Julian, TFB’s French translator, sent us photos of his single action revolvers. The Ruger Vaquero, pictured above, is chambered in .45 Long Colt. The Ruger Vaquero was introduced in 1993 and is a popular Cowboy action gun.

The photo directly below is of a Colt Model 1902 “Philippine”, not to be confused with the Colt M1902 semi-auto pistol designed by John Browning. The Model 1902 is a variant of the Colt M1878 double action revolver for a US Army contract to equip the Philippine Constabulary.

The bottom photos is of two Colt Model 1896 double action revolvers. The Model 1896 is a variant of the Colt M1892.


1896 comparaison

Julian, thanks for sharing these with us.




  • Zebra Dun

    France has Cowboy action shooting?

    • Dan

      Yes, it has a pretty strong following many European Countries

      • Giolli Joker

        True. Most of the replicas are actually Italian made, btw.

        • Dan

          MY cheapo replicas are fun enough. If my area had a larger C.A.S. following I would probably upgrade my guns. For now i’ll just be content to have fun with my Cimarron replicas, not so correct taurus made 94 clone and stoeger coach gun. And much more so knowing I spent less than any of my ARs for all of them together. So if they break I won’t rock back and forth crying yelling take me instead!!!!!. It is a fun sport though, It was easy to get the lady friend to tag along. The fun for her I think is the dressing up.

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  • Will

    Cowboy Action Shooting is a world wide sport. Great fun, costs an arm and a leg to do properly. Must have two revolvers, one rifle and one shotgun. Then there is the costuming and various accoutrements. All of which must be period correct.
    Then there is the burgeoning rule books. And the patronizing of the cry babies and whiners.
    BTW “Long Colt” was never a caliber designation during that period. It would indicate there was a “Short Colt” round.
    And continuing to blow the “Period correct” theory out of the water: Winchester never produced a rifle chambered in “45 Colt” as far as I know.

    • Dan

      So in other words it’s no worse than any 3 gun match? Minus the clothing part. Add up gun prices bet the 3 gun guys have the C.A.S. guys beat. Costume prices get higher the fancier you want to look. Doesn’t cost much to look like a regular person. Period correct is more in terms of appearance, they probably didn’t have much in the way of polyester fabrics back then either. That and it has just as much to do with Old Western Stereotypes as much as actual historical events.

  • Earl Edwards

    Bagets and vaqueros, sounds like a good combination.

  • Tassiebush

    Interesting factoid with the Philippine model Colt 1902. People will notice the longer than usual trigger. The reason for that was a concern about a lack of hand strength amongst some of the Philippine constabulary so an extra long trigger was added to enable two fingers to be used for it in double action. No idea if that concern was well founded or just a perception but that’s the reason anyhow.

    • huginmunin

      yeah look at Pac-Man no handstrenght

      • Tassiebush

        Damn I was annoyed that he lost!

    • Giolli Joker

      Interesting fact. You answered the question I had in my mind, thanks!

  • Nashvone

    I’m not sure why but I really like the look of the grip on the Philippine 1902.

    • Tassiebush

      Me too. It just looks great.