[SHOT 2016] New Firearms at Taylors/Pedersoli

The "Ithica" in .45 colt

Today at SHOT, I swung by both Pedersoli and Taylor’s Firearms respective booths for you SASS shooters and reproduction fans out there.  For those of you who don’t know, Pedersoli produces guns in Italy and Taylor’s imports some of Pedersoli’s catalogue.  First off, at Pedersoli were some gorgeous 86/71 lever actions in .45-70.  There was a very practical model called the “Boarbuster”, one of which had a stainless receiver and barrel paired with a synthetic stock.  The actions cycled very smoothly, and it had a fantastic trigger for a stock levergun.  I was very impressed at the workmanship.

Top: the "premium" model Bottom: the "Boarbuster" stainless

Top: the “Premium” 1886 model
Bottom: the “Boarbuster” 86/71 in stainless

Better view of the Boarbuster

Better view of the Boarbuster, blued version is on the bottom

Next up was a very interesting .45 Colt “Ithica” model, evocative of the 20 gauge Ithica auto and burglar gun of yore.  It will be able to handle .410 shotshells.  Not a practical piece by today’s standards, but a well-made firearm nonetheless.

The "Ithica" in .45 colt

The “Ithica” in .45 colt

Next, expanding upon the “Half-pint Sharps” line, is the “Little Betsy” in .22mag.

Bottom: Little Betsy in .22mag

Bottom: Little Betsy in .22mag

Also, Pedersoli is now making a hand-tuned SAA.


Over at Taylor’s Firearms, there were some interesting 1886 and 1892 take-down leverguns in .45-70 and .44 Magnum respectively.  The 1886 Ridge Runner Takedown in matte black or chrome was very practical, with a very good “skinner” rear sight where a buckhorn would usually be, and an interesting removable muzzlebrake.  The 1892 in Matte chrome also had a skinner rear sight, with a very big D loop lever.

1886 "Ridge Runner" take-down rifles at Taylor's

1886 “Ridge Runner” take-down rifles at Taylor’s

1892 Alaskan Takedown in .44 Magnum

1892 Alaskan Takedown in .44 Magnum

Lastly, Taylor’s Firearms had their new short stroke 1873 cattlemen revolvers on display, with much less distance for the hammer to cover before it was fully cocked.

Top: short-stroke Bottom: Regular stroke

Top: short-stroke
Bottom: Regular stroke

All told, it was nice to handle and look at all the nice pieces of craftmanship that can still be enjoyed today without potentially ruining the value of an actual museum piece.  I know I came away adding the 1886 or 86/71 to my “someday” list.

Rusty S.

Having always had a passion for firearms, Rusty S. has had experience in gunsmithing, firearms retail, hunting, competitive shooting, range construction, as an IDPA certified range safety officer and a certified instructor. He has received military, law enforcement, and private training in the use of firearms. He is fortunate enough to have access to class 3 weaponry as well.


  • A.WChuck

    “Not a practical piece by today’s standards”

    Well, they are no less practical than back when they were originally made. After all, they shared the world with automatics and revolvers back in the day as well.

    • iksnilol

      Yeah, but a sawn of double barrel shotgun inspires more confidence than a glorified .45 derringer.

      • A.WChuck


    • Porty1119

      I was wondering when the Auto & Burglar would see a .45LC/.410 incarnation…guess I have my answer now.

    • Walker Texas Stranger

      Stoke it with .45 LC Lehigh Defense Extreme Expander rounds and it’s suddenly very relevant.

  • Blake

    Taylor’s is such a great shop. Thanks TFB!

  • Adam

    The .45 Ithica is a cool idea, but I wish they would have gone with something more reminiscent of maybe a saw-off stock. Something that flows and looks better, like their howda pistol. I know the grip is functional, but dang it’s fugly.

    • Edeco

      And two triggers. Drives me bonkers when they make these relatively playful guns, also the Chiapa Triple-barrel, and don’t do one trigger per tube. To me that’s like getting to the 1-yard-line unopposed and flopping on the ground instead of going to the end zone. Finish the job people!

    • Iggy

      They might do a more creative design with the action next, since it’s a copy of an existing gun. This is their ‘historically accurate’ replica.

  • Xtorin O’hern

    in my opinion there needs to be an over/under version of the .45 Ithica

  • Bill

    Ridge Runner in .38/.357 and .45 Colt please.
    And the double barrel in 12 gauge for breaching.

  • Renegade

    Based on my experience with Pedersolis, they will be gorgeous, have a 4-figure price tag, and either be utterly reliable or very delicate.

  • Marcus D.

    Since Taylor’s is an importer, not a manufacturer, where is it sourcing its rifles? Uberti? I like to see that they’ve finally come out with an ’86, since the other rifles are all 73s or earlier actions, while the ’86 is the stronger Browning design. The only other manufacturer besides Winchester/Miroku that does a Browning action is Rossi.

  • Marcus D.

    Just checked Taylor’s site. the 1892 Alaskan take down comes in .44RM or .357, the former with 20″ or 16″ barrel, the latter only in 16″ (MSRP &1366). The regular take down comes in .45LC or .357, 20 or 24″ octagonal barrels. (MSRP $1244). There is a nontake down model that comes in .45lc 44-40 and .357 with various barrel lengths for around $1100.

    These rifles are made by Chiappa.

  • biscuit

    Where is the “Ithica” legal?!

    • Edeco

      I’m not an lawyer, I say this only for entertainment, but most of the US I would think… maybe not California, ‘less it has microstampers, lol.

      • Cymond

        Also, CA considers the Taurus Judge to be a short-barrel shotgun. Yes, it’s idiotic.

    • Bigbigpoopi

      Everywhere. It’s a handgun.

  • Danno

    I believe it is spelled “Ithaca” not Ithica.