Gun Review: Cimarron 1873 “Evil Roy” Edition

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A few weeks ago I was fortunate enough to find a Cimarron 1873 Peacemaker at my local gun shop. As usual when I find a nice 1873 clone it is hard to pass up. This particular model is called the “Evil Roy”. For those not familiar with Evil Roy he’s THE man in cowboy action shooting. His real name is Gene Pearcey. Gene was inducted into the SASS Hall of Fame back in 2006.

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He consulted with various manufacturers of those guns from the 1800’s that are in use by competitors in the numerous SASS competitions across the country. In this case it’s the 1873 Colt Peacemaker clone sold by Cimarron. The Evil Roy is a competition revolver in your choice of .357 or 45 Colt. Of course it’s available in several barrel lengths. My example has a 4.75 inch barrel in 45 Colt.

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It’s available in color case hardened/blue finish as well as polished stainless steel. You may not know that all Cimarron guns are made by Uberti to the specs dictated by Cimarron. Several changes are made which separates the Evil Roy model from the El Patron Uberti. The Cimarron competition revolvers such as this model have all the springs changed to Wolf brand springs. Another custom feature is all of the revolvers that leave the factory are examined and given an action job by one of two nationally known SAA gunsmiths before they are ever shipped. No Cimarron doesn’t share who those gunsmiths are.

"Evil Roy" engraved on the barrel.

“Evil Roy” engraved on the barrel.

When I got home with my new Cimarron I gave it a cleaning and lube then checked the trigger pull. The trigger pull on my example is 2.6 pounds. The trigger job they do on these is fantastic and smooth as butter. Bear in mind this is a competition gun so the standard models have trigger pulls that average about 3 1/2 — 4 pounds. They do have smooth actions so the pull doesn’t feel like 3 1/2– 4 pounds.

Cimarrons are made like the old Colts and can be considered true clones right down to the four clicks when the hammer is cocked. One small change of significance is the hammer has what Cimmaron calls a 1/4 cocking position which is closer to 1/8th inch. What this does is allow the shooter to load 6 rounds rather than the recommended 5 rounds on Colts. At the 1/8th position the firing pin does not protrude so there’s no way to fire that round under the hammer should the gun be dropped.

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One complaint shooters have always had with the SAA and it’s clones is sight adjustment from the factory. Getting the sights zeroed used to be a chore on some guns. These days Cimarron has each revolver laser sighted and adjustments made at the factory. I found this true on mine which shot to point of aim and needed no additional adjustment. These revolvers are more accurate than most shooters can take advantage of.

There’s no doubt about it I do love the 1873 whether it’s a Colt or one of these high quality clones. I can’t leave out many other handguns from the mid to late 1800’s. Of course that also applies to the old lever actions like the Henry and the Winchesters that dominated in the later part of the 1800’s. Lastly I have to include the coach guns of the era.

I’m always encouraging fellow shooters to consider getting involved in shooting these old guns. They not only show the development of firearms during that time period but they are just plain fun to shoot. The MSRP on the Evil Roy is $908.00 but can be found on the street in the $800.00 range.

Cimarron Website

Evil Roy Website



Phil White

Retired police officer with 30 years of service. Firearms instructor and SRU team member. I still instruct with local agencies. My daily carry pistol is the tried and true 1911. I’m the Associate Editor and moderator at TFB. I really enjoy answering readers questions and comments. We can all learn from each other about our favorite hobby!


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  • M.M.D.C.

    That’s a very handsome gun. Are the grips rosewood?

    • hikerguy

      According to their website they’re European walnut.

    • True they are Walnut. The stain does make them look a bit like Rosewood.

  • Thanks for review! I’ve been eyeing one of these for a quite a while. Since it has the quarter position to enable safely loading six chambers, does it have a weird cylinder-release-safety like some other Italian SAA clones?

    • Marcus D.

      Yes, but no one says you have to use it. I certainly don’t.

    • No not at all. Its a straight up clone. Just that one little extra notch in the hammer.

      • Dan

        It actually does Phil if you push the base pin screw in you can slide the base pin back and it will lock into place preventing the hammer from touching off a round. I don’t have the Evil Roy model but I replaced all my springs with wolf springs. I broke the sear springs in both of mine and figured i would just replace all of them. I also did an action job and trigger pull averages under 2lbs. If i had to do it over I wouldn’t go so light. Coincidentally enough Pistelero came with a bumper sticker that says I’m your Huckleberry which is my S.A.S.S. name. Kinda neat. Great review on a great clone. Also with springs and pistols each was under $400.00 something to consider if you’re a do it yourself kinda person.

        • Cool and thanks for the comment. I usually don’t mess with the base pin but you’re right you can keep it safe that way as well.

  • Gjert Klakeg Mulen

    A very “SASSy” handgun.

  • TDog

    Something the author didn’t mention: light primer strikes. My friend has an Evil Roy and will generally get three or four light strikes per cylinder. If you look on a lot of forums, you’ll notice it’s not a problem unique to my buddy’s gun.

    • That’s something I haven’t experienced. I have approx. 300 factory and handloads through it and had no problems at all.

      • TDog

        My friend was using factory ammunition. I suppose the factory loads have harder primers, maybe?

        • Some do. I believe CCI primers have a reputation for being hard. I used Magtech primers on the handloads I used. The factory ammo was also Magtech cowboy loads. I also shot some Hornady defense loads.

          • TDog

            Hmm… because we were using MagTech cowboy loads. Maybe he got a bad one?

            BTW, how did it handle the defense loads? I ask because I’m always hearing about how you should never shoot anything out of a cowboy shooter except cowboy loads but every so often I come across folks who have experienced no problems doing so.

          • No problem. No sign of excess pressure. Since all the cowboy guns starting coming out a lot of companies have backed the 45 Colt load down a bit. Buffalo Bore still has some warm loads as does Cor-Bon. As far as Buffalo Bore and Cor-Bon I wouldn’t shoot those in a Colt SAA or clone. Just to be on the safe side.

    • William Taylor

      Not just a problem with SAA clones. I have a Ruger Blackhawk convertible in .45 caliber, and have had a bunch of trouble with the .45 ACP cylinder and light strikes. I’ve experimented with the lightly struck rounds, and every one has subsequently fired fine in my 1911. Blazer with the aluminum (?) cases has been the biggest problem brand.

      • Yep CCI primers are hard ones and that’s what you get with Blazer aluminum cases. It’s good ammo but I’ve even had a few that failed to fire from a 1911 which is unusual.

  • Phil Hsueh

    As I’ve griped in other articles here, the possessive form of it is not it’s, it is its, no apostrophe. It apostrophe S is the contraction for it is. As writer on a blog you should know and strive for better, especially given that you’re an Associate Editor on this blog. But at least none of the writers here have made the error of adding an ‘s to words that are just plural, that seems to be a very common error in the comments sections everywhere these days.

    • Swarf

      “It possesses no apostrophe.”

    • M.M.D.C.

      How very quixotic.

  • sam

    I crave one of their Richards Mason Type II’s; so clean and boney looking.

    • Cameron Bissell

      Agreed.

  • Marcus D.

    Funny, just checked the Cimarron website and the MSRP is $739. My Sportsman’s Warehouse has one for $680 (which with DROS, tax and transfer runs about $800 OTD). I never liked the look of the checkered grips, but my they are mighty fine, making a very big difference. And the action is as slick as slick can be.

    • I can tell you my dealer told me his cost was $739. It all depends on how many you purchase for your company.
      These grips really are good looking and you can tell they went that extra mile with the finish. I’ve owned an El Patron and it had a great trigger but this one is just so very smooth!

  • Goody

    “I’m always encouraging fellow shooters to consider getting involved in shooting these old guns.”

    Y’know what, I think I will! (including 6 month waiting period which is standard for Australia)

    I have a 357 lever gun on the way so it would kinda make sense to have one set of dies for pistol & rifle.

  • aweds1

    Given the price of real Colt SAAs, this is a mighty appealing option!

  • Hugo Stiglitz

    I just picked up a stainless Ruger Vaquero convertible 45 ACP/LC. Great gun all around. Beautiful, accurate and really fun to shoot.