, shall we say, rough, and require disassembly, polishing of the internals, and correction of sharp edges, overly tight tolerances in certain critical areas, and bolts that are not properly fitted. The work is not difficult, but if you don’t have the know-how, these of the shelf solutions cannot be beat and have a few upgrades from the standard gun.

  3. They’re shop is in my home town. if you have the chance and are around the area, it’s worth a visit.

  4. New Colt SAA revolvers are pushing $2,500 on GunBroker. That is insane, and downright offensive. I’m not blaming the sellers. I’m blaming Colt.

    I don’t care how much hand work is involved. Those prices reflect a company that doesn’t really care about selling guns. They’ve cut prices on some of their 1911s and I wish they’d do the same for the SAA. I’d buy two of them for $999 a piece.

    I know, I know. You don’t have to tell me. “World Class” and “Dirt Cheap” don’t go together, but come on! $2500?


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