A Nurse with a Gun

Friday, May 15, 2009

The Cimarron Plinkerton

When I first heard about the Cimarron Plinkerton about this time last year, it was one of the first handguns in a while that made me say "Hmmmmmmmmm!"

I had the opportunity to handle one today, and unfortunately, I was not impressed. It was a new gun, priced at $159. The finish was black paint, but that was OK. I would just remove it, and let the gun go au naturale. However, the chambers and the barrel were sleeved. I suppose the rest of the gun may have been manufactured from melted down doorknobs and lug nuts toenail clippers. The grips did not fit well, and then there was a free floating firing pin held in place by a roll pin through the frame. On the left of the single action revolver's recoil shield was an integrated hammer block safety that required a key to operate. It totally destroyed the looks of the gun.

I did not shoot the gun, but I figure for $159, it whips the Heritage Arms Rough Rider's tail handily. It's a shame Cimarron dropped their standards to meet a price point though. I, for one, would have paid considerably more for a 22 caliber Single Action Army revolver made to Cimarron's usual standard. As it is, I'm happy with my Ruger MKII and my Model 17.



Anonymous Anonymous said...

I don't know, I own a Heritage Arms rough Rider, and I'm very much pleased with the fit, finish, and quality.

Bad paint, chamber sleeves, a poorly designed "integral lock" and crap grips?

I'll stick with my Rough Rider.I paid $170 dollars if I remember right.

8:17 PM  
Blogger Ed Rasimus said...

Remembering the old adage that "beauty is only skin deep, but ugly goes clear to the bone" I would suggest the Plinkerton fits the criteria for "Ugly Gun Sunday".

The skin beauty cover the ugly insides.

8:15 AM  
Anonymous Rick O'Shea said...

Thanks for the review. Our local gunstore had one, and the price ($199!) made it look intriguing. I should have known better.

Someone makes a 12-shot SA .22, fluted every other chamber to look more "normal".

I can see it in my mind - can't recall the company or the name.

Anyone know what I'm talking about? Quality?


9:08 AM  
Blogger Assrot said...

I have a few of the Heritage Arms Rough Riders and have never had a problem with any of them. I think they are an excellent starter gun to teach kids and grandkids how to shoot.

Heritage Arms is of course just a plinker and nothing more but that is all I expect of them.

I have shot and handled quite a few Cimarrons and I have never been impressed with any of them. This model you show is quite clearly on the level of wall hanger / junk gun but even their higher end models are nothing to write home about.

To each his own I guess. Just my opinion. Hope I didn't offend any delicate sensibilities.



4:14 PM  
Anonymous David said...

I'd spring for the Ruger single six over the cimmaron or the heritage. Sure it's twice the money but I'll bet it will last twice as long too.

I really like Cimmaron's other stuff. I wish they charged an extra $50-$75 or so and made it a bit nicer. I could be wrong but I believe they outsourced this model on the cheap and just had their name stamped on it.

5:31 PM  
Blogger tom said...

As a more or less neighbor of Cimarron/Texas Jacks, their clientele is mostly Cowboy Action types and Sharps people. I'm not quite sure why he marketed any kind of .22 AT ALL, most especially in this price range, but after seeing this review, I will stop by when I'm over that way anyway and ask them what they were thinking. Sounds like they'd be better off marketing Chinese made Cimarron Arms cap guns for the children rather than these.

Regards from the other side of the river,

7:23 PM  
Blogger tom said...

FWIW: All but one of the local Cowboy Action people I know in the Central Texas area from the ranges/meet ups mostly shoot Rugers and Buckmarks when they shoot .22 pistols except the one guy with the S&W wheelgun, forget which model it is...Just like everybody else...

7:30 PM  
Blogger Dr. StrangeGun said...

The 12 shot .22 is a USFA production revolver, and runs, IIRC, north of a grand.

It is however a "real gun" in "real gun" metal and finishes.

(those are in quotes because I'm a believer in metallurgy, i.e. any material suitable to perform the job repeatedly and with a certain safety factor is de facto suitable for the job, which is why I'd love to see someone try producing zamak AR recievers, which are nice beefy parts that undergo little stress and will use the as-cast dimensioning (zamak doesn't shrink) to GREAT advantage)

7:55 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Looking at the pics and reading a review and test done on this pistol in 2008 I would not buy it.I have a Herritage arms 22 and even its entry level materials and design and price are far better than the plinkerton 22.My point being the Herritage has real wood grips,all ordinance steel barrel and cylinder that are blued.the grip frame and frame are painted aluminum .To top it off its also made in the USA. Rick

8:49 AM  

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