Taurus USA reenters Cowboy Action Pistol Market, Acquires Heritage Manufacturing

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Taurus USA has acquired Heritage Manufacturing, a Floridian manufacturer specializing in old west style single action revolvers. Heritage main product line is their Rough Rider .22 LR/Mag combo revolver although they also make single action revolvers chambered in .32 H&R Mag, .45 LC and .357 Magnum.

Heritage is a good fit for Taurus. Heritage is also based in Florida. They both produce revolvers at the budget price point. Taurus USA exited the cowboy action pistol market a few years ago when they discontinued the Taurus Gaucho. By all accounts the Gaucho had a number issues. The Heritage Rough Rider competed directly with the Gaucho, with the former being considered a better gun.

It should be noted that Taurus, via. their Rossi band, import lever action rifles and shotguns popular with cow boy action shooters.

Rough Rider .22 LR/Mag 6.5″ Simulated Case Hardened Finish
Rough Rider .22 LR/Mag Satin Finish
Rough Rider .375 Magnum
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  • ahil925

    It was my understanding that Pietta out of Italy made the parts for Heritage’s .357 and .45s and Heritage assembled and finished them. I wonder if/how this acquisition is going to change HMs relationship with Pietta.

    I’m really hoping that Taurus USA doesn’t screw up Heritage, I do like their cheap little .22 plinkers.

    • http://www.thefirearmblog.com/blog/ Steve (The Firearm Blog)

      That is interesting! hmm….I wonder what that means for Taurus, Heritage and Pietta.

      I assume they will continue importing from Pietta. I wonder if they will start doing more import from Italy.

    • James

      I have the Heritage .357 with 5.5 inch barrel. It is a Piatta gun, for the most part, with a Heritage finish and tuning. Not sure what is what, but the barrel is stamped Piatta, for example. I assume all the major milled parts come from Italy. Can’t say about springs, etc. Haven’t had it long enough to have problems. It is tight and very accurate, and superbly balanced. I am not CAS, so I won’t be shooting it that much, but I am very familiar with single-action revolvers, and I love this one. So thus far I’ve got no complaints and not doubts that it will go bang when I drop the hammer and hit what I’m aiming at. Glad I got it, and a nice belt and holster from Heritage, as well. I guess we’ll see what we’ll see ;-).

  • http://ak-adventurer.net/ Ak-adventurer

    I have a feeling Heritage just died. Not that Taurus is terrible, but…. Changing hands when you’ve got something good going is usually Not a good move.

  • james

    The rough rider 22 combo guns are pretty decent for less than $200 but I’m a little annoyed that I’ve already had to buy 3 new hands for mine… the stupid little intergrated flat hand spring keeps breaking. It wouldn’t be so bad if the spring was seperate but I have to buy a whole new hand each time the spring breaks. I treat my guns well but the truth is if you shoot a rough rider eventually the hand spring will break.

  • Jim March

    I’ve heard the same thing about the centerfire variants. They’re also the only known Pietta revolvers with transfer-bar ignitions…so…they’re basically the same gun as the old Gaucho except they can’t possibly be as stenchfully bad as the Gauchos :). Put another way: this is Pietta’s answer to the Beretta Stampede and Ruger NewVaq.

    Gunblast seemed to like ‘em…

    http://www.gunblast.com/WBell_HeritageBigBore.htm

    It’s very possible Taurus wants this gun to replace the horrorshow that was the Gaucho. I can see them taking the Pietta parts-source deal in-house, re-releasing ‘em under the Taurus brand name and then leaving Heritage intact to focus on the rimfires that they designed in-house and do respectably well with.

    If I was Taurus, this is what I’d do.

  • http://www.nylonrifles.com Gary

    The Heritage single action 22 revolver I have is a piece of junk. The question is dump it on some unsuspecting rube or cut it up into pieces?

    • dodongo

      cut down the barrel to one inch with a hacksaw

  • George

    I must be the minority, because my Gauco stainless .45 runs like a dream. Accurate, exc balance and no issues so far. I admit to having had issues with the PT145, but otherwise all good.

  • Doc J

    Having several Gauchos of different barrel lengths in .357 and .45, all of which have always functioned flawlessly, and, in my experience, are tigher fit and faster handling than the vaunted Ruger Vaquero, I am constantly bewildered by reports of inferior quality. I’d like to find another 7 1/2″ stainless Gaucho in .357, but Gauchos of all types have virtually dried up on all of the auction sites. People who have them and know how good they are, and that they will not be made again, must be hanging on tightly to what they have.
    In my opinion, Taurus should have stayed with the Gaucho.