The history of men and women and machines is fascinating. The revolver may not be the most in demand at Cheaper than Dirt! but there are none more interesting. The first cartridge revolver in the United States was the little Smith and Wesson Number 1 in .22 Short. Colt was making thousands of cap-and-ball revolvers for the Union Army and Smith and Wesson sold its revolvers through private sale. Soldiers could tuck the little .22 into their shirts or jackets. Colts were the horse pistols, and the revolvers used by fast moving cavalry units.
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Cheaper Than Dirt! staffers covering the 2014 SHOT Show in Las Vegas have filed their first reports on new shotguns introduced at the show. Based on what we’re seeing, consumers will see a full spectrum of new shotguns in 2014.
Derringers! The name conjures up images of Old West gamblers blazing away over a suspicious deck of cards. The classic original Remington derringer fired a .41 caliber rimfire cartridge moving at only 425 feet per second. The bullet was so slow it could be seen in flight, but at card table distances it was still deadly. Here are five modern takes on the derringer, in modern calibers.
Cobra’s C22 is a .22 LR caliber derringer with a chrome finish and pearl grips. Metallurgy is on the cheap side but its only shooting a .22 LR after all. The best thing about the C22 is the price, only $120. The C22 is a very traditional derringer in shape, execution, and concept. Historically, the derringer was always a lower powered, cheap gun marketed primarily to women. 21st century American women may or may not dig its shiny looks, but 19th century women loved it!
The .380 acp caliber is more popular than ever. All of the major ammunition manufacturers are producing serious defensive ammunition loadings for it. Tiny automatics like the Kel-Tec P3AT, S&W Bodyguard, and Taurus 738 are finding their way into the pockets of more American shooters than ever before. However, some of these little pocket pistols are notoriously picky about feeding and extraction. They all cost way more than the Cobra CB380. With the Cobra you only get two shots instead of the six- or seven-round capacity of the semi-autos, but you also only pay $127, and you don’t have to worry about a jam in the action.
$180 gets you a derringer and a half from Cimarron. You can choose between the .38 Special barrels or .32 H&R Magnum barrels. The .32 Mag caliber is an odd choice to me, throwing a 95-grain bullet around 1000 feet per second. It’s certainly the most powerful of the .32 cartridges, but it’s not particularly popular, nor is it a historically correct caliber, since it was only invented in 1984. My guess is, someone at Cimarron is a huge .32 H&R Magnum fan and hey, I’m cool with that. The .32 barrel would certainly kick less than the .38 Special while offering nearly the same muzzle energy. So maybe its a smart idea after all.
If you are considering a derringer for serious self-defense carry and not just as a cool toy, take a look at Bond Arms. Their guns are made of satin-finished stainless steel and are generally beefier than their competitor’s pistols. That’s a good thing, as Bond Arms chambers their derringers in high chamber pressure calibers like this .357 Magnum “Cowboy Defender.” Now we are talking about some serious stopping power, but be forewarned. This gun still only weighs 19 ounces. One online reviewer wrote that firing a derringer in this caliber feels a lot like smacking your thumb with a hammer. After the first barrel fires you may want to hop around, shake your hand vigorously, and curse randomly for a few seconds before picking the gun up to fire that second barrel. Still, there’s no way to make a smaller, more concealable .357 Magnum.
Okay, now we are getting a bit silly, but hey, that’s okay by me. The Bond Arms Ranger II is alot bigger than it looks in the photos, with 4.25 inch barrels and weighing in at a pound and a half. Like the Taurus Judge, it can fire either .45 Long Colt cartridges or .410 shotshells. It costs nearly $500, which is actually significantly more than a few Taurus Judge models. I looked at a couple of YouTube videos of guys shooting these and they were pretty intimidating, with lots of guys grimacing, their hands shaking badly, and leaning way forward as they force themselves to squeeze off two shots in a row. When the ordeal of firing is over, they congratulate each other heartily on being Real Men and fighting through the pain. I’m forced to conclude that a derringer that fires shotgun shells is not so much a self-defense weapon as a great prop for the next MTV “Jackass” practical joke movie. But it’s certainly a beautifully made pistol.
Say, pardner, so you wanna get into cowboy action shooting do ya?
Well, you have made a good choice. Cowboy Action Shooting is a fun sport designed to be family friendly and enjoyable for the expert and novice shooter alike.
The sport of Cowboy Action Shooting started in 1981 when IPSC-style shooter Harper Creigh aka “Judge Roy Bean,” decided to shoot his next match with Western-style guns. Inspired by the movie The Wild Bunch, Creigh and his friends Gordon Davis and Bill Hahn created the first Cowboy Action Match in Coto de Caza, California.
The founders of these matches formed the Single Action Shooting Society in 1987. They laid down rules and started competing immediately. The Single Action Shooting Society Web site sets the precedent for the game of Cowboy Action Shooting, and you can find all the rules and types of competitions online.
The heart of Cowboy Action Shooting is a have fun attitude. Members of the Single Action Shooting Society must pick a western themed alias and all participants must wear period clothing. There is a name registration on the Single Action Shooting Society’s Web site, because there are no duplicate names allowed.
The sport of Cowboy Action Shooting is similar to 3-Gun and steel matches. Participants use three different guns to shoot at targets in different stages. All guns must be manufactured or replicas of prior to 1900. You can only use a single-action revolver, a lever-action rifle chambered for a pistol caliber with an exposed hammer and a lever-action or a non-modern, pump-action shotgun. Shotguns cannot be larger than a 10 gauge, nor have a barrel smaller than 18-inches. There are strict rules on modifications, sights, and stocks. Besides the guns, ammo and holsters must be regulation as well. Revolver and rifle ammunition must be reduced-velocity and lead. Many ammunition manufactures make specific cowboy action loads.
Organizers base the scoring partially on time, and judges give shooters penalties for missed targets, mistakes, and safety infractions. The different stages at a Cowboy Shooting Action Match are generally Western-themed and replicate famous incidents or Western movie scenes. Some matches are more elaborate than others are, and include full-sized Old Western towns and stagecoaches. Targets are steel, reactive steel, or cardboard.
To keep the game fun targets are usually big and close, with a limit of 50 yards for rifle. This way, even the most inexperienced shooter can enjoy themselves. Shooting rounds repeatedly and missing isn’t fun, and it can be discouraging!
The Single Action Shooting Society has 75,000 members and over 500 clubs nationwide. Shooters compete in the sport of Cowboy Action Shooting in 18 different countries! SASS promises to protect the Second Amendment, and encourage and promote the competitive shooting sports and uphold the traditions of the Old West.
This Code of the West promotes hospitality, fair play, loyalty, and respect for the land. Players openly demonstrate the code at each event.
It is easy to get started! Don’t worry about dressing to the nines your first time, a cowboy hat, a cowboy rig holster, some old jeans, a Western shirt, and some cowboy boots will be about all you need. Those folks are pretty darn friendly, so they will be willing to help you out and guide you in the right direction.
Cimarron is a gun and holster manufacturer devoted to the sport of Cowboy Action Shooting. They sell replica shotguns, revolvers, and derringers designed specifically for Cowboy Action.
- Taylor’s and Co. have also designed guns specifically for the Cowboy Action Shooter, like the Runnin’ Iron revolver in
.45 Long Colt and in
- Taylor’s and Co. also make a replica
Winchester 1873 lever-action rifle in .357 Magnum, which is a favorite among Cowboy Action Shooting competitors.
- Shooters recommend that you get your rifle in the same caliber as your revolvers to save time and cost on ammunition.
- Rossi makes an affordable option lever-action rifle in .45 Long Colt, the
- Another favorite of the Cowboy Action Shooters is the
Norinco make affordable shotguns approved for Cowboy Action Shooting.
Remember when you are shopping for revolver and rifle ammunition, it must be of reduced-velocity and be lead. Many trusted ammunition manufacturers, such as Winchester, Hornady, Magtech, and Cor-Bon make a cowboy load in all the Cowboy Action Shooting calibers.
“I Aim to Kill You in One Minute…”
Cimarron strikes again with another legendry replica revolver: the Rooster Shooter, which comes complete with yellow “aged” grips. John Wayne’s single action Colt Peacemaker revolver the Rooster Shooter showed up in El Dorado, Cahill, U.S. Marshal, The Train Robbers, Rooster Cogburn and my favorite, True Grit. True Grit is the only movie that awarded John Wayne an Oscar. The original Rooster Shooter had two-piece grips had a yellowed finish on them that made them look old on camera. The Cimarron replica has one-piece, finger-grooved grips with the same old-looking finish. The metal on the gun also has a true-to-life old-looking finish.
The Cimarron Rooster Shooter holds six rounds of .45 Long Colt, has a 4.75-inch barrel and fixed sights.
Like it? Want it? Buy it! Item: 2-CIMPPRS410
You got The Judge, Now You Need “The Jury”
The Taurus Judge is one of the most sought-after handguns. If you are the Judge, you certainly need a jury. Greenville Ammunition has made ammo just for your Judge. It includes six rounds of .45 Long Colt and six rounds of .410 buckshot with a 2.5 inch shell.
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Chinese RPG Scope With Original Carry Pouch
I’m not really sure why, but I’m a big fan of the military surplus oddities that we get in stock. The guys here tell me it is a rocket-propelled grenade launcher sight, which is exactly what I’ve been looking for! I mean how many opportunities do you get to buy your rocket-propelled grenade launcher a Chinese surplus sight? It has an illuminated reticle, 2.7x magnification, 13-degree field of view, 27mm eye relief, and it includes its own original carrying pouch.
Like it? Want it? Buy it! Item: SCP-124
Deer Processing 101 Instructional DVD
Now that deer season is here, wouldn’t it be cool to process your own meat? Save money by doing it yourself. Brad Lockwood, award winning meat processor shows you how in the DVD. You will learn field dressing, aging, de-boning, packaging and more in this three-hour, in-depth instructional DVD.
Like it? Want it? Buy it! Item: 39836