A Nurse with a Gun

Monday, December 29, 2008


I spotted these single action cowboy revolvers from USFA over at Michael Bane's place, and I almost felt my retinas flicker. There is something wrong, very wrong about even a reproduction SAA revolver in baked on Coyote Tan, Sage Green, Forest Green, Federal Brown or Sniper Grey. Black Graphite is somehow tolerable, but not this.......

I went to the USFA website to confirm, and alas, they had no pictures up yet. Now their weathered finish "Gunslinger" is sweet, and their new twelve shot single action 22 caliber hog leg is inspired, but spraying an oven baked modern finish on these revolvers is as incongruent as catsup on ice cream.

All this tacticality, and they don't even come with Trijicon sights! I guess that's next.

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Blogger Dr. StrangeGun said...

Be careful, you may offend an Australian or two. You never know what they'll put catsup on next.

9:56 AM  
Blogger Ed Skinner said...

Yes but a pair of earth-tone revolvers in natural suede holsters might be just the thing to bring out the tan ruffles on that frilly men's blouse that's been hiding in the closet at the Gay Caballero's hacienda.

10:32 AM  
Blogger RandomRob said...

Obviously, these are meant to appeal to the all important SWAT/NINJA crowd who only need 6(5?) shots to make sure that all forty-eleven-million bad guys are dead instantly. You carry two if there are a couple of more baddies.


11:42 AM  
Blogger Old NFO said...

That is just plain sacrelegious... sigh...

11:59 AM  
Blogger BobG said...

Thumb-busters should not be green; it just looks wrong.

12:18 PM  
Blogger Crucis said...

Now THOSE are ugly guns. Whoever came up with the idea that a Colt SSA should be changed to Coyote Tan or anything other than blue should be strung up at the nearest tree---or drug to one if a tree isn't handy.

The Missouri Valley Collectors gunshow is coming up in a couple of weeks. There will be many fine looking, authentic Colt SSAs and other at the show. None of them will be tan or green. Some may be silver with the bluing worn off but there won't be any in some artificial color.


12:35 PM  
Blogger Boomerator said...

I thought they would go to a red dot next. When you you think we will be able to get laser grips?

1:32 PM  
Blogger Farm.Dad said...

I donno bud , finish isnt all that . I just sold a transition pistol to a friend for 1300 . It most likely was worth twice that , but he would appreciate it and pass it to a kid who will . Sadly my kids ( who like guns ) would appreciate the $$ not the fact it was once owned by someone many of us might recognise ( its one of several " HARDIN " guns , It is sold for " nothing " because that is what he could afford . I do have a few more " historical " pieces to get rid of , and as you see price isnt in it , preservation is . My kids want working guns , and ill do my best to give them a selection .

2:48 PM  
Blogger MauserMedic said...

Man; I would have saved that for Sunday. It's just inherently wrong.

3:21 PM  
Blogger OldCop said...

Man that "is" wrong! What would Matt Dillon, Maverick or the Duke say!

4:00 PM  
Blogger nature223 said...

color me sick..*snickers*,
to see these in a WOODLAND CAMO PATTERN,would give ME wood.
they aint COLT SAA colectables,and there is room for people to try new stuff versus a shiny ass gun flashing and clueing in,or freaking out the adversary,or ready to be dinner'ed bambite/moose/critter.

4:50 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wait till someone does this to one.

5:07 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Perhaps that should be tackiness instead of tacticality...

5:22 PM  
Anonymous TJP said...

I agree with you, X, but I look at it like this: the market involves experimentation and failure as well as success. I'm a sucker for a nice polish and a deep blue, and I think a "matte" or brushed stainless piece is only a hair above ugly. Yet some of my favorite range guns are stainless, because they're so easy to keep clean.

I wouldn't underestimate the market practicality of a finish that doesn't glare like stainless, yet is more durable than either of the conventional choices. And if someone doesn't buy them? Well, they'll just go away.

8:25 PM  
Blogger Doc said...

Xavier, I am appalled. I agree tha this is sacreligious.

9:25 PM  
Blogger Tam said...


If I wanted a SAA to use as a workin' gun, I'd rather have baked-on Coyote Brown than soulless... er, stainless steel.

Heck, for a working gun, I might even go for better sights (large and fixed, not fiddly and adjustable, of course.)

This is all assuming I was getting it for a working gun and not playing cowboy dress-up. ;)

9:46 PM  
Anonymous Wolfwood said...

There must be some kind of logical sense to this. Surely, there must.

There's apparently some kind of demand for tan and olive polymer parts for guns, so I guess it shouldn't be surprising that there's demand for SAAs in those colors. Then again, I can't think of a reason other than "just because I want it" (which is fair enough) for the polymer ones, which brings me back to square one.

It can't be as hunting camouflage: the sights are the typically dinky ones.

It can't be as concealment camouflage: it's a long-barreled SAA.

It doesn't even look like something I'd want to own, whereas I could maybe see my way to some kind of reddened or greenish shiny nickel. It's like a giant puzzle that just confuses a lot of gun owners.

Then again, most folk art simply mystifies me, so I may not be the one to ask. Maybe some guy thinks he's the cock of the walk as he's hiking in Utah or clearing brush in Arizona with one of these on his hip. If so, well, I guess more power to him.

4:41 AM  
Blogger Tommy Paine IX said...

"Whoever came up with the idea that a Colt SSA should be changed to Coyote Tan or anything other than blue should be strung up at the nearest tree---or drug to one if a tree isn't handy."

Oh, I can think of a few finishes other than blue for a SAA... Nickel and color case hardening, but that's about it.

6:15 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

well is a shotgun on your ar-15 better or worse?

11:19 AM  
Blogger Assrot said...

I agree with OLD_NFO. Is nothing sacred anymore?

These things look like they belong on a Halloween costume.

It's enough to make me puke.


12:16 PM  
Blogger Assrot said...

I agree with OLD_NFO. Is nothing sacred anymore?

These things look like they belong on a Halloween costume.

It's enough to make me puke.


12:17 PM  
Blogger Cossack in a Kilt said...

Oh, I dunno.

It's different.

For some folks, different automatically means "wrong."

Then again, I know people who actually use SAA style revolvers as "working pistols."

Blued steel and walnut, forever! . . . or so they say. But at the same time, my "most favoritest evah!" 1911 has a baked-on polymer finish and laminated grippystockhandlethingies. I appreciate that, because that finish just laughs at handling wear, is easy to clean, and hasn't shown a dime's worth of change since 10 Ring Precision put it on.

If you just squint real hard and imagine that it was in a plain black finish, would it really look so bad?

I'm mostly a traditionalist . . . but "sacrilege" and "heresy" are words I'm reluctant to throw around. Then again, for a while I really did carry a custom 3 3/4" Ruger Vaquero in stainless steel. Stainless steel! Transfer bar! (Can I get a "heresy" or at least a "sacrilege" from the choir?)

1:50 PM  

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