I don’t shoot cowboy action, but acknowledge it as a fine sport filled with great people. I have carried a single-action for defense as well.
The first time I took a criminal at gunpoint, I was not yet a peace officer and held a burglar with a Colt New Frontier in .22 Magnum.
Later, as a peace officer, a mad swing with a bat took the hammer spur and rear sight off my Smith and Wesson Model 29 and hurt pretty smart after hitting my bulletproof vest.
While the gun was in the shop I carried the only other good revolver I owned, a Ruger Blackhawk .45 Colt. I felt not the least disadvantaged.
The Popularity of Single-Action Revolvers
Today, I often pack a single-action on hikes and when exploring. Flattening a dangerous animal with one shot is more important than a squad action.
Several of my revolvers are from Taylor’s & Company. They specialize in imported replicas of famous firearms.
The modern clones are well made of good material, comparable to the original in every way save for price.
The Devil Anse is fast becoming a favorite. Devil Anse earned his name as the head of the Hatfield Clan.
The Hatfield and McCoy feud, like the Earps and the cowboys, may well be said to have begun during the Civil War.
Old Devil Anse used many firearms. The Devil Anse is a representation of one of these.
The Single Action Army revolver is among the most famous and easily recognized revolves of all time.
Called the Model P, the Peacemaker, the SAA or Old Lucky, the .45 single-action was used by many gunfighters and soldiers.
Wyatt Earp, Bat Masterson, Hec Thomas and many others used this handgun.
So did George S Patton, Frank Hamer, Tom Threepersons and Lawrence of Arabia.
The balance, power and easy shooting made the SAA popular long after more modern types were introduced.
The SAA was officially replaced by the Colt 1892 .38 caliber revolver.
After the .38 pea shooter proved worthless in combat, the Colt was quickly re-issued.
Next, the Mexican Revolution kept the Colt SAA going a generation past its prime.
While chambered in many calibers from .22 to .32-20, .44-40 and .476 Webley, the most famous caliber is the .45 Colt.
The Devil Anse Version
The Devil Anse is manufactured by Uberti, now under the Beretta umbrella along with Benelli and Stoeger.
The revolver features a dark blued finish, casehardened hammer and dark walnut grips.
The grip frame is a bit smaller than some, reminiscent of the Colt Navy grip.
The barrel is the 4¾-inch length, sometimes called the gunfighter’s length.
The fit of the grips, barrel, ejector rod, grip frame and trigger guard are excellent. The trigger breaks cleanly at four pounds even.
The cylinder is marked with the last four digits of the Devil Anse serial number.
The sights are the usual fixed-post front sight and groove in the top of the receiver.
Fortunately, they are properly regulated for 250-grain bullets at 15 yards.
Features & Specs
This isn’t a transfer-bar revolver. The firing pin is mounted in the hammer.
This means the revolver must always be carried with an empty chamber under the hammer.
Load a cartridge, skip a cylinder, load four cartridges, cock the hammer and lower the hammer on an empty cylinder.
Don’t trust the so-called safety notch on any traditional single-action revolver.
The revolver hammer is placed on half-cock for loading and loading gate opened.
To eject spent cartridge cases, the ejector rod knocks these cases out one at a time.
A handgun like this needs the proper leather.
For range work — and cowboy action if you choose — the Galco 1880 holster and gun belt is an excellent combination.
The belt features cartridge loops for .44 or .45 caliber cartridges. The belt is very comfortable and well made. The holster is a good fit for the SAA.
If you are planning on competing in cowboy action, this is an excellent rig.
Quality is first-class and the leather is more affordable than you would think.
The .45 Colt is a powerful cartridge that relies on frontal diameter and bullet mass for effect.
As an example, an original requirement was that the cartridge be capable of dropping an Indian war pony at 100 yards.
More horses than men were killed in this unpleasant business.
This is the reason the original revolvers were usually sighted high, to give the trooper a chance of connecting at long range.
The modern Uberti is sighted for the six o’clock hold, much preferred for most shooting.
Most factory ammunition is loaded with a 250 or 255-grain lead bullet at 730 to 770 fps.
This makes the load safe to fire even in old black-powder revolvers — provided they are in good condition.
A careful handloader may jolt a 255-grain hard-cast bullet to 1,000 fps. This is a great outdoors load for protection against men or beast.
There are a number of capable anti-personnel loads using jacketed hollowpoint bullets if you keep one of these guns for home defense.
For my use, a hard-cast lead bullet at 800 fps or so is ideal for range use. I enjoy firing this revolver very much.
It is fast from leather and points like a finger. Recoil is modest, the old plow-handled grip allows the muzzle to rise in recoil.
As the muzzle rises, the hammer is within easy reach of the thumb. Quickly cock the hammer and bring the revolver back on target.
As for absolute accuracy, I fired several loads to test the revolver’s potential.
At a long 25 yards, a five-shot group averaged about 2.5 inches with either load. The revolver is accurate enough for most chores.
- Manufacturer: Uberti
- Model: Devil Anse
- Action: Single-Action Revolver
- Caliber: .45 Colt
- Finish: Blued Steel
- Grip: Smooth Walnut
- Sights: Fixed
- Barrel Length: 4.75 Inches
- Weight: 36.0 Ounces
- Capacity: Six Rounds
Conclusion: Devil Anse .45 Colt Revolver
After using the revolver for a few weeks, I find a smooth handling, accurate handgun that is most of all fun to fire and use.
For general use, trail use and cowboy shooting, the Taylor’s & Company Devil Anse is a great all-around choice.
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