Firearms

Taylor’s & Co. TC9 Cattleman: Timeless Look, Modern Utility

Taylor's & Company TC9 9mm revolver wit a box of Hornady 124-grain XTP bullets

In late 2022, Virginia-based Taylor’s & Co. announced the availability of a new revolver inspired by the iconic 1873 Colt Cattleman. But this replica is done with a twist: it’s a 9mm six-shooter. I was lucky enough to get my hands on one for a range test and review.

In addition to novel chambering, the TC9 allows consumers to have their way with style. Two barrel lengths are available; 4.75 inches (as shown in my test model) and 5.5 inches. Each of those models has two grip/finish combinations to choose from. My test gun has blued finish on the barrel and frame with the classic wood Army grip.

Taylor's and Company TC9 9mm revolver resting against a leather saddle right profile
Classic western styling and, from the outside, loyalty to the 1873 Colt Cattleman design were done right with this gun. It’s hard to resist those rugged good looks.

The other available finish is color case hardening and a black plastic Navy grip, lending a sleek look regardless of size. Some people prefer the thinner Navy grip. I find the distinction unimportant for 9mm recoil and a gun of this size.

Function

Operation of the TC9 is the same as any traditional single-action revolver. It has the classic Colt four-click hammer function. Pietta, of Italy, created this replica for Taylor’s & Co. It did a great job of adapting components to function well with a non-rimmed cartridge. Unlike many others on the market, this revolver is built to cycle non-rimmed cases from the ground up, and it does it perfectly.

I ran brass and aluminum-cased ammo through it and never once had a problem with an empty case hanging up on ejection, nor was there ever a struggle to seat a round in a chamber. It just works. That may not sound remarkable to those who hold a stereotypical view of revolvers as inherently reliable.

In comparison to semis, 10 years of teaching concealed carry classes has yielded only about 20 percent of students shooting a revolver. Yet, mechanical failures show up in them far more often. Perhaps, it’s unfair that I’m lumping single and double/single-action revolvers together in that statement, as the latter represent the majority of issues, but hey, this has been my experience and it seems worth a mention here.

Accuracy is good, with point of aim equaling point of impact at 5–7 yards. That’s good, since the sights aren’t adjustable. The rear sight is a simple channel cut into the frame. The front sight is plain and fixed. I can imagine the sights might become challenging to see on typical black targets, but this is a cowboy-style, not a bullseye shooter’s, gun.

wood grip on an Army style TC9 9mm revolver
A close look at the consistent, error-free checkering on the wood grip of this Army-style TC9. Two grip types are offered, this one being the bulkier and more traditional. My glove-size 8 hands find it very comfortable to use.

There were significant differences in performance with different kinds of ammunition. Federal 115-grain aluminum case and Hornady Custom 124-grain drilled as close to one-hole precision as this shooter can muster. Hornady American Gunner 115-grain threw a scattered group on target. Defensive accuracy is acceptable for any of these, but if I were shooting to split a playing card with this gun, I’d sure do a thorough ammo test first to see which one is most consistent.

Every barrel is different, of course. Another TC9 may bear different results than this one did. So, don’t take this as a blanket recommendation for anything other than your own ammo testing with your gun.

Purpose

Of course, there’ll be traditionalists who scoff at the thought of one of the iconic sidearms of the American west being re-created in 9mm… the same lot apt to scoff at 9mm in general. Being practical-minded, I’m all for shooting more and spending less.

Using the ejection rod to remove a spent cartridge casing for a Taylor's & Company TC9 9mm single-action Army revolver
Ejection was never a problem with the test gun, regardless of case material. The ejection rod worked perfectly, and no stuck cases were encountered.

The 9mm chambering is part of what makes the TC9 enjoyable, to my way of thinking. Rather than stress over the price of .45LC, or finding the components to reload it, I can buy 9mm off the shelf at a fraction of the price. Best of all, I can put a lot more rounds downrange before thinking about the financial aspect of doing so.

And then there’s the recoil factor. As my shooter’s elbow rears its head every few months, the 2.3 or 2.4 (depending on barrel length) pounds of TC9 take up 9mm recoil nicely with no stress on my arms. If I were teaching someone to operate a single-action revolver, it’d be a fine choice for recoil reasons also — it has enough to make controlling it a palpable experience, but not enough to put off or fatigue most new shooters.

Taylor's & Company TC9 9mm revolver with a box of Federal Aluminum Case and Hornady American Gunner bullets
Typical representation of groups fired from seven yards with these two types of ammunition. Every barrel is slightly different; these results represent this particular 4.75-inch barrel TC9 and are likely but not a definite prediction of how another TC9 may perform with the same ammunition. Thanks to RealGunGames for the “Harvey” target seen here.

The TC9 is 10.25 or 11 inches long overall, according to barrel length. It comes packaged in a molded Styrofoam box with a glossy sleeve enveloping it. It’s not fancy, but it’s presentable. In a time when so many people focus on the temporal unboxing experience, I’d rather focus on the hardware inside that’s far more important. And this gun does not disappoint in terms of value.

It has great western style regardless of finish/grip type. It shoots very accurately and is a joy to operate, with consistent and smooth performance. It’s suitable as a range shooter, single-action competition gun, or modern heirloom. Current retail price is $619.77 for the blued versions and $575.74 for the color case hardened TC9s.

The Taylor’s & Company TC9 9mm revolver sure is pretty, but what do you think of a single-action 1873 Cattleman’s inspired revolver chambered in 9mm? Share your review in the Comment section.

  • Taylor's and Company TC9 9mm revolver resting against a leather saddle left profile
  • wood grip on an Army style TC9 9mm revolver
  • Firing the Taylor's & Company TC9 9mm revolver
  • bottom grip attachment on a TC9 9mm revolver
  • Hornady Custom 124-grain XTP ammunition with a Taylor's & Company TC9 revolver
  • Taylor's and Company TC9 9mm with the single-action hammer cocked
  • Taylor's & Company TC9 9mm revolver with a box of Federal Aluminum Case and Hornady American Gunner bullets
  • Using the ejection rod to remove a spent cartridge casing for a Taylor's & Company TC9 9mm single-action Army revolver
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Comments (16)

  1. Yes, Ruger does list the .357 Blackhawk convertible with a 9mm cylinder. I have a 1st year flat top Blackhawk & I bought a 9mm cylinder. It was a drop-in fit.

  2. Quick tip for SA shooters of 45 ACP and 9 mm. Load a couple mags from your semi up before going afield or to the range. You’ll reload in less than half the time by thumbing them into the chamber rather than fumbling single rounds out of the box.

  3. Taylor Arms. This is one of those guns that just satisfies the soul, It’s a simple work of art. I’d shoot it often for pleasure and hang in my den to admire.
    Pure and simple, it’s a beauty.

  4. Was a SASS shooter for years untill back surgery stopped me from standing for medium legnths of time. During that time I used various cal. of rugers and uberti’s in both 357 and 45lc. Uberti/Pietta made pistols always proved solid weapons. I wish they had come out with this 9mm when I was playing cowboy. Could have saved much money. >still miss the single action fun<

  5. I did 223 then 22 Noslre, 224 Valkyrie. 6.5 this 6.5 that, Blackout this 357 max. I’m drowning in a river of almost the same. Cowboy stuff is cool I just did 1873 32-20 & already had 38 & 357. they are all fun to shoot i’ll just look at it that way 45-70 in 5 configurations Ya man.

  6. I’m sure that this is a great firearm and that it is reliable and accurate. However, I am not a fan of cowboy action guns. They take too long to load, extract the spent brass and reload again. Now I know why so many cowboys in the old west died. They couldn’t quickly remove the spent brass and reload the gun fast enough.

  7. As i have other guns in the 357 cal and a 9mm auto, i’d like to see this in a 357 also. Guess i’m hung up on this caliber. Nice looking piece though.

  8. Ah, make that Blackhawk a .357 magnum. Also by changing the cylinder out from .357 to 9 mm, it doesn’t leave a deposit ring, at the 9 mm length, in the .357 cylinder from firing 9mm in it, resulting in issues when going back to .357.

  9. THOMAS SUTTON , I have a Pietta 1858 with a Taylor and company cylinder chambered in 45lc, pretty much like “Pale Rider’s” piece. Being a cnc machinist/maintenance guy I am really impressed by the quality and fit and finish. I agree about the various markings but overall I think it’s a pretty solid piece. Time will tell if the quality of the steel is up to snuff but so far it’s been good. I have many other firearms of different designs and manufacturers but this one is just a nice piece to fondle.

  10. I’ve got an 1873 Pietta Peacemaker repro (I understand “clone” is not correct}. It has an extra cylinder in .45 ACP which I have never installed. This article inspires me to get it out and spend some time behind it. The Taylor’s Cattleman in 9mm is a brilliant idea and I bet they sell a bunch. Price certainly seems appropriate. Italy is dealing with severe inflation also.

  11. Good review

    I would like one of these

    Makes as much sense as the .38 Special maybe more so.
    Watch for bullets jumping the cartridge crimp as this occurred with 9mm DA revolvers at least with some batches of ammunition.

    These revolvers are so well made!

    Good write up

    Bob

  12. At one time in my life, I felt that a 9 mm revolver was useless compared to other calibers. A 9 mm is better suited to an automatic with more rounds.
    I changed my mind with all of the 9 mms sold and the amounts of ammunition produced. This would be great for shooting at a range. It is the first 9mm revolver that has grabbed my attention.

  13. Sounds like a great idea, the single action revolvers i have are all in …44 or .45 and all of that ammo is very expensive for some one retired. I am not a fan of Pietta from what i have seen, there marking there guns in visible places like on the barrel surface,ect. I am a fan of Uberti and have several of them and a 1866 yellowboy rifle.Now if Uberti was to make one i would be interested, less recoil is a good thing. And i already have the 9mm ammo.

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